Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Green Reading Round-up

Here are a few great articles and websites I wanted to share:
  • At The New Yorker, Nick Paumgarten tells us all about "Food Fighter" John Mackey, the founder of Whole Foods Markets. Mackey's an interesting character, as he's a fiscal conservative hippie (one of those "only in Texas" characters). If you shop at Whole Foods, or if you buy organic at Wal-mart, Mackey's been instrumental in shaping the options you have for natural and organic eating.
  • In the Southwest Spirit magazine (yes, an airplane mag!), Paul Heller writes about "The Happiest Man on Earth." Apparently, that man is Logan Woods-Darby, a 24-year-old who has been raised in a unique manner, allowed to pursue any interest he chooses. The author goes on an ultralight hike with Woods-Darby, and the article will make you reflect on how much each of us really needs to be content.
  • Alicia Silverstone starred in my ultimate guilty pleasure movie Excess Baggage. I know this is a strange choice, but its combination of very weird plot, a cutey (and also weird) Benicio del Toro, Red House Painters' song "All Mixed Up", and some of the most awesome production design I've ever seen, make it an annual must-watch for me. That has nothing to do with green living ... but Silverstone is a vegan activist and her lovely website, is a wealth of recipes, stories about the benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle, a healthy, positive vibe.
  • I always enjoy the musings of Eco-Yogini. She has been trying a lot of the same green-living changes that I have, and she's full of inspiration and challenges.

Happy reading!

Coming up soon: my adventures with eco-friendlier shampoos and deodorant! Could be disaster ...

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