Issue #43
April 26, 2012

More bikes mean... More cars?

I commute by bike every morning. And the traffic’s just terrible. I don’t mean car traffic—I mean the clusters of other bikes, squeezing into the bike lane. Bikes bumping into my back tire if I make a sudden stop. “If I hear one more bell,” I say to myself, “my next gesture won’t be a turn-signal.” Shouldn’t I be celebrating, instead of bitching? It’s great that so many people are choosing two wheels instead of four for their commute to work. Especially in a city like Toront ... Read More

Your jeans may be killing people, but not if you shop at Target

In 2009, the Turkish government banned “denim sandblasting” after more than 50 denim workers died from silicosis, an incurable respiratory disease caused by inhaling silica dust. Silica dust comes from sandblasting denim, the process used to make bright new jeans look faded, frayed and distressed. ... Read More

Why we stopped selling vibrators

In early 2011, Ethical Ocean had a booming catalogue of eco-friendly ‘adult’ accessories: rechargeable vibrators, vegan condoms, natural lubricants, and a great eco-sex book. We were proud to supp ... Read More

Tampons: the least talked about eco offender

Our team is obsessed with reducing waste – we are quick to point out each other’s offenses, be it a disposable coffee cup, a plastic shopping bag, or a takeout container. But there is one topic th ... Read More
Issue #43
April 26, 2012