Re: Is building green, green or is it light gray
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Mon, 4 Oct 2004 10:34:12 -0700 (PDT)

On Oct 4, 2004, at 1:17 PM, Jim Rebman wrote:

from manufacture to disposal of glass bottles, plastic and cardboard.

Did it talk exclusively about recycling? Did it mention reusing glass bottles? Did it factor in disproportionately increasing petrochemical pricing (plastic bottles and plastic and/or wax coatings for milk cartons)? Did it talk about hidden subsidies vs. the real cost both in environmental and economic terms of the various materials used, energy consumption, etc?

It really depends on the accounting. Our society subsidizes certain industries and this really messes up the figures.

Read Cradle to Cradle for a very nice explanation of this. Wonderful stories about what really is in the shampoo and why.

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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