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From the Emotional Intelligence to the Ecological

5 de febrero de 2010

Published in 2009 by the Kairos editorial in Spain, here’s the bestseller by Daniel Goleman “Ecological Intelligence”.


Inteligencia ecológicaAs one of our favorite bedside books, our blog would have been incomplete without an entry dedicated to it.

You know Goleman, no doubt, as the psychologist who popularized the term “Emotional Intelligence” in 1995. Since then, job selection processes are more entertaining (and sometimes more surreal). It not only seeks a skilled worker, but it charges the highest relevance the empathetic factor. Goleman came to tell us, for the common people and similar to that ad of tires, that “intelligence is nothing without control.”

“Ecological Intelligence”, although, in our view, it is not fair to the organic cotton industry or at least as far as our t-shirts and dyes are concerned, remains our primary reference manual because the most important is learning to think. The ideal is to achieve the status of citizens (and therefore consumers) changing the world with individual actions.
Goleman explained in the first chapter how he discovered that a harmless toy car for his grandson could be toxic because of its high lead content. When in doubt, never gave this present and decided to study the intricacies of society and industry. He also delved into the hidden part, mixing sustainability and ethics, coming to a conclusion that he takes from the South African Ian McCollum: “We have to stop talking about healing the Earth. There is no Earth, but we who need to be cured. “
The cure, according to Goleman, is based on what he calls radical transparency. He wondered how will affect us all if society, including children in school, have access to all information in the manufacturing process and distribution of products. Probably many myths fall. We would stop buying “green” products, as some low-emission vehicles because they reserve their load of CO2 and environmental impact to the manufacturing process.
Without getting longer, because what’s interesting is to read a great book that leads to the thought itself rather than indoctrination, we pick this line about buying a product: “Have you ever wondered how they can produce it so cheap? (…) What kind of liquid will spill into a river, which gas have they released into the air, and what materials have they thrown in a landfill? “.


A book to enrich the brain, essential for Cooliflower fans.

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ROAD TO COPENHAGEN (I): THE HOOK

12 de noviembre de 2009

As a fish that bites the fishhook. The gills expand looking for water and the fisherman observes his prey. With glistening scales stained with sand, is returned to water. His short memory quickly drags him again to feel the sting of the steel and choke on the shore.

Copenhague CO2

The hooks for humans are different: Words, words, words … words to forget, to lull our short memory. Promising is free, this way they gain hearts, elections or a Nobel Prize. Maybe because of our education, or perhaps associated with an endemic evil of the 21st century, where the problems are ignored by dint of zapping and we drown in a sea of rhetoric.

Manifestations, banners… the society do not want to live with dialectic ghosts. “While you decide, our people die” said the African representatives in Barcelona, and used the only right left to them to exercise, that of anger. Being fed up has turned into rebellion because Africa, the continent drawn by children with square and triangle, has often bitten the bait. Tend to fall on the sandy shore again and again and say they don’t want to attend another climatic funeral without signing a death certificate properly. They don’t forget that if the failure is endorsed, the ten percent of the world will decide who is going to die and how.

Meanwhile, here there is in use the most powerful and hypocritical fodder, the economic one: Spain buys 25 million Euros in rights of emission to Poland. Money? Ego te absolvo.

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Breathing is bad for health *

11 de noviembre de 2009

We are born. Liberated of the umbilical cord, the first dose of oxygen inhaled in our lives. Newcomers and now form part of the chain of CO2.

When we watch television, we sharpen a pencil, laugh or make love; we continue to emit carbon dioxide, more than 1000 grams per day, equivalent to a walk the super car. We affect the planet as we breathe. Without any anti-environmental gesture, limiting ourselves just to live, we issued 4 times more CO2 today than one hundred years ago. But we are not radicals; our planet had already planned everything, including the possibility that, once dead, our bodies decompose releasing methane. For my part, I will try not to die rather than not contribute anything to the hole in the ozone layer … But let’s not be alarmist, stop breathing is discouraged by 9 out of ten doctors (the tenth doctor is a fugitive from justice).

The real problem, dear reader, is all these gases and the lack of vegetation not foreseen in the agenda of Gaia, altering the balance of the ecosystem. This is when there is the wonderful duality of man. We are as capable of annihilating the innocent dodo as to stake his life to save a whale. We make mistakes every day, but we can fix them with tenacity and intelligence.

We are, in large measure, responsible for climate change, but if you want, bending elbows and learning this hard lesson, we shall adopt the vital state exam, which will leave a decent planet to our children.

Cooliflower and helps reforesting forests, offsetting CO2. We are a green fashion, what about you?

* Note to picky and lawyers: Obviously, not breathing is bad for health.

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Organic cotton consumes much water?

10 de noviembre de 2009

Is it true that organic cotton consumes much more water? What advantages and disadvantages are in? We are here to tell us what is good and less good for cotton. Let’s start the week with controversy!.

organic cottonThe first thing you should know is that traditional cotton is traditional cotton. The progressive industrialization and strong demand for fabrics (almost half of global fabric are made with cotton) encouraged the creation of genetically modified varieties to produce a strong and growing faster by adding the dose of fertilizers, herbicides and toxic pesticides. As an example, so-called conventional cotton uses almost 25% of agricultural insecticides worldwide. So organic cotton (or organic) is the return to origins. The sum of many traditional elements, such as using insects to control pests render the chemical. No employee or end user suffers harmful side effects. That yes, admittedly, the final product is more expensive.

Now let’s talk about genetic engineering, which once aspired to be the panacea of the century. We were promised full benefits of mother nature and none of its drawbacks. The reality is that, at least as agriculture is concerned, has ended up being a fiasco. Millions of years of evolution can not be taken lightly, Dr. Frankenstein. Great variety of species, including cotton, were created to be strengths to inclement environmental or biological. By making them resistant to pests, besides promoting the emergence of allergies in humans, contributed to the occurrence of pests and other unforeseen problems. The solution chemistry fall back. With mom not play Gaia!.

Comes the big question. The hottest. Is it true that organic cotton consumes much more water? And the answer, actually, is yes … but not really. Explain it: To create a certified organic field to be used, in principle, more water, an amount that gradually decreases and stabilizes when the earth regains its natural balance. Moreover, the chemical poured on cotton crops, organic contaminates drinking water and harm both the ecosystem and the human being and indeed, some serious diseases such as “blue baby syndrome” are associated with excess nitrates. NOT contaminate water saving water.

And a distinct advantage for those lucky enough to have organic cotton clothing: In addition to avoiding allergies, be sustainable and fair, is much softer, comfortable and durable. . . Yes, we like our Cooliflower and certified organic cotton!.

Greetings!

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