Friday, August 14, 2009

Green Living with Janet Marchant: China, the Greenest Place on Earth!

Next time you open a package—any package—look at it carefully and odds are that you will find a label that proudly proclaims MADE IN CHINA. Smile! This means that the "Green Revolution" is working, because nowadays, more and more things are made in China, the Greenest Place on Earth.

It used to be that most products we would buy were made in the good ol' U.S. of A. Now don't get me wrong, I like to wave my flag on the Fourth of July just as much as my neighbors, but let's face it—there is no GREEN in "red, white, and blue." I mean, look at this picture of a typical American factory—one of the last of its kind, thank Heaven—and you will see absolutely nothing green about it.
But China, "The Place Where Things Are Made" as the old slogan goes, knows all about green. Not only can you see it, you can smell it—there's nothing more than I love than to come home from a shopping trip to one of the 99-cents stores on Webster Street (My Favorite is the one at the Former Grand Auto Supply), surround myself with a pile of my new treasures on the living room floor, and take in the fresh Chinese plastic smell that has stayed sealed in the containers until I open them. Yummm!

Editor's Comments:

The Alameda Daily Noose and I don't normally pay much attention to these hippie-dippy environmentalist columns, but we think this Marchant lady may be onto something here. We cannot help but notice that more and more of our Chinese friends are reading this soon-to-be-award-winning daily noosepaper and leaving us little love notes. Now our Chinese may be a little rusty, but it's fairly obvious that they are saying we are the king of news, like the journalistic Michael Jackson of China. Though we admire their taste in noosepapers, we can't help but wonder how they hope to become an economic powerhouse with so little variation in their writing.

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