Yesterday I found a new store. It’s a ‘bio’ store – everything is biological (green labels everywhere) and it’s set up like a big warehouse.
Everything is a lot more expensive than what you find in the supermarket. The veggies, the shampoos and hair dyes – to give an example – a box of hair dye costs 7 euros in the store, and 11 euros in the ‘bio’ shop. The veggies were more expensive too, but I bought a bag of onions, some celery (wonderful celery, by the way) and some soap. I also tried the bio hair dye. I’ve been looking for something less harsh and chemical, and this worked nicely. OK, it didn’t cover all the gray, but it did cover Most of it, and it looks pretty natural. And there is no (whatever they say) harsh chemicals. (It didn’t seem to make my hair as dry as regular hair dyes.)
But it was depressing to see all these interesting products at prices that put them out of my reach. (And apparently out of most people’s reaches.) It doesn’t seem fair that one has to be wealthy to help save the planet. There are ‘green label’ bio products slowly making a timid appearance in my grocery store. I buy ‘green’ 100% biodegradeable washing powder and detergant. But there is nothing, for example, for the dishes. I bought some ‘bio’ sponges to clean with, and I don’t buy window cleaner (haven’t for years) but instead use a mix of white vinegar and water. I’d love to be able to buy all my veggies and home cleaning products at the ‘bio’ store, as well as the clothes they have. But the price is prohibitive.
I’d also love to have a ‘green’ car, but I noticed that those too were far more expensive than normal cars. Shouldn’t they be government subsidized, I wondered? Shouldn’t efforts to save our planet be rewarded?

Here is a little snippet that may make you rethink your view on things made of paper. It’s from a journalist remarking on the deforestation of Tazmania, and is pretty depressing.
(Exerpt from the online Guardian News):
“Trees are bulldozed or blown apart with explosives and the ground cleared by fires, started by napalm dropped from helicopters. Any native wildlife that survives is culled by sodium fluoroacetate poison, allowing regimented new saplings to grow – monoculture on an industrial scale…Turned into woodchip and then exported as chlorine-bleached pulp, much of what remains of Tasmania’s native forests may end up as cheap paper for the hungry markets… “

So thank you, e-book readers. Each time you buy an e-book, you can pat yourself on the back. You saved native wildlife, and that’s no mean feat.