The folks at NPR would like you to know that they’ve added a “Green Room” to the NPR Shop. In addition to not wrecking the planet, your purchase supports NPR’s general awesomeness. The glassware made from recycled wine bottles looks pretty darn cool. [NPR]

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  1. badgeman46 says:

    No offense, but I am sick of all this green crap. Does anyone remember in the 80’s when the rainforest was destroyed? I’ve been there in Peru, Ecuador, and Brazil, and yep its still there. No mass destruction either. Remember when all you gen-x ers were in jr. high and that nice lady came in and told you you were all doomed because one out of three of you would have AIDS? Well, AIDS isn’t a very nice disease, but yet you hear more about that pink ribbon of breast cancer than you ever do of AIDS. And by the way, remember when we were all gonna starve because of Acid Rain? Well, I never hear anything about Acid Rain anymore, but it might be my new band’s name. Sorry for going off, but I call em as I see ‘em.

  2. cjc says:

    Following up with Badgeman46, I figuratively barf a bit into my mouth whenever I listen to Marketplace and hear “It seems that wherever you go, people are talking about sustainability….” No, it’s just all the people at NPR who are talking about sustainability. Isn’t it obvious that their “Consumed” series, peppered as it was with idiot stunts like having Tess Vigeland attempt to schlepp her stinky trash around for 2 weeks (and convince listeners to try it out themselves in a modern olfactory version of the penitent’s hair shirt), was designed to make us feel guilty about being alive in America?

    That being said, some of the issues Badgeman46 highlights were real issues in their day, apart from contemporary media hype. Acid rain, for instance, was addressed through a variety of means, though quite clearly not without public choice issues. One may condemn the media’s posturing, but that doesn’t mean something wasn’t actually going on.

  3. Squeezer99 says:

    doesn’t the carbon created by the gas/diesel used to ship these items offset any green benefits they may have?

  4. pestie says:

    @badgeman46: All those things are still serious problems. You’re just complaining because you seem to somehow mistake “degree of media attention/hype” for “degree of seriousness of a problem.” Very little has been fixed; it’s just that we’re being distracted by different things now.