The Global Business Summit for the Environment was held in Singapore last week, and our favorite celebrity video blogger was there. As the Day 2 Keynote Speaker, Daryl Hannah spoke about greenwashing and how we need to not just care about the materials that we use, but where they come from.
From the PeaceJournalism article, this is what Hannah had to say:
“I don’t want to buy eco-jeans made by slave labor, or chocolate harvested by kidnapped children, any more than biofuels from slash-and-burn operations or imported from halfway around the world,” she said, stressing that individuals could affect change at home by just unplugging appliances or drying their laundry on outdoor clotheslines.
She said more and more people are recognizing the need for more eco-friendly habits.
“The demand is growing faster than the supply for these goods and services. Shortsighted companies that put windmills or sunflowers on their commercials but don’t walk the walk will have a short life span in this new state of awakening. People will know. People like me are going to tell them.”
She’s really getting us to try to look at the entire life cycle of materials & products, which is something that not everyone is doing right now. Do we want organic cotton being shipped all the way from China for our t-shirts? Where is all of the commercial biodiesel coming from? These are questions we need to ask, and I’m glad to see that Daryl Hannah is leading the way.
One participant, Rita Sully, was pleasantly surprised by Daryl’s knowledge saying, “Daryl spoke on the importance of environmental sustainability for about 10 minutes and then opened the floor for what turned into quite a lengthy Q&A session. She was very knowledgeable about many of the issues and candid about areas where she needed better understanding. I found this approach refreshing along with the fact that she hosted such an informative open dialogue.”
Thanks for the tip on this story, Alexander! Speaking of drying your laundry on clotheslines (Daryl mentioned it in her speech), that’s exactly what Alexander’s organization, Project Laundry List is all about. Give it a shot!