In Spring of 2007, magazines such as Vanity Fair and Elle offered readers ways to "green" their lives and help the environment. Now, the April issue of Glamour brings readers another "57 Little Ways to Save the Planet."
Announcing "Mother Earth needs our help," the article begins by accusing "we use too much fuel (which causes pollution), chop down too many trees, conserve too little water; toss too much waste into landfills."
Glamour tells readers it has consulted its "panel of experts" and come up with the best small ways to fight "these major problems." Of course, Glamour's "panel of experts" is comprised mostly of members of radical left-wing environmental groups such as the Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
The tips include writing on both sides of your paper, switching to online banking and buying music and movies only through online services to avoid packaging. The article also includes a brief interview with "No Impact Man" Colin Beavan and his wife, who went without toilet paper, deodorant, and processed food for an entire year in order to write a book (no word yet on what that will be printed on - he says it will be "sustainable") detailing the experiment.
Readers also are given 10 ways to "green-over" their homes. Glamour suggests such ideas as looking for wood furniture from "well-managed forests." But if the magazine really wanted to bow to the greens, it could consult the Forest Stewardship Council - which places its seal of approval on products from "well-managed forests" - mentioned in the "green-over" piece. That organization would probably rather see Glamour help to reduce the 5.1 million tons of mostly non-recycled paper the magazine industry uses each year (according to one organization that strives for "a just planet").
Glamour is not the only magazine to push the global warming agenda in recent months. In the fall, Marie Claire advocated "eco-beauty" and "global cooling" so that women could return to wearing coats that cost as much at $17,990.