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Grist makes us smile in honor of Earth Day.


Katharine Mieszkowski
April 22, 2006 2:47AM (UTC)

We couldn't let Earth Day -- that's this Saturday -- go by without a shout-out to Grist for this highly amusing list of green superlatives. It includes the only eco-model, the kinkiest eco-invention and the least-photogenic eco-celeb, Mr. Floatie.

My favorite: "Least impressive way to demonstrate your eco-consciousness: buying stuff."

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Making stuff is much greener, if you're, say, knitting a sweater for a fairy penguin that's been the victim of an oil-spill. In this penguin-warming tale from the Sydney Morning Herald, also linked by Grist, knitters make outfits to save the lives of oil-soaked birds found off the coast of southern Australia.

"The knitters continually push the fashion envelope," the newspaper says, "with matching bride and groom outfits, AFL teams, and, from one elderly English woman, 'the whole Manchester United soccer team.'" Calling the knitters "a worldwide army of little old ladies," the Herald reports that one donor to the cause has knitted 260 penguin sweaters a year for the past three years.

Happy Earth Day.


Katharine Mieszkowski

Katharine Mieszkowski is a senior writer for Salon.

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