Little Miss Saving-the-World

Changing the way we think in order to change the world

 

Breathe April 17, 2012

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It’s easier than it sounds but try it

I promise it will be okay

 
 

Like a diary for the very first time

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And so my desk was dirty, for the first time in weeks it was covered in papers and rift raft and I couldn’t tell if I cared. It was such a little problem, such a first world, teenage problem but my nerves, my head, my heart I couldn’t help but feel so overwhelmed by how underwhelming everything was.

I felt no passion when I touched myself when I touched fingers with someone else, no light in their eyes and suddenly I felt alone, like the battle I was fighting- I was the only one doing it. And among this crowd, this group of 30,000 individuals at this place called university I couldn’t help but feel so totally alone and so completely nervous at this fact alone. All my friends- or rather, many of my friends- are back home enjoying the beach, the Sun the sails and their universities to the same extent I’m enjoying mine and what’s the most nerve racking thought; the one that’s been coming up the most.

I don’t know what I want to do- yes it’s normal for some- but for the girl who’s spent the last fifteen years of her life dedicated to accomplishing my goal, I’m not so sure what my goal is anymore. Yes veterinary school is this feat I must accomplish but what after that? What’s my great plan?

I don’t have one.

I just have love and passion which are a lot kexier than I expected ( it’s a new word I learned meaning brittle). I can literally feel swells of passion leaving my finger tips and going no where- they’re definitely not on this page, all that’s on this page is relief because I don’t have to listen to anyone respond to this. Oh yeah in case you were wondering this has kind of become my fake diary in addition to my random thoughts on protecting the planet because I’m too intimidated by the large dandelion covered book known as my journal. I can’t write about death or depression or anger- I feel so much anger and it’s towards myself mostly and that can’t be healthy. It can’t.

And today after I was interviewed for this paper I used to work for, about a position I now hold for a committee – I went off on a tangent about pro-choice groups on campus being unnoticeable and this girl got so mad at me. I realized I was wrong but in the same second I realized I was so cocky, so out of it I also realized I haven’t really done anything worth while in this interview. Maybe that’s why I really didn’t care? I felt like the work I was doing was so incredibly incomplete and tiny that it was sad it was being recognized.

I remember feeling the exact same way in high school thinking that having an entire page in the yearbook for an event my friends and I planned to raise money for The Humane Society was sweet, but it was too much. It didn’t challenge me it just made me upset. Praise me when I deserve it, when my work has touched humanity like being involved in the Huffington Post or Girls For a Change or all the things that I have yet to accomplish(which I would like to think is a lot). Pats on the head and a smile are great motivators for some but for the most part all I need is a “I notice what you’re doing, that’s nice of you” because as patronizing as that sounds everything else is far worse to me.

Mostly, what I need is to stop being my biggest enemy, to open my journal and finally write- to meditate and stop fighting in my head because all these battles I can’t win- that’s the most destructive part of it all.

 
 

United Under Patriarchy: Feminism and Vegetarianism

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According to the American Heritage Dictionary, Meat is described as the essence or principle part of something, however over time its meaning has been shifted a great deal. What used to be considered as a principle part of any of our food, has come to be known as only the animal protein we consume. Similarly the word man has undergone great lexicographical narrowing to exclude women as part of “mankind” (Adams, 46). And while these subtle shifts in language may appear to be unimportant on paper what they symbolize in the reality of this nation and of this planet is a shift in thinking , a shift in the oppression of both women and animals so that they are one in the same. . This phenomenon of unrighteous actions, of sexist thinking and violence against women has all been the result of the dual oppression of women and animals. For it is through the increasing push for what has been deemed “masculine” food (animal protein) that women have lost their identity, that both animals and women have been denounced as important and have instead become the systemized “others,” it is through this push that patriarchal society has found it easier impose violence upon these parties and made it so that women and animals are consumed both literally and visually by the “masculine” majority.

Women and Animals as the Systemized “Other”

Women as the systemized “other”

In her acclaimed book “The Second Sex” Simone de Beauvoir uncovers the truth about women in the current society stating that they are in fact one of the largest minorities worldwide, one which includes mothers, daughters and wives who are all considered, “the other.”

This vague sentiment for 50.6 % of the United States Population (Women’s History Month: March 2011.) represents the idea that women have hold no history of their own and are not seen as the norm in their societies. In the United States this can be exemplified in many ways, the most obvious being the way Americans speak and the second being the distribution of animal protein among its citizens.

The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill states, “English speakers and writers have traditionally been taught to use masculine nouns and pronouns in situations where the gender of their subject(s) is unclear or variable, or when a group to which they are referring contains members of both sexes.” This is a defining feature in the way women have not only been treated in the past but in the way their treatment has manifested overtime because it essentially ignores their existence. In defining the unknown gender as a man the speaker has already subconsciously favored one over the other and as such given more meaning and importance to the man than to the woman. In a similar manner, the assumed reality that all events happen to men and that for an event to have happened to a woman one must specify her femaleness just furthers the idea that women are not the assumed normal within the patriarchal society. And as the English language continues to use masculine nouns as a method of describing the world, the inequality of gender is only further reinforced through the demonstration of men in the flesh being privileged over women. (Kleinman, 6-7).

Yet, men have been considerably more privileged than women throughout history especially in the context of food distribution. During times of starvation women have been the ones willingly sacrificing for both their husbands and children. In fact, according to the World Food Programme, while women make up a little less than half the population worldwide, they make up 60% of worlds hungry. Similarly, during times of war and rationing the best food or the meat has always been given to the men while women, known to be less virile (Adams, 36) are left to sustain themselves off of plant protein which has been considered less desirable. “Where poverty forced conscious distribution of meat, men received it,” (Adams, 39). This demonstrates how men are seen as not only needing a better quality protein but that they need a better quality protein because their duties are more important than that of their female counter-parts. And while the reality is that women who are nursing or pregnant actually have considerably higher protein requirements than men, the implications of having control over a certain “better” quality protein has once again created a hierarchy in which women are inferior to men.

Animals as the systemized “other”

The transformation of the meaning of the word “meat” from being an essential particulate to simply being animal protein has already been discussed in this paper. However, the ideological changes this has brought to civilization have not.

In making meat the sole word for all food based from a source of animal protein, there’s been a kind of self-created hierarchy among humanity’s food and while meat is at the top of this hierarchy, the flip-side is that animals used for this meat are off society’s radar and out of their minds. In discussing this topic and the “otherness” of animals, there are two parts, the food hierarchy and the way meat reflects on its living equivalents.

First, let’s further discuss this food hierarchy which has been created. During the prehistoric beginnings of Homo Sapiens, it was found that the males’ hunting, while nutritiously less beneficial, held more value in society than the women’s gathering of root vegetables and nuts. This was because men found a way of using meat as a kind of social currency which is still demonstrated in both apes and humans today. Craig B. Stanford, author of The Hunting Apes: Meat Eating and the Origins of Human Behavior found that “In many traditional human societies, men hunt but women procure most of the protein and calories for their social groups through their gathering of roots, fruits, and small animals… [But] the fact that meat is so highly valued even when it composes a small part of the diet is powerful testimony to its value as social currency. Men are able to use meat to enhance status, show beneficence, and even to obtain more sex by having caught meat.” By controlling the distribution of meat and thus, the major currency, the males not only hold the power of the food but also the power over women and society in general.

What this demonstrates in terms of the animals being consumed is that they are also oppressed by men. After the domestication of first animals to more easily procure their flesh, men continuously reinforced not only the idea, but the reality that they were not only the unimportant “nonhuman” animals but that men owned their flesh and the right to their lives. Their otherness and unimportance is only furthered by the use of fragmenting words causing us to forget about the animal’s being and rather pushing their lives into a dimension far away. Words like “drumstick” or “brisket” are examples of fragmented words which help to blind humanity from the harsh realities of the animal’s death. Instead of ever seeing the animal as a live being we chop away at all of its differences beginning with its lack of humanity by calling them “nonhuman” and using words like “it”. We then further tear away at the creature’s differences by naming its sectioned limbs in such ways that it’s hard to tell it was ever anything but a slab of flesh; the “otherness” of animals runs deep.

The imposition of violence on women and animals

In almost any situation crimes of violence are crimes of power. In the case of rape and even in the case of domestic abuse the point is for the dominant party to reinforce their dominance. Scholar and feminist author bell hooks theorizes that that domestic violence, which she renamed patriarchal violence, is just the flesh of sexism and sexist thinking.

In other words it’s the “hunters” of the community which not only hold the meat but also the power and the ability to implement violence on the “others” as they see fit. The irony is that as the “others”, whether they be women or animal, accept their punishment- the lines between women and animal are only further blurred. The result is women using animalistic terms to describe their abuse, terms like “piece of meat”. By being coupled with animals women of abuse have actually become their counterparts not only to themselves but also in the eyes of patriarchy. According to Adams, “if you are a piece of meat, you are subject to a knife, to implemental violence.” Women have not only reached a new low but they’ve also reached a new level of submissiveness in the patriarchal community, by being seen as pieces of meat through implemented violence and brutality women are also made consumable.

In a similar manner, animals which are seen as defenseless have already been made consumable under patriarchy and thus, violence to them is not only seen as acceptable but as a natural way to keep them in line for further consumption.

Comparisons of the Literal and Visual Consumption of Women to the Literal and Visual Consumption of Animals

The Literal and Visual Consumption of Women

After the implemental violence has reduced women to “pieces of meat” they are able to be consumed either literally, visually or both.

The best example of this is through human trafficking in which women, children and even some men are abused and forced into sexual slavery where they are made to please their clients and their pimps through their physical beauty as well as their willingness to be consumed. For the purpose of this discussion we will focus primarily on the women who are trafficked.

Whether they be young or old women make up 78% of the sex trafficking or potential sex trafficking population (National Human Trafficking Resource Center Annual Report- 2010) making them the prime victims of sexual trafficking and also the prime victims of consumption.

Lisa Thompson, liaison for the Abolition of Sexual Trafficking at Salvation Army’s National Headquarters puts this consumption into perspective stating, “These sexploitators, … when [they] are hungry for sex, they buy it. They devour it. The thing devoured disappears. They are energized by it, until once again the urge for sex returns. Thus other human beings are just morsels they consume to satiate one of their physical urges.” And while the sexual consumption of women as a way to break their spirits and bind them in the ties of patriarchal power are by far some of the most severe, the visual consumption of women as nothing more than sexual beings or “pieces of meat” is far more common. Whether it be through the advertisements for Hooters in which scantily clad women are ogled and serve up the ideal masculine meal to a primarily masculine crowd or women in PETA posters sectioned off like the diagram of an animal at a butcher’s shop; women are consumed by the masculine population much like they consume their animal protein- first with their eyes and then with their body.

The Visual and Literal Consumption of Animals

Animals, already considered as insignificant “others” within patriarchal domain are consumed more literally than visually and yet, their visual consumption is a reflection on not only women but also on who holds the dominance within the culture.

Animals, such as cattle are shown to judges as a recreational activity and are judged based on what is essentially their pageantry. In an adult cow she is judged almost solely on her appearance where 40% of her Dairy Cow Unified Scorecard is based off of her Udder at the time of pregnancy. This section includes certain particulars such as the cylindrical placing of her teats, the size of her teats and the depth and texture of her udder (Jenny, Bruce). These are all factors which the cow herself can’t control and yet, her beauty and fitness are judged solely on criteria just like this one. Similarly, women in beauty pageants are judged based on criterion such as the evening gown which consist of measuring “beauty, carriage and grace,” (Judging Criteria).

Yet, by showing the cow or even the woman in a ring they are thus, rated on not only how productive they may be later in life but also on how consumable they may be when their (re)productive life has ended.

In the case of animals, the end of their reproductive life entails the literal slaughter of their bodies and the consumption by the patriarchal or dominant power. In being fragmented and being pushed further into the “otherness” of society as a way to make their consumption appropriate.

Conclusion

In conclusion one can easily see that the connection between women and animals goes far beyond being breathing, sentient creatures. Rather both women and animals must suffer from the injustices of a patriarchal society which continuously puts them down by first taking away their rights through systemized “otherness”. In women this is done by stripping women of their history and a language which recognizes them as anything other than the second sex. Contrastingly, animals are considered “others” through their lack of humanity and are further pushed into this “otherness” through the fragmentation of their bodies beyond a recognizable state.

The second way the patriarchal society takes away the power of both women and animals is by implemental violence towards them both. By deeming both parties as “others” this community has made them less important and thus, made violence against both parties not only acceptable but appropriate. In both cases the implemental violence is only meant to procure the third and final state of patriarchal domination which is consumption.

Through the implemental violence which makes women feel like animals and the fragmentation of animals humanity has made it possible to visually and literally consume both parties. In women the most common forms of consumption are the somewhat literal human trafficking and the visual consumption through advertisements, typically involving some sort of animal product. In animals the consumption can also be visual through judging or productive life and future delectability to the consumer or more commonly, the animal is consumed literally after the fragmentation of their bodies.

Works Cited

Adams, Carol J. The Sexual Politics of Meat. 10th anniversaryth ed. New York: Continuum, 2000. 36-65. Print.

"Gender-Sensitive Language ." The Writing Center. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, n.d. Google. Web. 14 Apr. 2012.

Jenny, Bruce. "Dairy Cattle Judging." Dairy Science. Baton Rouge. 2011. Lecture.

"Judging Criteria." Miss Westchester and Miss Hudson Valley Pageants. New York Crown Productions LLC., 2011. Google. Web. 15 Apr. 2012

Kleinman, Sherryl. (September, 2000). Why sexist language matters. The Center Line, a newsletter of the Orange County Rape Crisis Center, pp. 6-7.

"National Human Trafficking Resource Center Annual Report- 2010." Polaris Project. Salesforce, 2011. Google. Web. 15 Apr. 2012.

Stanford, Craig B. The Hunting Apes: Meat Eating and the Origins of Human Behavior. N.p.: Princeton University Press, n.d. 201-02. Princeton University Press. Web. 15 Apr. 2012

Thompson, Lisa L. "’Cannibalism’ of the world’s women and children through sexual trafficking and prostitution." The Salvation Army. N.p., 2011. Google. Web. 15 Apr. 2012.

"Women’s History Month: March 2011." United States Census Bureau. N.p., 26 Jan. 2011. Google. Web. 14 Apr. 2012.

World Food Programme. N.p., n.d. Google. Web. 14 Apr. 2012.

 
 

Fear your mind and smile March 23, 2012

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Timing isn’t my forte. I have a terrible habit of arriving ten minutes late to just about everything, I’ll make you wait if I know I can and I haven’t worn proper tennis shoes in the past month. I don’t always brush my teeth in the morning or shower at a particular time, it’s always just been when I feel like and what feels good to me. I cook for myself, try to eat healthy but no matter what I do I feel trapped. Oh and I have a secret fear of ant hills and a sudden craving for a chocolate glazed cake donut.

Is that bizarre?

I feel like I’ve come up with this image of myself, a pair of shoes I stare at across the room. A pair of 6 inch heels, gorgeous and way above my budget but I keep trying to work and save until I get there but along the way I drop some cash on food, on charity work and I wonder if all the work I’m doing is really worth it? Are the shoes really my color? Could I even walk in a heel that high, comfortably? What if I fell and sprained my ankles, unable to walk because of this sick, demented vision of me, 125 pounds, sleek legs in these incredibly beautiful shoes- me incredibly beautiful, a force to be reckoned with?

I see myself walking slowly, comfortable with the current state of being until I get scared, fed up and I walk faster and faster til I’m sprinting up a mountain and I fall exhausted and so sick of chasing a dream I’ll never fufill. Turns out the heels weren’t really what I wanted, I always wanted so much more out of myself and I don’t know if I can be her. I don’t know that I can be this image I have in my head- the powerful queen and the apathetic giver, the perfect girlfriend and daughter while staying true to myself. And the worst part isn’t that I’ve been sitting on the top of this mountain crying as the air sweeps past my face. The worst part isn’t even that my tears have now froze against my face, it’s that I can’t find myself crying anymore- I stare, searching for the tears I can feel quivering in my soul yet they aren’t emerging.

They’re like toxins sitting in my system, sucking me dry and I feel so alone on this mountain. Alone because although I’m surrounded by people- those above and below my new-found perch, the spot next to me full and smiling, there’s no one sitting in my place. I can hear the voices the thoughts of others but the only one I find myself listening to is that of the wind.

I notice how it shifts the blades of grass between my suddenly bare feet, how it causes a nearby stream to sway and how I’m so sad yet so content with this solitary I’ve found.

My mountain is a paradise for my mind when it doesn’t stray to thoughts of loneliness and insignificance. My mountain is perfect except for the one area which is marred by pasty tar and black sand which I haven’t been able to get rid of no matter how hard I try. The shoes, laying near this ugly pit of black, are sucked into this oblivion I’m now too scared to touch and the hand I was once absent-mindedly holding has left.

I’m late because I have the power to do so, it makes me feel like I have control- like I’m important to someone because living in a different state where I’m the odd one out again; it can be empowering but it can also be terribly redundant and awfully lonely.

Hope wherever you are you’re smiling because you deserve it.

 
 

NEXT step! WooHoo!! January 10, 2012

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Alright so we’ve got this. Second week, we started by buying thank you cards as a reminder of how we shouldn’t take life for granted. Next on the agenda is random acts of kindness! The idea is to do at least one random act of kindness a day whether it be for someone you know or a complete stranger. If you can’t find anyone or you’re not feeling up to it do something for yourself by doing 15 minutes of exercise. This isn’t only a great way to better yourself, it’s also great for your body and a good way to prep for next week’s resolution ;) Meanwhile start buying more vegetables we’ll start our prep for a vegan diet within the next few days.

A great site to fuel ideas for random acts of kindness is

http://www.helpothers.org/ideas.php: not only does the  site give great ideas for acts of kindness but also offers printable smile cards. These happy little cards give a little incentive for the next person to pay it forward. And while these changes may seem tiny- there’s nothing better than knowing you’ve made someone’s day.=)

 
 

Moments lost- R.I.P Simba bhatia and lots of love January 9, 2012

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Seconds wasted, moments lost- it’s hard to believe that my family member of sixteen years is gone.

Many people would call him a cat and while he was indeed a blue tabby with the most beautiful green eyes, more than a cat he was a friend and a beloved family member. from the age of three to the tender age of twenty- I’d like to think he had a happy life. Moving from state to state only to settle with us in CA- you could tell by the purr that was happy at least a good portion of the time.a model xmas-fall soph 1762

The perfect cuddle bunny, the perfect secret keeper and a perpetual friend; this is the weekend I shall dedicate to him. It’s also a time to reflect on all the moments you may have lost and to pledge to make the most of what we have left by spending our time wisely and causing the least amount of pain possible whether it be emotional or environmental; it’s time we all make a small change.

We love you Simba

 
 

First thing is first! January 7, 2012

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Buy thank you cards to remind you to show your gratitude whether it be verbally or written.

Also start buying more fruit- may I suggest tiny oranges? They’re delicious! ;)

 
 

To society December 7, 2011

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LMSW :  (1:23 AM) 
* the basis of wife beating is male dominance- not superior physical strength or violent temperament… but social, economic, political, and psychological power… Wife beating is the chronic battering of a person of inferior power who for that reason cannot effectively resist*
our gvt makes equality impossible
it’s bullshit
they pay women 73% of what they pay men, pushing women towards "pink collar jobs" which are typically low paying with little opp for advancement and leading women to consider a life of domesticity instead
Society:  (1:44 AM) 
i agree
LMSW:  (1:44 AM) 
then when we’re married, we’re economically dependent because we don’t make as much money; the govt says hey you had kids you’re allowed to take time off to take care of them but you’re husband isn’t further pushign the idea of child care on women
then! to add to it
women who ARE housewives because their unpaid work is seen as more beneficial to the family than their paid work
have to do monotonous jobs that no one likes
and they not only don’t get paid for it
but because they’re not the bread winners they don’t get as much say in the house
and as such not as much say in the workplace either
do you know companies don’t see a woman with children as reliable?
the govt has made it so because they have this additional responsibility they’re unreliable while men with kids
are seen as doubly reliable
because they have a family to support them!
it’s obscure and twisted and there’s NO way
we’re equal
and no one notices

not even you…

 
 

Birth Control is more than just a way to be modern November 20, 2011

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It’s only been a month and yet, here we are, as voters sitting, twiddling our thumbs to see if yet another ridiculous bill catered to limiting woman’s control of her body, will pass through the House and Senate.

With the help of the Refusal Clause, Birth control without copays (which costs about $288 a year on average) could be further than we had ever hoped. This clause which was passed in order to exempt certain religious groups from offering “free” birth control has been marked by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) or the Catholic Health Association (CHA) as not enough.

These bills are just a big “fuck you” to women who don’t want to have babies before they feel ready and the fact that no other aspects of birth control are being looked into is not only beyond stupid, but irresponsible.

Endocrine disruptors found in contraceptives are often damaging to entire ecosystems but instead of demanding that our pharmaceutical companies create something a little more functional, we’re busy trying to get rid of the product entirely.

Now if the product were Viagra, there would be a ridiculous amount of outrage from men who feel that although, nature has told them that they can no longer hold an erection, the ability to defy the odds with a magical blue pill far outweighs anything else.

The fact that women are continuously seen as reproductive machines is outrageous but what’s more outrageous are the risks we have to take if we don’t want to have babies.

Birth Control isn’t 100% safe in case you haven’t noticed.

According to the U.S Department of Health and Human Services on Women’s Health, using Birth control increases the odds of depression, heart attack, blood clots, weight gain, sore breasts and nausea. New studies from neurologists say the Progestin part of it may even impact our thinking but what’s worse is that we’re not the only ones suffering from the ridiculousness that is the pharmaceutical industry.

The simple excretion of these hormones from our bodies into the sewage systems and eventually the waterways isn’t enough to eliminate the endocrine-disruptors from the system and thus, causes extensive damage to the marine ecosystem.

According to an a research paper written by John E. Ehiri, Division of International Health and Martin Birley of IMPACT, “One of the most worrying examples of the effects of such pollutants on aquatic life in the UK was the identification around the coast, of a condition known as “imposex” in dog whelks, in which females acquire male characteristics that physically prevent them (the females) from laying eggs (Environment Agency, 1998).”
The question then becomes which has a greater impact, the drugs we’re using to prevent overpopulation or overpopulation itself?
While Ehiri and Birley are uncertain about the issue, it’s not too much to ask for both.
As women have developed over time, we’ve had to prove that our innate ability to reproduce is not our only function and by eliminating birth control, or access to birth control to those who need it the most, we’re essentially stepping back to the 1950’s where women were unhappy and in many ways powerless.
And while the era of “make me a sandwich” has managed to extend itself through the minds of ignorant boys and thankless spouses, the real difference between now and the 1950s is our power to think, our power to make decisions and our ability to say no.
Yet, without access to birth control which is healthy for both our environment and our bodies, the choices we have to make in terms of our reproductive health may actually hinder our ability to do anything else meaningful.
Blood clots, strokes and infertile fish make the issue of birth control more than just a woman’s problem but a human problem and it should be treated as such.
 
 

A little bit Stronger- Large companies strong with money not so much with Environmental movement September 24, 2011

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There’s certain bliss to come from taking a bite into the perfect slice of pizza. Whether it is the way the cheese slides into your mouth or the way the toppings caress your taste buds, it’s difficult to go wrong with pizza.

And yet, Papa John’s has done it.

While they’re pizza itself may take the pie for being the tastiest, they’re conspicuous conservation is not the least bit tempting to my taste buds.

Maybe nobody’s noticed but on the back of those lovely Papa John pizza boxes, there’s a recycling symbol.

Yes a symbol which indicates you throw it in a beautiful blue bin labeled recycling.

But if you haven’t been doing it, don’t feel bad, chances are you’re actually helping out recycling facilities. Cardboard food containers can’t be recycled if they have pizza grease or are contaminated by food in any other way. According to Earth911 this is because, “when paper products, like cardboard, are recycled, they are mixed with water and turned into slurry. Since we all know water and oil don’t mix, the issue is clear. Grease from pizza boxes causes oil to form at the top of the slurry, and paper fibers cannot separate from oils during the pulping process. Essentially, this contaminant causes the entire batch to be ruined.”

Needless to say recycling pizza boxes isn’t the answer to Global Warming but a general effort from big companies is. Papa John’s may have attempted to go green but in the end a lack of education and a lack of real concern have made it so that all their efforts are lost. If they really wanted their boxes to be recyclable they would change their universal recipe so that the cheese weren’t so greasy or add a layer of paper on top to keep the grease away from the inside of the box.

But they haven’t done any of this and the reason is simple and universal. With the green movement many large companies changed the way they managed their businesses, in little ways ¾ just enough for the consumer to notice, but not much more. We demanded green goods and we got them to a degree but what we really got was companies telling us to shut up and smile.

Apple, one of biggest companies worldwide, came out with the phone in your hand ¾ the expensive hipster laptop most of our student population uses, and yet, they’re green policy is utter crap.

Alright to be fair they’ve eliminated almost all PVC vinyl plastic which leaves behind toxic waste. They’ve also done a wonderful job in improving their E-waste cycle but when it comes down to it, they fail to have a public stance on the reduction of Green House Gases, to have any public opinion on the environment at all.

And as such they’ve ranked 9th out of 18 major electronic companies on Greenpeace’s Electronic Guide- the October 2011 edition. But for being such an international brand I feel that we should expect more from them.

Sure, Nintendo and Microsoft are the lowest ranking companies of the list but with Apple being so much more popular; our need for them to go green is that much greater.

In actuality our need for all big companies to go green seems to have increased exponentially in the past decade.

And yet, as our demand for more eco-friendly products has increased so has the propensity for large brands to fall short on their promises.

Apple, for example promised to become greener as of 2007 and while they succeeded in one way, they’re competition succeeded in several allowing them to drop from 5th place on the list to 9th.

Perhaps a pizza alternative would be more eco-friendly.

“One order of cheese, hold the box please.”