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Four good green reads, from edible fashion to your pet's eco-pawprint

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(Read caption) Does Porter, a 70-plus-pound chocolate lab, have a larger carbon footprint than this gas-gulping SUV that gets about 17 mpg? Some New Zealanders say so. A new study argues that resources required to feed a dog give it about twice the eco-footprint of an SUV.

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Who says that environmental news always has to be about cap and trade or disappearing glaciers? Some of our green reading today tends toward the offbeat: edible clothing (think pasta blouses and a cabbage-leaf  bikini) and calculating the eco-pawprint of your dog or cat.

Then take a peek at Southwest's new green airplane and consider an environmental side effect of the world's yearly 1.2 billion lightning flashes.

Edible fashion
You get the feeling that Joe Laur had fun compiling From the Fig Leaf to Fig Newton’s….Edible Clothing can grow on you! at Greenopolis. He documents Chocolate Fashion in Greece and clothes made using flowers and seeds.

So far, we haven't seen any studies about the environmental impact of  a Nike hamburger.

How green is your pet?
According to Robert and Brenda Vale,  architects specializing in sustainable living at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, a medium-size dog has more of an adverse impact on the environment than driving a Toyota Highlander.


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