Monthly Archives: May 2012

1, 2 and 3

Three minutes is less than the time it takes for my coffee to brew. It’s 180 seconds and is less than what it takes to brush my teeth. How important are three minutes of your time? Do you agree with me if I say that we all can and should take that much time out everyday if it helps?

Switching on your computer  takes less time than three minutes; most of us still choose to leave our computers in SLEEP mode rather than switch them off completely. SLEEP mode requires considerable energy — my laptop consumes about 7% of my fully charged battery “sleeping” for 6 hours. Energy that should really be conserved.

Before you go to bed, you switch off the lights; why not do the same for your computer/laptop?

Finding what works

” Success comes from persistently improving and inventing, not from persistently doing what’s not working. “

                                          –Derek Sivers

Cracking the code

Which coffee should I buy– the organic one or the Fair trade certified one? Is printing paper claiming to be made from 100% recycled material better than the one carrying the Sustainable Forest Certification stamp?

Open Label and Good Guide are helping consumers make a faster, more informative choice by providing  information on various consumer products, helping you decide based on parameters important to you – For  e.g. printing paper which either uses the least amount of energy or the one sourced from 100% sustainable forests.

You can either use their website or simply scan the bar code of the product you’re planning to buy; their app will inform you just how well the product ranks up against its counterparts. In an age where companies just throw labels and certifications at you rather than actual data, this is a breath of fresh air.