Good Stuff? - Sources

Much of the data in Good Stuff is found in Worldwatch Institute, State of the World 2004 (New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2004) and Worldwatch Institute, Vital Signs (New York: W.W. Norton & Co., various editions). Additional sources include the following:

Baby Products

The Green Guide, “Product Report: Baby Bottles” and “Product Report: Diapers,” available at <>.

Beverage Containers

Estimate of 189 billion excludes milk and beverages packaged in aseptic drink boxes, foil pouches, and gable-top cartons, per the Container Recycling Institute (CRI), “Internal Market Data Analysis” (Arlington, VA: January 2004); sales and recycling rates for aluminum cans, PET and HDPE plastic bottles, and glass bottles compiled using data from the Aluminum Association, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), the American Plastics Council, the National Association of PET Container Resources, the U.S. EPA Office of Solid Waste, the Beverage Marketing Corporation, and Beverage World magazine; “Brazil Is the World Champion in Recycling of Aluminum Used Beverage Cans for The Second Time,” Brazil Aluminum Association, <>, viewed 6 October 2002; Glenn Switkes, “Aluminum Companies Press for Dams on Amazon,” World Rivers Review, October 2001; per capita consumption derived by CRI using data from the Aluminum Association, DOC, and European Aluminum Association; Jennifer Gitlitz, “Trashed Cans: The Global Environmental Impacts of Aluminum Wasting in America,” (Arlington, VA: CRI, June 2002); U.S. EPA, Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Management of Selected Materials in Municipal Solid Waste (Washington, DC: September 1998); R.W. Beck, 2002 National Post Consumer Plastics Recycling Report, prepared for the American Plastics Council, at < docs/1200/1131.pdf>; A. Choate, S. Brown, H. Ferland, and E. Lee, Waste Management and Energy Savings: Benefits by the Numbers (Washington, DC: U.S. EPA, 2001); U.S. EPA, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, Municipal Solid Waste in the United States: 2000 Facts and Figures (Washington, DC: June 2002); Mark Murray, State Treasurer, Michigan, “Report to the Legislature,” submitted 26 June 2000; Hans Funke, Returpak, Sweden, personal communication, 6 June 2003; Ravi Rebbapragada, Mines, Minerals & People, Hyderabad, India, personal communication, 30 October 2003.


U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Transportation Technologies, “Fact #230: August 19, 2002, Hybrid Electric Vehicles in the United States,” at <> and “Fact #251: January 20, 2003, Hybrid Vehicle Sales,” at <>.

CDs and DVDs

U.S. EPA, Office of Solid Waste, “The Life Cycle of a CD or DVD,” poster available at <>; “Recycling 101: Compact Discs,” Green Star E-News, 21 October 2002, at <>; Polymer Reprocessors Limited, “The Benefits,” at <>; Recording Industry Association of America, “Cost of a CD,” at <>.

Cleaning Products

The Green Guide, “Product Report: Household Cleaning Supplies,” available at <>; American Association of Poison Control Centers, Toxic Exposure Surveillance System Annual Report 2001, at <>; U.S. EPA, Office of Air and Radiation, Indoor Environments Division, “Why Study Indoor Air Quality???” <>; Dana W. Kolpin et al., “Pharmaceuticals, Hormones, and Other Organic Wastewater Contaminants in U.S. Streams, 1999–2000: A National Reconnaissance,” Environmental Science and Technology, 15 March 2002, pp. 1202–11; John Elkington, Julia Hailes, and Joel Makower, The Green Consumer (New York: Penguin Books, 1988), p. 117.


The Green Guide, “Product Report: Clothing,” available at <>


PACE Law School Energy Project, Power Scorecard Website, <>; U.S. EPA, Power Profiler Website: <>; U.S. EPA, Green Power Partnership Website: <>; European Photovoltaic Industry Association and Greenpeace, “Solar Generation: Electricity For Over 1 Billion People and 2 Million Jobs by 2020,” at <>; U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Energy Information Administration, International Energy Outlook 2003 (Washington, DC: May 2003); American Wind Energy Association, Global Wind Energy Market Report (Washington, DC: February 2003); Green-e , “Green-e Renewable Energy Certification Program,” <>, Database of Renewable Energy Incentives website, <>; German Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, German Environmental Report 2002 (Berlin: March 2002).


The Green Guide, “Product Report: Wood Furniture,” available at <>

Gold Jewelry

Earthworks/Mineral Policy Center, Dirty Metals: Mining, Communities and the Environment (Washington, DC: 2004).


American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy; DOE, Energy Information Administration; US EPA; Michael Aucott et al., "Release of Mercury from Broken Fluorescent Bulbs," Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, February 2003; H. Geller et al., Update on Brazil’s National Electricity Conservation Program (PROCEL), 1999; V. Fulbright, A. Jacob, and C. Calwell, Compact Fluorescent Light Programs Shine Through the West Coast Power Crisis, E Source Report ER-03-11 (Boulder, CO, Platts Research & Consulting, 2003).

Paint and Varnishes

P.W. McRandle and Andreea Matei, “Paint,” Green Guide 96, May/June 2003, at <>; The Green Guide, “Product Report: Paint” and “Product Report: Wood Finishes,” available at <>; National Paint and Coatings Association Website, at <>.

Personal Care Items

The Green Guide, “Product Report: Lip and Eye Makeup,” “Product Report: Nail Products,” “Product Report: Shampoo,” “Product Report: Sunscreen,” and “Product Report: Deodorants and Anti-Perspirants,” available at <>.