Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Ideal Bite Tip of the Day

Can someone tell you're a Biter just by your vocab?

The Bite
Sure can, sweetie. There are lots of words we Biters use that aren't so common. Here are the ones newbie Biters and friends of Biters oughta know, baby-love.

The Words
  • Biodynamic: organic crop cultivation that emphasizes the interrelationship of soil, plants, and animals.

  • Example: Even though it was produced in tandem with the lunar phases, the biodynamic wine Jen drank still gave her a moon-sized hangover.

  • Carbon footprint: the amount of greenhouse gases emitted through the combustion of fossil fuels due to human activities.

  • Example: Sara's recent weekend in Puerto Rico was dreamy, but the CO2 emitted by the plane didn't help decrease her carbon footprint or the number of her global warming-related nightmares.

  • Cradle-to-cradle: an efficient, waste-free production technique - all materials are recycled, reused, or composted.

  • Example: Hilary's new cradle-to-cradle office chair was made from sustainable materials that can be recycled when death do them part or after she gets fired (whichever comes first).

  • Greenwash: to pretend you're green when you're not in order to impress potential customers or friends.

  • Example: The Biter Team found that the oil company's ads - featuring a baby deer nuzzling an oil barrel - bordered on greenwashing.

  • Light-green: making incremental, not drastic, life changes to help the planet.

  • Example: Biters who drive their hybrid SUV to the organic wine bar live a light-green lifestyle - the fact that the wine was imported from Italy...not so much.

  • Locavore: someone who prefers eating locally produced food.

  • Example: As a locavore, Kay likes getting sauced on beer made in her neighbor's basement.

  • Sustainable: capable of continued production with no long-term effect on the environment.

  • Example: The desks (that occasionally collapse because we assembled them ourselves) in the Biter offices are made of wood from sustainable forests that aren't cut down faster than they're replanted.

  • Xeriscape: landscaping that incorporates drought-resistant plants and doesn't require much watering.

  • Example: Since Toshio's parents xeriscaped their yard - taking out the lawn and planting Southern California climate-appropriate shrubs - they've relegated the Slip 'n Slide to the garage.

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