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planet greenCongratulations!  If you’ve made it this far, it means you survived Black Friday. Whether you waited in line for hours or skipped the event all together, chances are you still have some holiday gifts that need to be made or purchased. For many of you, today, Cyber Monday, is the day to finish up those holiday gifting loose ends.

In many ways, shopping online allows us to enjoy a more relaxed, and more environmentally-conscious, experience. You have the opportunity to shop from the companies you value the most, there are no crowds, and often several legs of shipping and transport are avoided, reducing the items eventual carbon debt.

Now, let’s move on to what Planet Green is announcing for the first couple of months on the year.

planet green1(Silver Spring, Md.) – Planet Green announced today the U.S. premiere of five new series acquired from Canada and the UK, with the goal to bring American viewers thought-provoking narratives that connect the impact of human activity to the future of our planet. Dan Russell, Vice President of Programming and Scheduling, Planet Green, made the announcement:

“We have searched the globe for compelling personal journeys that inspire how we think, live, and work together to create change within our own environment,” said Russell. “We will continue to seek additional stories domestically and internationally to air on Planet Green that bring innovative storytelling to the forefront for our audience.”

From a chef determined to turn ex-cons into culinary protégés, to a woman on a mission to overcome serious traffic issues in some of the most congested towns in England, Planet Green tackles the inextricable issues of food in three of the acquired series, which debut during Planet Green’s “Premiere Week 2010,” beginning January 4:

BLOOD, SWEAT & TAKEAWAYS (4×60) U.S. Premiere: Monday, January 4 at 10:00 p.m. ET
A group of six young fast food junkies spend a month finding out the truth about how their favorite foods are produced. During this shock therapy that embeds them with the workers responsible for making their favorite dishes, they’ll have to live and work alongside poorly paid laborers carrying out the grimmest tasks while contending with appalling conditions. BLOOD, SWEAT & TAKEAWAYS reveals the not so glamorous side of food production for the masses and how what we eat can affect others.

BIG CHEF TAKES ON LITTLE CHEF (4×60) U.S. Premiere: Wednesday, January 6 at 8:00 p.m. ET
Little Chef has been a British institution for decades, but the restaurant chain has been on the verge of financial collapse for years. Enter Heston Blumenthal, an acclaimed three Michelin-starred chef. Can he make the British public fall in love with Little Chef all over again while reviving classic English food in the process? In BIG CHEF TAKES ON LITTLE CHEF, Chef Blumenthal takes an extraordinary culinary challenge: he has six months to come up with a new menu and design to help put the old-fashioned chain of roadside cafes back on the map. He must forget fine dining and get a grip on the real cuisine ordinary people want to eat.

CONVICTION KITCHEN (8×60) U.S. Premiere: Wednesday, January 6 at 10:00 p.m. ET
What do you get when you take one world-renowned chef, throw in 24 ex-cons with no culinary experience, and give them just three weeks to open a high-end restaurant from scratch? CONVICTION KITCHEN follows Marc Thuet, Executive Chef and his wife and business partner, Biana Zorich, as they put their reputations on the line with a high-stakes challenge that will push them – and their culinary protégés – to the limit. The training is ruthless, the hours are long, but the reward for 12 people in this motley crew of outcasts will be the second chance of a lifetime.

THE WOMAN WHO STOPPED TRAFFIC (3×60) U.S. Premiere: Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. ET
Professional trouble-shooter and creative problem solver Kris Murrin is on a mission to stop traffic for just one day in three of England’s most congested locations: Marlow, Boston, and Durham. Each city poses challenges ranging from resident objections to concerns from the city councils to bitter businesses worried about their bottom line. With a clear strategy of how the seemingly impossible can be accomplished, Kris shows the towns that even the hardest habits can be changed with the right motivation.

….. as the green world turns!

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  1. BK Says:

    I believe online shopping is a much more comfortable way to shop. Frankly speaking, I hate crowds and not much of a fan of shopping too. Usually, I would just go into the shop, get what I want to get and then out of the place.
    .-= BK´s last blog ..WW: It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas =-.

  2. Linda Says:

    Hi BK … I am not a fan of crowds either. So I really love to shop online! 😀

  3. Karen Says:

    I have heard of the ex-con thing. It sounds like a wonderful program.

  4. Linda Says:

    Hi Karen … I had not heard of it so I am gonna go catch it when it hits..

  5. Mike Says:

    I am not a shopper and I avoid crowds as well – I hate malls. Online shopping is great and very convenient, however, I do not do much of that either. I give visa gift cards and let the individuals decide what they want, thus, I am not wasting money buying stuff that somebody is not going to want and then they eventually toss it into a landfill. I think a gift card would be a more ‘green’ gift.
    .-= Mike´s last blog ..Featured Snow Events for December 9th =-.

  6. Linda Says:

    Hi Mike … I agree wholeheartily! Let them buy what they want!

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