I just bought a green basketball.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jul 19, 2008
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It’s silly, but the more you start thinking about every purchase, the more you start thinking about every purchase…to the point where I haven’t played basketball, one of my main favorite forms of exercise, much except at the Rec for a few years. Why? ‘Cause my old basketballs were…old…worn down, worn out (usually a good outdoor bball lasts a season or two, depending on how much you play). And so, a year or so ago, when it came time to buy a new ball…I couldn’t do it. First of all, there’s nowhere to buy a ball except at Target or some other big box chain. McGuckin’s, our great local indie hardware store, only offers a few balls, literally–and they’re none to good (you really want a ball that has good grip). Secondly, all balls I know of are made in…you guessed it. China. Mao’s homeland. Right. The same Mao who killed more than Hitler and Stalin combined. The same country where Tibetans are oppressed, and Chinese only slightly less so.

So, for two years, I didn’t buy a ball.

Finally, last week, I caved. I’m crazy, I thought to myself—go to Target, buy a ball, it’s summer, you should be out there playing with JC and all the other boys you see every day, running about in heat that’d knock Liston out and keep ‘im down.

So I go to Tarjé, for the first time in two plus years, and…lo and behold, the Green movement has reached even the flourescent-lit halls. I find the bball aisle and two Obama volunteers are spending their lunchhour, I guess, tossing a whiffle ball back and forth. Gripping a series of Made in China balls in Target, our non-local big box retailer, I see one that’s…dark green…that says something about ‘Think Globally, Hoop Locally.’ A riff, of course, off the famous hippie “Act Locally, Think Globally.”

The ball is more than green-colored–its skin consists of 40% recycled rubber. Delighted to have found an option that’ll help tilt the bball market ever so slightly toward sustainability, I dribbled off, inspired—and eager to get out on the courts.


Wilson Rebound Recycled Basketball:

  • Official size
  • 40% of the rubber cover is made from recycled scrap rubber
  • Display box is made from 80% pre and post consumer recycled board
  • Other great options. And another.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


4 Responses to “I just bought a green basketball.”

  1. John Wilson says:

    Is this the ball that almost got ripped off at the outdoor cinema?

  2. admin says:

    you got it, brau!

  3. marin says:

    You can also find green Ethletic soccer balls, basketballs, and volleyballs at http://www.fairdealtrading.com/ (along with the cool Converse look-alikes Waylon reviewed in the Summer08 issue). Play on, playa.

  4. mari says:

    it’s been nice seeing more and more “greenish” products making it onto the shelves at target… even though most of them are still disgustingly wasteful and are only 10% “earth friendly,” it is forcing the typical american to consciously make the decision to buy the standard product or the one marketed as more green. old habits die hard, and if our country insists on curing depression by consuming, at least we can trick the masses into buying the recycled paper towels.

    ps if you go to target looking for something to help repel mice (i was looking for the spray they have at whole foods) you will only find GLUE TRAPS, SNAP TRAPS, and RAT POISON. no spray. no live traps. i started crying right there when i started doing the math- how many target stores there were in the US x how many glue traps each store stocked. it’s great that they carry some eco-oriented products, but is it because of an authentic desire to change, or just because going green is like, totally in right now?