Green America: Growing the Green Economy for People and the Planet

Pledge to green your Holiday!

The holidays are upon us and our country is entering the biggest buying season of the year. Americans will spend a total of $586.1 billion dollars in November and December — and an average of $646 per person on gifts alone.

The impact on people and planet of all our consumption is staggering.

America's most irresponsible corporations profit hand-over-fist, without regard to the true environmental cost, labor injustice, or excessive waste.

But it’s not all bah, humbug… You do have a choice.

Please stand with Green America and pledge to shift 20% or more of your holiday spending away from cookie-cutter consumerism and one-use waste—instead supporting local, green, handmade and homegrown businesses!

When you include organic and Fair Trade ingredients in holiday meals, make your own gifts and gift wrap, and choose greener gifts — it’s a great way to show the joyous side of going green.

Less Tinsel…More Joy!

I pledge to consume less and spend wisely this holiday season. When I do make holiday purchases, I pledge to shift 20% or more of my spending away from cookie-cutter consumerism and one-use waste; and towards local, green, Fair Trade, handmade and homegrown businesses that produce sustainable goods for people and the planet.

Together, if all American households shift just 20% of our holiday spending to green purchases, we could steer nearly $117.2 billion toward green jobs and the green economy.

That's billions toward businesses that build community… billions toward recycling, composting, and reuse… billions toward reduced energy use… billions toward fair supply chains that protect workers and stop sweatshop abuses.

It's my way of telling big-box stores and greedy CEOs it's time to start investing in a clean energy future, paying fair wages, valuing local communities, and protecting the planet we all share!

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Number Date Name How will you consume less ...
2586 11 months ago Darren Blankenship I will spend time with my family and friends doing things together - not buying things for each other. And luckily I have family members who totally agree with me.
2585 11 months ago bec Marant
2584 11 months ago Susan Shiels Matias
2583 11 months ago Denise Lytle
2582 11 months ago Anonymous Trying to pass along the values of gratitude and not consumerism to my step-daughter. Always try to limit gifts and make them truly special.
2581 11 months ago Anonymous Trips to celebrate instead of "stuff"
2580 11 months ago Stirling Cousins We make many of our own gifts, buy less and buy local/organic/green/fair trade.
2579 11 months ago Crystal Buesing I will buy locally, and only one gift for each child.
2578 11 months ago Diana Iratoo
2577 11 months ago Patricia Smith
2576 11 months ago Donna Leveridge-Campbell I will continue to buy local and sustainable as much as possible and use fabric and pre-used gift wrap, And I will seek out additional fair trade and green businesses to support. Eat from our loca...
2575 11 months ago Ayanna Kyles Waste not and more.practice of supporting local merchants
2574 11 months ago Michelle Irvin
2573 11 months ago Anne Huibregtse
2572 11 months ago Anonymous I give more experiences and less stuff. I use decorative, fabric giftbags, not wrapping paper. We produce less than 1/2 a garbage bag of landfill waste during Thanksgiving and Christmas celebratio...
2571 11 months ago Roger Rutz I support local businesses since I am a local business. Homemade or craft based gifts are what I prefer to give. Corporate or big-box stores are the last things I want to deal with during the holida...
2570 11 months ago Anonymous
2569 11 months ago Karen Bearden Local gifts and food. Easily over 80% green!!!
2568 11 months ago Maida Sandoval Make a donation to charity.
2567 11 months ago Anonymous No big-box stores for our family. I love making gifts and finding unique items at craft fairs and small, local shops . A favorite shop is Ten Thousand Villages.
2566 11 months ago Ann & Jim Lamb Durable gifts, local as possible
2565 11 months ago Alicia Hunt Gifts from local crafters.
2564 11 months ago J. David Scott
2563 11 months ago Dorothy Foley
2562 11 months ago Kathleen Ashpaugh Support local artisans, and shops, buy less, recycle wrapping.
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