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 ...
2587 5.2 years ago Neville Bruce
2586 7 years ago Susan Matias
2585 7 years ago Denise Lytle
2584 7 years 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.
2583 7 years ago Stirling Cousins We make many of our own gifts, buy less and buy local/organic/green/fair trade.
2582 7 years ago Crystal Buesing I will buy locally, and only one gift for each child.
2581 7 years ago Patricia Smith
2580 7 years 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...
2579 7 years ago Ayanna Kyles Waste not and more.practice of supporting local merchants
2578 7 years ago Michelle Irvin
2577 7 years ago Anne Huibregtse
2576 7 years 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...
2575 7 years 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...
2574 7 years ago Karen Bearden Local gifts and food. Easily over 80% green!!!
2573 7 years ago Maida Sandoval Make a donation to charity.
2572 7 years 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.
2571 7 years ago Ann Lamb Durable gifts, local as possible
2570 7 years ago Dorothy Foley
2569 7 years ago Kathleen Ashpaugh Support local artisans, and shops, buy less, recycle wrapping.
2568 7.1 years ago Anonymous
2567 7.1 years ago Anonymous Make my gifts!!
2566 7.1 years ago Y. Saavedra Continue to make or bake "custom" gifts. Purchase from local holiday, craft fairs, local artisans. Wrap with reusable bags.
2565 7.1 years ago Margaret Blakley
2564 7.1 years ago Patricia Ferguson
2563 7.1 years ago MaryAnn Gregory Reuseable packing fair trade purchasing charitable "adoptions"
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