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 $11.6 billion toward green jobs and the green economy.

That's $5.8 billion toward businesses that build community… $5.8 billion toward recycling, composting, and reuse… $5.8 billion toward reduced energy use… $5.8 billion 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 ...
2489 3 months ago Anonymous
2488 3 months ago Anonymous
2487 3 months ago Anonymous
2486 3 months ago Anonymous
2485 3 months ago Anonymous
2484 3 months ago Hans Bauman More cookies!
2483 3 months ago John Kitchel Every year, we host a Local & Fair Trade Holiday Fair on our farm, Kitchel Family Organics. Buy/Sell/Trade. Dozens of vendors from local communities bring their home-grown or home cooked food and ...
2482 1 year ago Bill Nierstedt We will not shop at Wal-Mart. We will shop at local stores. We will recycle ALL wrapping paper and Christmas cards, and re-use our cards as postcards for next year. We will try very hard NOT to b...
2481 1 year ago Renee Kermeen
2480 1 year ago Mark Teig
2479 1 year ago John Sodrel
2478 1 year ago Janis Todd
2477 1 year ago G. Bommelaere
2476 1 year ago AISHA EL-MEKKI I consistently use tote bags; If I need something, I check w/family first to see if the needed item can be borrowed; I don't buy from fast food shops and we're spending our holiday free-time declutt...
2475 1 year ago Tiffany Theden I made all of our gifts to friends this year - photos transferred onto wood, cotton grocery bags, found sea shell ornaments, and homemade spice mixtures! I also wrap things w/ newspaper & tie it w/...
2474 1 year ago Harriet S Horton I shall listen to what persons say they need or want, give handmade/ locally produced AMAP, shop sales, recycle boxes & wrap.paper/ decor bags. I shall burn less of outdoor lights. I shall use wha...
2473 1 year ago Christine Kasten
2472 1 year ago Dennis DeMarinis
2471 1 year ago Karen Christian I'm way ahead of you on this! Don't shop at the big box stores, don't buy anything from China, gift the family with donations to charities, nothing extravagant, everything green or recycled.
2470 1 year ago Anonymous My family never buys many gifts. We did a lot of our shopping at fairs, markets and farming and gardening conferences from small crafty vendors. We always save and reuse our wrapping paper!
2469 1 year ago Anonymous We have stopped buying gifts for family and friends altogether. Instead, we donate to a good cause.
2468 1 year ago Anonymous My friend and I do iFly which is indoor skydiving. I believe they recycle the air and power to the wind tunnel so it's pretty green.
2467 1 year ago Ailene Elkin I am not buying family or friend gifts at all this year. My gift will be having fun time together with good food, playing games at home, and lots of laughter together!
2466 1 year ago Denise Lytle
2465 1 year ago Edward Estrella
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