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 6 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 6 months ago bec Marant
2584 6 months ago Susan Shiels Matias
2583 6 months ago Denise Lytle
2582 6 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 6 months ago Anonymous Trips to celebrate instead of "stuff"
2580 6 months ago Stirling Cousins We make many of our own gifts, buy less and buy local/organic/green/fair trade.
2579 6 months ago Dr. Crystal Buesing I will buy locally, and only one gift for each child.
2578 6 months ago Diana Iratoo
2577 6 months ago Patricia Smith
2576 6 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 6 months ago Ayanna Kyles Waste not and more.practice of supporting local merchants
2574 6 months ago Michelle Irvin
2573 6 months ago Anne Huibregtse
2572 6 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 6 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 6 months ago Anonymous
2569 6 months ago Karen Bearden Local gifts and food. Easily over 80% green!!!
2568 6 months ago Maida Sandoval Make a donation to charity.
2567 6 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 6 months ago Ann & Jim Lamb Durable gifts, local as possible
2565 6 months ago Alicia Hunt Gifts from local crafters.
2564 6 months ago J. David Scott
2563 6 months ago Dorothy Foley
2562 6 months ago Kathleen Ashpaugh Support local artisans, and shops, buy less, recycle wrapping.
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