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!

1-25 of 222 signatures
Number Date Name How will you consume less ...
222 2.1 years ago Neville Bruce
221 4.8 years ago Anonymous
220 4.8 years ago Carol Parker When so many in the world have so little, my family and friends are giving money to charities instead of presents we might not need.
219 4.9 years ago Marleen Neus
218 4.9 years ago Polly Heninger Most of my gifts are charitable contributions in honor of my family and friends, including to the public schools of young family members
217 4.9 years ago rita hogan We are making things and only buying locally and small makers online. We are not shopping at Walmart (never do) or Target. We are purchasing our food at the local coop.
216 4.9 years ago Shannon Markley
215 4.9 years ago Gloria Bram I will be making donations to my favorite non-profits instead of gifts for adults & any premiums will be given as gifts to the kids. I'd shop locally if I could, but there are no locally owned shops...
214 4.9 years ago Rebekah Wilce I will encourage fewer gifts, make by hand as many gifts as possible, try to find used gifts, and shop for any other holiday gifts at local businesses.
213 4.9 years ago Molly Rooke
212 4.9 years ago Anonymous I am not purchasing gifts but making all.
211 4.9 years ago Elizabeth Coppens Tea towels make great wrapping 'paper'! (so do old maps)
210 4.9 years ago Rebecca Burmester
209 4.9 years ago Kate Fox making gifts
208 4.9 years ago R0semarie Weletzky I'll try to buy only as much food as we can eat.
Try to spend time together with my family and
with me friends....instead of buying lots of
207 4.9 years ago Samuel Stroup I didn't go shopping Black Friday. I'm not buying gifts for people. Im eating an organic fair trade holiday meal. I donated to 7 worthy causes in honor of those close to me. I haven't bought new Chr...
206 4.9 years ago Margaret Truman Gifts of money and a suggestion that it be saved to make contributions to worthy causes.
205 4.9 years ago Anonymous - give charitable donations as gifts; spend no money on "decorations";
204 4.9 years ago Robin Smith Make agreements with family that our gift exchange will be that of time spent with each other and mindful attention. Continue to pedal my bike through the New Year and eat food that contributes to ...
203 4.9 years ago Anonymous no driving around to shop, repurposing and donating
202 4.9 years ago Liz Smith
201 4.9 years ago Susan Bartovics Making presents, limiting expenses, singing carols!
200 4.9 years ago Ricardo Hernandez
199 4.9 years ago Daniela Siegenthaler
198 4.9 years ago Laurie Todd
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