Green America April 30, 2014Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Food & Drink, Nature, Sustainable Living.
Green America sees a world where all people have enough, where all communities are healthy and safe, and where the bounty of the Earth is preserved for all the generations to come.
If you share that vision, you can learn more by visiting:
Each year, Green America publishes National Green Pages to inspire consumers to make greener choices with the green in their wallets.
Green America’s corporate responsibility director, Todd Larsen, crunched the numbers published by the US Department of Labor for the average American household’s 2009 purchases, and came away with an inspiring conclusion and a $300 billion challenge:
If all American households shift just 10 percent of their current spending to green purchases, we could steer $300 billion toward green jobs and the green economy.
Think about it. That’s $300 billion toward businesses that build community… $300 billion toward recycling, composting, and reuse… $300 billion toward reduced energy use… $300 billion toward fair supply chains that protect workers and stop sweatshop abuses.
Equally powerful, the reverse of the equation is true. Shifting 10 percent to green means pulling $300 billion worth of support out of the business-as-usual economy. That’s $300 diverted from supporting fossil-fuel expansion … $300 billion pulled from irresponsible, exploitative banks … $300 billion of support denied to big-box stores with questionable sourcing standards and disastrous carbon footprints.
Green America’s website offers a plethora of articles, tips, techniques, and strategies for greening your purchases:
1. Borrow, Trade, or Buy Used: The greenest thing you can do is to not buy new at all. Use Green America’s resources for inspiration on how to barter for books, movies, clothing, food, home repairs, and more.
2. Grow Your Own Food: When you plant your own garden you can ensure that your food is organic and healthy. A National Gardening Association study found that the average family spends $70 a year on maintaining a vegetable garden, and grows $600 worth of harvest.
3. Green Your Home Energy Use: Switch your lightbulbs, fire your clothes dryer, unplug small appliances that draw electricity even when they’re turned off, or go all the way, with wind, geo-thermal, or solar.
Here’s to a more sustainable and just future for our planet!
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