Your Black Friday Survival Guide

Americans are looking to spend almost a grand each on gifts this season. According to a poll from the National Retail Federation, people are loosening their wallets this year to the tune of $935.58 each, a number so high it is second only to last year’s spending expectations. The survey says November is the biggest month to start shopping, and people say they’re most likely to shop in department stores, discount stores, and online. Black Friday, of course, is one of the biggest shopping days of the year, and it seems like every year it gets bigger with more sales, longer lines, and sometimes even starting on Thanksgiving Day. We have a few tips for you on how to survive this year’s Black Friday, without getting up early or fighting the crowds at the mall. Don’t go shopping. If you’re celebrating Christmas as your major gift-giving event, you still have 30 days from the Friday after Thanksgiving until the holiday. Hanukah celebrators have 29 days in between Friday and the first night of celebration. Solstice: 26 days. New Year’s Eve: 36. Basically, you have plenty of time to get what you need without contributing to the consumerist culture at its worst, Black Friday. Do go for a walk. Whether it’s around the block or up a mountain, enjoy nature instead of spending time in traffic or at the mall. The REI Co-op took up this cause with their #OptOutside movement […]

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Finding Recycled Eyeglasses

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Inspired by our Summer 2016 issue of the Green American on recycling, editorial fellow Ilana Berger investigated why and how to buy recycled eyeglass frames. Here’s what she discovered…. A few weeks ago, I went to LensCrafters with my mom to help her pick out a new pair of glasses. Having been blessed with 20/20 vision, I had never been glasses […]

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Read, Reuse, Recycle

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This summer, it’s all about recycling. At least for us it is—our new issue of the Green American is out, and in it we’re investigating a major pillar of environmentalism: recycling. While countries around the world are recycling 50-80 percent of their waste, the US sits at 34 percent. This summer, we asked how we could step it up, to push ourselves […]

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BPA Substitute May Be Toxic to the Human Brain

BPA-free labels may indicate the presence of BPS. Ask the manufacturer if you're unsure

Bisphenol-A (BPA) gained notoriety in the 1990s as scientists studies began to draw lines between its use in many types of consumer plastics and hormone disruption, which can lead to problems with brain and nervous system development, obesity, and cancer. Today, manufacturers often turn to bisphenol-S (BPS) as a substitute that’s intended to be less toxic. However, researchers at the […]

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Honoring Dr. Theo Colborn

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Today, Green America honors the life of Dr. Theo Colborn, who passed away on December 14th.  Many of us working for environmental sustainability and social justice aim to change the world, but Dr. Colborn did just that through her groundbreaking efforts to recognize and pinpoint the effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Her seminal book, Our Stolen Future (co-authored with Dianne Dumanowski and John […]

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Green Holiday Gifts for Kids

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Celebrating greener holidays can mean reducing the number of gifts you give, choosing instead to focus on relationships and the spiritual meaning attached to the holiday season. Still, many find great joy in sharing gifts with the children in their lives. Fortunately, there are many wonderful gift ideas guaranteed to bring a smile to a child’s face while supporting the […]

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