After the media frenzy surrounding record sales on “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday,” Green America proposes a new annual shopping tradition, Green Tuesday. Of course, we also recommend buying green all the time (not just on “Green Tuesday”), and we also highly encourage simple gifts, and non-consumer holidays. But… we also know that gift-giving is traditional for most families, and […]
“One company isn’t going to save the world,” says Stephanie Schiff, owner of Ecobutterfly Organics. “It has to take place in the consciousness of the people as individuals, over and over, one at a time until the ideas eventually just become part of the way we think as a society.” Along with her online portal for purchasing super-sustainable fiber-arts supplies, […]
“Currently, the Great Plains are dominated by cattle and by industrial farming, which are not sustainable,” says Mark Tilsen, co-founder of Native American Natural Foods. “These practices drastically reduce biodiversity, while grazing activity by buffalo actually encourages it. Industrial agriculture increases soil erosion, while the natural prairie grasses that buffalo prefer hold the soil in place.” To help restore the […]
Congratulations to the ten outstanding green businesses that received the most nominations to be named Green Business of the Year for 2011! Companies like these, and all the members of our business network, are green-economy heroes, using their entrepreneurial skills for social change and a more sustainable planet. This year’s list of top-ten nominees cover a range of green-business products and […]
When Jason and Kim Graham-Nye traveled from Portland to San Francisco for the Green Festival in November of 2010 to collect their People’s Choice Award for Green Business of the Year, it wasn’t their first visit to the Green Festival. While attending previous Festivals in Chicago, San Francisco, and Washington, DC, Jason says, “We were able to meet new customers […]
Headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, just outside of Washington, DC, Mary Kearns’ business calls one of the largest metropolitan areas in the nation home. But with easy access to the Shenandoah Mountains in the opposite direction, she’s not that far from rural America as well. That’s sort of the balance she sought to build into the name of her business. […]
Think you can’t find Fair Trade footwear? Think again. From the Fair Trade latex in the soles of these sneakers, to the sustainably harvested organic cotton uppers, to the final fair-wage manufacturing facility in Pakistan, Autonomie Fair Trade sneakers are a model of fair sourcing. “Social entrepreneurship has been a passion of mine since my senior year of college,” says […]
You know ChicoBag, right? They’re the company that makes the reusable bags that fold up so tiny you can keep them in a purse or briefcase or glove compartment. They’re being sued by three giant plastic-bag manufacturers for claiming – and this is a direct quote from the lawsuit – that reusable bags are “superior to plastic bags … with regard to environmental impact.” The lawsuit seeks to shut down all of ChicoBag’s advertising of why reusable bags represent an “alleged environmental superiority” over use-and-toss plastic bags. Unbelievable. We did a little digging and discovered that the same plastic-bag companies behind the ChicoBag lawsuit are behind an ongoing misinformation campaign in Oregon (where lawmakers are considering a state-wide plastic bag ban). Green America’s new editorial on this topic began appearing in newspapers nationwide on May 16. Please help us distribute it widely.