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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Your Green Holiday Checklist

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By Beth Porter, Better Paper Project Director It’s no secret that the “most wonderful time of the year” leaves behind massive piles of trash. Waste1 in the U.S. increases 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day – that’s an additional 1 million tons of waste heading to our already overflowing landfills each week. Green America will help you enjoy […]

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10 Grinch Gifts to Avoid This Holiday

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Jewelry from Discount and Department Stores Problems: Adult and children costume jewelry from stores such as Claire’s, Walmart, Target, Forever 21, Walmart, H&M, and Icing may contain toxic lead and cadmium.  Mining for stones and metals used in more expensive jewelry causes environmental damage, unsafe working conditions, and violent and lethal conflict. Better Options: High-quality jewelry made by fair trade […]

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Alternatives to Amazon – Environmentally and Socially Responsible Holiday Retailers!

12 Alternatives to Amazon

The holidays are approaching, and like many Americans, you will probably purchase a gift for a friend or family member online. As a proud Green American, however, you may be wondering how the company synonymous with online shopping, Amazon, ranks in terms of sustainability and social responsibility. We did some research on the issue, and found that by most corporate […]

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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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The Gifts I’m Sharing With My Relatives and Friends This Holiday Season

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On my vacation this year from my work as Green America’s online editor and coordinator of our People & Planet Award for green businesses, I had the good fortune to visit the headquarters of Canaan Fair Trade, and spend a week harvesting olives with the Fair Trade cooperatives organized in around the city of Jenin in the Palestinian territories. Canaan […]

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