Finding Recycled Eyeglasses


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


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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“Practice What You Print” Campaign Urges Smithsonian Magazine to Begin Using Recycled Paper


Smithsonian Produces 19 Million Magazines Annually; Green America Calls On Environmentally-Minded Publication to Spare Nearly 20,000 Trees a Year. WASHINGTON, DC – April 5, 2016 – In its latest campaign to move the magazine industry to recycled paper, the nonprofit Green America today launched “Practice What You Print, Smithsonian” to encourage Smithsonian Magazine to move to recycled-content paper in order […]

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The Truth About Bottled Water

Did you know? trash covers up to 40% of the ocean surface. 90% is plastic. water bottles can break down into little pieces covering entire beaches.

Guest post from Alexandra Beane, Wheels For Wishes The United States is the world’s largest consumer of bottled water. In 2011, the United States set a record for purchasing 9.1 billion gallons of bottled water nationwide, which is equal to 29.2 gallons per person. Unfortunately, only 27 percent of plastic water bottles are recycled in the United States, and they are […]

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For just $12.38 per iPhone, Apple could pay its workers a livable wage. 

Apple Wages Infographic

Today Apple’s shareowners will vote to approve the compensation packages of its top executives at its Annual Shareowner meeting in Cupertino, CA. The company broke records last quarter selling 74.5 million iPhones and earning $18 billion in profits. Executives will be rewarded lavishly: Tim Cook, CEO: $1.7 million salary, $9.2 million total compensation Other senior VPs: $947,596 salary, $28 million […]

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Honoring Dr. Theo Colborn


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 YOUR SCHOOL: Cornell University’s Dump and Run program

Cornell's "Dump and Run" program gets items that students would normally throw away at the end of the school year into the hands of people who can use them.

As students start getting ready to go back to school, some of them are also getting ready to embark upon a new year of greening their campuses. Green America editorial fellow Sari Amiel discovered five inspiring examples of how students are making their campuses more socially just and environmentally sustainable. Every Monday and Wednesday from now through August 27th, we’ll post one of Sari’s […]

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Light Weight = Heavy Impact


Guest blog post and graphic by Allison Stewart of our Better Paper Project.  I was at a Sustainability in Packaging conference earlier this spring, and it hit home for me that we need better product and packaging development. If we develop products that have no further opportunity for re-use, then we are intentionally making unsustainable products and packages. If we […]

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NYC GF: “Sustainable or stylish? It doesn’t have to be one or the other.”

Organic cotton dress and made-in-the-USA belt modeled by fashion editor Jasmin Malik Chua.

Thanks to fashion designer Eileen Fisher for sponsoring our sustainable fashion show, kicking off Day Two of the NYC Green Festival.  Eileen Fisher’s new “Green Eileen” project recycles used Eileen Fisher clothing at stores across the country, and the company’s “&” (ampersand) line brings a new level of sustainability to fashion: made-in-the-USA items, organic cotton and fairly traded garments, and […]

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