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Bill Would Require Large Companies to Disclose Supply Chain Efforts

A new bill, introduced in the House of Representatives by a New York congresswoman, would require companies with more than $100 million in earnings to publicly disclose their efforts to keep child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking out of their supply chains.  “It’s virtually impossible to get dressed, drive to work, talk on the phone, or eat a meal without touching products tainted by forced labor,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D) of Queens, when she introduced the bill. According to the Christian Science Monitor: The bill would require any company earning more than $100 million worldwide to document its efforts in two places: its annual Securities and Exchange Commissions (SEC) filing, and the company’s website. These disclosures would detail the companies’ policies to prevent illegal labor and their methods for certifying that suppliers abide by them. … “The Congresswoman was very intelligent about the way she’s put this together,” says E. Benjamin Skinner [author of the book, “A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery]. “[The disclosure] has to be in an SEC filing. If you lie as a CEO in an SEC filing, you go to jail.”

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Republicans and Democrats Working Together

While it might seem rare these days for Republicans and Democrats cooperatively to work together on anything, two Republican members of the US House of Representatives recently joined with one of their Democratic colleagues to introduce an important new piece of renewable energy legislation. On July 20, Rep. Nan Hayward (R, NY), Rep. Dan Lungren (R, CA), and Rep. Mike […]

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Get Some Sun: Our August Interview with REpower Solutions

Erika Weliczko’s REpower Solutions stays true to its name. Whether you’re looking to upgrade to clean wind power or solar power, or to target energy-efficiency as a first step before investing in renewables, Weliczko has a solution for you. Her company’s energy audits help you locate and eliminate wasted energy, target the worst energy-hogging appliances in your home, and verify […]

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Video Game Teaches Kids About Sweatshops

Via Wired UK comes news of a new educational video game.  The “Sweatshop” game is designed to teach young people about how the pursuit of ever-increasing profit margins leads to sweastshop working conditions in factories churning out consumer goods.  Players learn about the “race to the bottom” in a hands-on way. Says Wired about the game’s intentions:  As young people generally […]

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Cyclists Faster Than a Plane in CA

The recent temporary shut-down of interstate 405 in California prompted a range of responses from those who normally depend on highway driving for their commutes.  When JetBlue began offering cheap — and wasteful, and carbon-intensive — flights across the city from Long Beach to Burbank, a group of intrepid cyclists took to the streets to demonstrate the superiority of burning calories over burning carbon.  From the NPR report:  The flights inspired a group of cyclists to challenge JetBlue to a race. Members of the Wolfpack Hustle planned to peddle on a roughly 40-mile route starting near the Burbank airport to see whether they or a JetBlue passenger will reach Long Beach first. Cycling advocates said they hope to show that gridlock can be avoided without using a car or plane. “Everyone’s freaking out about car traffic around the 405, bicycling represents a very viable alternative,” cyclist Gary Kavanagh said. The result?  Leaving their homes at the same time as a blogger who intended to run the security gauntlet at the airport and catch a flight, the cyclists arrived at their destination before the flight even took off.   To make your own bike-related climate statement in California this fall, consider joining Green America on the Climate Ride, October 2 – 6, from Eureka to San Francisco.

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Congratulations to our Green Grants Winners

Thanks to all who voted in Green America’s Green Grants contest  We’re so pleased to announce the winner of this year’s top green-grants prize: Urban Roots, in Austin, TX. Urban Roots is a youth development program that uses sustainable agriculture as means to build entrepreneurial, leadership, and life skills amongst its participants. Via local hunger-relief programs, Urban Roots then distributes […]

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9 Toxins to Keep Off Your Body

Do you know what “fragrance” means when you see it on the label of a personal care product? Neither do we! That’s because all sorts of chemicals used to scent products can be clumped under the vague term “fragrance” – and they don’t have to be disclosed. Found in everything from shampoo to deodorant, a single product’s secret fragrance mixture […]

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Kate Middleton’s sweatshop dress

British tabloid revelations that the new Duchess of Cambridge was photographed wearing a £175 dress made for just pennies an hour in a Romanian sweatshop has inspired a new interest in the problem of sweatshop conditions in factories around the world. One of the best takes comes from Green America’s allies at the Institute for Policy Studies, calling for international […]

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We Want More From Our S’mores

We’re kicking off the summer camping and picnic season this July Fourth with a new way to support Fair Trade and put pressure on Hershey to clean up its supply chain. Please join us in our new “we want more from our s’mores” campaign and make all of your summertime s’mores with Fair Trade Certified™ chocolate. (Find the best companies […]

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