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

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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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As National Geographic Goes, So Goes the Industry (With Your Help)

By Photo by TJ Watt (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

Today, the Green America Better Paper Project and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) are excited to announce that National Geographic is using recycled fiber in the pages of several of their publications – including their flagship publication that reaches over 4 million readers! National Geographic’s move was the result of several years of assistance from the Better Paper Project and […]

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

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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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An Ahh-Haa Moment: Our April Green Biz Interview with Clean Conscience

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For Corie and Jerry Thornton, being green is a holistic pursuit. With their reusable bags designed to help you avoid disposables when you go shopping, they’ve also created a business that uses recycled materials for its made-in-the-USA manufacturing. “We are very confident that green is here to stay,” says Corie. “Americans can do a lot domestically to help us move […]

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Financial Fast Reflection: Why We Spend

Have you been following or joining in with our 21-Day Financial Fast? I confessed last week that my financial fast has been messy. And although I have not been as disciplined with the fast as I had hoped, my efforts to think more about and cut back on my spending have made me reflect on my spending habits, hopefully in a way that will help me save money while also cultivating a more fulfilling (and cheaper!) life. For me, when I started to look closely at what I was spending, the next natural question was : Why? Remember, we’re not talking about essentials here, like healthy food for you and your family, the medicines that you might need, or the spending necessary to keep your house going. But what about all those little extras? What’s behind some of that extra spending? There’s no doubt that we will all answer that question differently. For me, I’ve discovered that the bulk of my extra spending (which, by the way, is on: coffee, eating out, and little purchases to appease my kids) has one purpose for me: it is a treat.

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