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Give Mother Earth a Gift This Season--Green Your Holiday ShoppingDecember 4, 2013
It’s that time of year again, when GreenWorksGov gives you an early Christmas present—your guide to green holiday shopping. This year, we’re linking you to some of our favorite sources for gift ideas and eco-friendly shopping tips and a couple new ones.
As in past years, we really like Greenopia. This link takes you to Greenopia New York, but just click on that location in the middle of the homepage where you can “Find your green” location and get a drop down list of dozens of towns in the U.S. and Canada. You’ll discover links and info about green electronics, clothing and jewelry, food and beverages, toys, bath and beauty, home and garden, vehicles, and more.
Green America’s guide is another super resource with listings for dozens of products and categories. Green America also has a list this year of Ten Ways to Green Your Holidays.
New this year is a Green Electronics Shopping guide from the Natural Resources Defense Council. Noah Horowitz’s blog, Switchboard, lists some cool stuff to buy and things to consider when buying electronics. How about the “Kill-a-Watt” meter that lets you measure the energy consumed by your home electronic devices when on or off? And I didn’t know that a desktop consumes 35 times more energy than an iPad and 5 to 10 times more than a laptop? The blog links to other resources for holiday shoppers.
Also new is Greenopia’s Research Director Doug Mazeffa’s book, “Learning to Shop Sustainably: The Consumer Guide to Enivronmental Impact Assessment and the Green Marketplace.”
Finally, GWG wants to endorse the idea of small business shopping this year. Or, as they call it in Portland, OR, “Little Boxes”. If you participated in Small Business Saturday last week, good for you.
Please share these ideas with your employees in your office newsletters and Intranets. GreenWorksGov wishes all its readers around the world a happy, peaceful, and joyous Christmas and holiday season. Read more.
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