Monday, November 26, 2012

Green Tuesday's Sustainable Consumerism

Green Tuesday is one of several ways people are trying to brand the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.  The Green Tuesday event was started on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011 by a non-profit environmental group. This group and others are now advocating that the Tuesday after Thanksgiving be dedicated to "green" shopping activities. Green Tuesday encourages holiday shoppers to make “eco-minded” choices and seek out fair-trade, sustainable, and artisanal products.

This year the event falls on November 27th. The group, Green America, is a leading advocate for this new shopping day. See Green America's Responsible Shopper website for information on companies or their Gift Guide for more ecologically responsible products.

Other Green Tuesday portals include Green Pages Green Gift Guide and GreenDeals.org, which will be feature a week's worth of green product specials. You can find good prices on everything from self-water systems for indoor and outdoor plants and annual memberships for car-sharing or bicycle-sharing clubs.

Jonah Mytro, co-founder of GreenDeals.org, has high hopes for this day devoted to “eco-forward” holiday gifts. “We are hoping Green Tuesday results in something of a paradigm shift,” said Mytro in a press release. “Our goal is to encourage a different way of thinking about holiday shopping — one that’s more deliberate, more purposeful and one that will inspire consumers to shop with the planet in mind when there’s a greener form of a gift you were already planning to purchase.”

"During the holiday season consumers are faced with a lot of shopping decisions," Mytro said. "Green Tuesday is designed to inspire consumers to make thoughtful, purposeful, eco-minded choices. It means really thinking about the money you are spending and buying the right gift for the right person while taking care of the planet at the same time."

© 2012, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

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