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Go Green on Black Friday

2010 November 22

By Lina Younes

Increasingly Black Friday has become the unofficial kickoff of the holiday buying season. As many of you seek good deals at the nation’s stores, have you thought of ensuring that your purchases are environmentally friendly? Here are some green tips that apply to Black Friday or any day of the year.

TOYS

As a parent, we want to ensure that our children’s toys are safe and free of toxic chemicals. We still see occasional reports that popular toys and even children’s toy jewelry may have some toxic content. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has made major strides to ensure the safety of the products we’ll find in stores this holiday season.

ELECTRONICS

Computers, video games, household appliances are popular during the holidays. If you are looking for a green purchase in this area, consider those products with the Energy Star label to save money and protect the environment at the same time. For example, if every home in the US purchased a home office product like a computer with the Energy Star label this year, the nation as a whole would save more than $75 million in annual energy costs and prevent 1 billion pounds of greenhouse gases, equivalent to emissions from 90,000 cars.

RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES

Many toys, electronics, and hand held products require batteries. Rechargeable batteries are a must on any green gift list. The advantage is twofold. Not only will you save on batteries in the long run, but you’ll also minimize waste .

We have additional tips on green shopping.  We would love to hear about your green practices during the holidays.

About the author: Lina Younes has been working for EPA since 2002 and chairs EPA’s Multilingual Communications Task Force. Prior to joining EPA, she was the Washington bureau chief for two Puerto Rican newspapers and she has worked for several government agencies.

Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in Greenversations are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

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4 Responses leave one →
  1. armansyahardanis permalink
    November 22, 2010

    My wife and my daughter are shopper mania. Most of the women, too. The Female is workaholicer than The Male, so they brave to be a decision maker. Look, since they be borne, children, the girl, pregnant, born, mom and grand mom, they also “think about the Times”. They shall want their families, neighbor, neighborhood and environmental are perfect like them. So, I think, Top Leader of the world in the future is Ladies……

  2. Sommer permalink
    November 22, 2010

    These are really great ideas! Thanks, Lisa!!

    The Federal Citizen Information Center also just posted a new article about online holiday shopping.

    Here’s a link:
    http://www.pueblo.gsa.gov/cfocus/cfholidays10/focus.htm

  3. Alexander permalink
    November 22, 2010

    I think it needs to use the toys of past years. It calls up old memories, when our planet was green as the Christmas-tree. We’ve to take care of these toys, don’t throw it out. I use old toys in my family. This help to return the peace in sole and to protect environment at the same time.

  4. Bob Ditt permalink
    November 23, 2010

    very nice post. i read your blog every week. do u have also donation for children? and it is a great idea with youre green shopping.

    we spend a lot of time and money with our new project

    we want to help

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