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My Black Friday Experience

2010 November 29

By Denise Owens

While preparing to go shopping for Black Friday, I decided to do things differently. I brought my own bags from home to use for my purchases instead of receiving plastic bags. My girlfriends and I carpooled to the shopping mall instead of everyone driving separately.

Once we arrived at the mall I was amazed how the employers were passing out reusable bags to be used instead of using the plastic bags. As they passed out the bags, they informed the shoppers that by using these reusable bags, this will help the environment.

While shopping this past weekend I made sure I shopped green. I purchased lights to decorate my home inside and out. I was on an alert for the Energy Star Label for more reasons than one. Not only were the lights prettier it was safer for the environment. I explained to my girlfriends why I had to have Energy Star products. My girlfriend said it does not matter. Well as she shopped for a TV she asked a few questions and the first thing the salesman said was, “This is an Energy Star television” I laughed and said to her, “I told you so”.

During my shopping experience I was really pleased to find that people are really going green for the holidays.

About the author: Denise Owens has worked with the Environmental Protection Agency for over 25 years.

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9 Responses leave one →
  1. armansyahardanis permalink
    November 29, 2010

    Is EPA needs an advertisement ?
    Half an hour ago, I received “Cyber Monday” email which to bring my question to EPA about socialization Environmental Protection for the people. It seems EPA to advertise “Green” minded to all the people.

  2. Jimm permalink
    November 29, 2010

    Good to see responsible stores using reusable bags. Such “luxury” hasn’t yet arrived to stores in my area.

  3. Lina-EPA permalink
    November 29, 2010

    Liked your blogpost. Also happy to see that more stores are jumping on the Green bandwagon.

  4. Vinnie permalink
    November 29, 2010

    The greenest TV is the one you don’t buy.

  5. geek49203 permalink
    November 29, 2010

    Just saying, when bogus products can get an Energy Star rating, how much does it really mean?

  6. Michael E. Bailey permalink
    November 29, 2010

    It was great you went shopping at stores with managements that are environmentally responsible. That, sorry to say, is still few and far between but the numbers of stores offering reusable instead of disposible bags is growing. But where your stores handed them out, most stores sell them. Now, it is time for stores to look at the next step. Medium and heavy duty trucks account for only 4% or so of the total U.S. vehicle fleet but produce over 25% of total pollutants. Store managements should insist that their suppliers, wholesailers, and shippers use green powered trucks to bring goods to the stores and green powered trucks to ship merchandise from the store to the customer’s home. Such a movement could have real benefits for pollution reduction. Best wishes, Michael E. Bailey.

  7. Gareth Jones permalink
    November 30, 2010

    Good post…
    today.. all the superstores are moving in this system…

  8. John Water permalink
    December 20, 2010

    I found a good deal at home depot for some.

    Took me entire sunday to change my house lights to LED. Not as bright as regular bulbs, but will save a lot of electricity.

  9. July 18, 2012

    I wish more retailers would offer re-usables. I ended up getting these and they’re really pretty good. But if retailers are going to waste the money anyway, they should put it into branded re-usables instead of throw-away plastic ones. The re-usables would provide the retailers with branding longevity that the current disposables can’t match. You’d think these businesses could grasp such an opportunity.

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