13 April 2010

Organization wants Americans to take ‘The Green Economic Challenge’ to celebrate Earth Day

Nonprofit Green America is urging all Americans to take part in its initiative to shift 10% of nationwide spending to green purchases. “The Green Economic Challenge” aims to funnel that nearly $300 billion to businesses and products that are environmentally friendly.

"Going green saves money, creates jobs, and supports local communities. Green is the new red, white and blue. By 'green' we mean products that are good for both people and the planet. Shifting purchases to green is often surprisingly easy to do, and what may also surprise people is that buying green often saves money, which is on the minds of so many households during the recession. Going green saves money, creates jobs, and supports local communities,” said Green America Executive Director Alisa Gravitz. "One thing all Americans can do to help the environment on Earth Day and every day is to direct their money towards greener purchases.”

Some suggestions Green America gives for going green include buying used, growing your own food, giving your car a break, purchasing green home products and buying organic clothing.

Green America is a green economy not-for-profit organization that encourages corporate responsibility, building fair trade programs and solving the climate change issue. You can view a list of green products and services available in your area here.

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