“We’re Not Buying It”: Waste, Climate Change, Sweatshop Labor, and Toxins
WASHINGTON, D.C. — November 20, 2018 —Green America outlined the top four reasons why American consumers should avoid big box stores and massive online retailers on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The four reasons detail the biggest human rights and environmental problems facing some of America’s favorite household products and the companies that produce them.
“This year, Green America encourages you to skip shopping on Black Friday,” said Todd Larsen, executive co-director of Green America. “When it comes to Black Friday and the issues with major retailers, we’re not buying it and neither should you. Instead, consider supporting certified green businesses in your neighborhood or online.”
Green America’s top four reasons to avoid shopping on Black Friday include:
· Waste: It’s not wasteful to buy things that you need—warm winter boots, a new computer when yours can’t be repaired, toys and books for growing kids. What’s wasteful is buying way more than what you need or can use. Presents that end up in the trash next year or fall apart after a few uses just aren’t worth it. One aspect of
· Dirty energy: Did you know Amazon, the world’s second largest company, is still largely run on fossil fuel power? There’s also the climate impact of materials, like plastic for toys,
· Sweatshop labor and worker abuses: From
· Toxic chemicals: Conventional clothes,
To find certified green businesses locally and online that are an alternative to traditional Black Friday/Cyber Monday retailers, visit
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