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2005 National Green Pages Gives Consumers One Stop Green Shopping
Lets Conscious Consumers Vote with their Dollars for Social Justice, Green Economy
November 23 , 2004

WASHINGTON, DC – Even though the Presidential election is over, millions still vote every day with their dollars.  The 13th edition of Co-op America’s National Green Pages allows consumers to “vote” for a green economy. Featuring over 2,500 businesses that have all been screened for their social and environmental sustainability, the Green Pages is a great resource for those who wish to promote peace and justice, protect the environment, support fair trade, and support local workers.

“For your holiday shopping to your every day needs, the Green Pages has the perfect green products for you and your family,” says Alisa Gravitz, Executive Director of Co-op America, “With each purchase you make through the Green Pages, you know you’re supporting businesses who are giving back to their communities, workers, and the environment.”

This year’s Green Pages contains over 2,000 companies that adhere to sustainable, socially just principles, including the support of sweatshop-free labor, organic farms, fair trade, and cruelty-free products. All of the companies in the Green Pages go through a careful screening process, meaning that a conscious consumer can rest easy that these companies’ claims to environmental and social responsibility are true.

The companies in the Green Pages sell green products ranging from natural toothpaste to organic clothing to earth-friendly flooring. With the holidays approaching, choices abound for consumers browsing the Green Pages, where they will find food (free-range turkey, fair trade chocolate), gifts (hand-made jewelry), and a ride to Grandma’s out in the country (green rental car membership).  Every time a person gives sweatshop-free clothing to his or her parent, child, significant other, or friend for the holidays, he or she has, in fact, cast a vote for green living. The pages are also packed with tips on how to invest in your community, simple ways to recycle, and how to make green purchasing a part of your life.

Co-op America, a national nonprofit organization founded in 1982, provides the economic strategies, organizing power and practical tools for businesses and individuals to address today's social and environmental problems. Along with the Green Pages, it publishes other periodicals promoting a just and sustainable world, including the Co-op America Quarterly, Real Money, and the Guide to Socially Responsible Investing for Responsible Investors. All of Co-op America’s publications are printed on recycled paper.

This year’s National Green Pages can be ordered for $11.95 including shipping by calling 1-800-58-GREEN. It can also be viewed online at www.greenpages.org, where it includes a search feature.

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