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Why My Purse is Green

Because I believe…

  • the fastest, most effective way to stop polluters is by pressuring them in the marketplace
  • women can be the world’s most powerful economic and environmental force if we intentionally shift our spending to the best green products and services
  • women have the power right now to solve many of our most serious environmental problems by using our green purses to make a difference
  • women must act – intentionally, collectively, and with the full force of our purse power behind us – if we hope to leave our children and grandchildren a better world.
  • October 30, 2013

    Bats Aren't Zombies - and Other Reasons Why You Should Love Bats!

    Bats get a bad rap on Halloween. They're the ultimate symbol of spooky, creepy creatures that most people would rather not come across. But that's not fair! According to Christina Kocer of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Northeast Region, bats are among the most valuable animals on the planet. Christina says why, in this special guest post for the Big Green Purse community:

    8492771888_2a0a54d7d3 It’s almost Halloween, and that means zombies, witches and images of bats silhouetted against a full moon abound.

    Encountering a zombie does not sit well with me, but bats are a different story. Despite their spooky image, bats are far from terrifying, and I can assure you, they really don’t want anything to do with your hair.
    What DON'T bats do?
    As long as we are clearing the air, bats will not fly into your hair; will not suck your blood; will not try to eat you alive; and will not chew through your siding, your shutters, or your attic vents. The claim that all bats are rabid is yet another fear perpetuated by popular media.

    Continue reading "Bats Aren't Zombies - and Other Reasons Why You Should Love Bats!" »

    October 22, 2013

    Organic Halloween Candy Tastes Good, Too!

    Organic Halloween candy is all the rage this year, and for good reason. It's sweet, flavorful, and free of the artificial dyes found in conventional candy. In fact, even though this candy is being marketed for Halloween, it makes a better alternative any time of the year.

    Organic Halloween candy is easy to find online, but increasingly, neighborhood grocery stores and food coops are carrying it, too. Here's what to look for before the globlins and witches show up at your door Halloween night. Everything we've listed is made from organic ingredients and is free of artificial dyes and colors, artificial sweeteners, GMOs, and high fructose corn syrup. (NOTE: We sell most of this organic candy in our store to make it easier for you to shop. Remember that we earn a tiny commission on purchases, which helps us bring you expert content and product recommendations for free.)

    Yummy LollipopsYummyEarth Organic Lollipops - Buy a few bags of these "suckers" and you'll be set for the night. In eight luscious flavors:Yumwatermelon, blueberry, sour apple, pomegranate, mango, grape, strawberry and cherry.

    Surf Sweets Gummy Bars - In addition to being made with organic fruit juice and sweeteners, the company donates 1% of the sales of its products to several environmental organizations, including Climate cycle, Healthy Child Healthy World, and EcoMom Alliance.

     Divine Chocolate - Buy these mini organic chocolate bites in either dark or milk chocolate.

    Endangered Species Bug Bites - Choose from organic milk or dark Bug biteschocolate Bug Bites and Chimp Mints.

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    October 14, 2013

    Top 10 Cheap, Green Halloween Decorations You Can Reuse and Recycle

    Pumpkin stands  Here's a list of my Top 10 green Halloween decorations. What's so green about them? They minimize plastic and trash, use less energy, can be easily reused or recycled, and save money. No doubt about it, shifting your spending to greener Halloween decorations helps protect the planet as well as your pocketbook. How can you beat that?

    #1 LED Lights - These energy-saving lights have become all the rage for Christmas; now, you can use them at Halloween, too. Available in orange, purple, and white. Wrap them around your porch rail or door frame, or use them to light dark paths and stairs.

    Continue reading "Top 10 Cheap, Green Halloween Decorations You Can Reuse and Recycle" »

    October 11, 2013

    Green Halloween Costumes - Swap Before You Shop

    Between now and Halloween, we're doing a series of posts to help you put the "eco" in EEK! Please send ideas for information you'd like us to cover. We're starting today with a post on Halloween costumes. Come back soon for our tips on non-toxic face paint, organic and natural candy and other treats, plastic-free decorations, and the ten best ways to use a pumpkin after Halloween is over.

    CostumeSwapbanner Halloween costumes give all of us a chance to be someone or something else. But this spooky holiday leaves its mark on the planet. Most costumes are treated as disposable, which means they end up in the trash when the partying and trick or treating are over. Commercial costumes (and decorations) can be expensive, too. All together, we Americans spend over $5 billion annually for this one-day celebration.

    Here are some cheap, green alternatives:

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