Forget the yellow pages – how about the green pages?

coopamerica.gifNo matter how committed you are to good causes and saving the world, ya gotta eat.  And ya gotta wear clothes.  And most of us can’t get by without a car.  And so on.  We live in a material world and commerce is a central part of it.  So how to conduct your personal commerce so as to leave the smallest possible footprint?

The National Green Pages provide a searchable database of businesses that have passed a rigorous screening process confirming that they:

  • Actively use their businesses as tools for positive social change;
  • Run “values-driven” enterprises that operate according to principles of social justice and environmental sustainability;
  • Are socially and environmentally responsible in the way they source, manufacture, and market their products and run their offices and factories; and
  • Are committed to developing and employing extraordinary practices that benefit workers, customers, communities, and the environment.

Meeting those standards allows a business to display the seal of approval above.  Products and services featured on the website include clothing, food, office supplies, travel, carbon offset vendors, and even finance and investment.  You can search by product type and state (drew lots of blanks for Virginia, I’m sorry to say). There are also links to various sources of useful practical info, such as how to clean your house with natural products.


About Emmett Duffy

I am a Natural Patriot and an ecologist with expertise in biodiversity and its importance to human society. My day job is Professor of Marine Science at the College of William and Mary in Virginia.
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