Friday, July 4, 2008

Oh Say Can You See What So Proudly We Hailed?

I’ve always been proud to be an American. Our national anthem makes me tear up every time I hear it.

During this decade, when we most needed an eco-minded President we got, instead, one who was the least eco-minded in history (and who sides with gas over green every chance he gets). And yet Americans as a whole are more environmentally friendly than we’ve been in generations.

So much for a President being our leader!

On this 4th of July, infused with red-white-and-blue pride along with mega-green passion, I encourage you to show your patriotism not with sparklers and barbecues, but with a commitment to buying green products that are made in the USA.

And there are many to choose from . . . and here are just a few of my favorites, from sea to shining sea:

CaliforniaToys for Kids (even the packaging is green!):

IllinoisCandles (made from soy):

MaineFurniture (handcrafted of sustainably harvested American black cherry):

MassachusettsFelt Wine Rack (made from naturally renewable and recyclable materials):

MontanaPet Toys (made from 85% Post Consumer Recycled Bottles):

New HampshireCloth Bags (some made from 80% recycled cotton/20% recycled plastic bottles):

New MexicoCards (made from 100% recycled materials):

OregonEco-Wine® (organic and sulfite-free):

WashingtonBedding (using wool from their local bio-region and getting 100% of their energy from green and renewable sources):

WisconsinGlassware (unconventional and creative products from reclaimed wine and beer bottles):

Question of the blog: In what ways are you red, white, blue, and green?

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