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Big Green Purse

Big Green Purse believes that the fastest, easiest, most direct route to a clean and healthy environment is to shift our spending to environmentally-safe, socially responsible products and services.

Big Green Purse is unique in its focus on women because women spend $.85 of every dollar in the marketplace. That's a lot of power packed in a purse...but only if it's used in a way that can't be ignored.

Big Green Purse: Shopping for the World You Want

Website: http://www.biggreenpurse.com


Diane MacEachern
Founder & CEO

Mailing address:
Big Green Purse
P.O. Box 11282
Takoma Park, MD 20913, USA

Nordstrom Bags It
March 17, 2008 09:19 AM - , Big Green Purse

Nordstrom, the upscale department store chain, is getting on the "green" bag bandwagon. The company recently announced that, starting in April, it will begin transitioning to shopping bags, gift boxes and tissue paper that are 100% recyclable. It's not clear if those bags will be made from recycled paper or some other material, though during the holiday season, the company will introduce new gift boxes made of 100 percent recycled paper stock that is 30 percent post-consumer waste.

New EPA Clean Air Standards Show Why Consumer Action is so Critical
March 14, 2008 09:28 AM - , Big Green Purse

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - the federal guardian of clean air - has issued new standards to control smog that scientists and environmental organizations are criticizing for not going far enough. EPA's action offers a stark reminder that, in the absence of meaningful regulations, consumer action is critical if we're going to reduce air pollution now and in the future.

Drinking Water Contaminated by Pharmaceuticals; Bottled Water Not the Answer
March 11, 2008 01:33 PM - , Big Green Purse

"A vast array of pharmaceuticals -including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones - have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans," an Associated Press investigation shows. Water in 24 metropolitan areas, including Detroit, Louisville, southern California and Northern New Jersey is particularly at risk. The report says the concentrations of these pharmaceuticals are "tiny." But it also points out that "the presence of so many prescription drugs - and over-the-counter medicines like acetaminophen and ibuprofen - in so much of our drinking water is heightening worries among scientists of long-term consequences to human health." Those consequences could include reproductive irregularities, the early onset of puberty, and increasing resistance to antibiotics.

Now is the Time for "Nau"
March 3, 2008 09:22 AM - , Big Green Purse

When you create a company literally from the ground up, you have the opportunity to “make it right,” especially when it comes to environmental sustainability. Nau, a new clothing line that debuted in February, 2007, strives to make it right in every aspect of its operation, from the creation of sustainable fabrics to the way shoppers get their products home.

None of the candidates are talking about environmental health
February 26, 2008 09:57 AM - , Big Green Purse

Who would do a better job protecting the environment as president? Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, or John McCain? A glance at the records the three senators have racked up over the last three years makes it pretty clear that either of the Democrats would be a greater advocate for the planet than the Republican.

EcoMoms Are Everywhere!
February 21, 2008 09:54 AM - , Big Green Purse

Moms have always been the most "eco" people on the planet. Now, they're forming networks to help support each other's efforts to "go green" in ways that are actually bring more women into the environmental movement. A recent story in the New York Times focused on the work the EcoMom Alliance is doing to build a membership base of mothers who are looking, not for the answers to "why" as much as the answers to "how"? Through their workshops, houseparties and web outreach, they've helped educate 9,000 moms about ways they can reduce the size of their environmental footprint and help protect themselves and their kids from environmental threats.

Do Roses Stink?
February 12, 2008 10:25 AM - , Big Green Purse

For Valentine’s Day, birthdays, anniversaries or other special occasions, giving flowers often seems like a gift from Mother Nature herself. But when flowers are doused in pesticides and transported long (i.e., energy-intensive) distances, their eco-appeal quickly evaporates. The health impact conventionally-grown flowers has makes them even less desirable.

Top Ten: Green Your Wardrobe
February 6, 2008 09:52 AM - , Big Green Purse

Buying clothes can consume a big chunk of your budget - especially if you have kids and teenagers. New clothes also take their toll on the planet, given how much water, pesticides and energy required to produce cotton, polyester and other fabrics (NOTE: 10% of all agricultural chemicals and 25% of insecticides in the U.S. are used to grow cotton. It takes almost 1/3 of a pound of chemicals (pesticides and fertilizers) to grow enough cotton for just one t-shirt.) Meanwhile, "out of style" clothes can end up in the trash even though they still have a lot of life left in them.

Free Reusable Bags at Whole Foods
January 31, 2008 09:08 AM - , Big Green Purse

Whole Foods Markets from New Jersey to Virginia began giving away one free reusable bag per customer yesterday to encourage shoppers to “BYOB” – Bring Your Own Bag. The bag had already caught my eye, not only because it’s so cheerful and colorful, but also because it’s made from 80% post-consumer waste. Plus, it’s got a washable surface and actually seems more ample inside than the standard paper grocery bag.

Auto Companies Need to Work Together on Battery Technology
January 15, 2008 10:29 AM - , Big Green Purse

Plug-in hybrids - PHEVs - could revolutionize the impact cars have on the environment...if only they had the right battery. General Motors, Toyota, and other auto manufacturers hope to put their first plug-ins on sales floors by the year 2010. When they do, all you'll have to do is plug your vehicle into a regular 120-volt electrical socket, charge the car for several hours overnight, and drive away. You won't need a single drop of gasoline! In fact, because electricity is cheaper than gasoline, the fuel cost is expected to be the equivalent of less than $1/gallon of gas.

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