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Our Eco 101 article last week listed the values behind fair trade: pay a fair price for the goods you buy; deal fairly and respectfully with your trading partners; treat men and women equally, and treat children like children; provide safe and healthy working conditions; treat the environment with respect and concern for its health and sustainability. Read the full article here .
You make a difference by choosing fair trade products when you buy coffee, at the grocery store, as beautiful handicrafts and now when ordering flowers too.
While planes, trains and automobiles are indeed culprits when it comes to carbon emissions, few people realize that commercial buildings are responsible for 18 percent of our nation’s total carbon emissions.
Take a Local Vacation at One of Connecticut’s Green Inns and Bed & Breakfasts
According to a 2007 Expedia.com survey, 35% (that's nearly one-third) of all Americans don’t use their allotted vacation days. If you’ve resolved to take your much-deserved time off, but are skeptical about the real benefit of carbon offsets and sustainable travel, you can still enjoy your time off without feeling guilty for polluting the planet. Go local!