Day 12. - Buy from Green Companies...Global Green!
It is popular for companies to say they are green, but be sure to check that your purchases are from companies with proactive environmental programs not just great advertisements (greenwashing).
The green movement has become popular, but not because of industry or the government. Industry has fought against environmental reform ever since the issues became part of the discussion, and the only reason companies are becoming more eco-conscious is public demand. Some companies look at this as a new marketing angle so be sure to do your research...claiming yours is a green company become a current fashionable position...make sure it adds up. Does the company or service use green thinking alternatives? Let them know this is important in your decision=making process, and let those companies who are/or are not fulfilling your understanding of Earth friendliness know what you think.
Local businesses that you go to are easier to check out than larger companies, especially those working nationally or internationally. Many companies that work internationally have left the US to avoid environmental or workplace regulations. These companies often have sought countries that accept environmental degradation and employee exploitation in exchange for economic benefit.
Look at companies like Exxon Mobile, Chevron, Ford and General Motors. Their advertisements lead you to believe that they are leading the world in efforts to be clean and good for the environment. If so, make sure they do not lobby all governments to allow increased pollution and lax fuel efficiency standards that not only hurt the environment, but directly affect your health and economic well being. Why should we support companies that fight against our health while they reach deeper into our pockets and produce inferior products that cost them less money?
On Day 11 we boycott companies that are known polluters, especially those that have lobbied to keep poor practices alive.
Keep current on news about businesses and their environmental policies.
Let business owners know that it is important to you as a consumer that they are proactive environmentally.
See how many of your purchases can be local and that the vendors purchase locally from other proven green companies.