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In the past few years, social media has erupted with calls to participate in alternatives to Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving), which is considered the biggest shopping day of the year. Opt Outside, initially a campaign by the outdoor gear company REI, advocates for people to spend the day in nature, not in stores, as the name suggests. Some state and national parks have even gotten on board by offering free admission on Opt Outside day. Another alternative to Black Friday is Giving Tuesday, which occurs on the Tuesday after Black Friday (and Cyber Monday). On Giving Tuesday, individuals are encouraged to donate to causes, groups, or organizations they believe in and want to support. These donations aren’t necessarily a large financial sum; individuals simply give what they can or give by volunteering their time.

Do you drive an electric car, subsist on lentils, and refuse to throw anything away? If you've already graduated for environmentalism 101 and are ready to level up your sustainability game then One Tree Planted has some great ideas for what's next for you!

And roughly 40,000 trees per day are cut down for U.S. consumers to wipe up.

Cutting down on waste production doesn’t have to be a super time-consuming or labor-intensive feat. Making small changes around the house can have a significant and lasting impact – and can even cut down on household expenses.

As nature-lovers, we want to avoid products that harm the environment, and aim to support the businesses that strive for sustainability. That’s exactly why this forest-friendly, eco-friendly gift guide exists!

As One Tree Planted highlights it well with these tips: sustainability living doesn't have to be expensive

Rather than purchasing something material, how about experiencing something new? Giving unique gifts, such as tickets to a concert or comedy show, cooking lessons, or planning a trip to go camping or some other outdoor adventure are all thoughtful presents that don’t put significant stress on natural resources. Not only will you avoid unnecessary consuming, but giving the gift of an activity is extra motivation to do something out of the ordinary. And it doesn’t have to be an out-of-town adventure either, check out what local options are available first. Sharing a new experience is said to strengthen relationships, and it has also been proved recently that buying experiences brings us more lasting happiness than buying material things.

Factsheet on air quality pollutants and solutions in the home.

Alaska Craftsman Home Program was organized in 1988 for the charitable and educational purpose of promoting energy efficient buildings that are cost effective, healthy and durable. Offers a variety of workshops, publications, videos, and computer programs showcasing energy conscious home improvement. Publish Northern Building Science, a bimonthly publication.

Save money & save the planet. Buy smart reusable packaging once and say bye to single-use plastic.

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