Greener Shopping Ideas

  • Is Online Shopping Really More Eco-Friendly?: See how online shopping compares to traditional in-store shopping.
  • Driving More Efficiently: Learn ways to drive more efficiently by reading this guide from the U.S. Department of Energy. Each tip includes the fuel economy benefit and equivalent gasoline savings.
  • Green Machines: Eco-Friendly Electronics: This how-to shopping guide provides guidance for choosing environmentally friendly electronics.
  • Ten Ways to Green Your Holidays: Discover ten tips on how to have a greener holiday, including how to shop for green gifts and what to avoid and look for when buying other items.
  • 12 Tips for Choosing Safe and Eco-Friendly Toys: Before taking advantage of Black Friday deals on toys, review these 12 tips on how to choose eco-friendly, safe gifts for kids.
  • Recycling Made Easy: See what types of electronics, appliances, and other items you can recycle, and check out links to additional recycling resources.
  • Go Green on Black Friday: Visit the EPA’s Our Planet, Our Home blog for advice on how to make green choices while Black Friday shopping. Advice on toys, batteries and electronics is included.
  • Being Green on Black Friday: Get Black Friday green tips such as shopping online, using public transit and buying products more environmentally friendly.

Toxins in Consumer Products

Green Science Policy Institute: Provides scientific research to industry, government and non-profits about chemicals in consumer products.

Environmental Working Group: Research and recommendations for all kinds of consumer goods.

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families: Pushing for better toxics laws

Environmental Defense Fund: The group’s Not A Guinea Pig wing works on chemical policy reform

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics: A searchable database for personal care products.

The Green Guide: An intelligent online magazine for smart, sustainable shopping

A database of toxins in building materials, and how to avoid them

The Ultimate Green Shopping Guide

Sustainability, Toxics, and Citizen Action

Delaware: Delaware Environmental Summit

Maryland: Growing Up Toxic, a report from the Maryland Public Interest Group

New England:

Toxics Action Center

Environmental Health Strategy Center


Vandana Shiva, global ecological visionary

Blue Voice, a group devoted to dolphins and whales

Environmental Justice

Majora Carter Group, working to “green the ghetto.”

Federal HHS reporton environmental justice strategy


Native Species

Maryland Native Plant Society: A good place to learn what to plant, and what to rip out.

University of Maryland Forest Stewardship Education: A nice Backyard Planting Guide

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Guide for Native Plants and Wildlife Habitat and Conservation Landscaping

Pesticides and Lawn Care A resource for maintaining your lawn without synthetic pesticides.

Citizens for a Green Camden: A group fighting the use of toxic pesticides in Maine.

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

MCS Referral and Resources: A place to learn more about research and health advice.

Teaching Resources

Environmental Journalism Toolkit


Addiction Resources


American Society of Addiction Medicine


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