How to Be a Merry Environmentalist

How to Be a Merry Environmentalist

Here’s something to consider this holiday season: Stop sending greeting cards. I know this sounds like a tip from the Grinch, but this well-meaning tradition causes very real environmental consequences. Americans mail over 1.6 billion holiday cards to each other...
They’ve Got the Red Cup Blues

They’ve Got the Red Cup Blues

‘Tis the season to bicker about Starbucks coffee cups. Nothing gets you in the holiday spirit like a chill in the air, Christmas songs in every store, and anger about a phony “War on Christmas.” Clearly, love for one another, world peace, and the...
Your Holiday Guide to Avoiding Slave Labor

Your Holiday Guide to Avoiding Slave Labor

Pope Francis got into the holiday spirit this year by calling on shoppers not to buy products made by modern-day slaves. This is, of course, excellent advice. Odds are, most of us — whether Catholic or not — would love to take it. But how? Most products don’t...
The Season for Mindless Consumerism

The Season for Mindless Consumerism

‘Tis the season for mindless consumerism. I love giving gifts when they’re from the heart. But I hate giving or receiving presents if they’re things nobody needs, given out of a sense of obligation. Here’s a story that illustrates what I mean. Back...
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