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Source: Sweet Earth Chocolates

Source: Sweet Earth Chocolates

The issue of slavery in cocoa production has gained lots of awareness in recent years, but some people are still are not aware (or don’t care) that children and slaves in West Africa are forced to harvest and process cocoa. You just might be giving your loved one a gift of slavery.

Below are a bunch of old posts of mine on chocolate and slavery—perfect for one of the biggest chocolate holidays. Check out the gift-giving guide for some last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts that doesn’t support slavery.


Happy Earth Day!

Earth Day 2013 - Earth Day Network

Earth Day 2013 – Earth Day Network

Green Uncle Sam

The Fourth of July is a great time to get some sun, have a little fun and forget about the daily grind as we celebrate our nations birthday. But just because its an excuse to party hardy, we shouldnt forget that keeping things green and protecting our environment over the holiday is just as important as making the perfect apple pie or lighting up the barbecue. With this in mind, weve rounded up seven ways you can add a little bit of green to your patriotic party and still have plenty of fun – read on!

Via 7 Tips for a Red, White and GREEN Fourth of July! | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.

OK, it’s obvious that I’m reposting this purely because I’m too lazy to find or write a decent article about sustainability and the U.S. 4th of July holiday. Buy this overpriced compostable picnic set instead of styrofoam! (Because plain old paper plates are too passé). Help the earth “breathe easier” by burning less-dirty fuel in the grill! Clean up the mess you make after you party! Yes, these are some of the tips this blog post from Inhabitat offers to the green-curious.


On the other hand, I mightily approve of this photo gallery of 6 (not 8) BBQ recipes for summer.

Meatless Monday: 10 Vegetarian Grilling Recipes For Memorial Day

Slideshow+recipe collection of yummy meals that you can enjoy whether or not you spend the weekend reflecting on the sacrifices of U.S. veterans. Check them out at BlisstreeMeatless Monday: 10 Vegetarian Grilling Recipes For Memorial Day.

A shout out for my favorite thrift stores: Savers is having a sale this Memorial Day. It’s worth mentioning that many vets have to shop at thrift stores by necessity, if they’re lucky enough to be able to afford clothes. Many more are homeless, lack jobs and healthcare, and/or suffer from PTSD.


Please note: there will be no Club pre-sale event on May 27.

* Valid in US stores only. Offer may not be combined with other coupons or discounts. Sale excludes Jewelry, Books, Housewares, Furniture and new merchandise (red tags).

A billion acts of green and counting - share your pledge

A Billion Acts of Green!

For the past two years, Earth Day Network’s A Billion Acts of Green® campaign has been inspiring amazing environmental commitments from individuals, businesses, governments and civic organizations all over the globe. Their contributions have made A Billion acts of Green the largest environmental service campaign in the world.

1 Billion People Participate in Earth Day in 192 Countries

More than one billion people in 192 countries took part in the 42nd Anniversary of Earth Day.  From Cairo to Beijing, Melbourne to Rome, Rio to St. Louis, communities everywhere stood united in their effort to Mobilize the Earth™.

 Globally, more than 56,000 university students rallied their campuses in honor of Earth Day to take action and call for a sustainable future. Thousands of faith leaders challenged their communities to become better stewards of the planet.  Tens of thousands of schools organized educational activities for kids, and over six hundred elected officials voiced the support for the planet by attending local Earth Day events.

Visit Earth Day 2012 | Billion Acts of Green to learn more or contribute your green act—it’s never to late to celebrate Earth Day.

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