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Green PurchasingAs consumers, we make choices everyday that have long-lasting environmental impacts. As Julia Hailes, author of A Green Consumer Guide explains, "All products have an environmental impact, however small. The idea is to reduce it to the minimum."

Consider the environmental impacts of your everyday purchases from office and classroom supplies to products used for Jewish celebrations and lifecycle events.

Green Giving Guide
The Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life helps you "think outside the standard gift box" with these Fair Trade and ethical gift suggestions.

Eco-Shabbat Candle Project
Did you know soy candles burn cleaner than traditional paraffin wax and support American farms? Consider purchasing soy Shabbat candles for your home or synagogue.

Green Printing
Learn about the many eco-friendly printing options that are easily accessible.

Equal Exchange
Equal Exchange builds economically just and environmentally sound global trade partnerships. Their Interfaith Project can work with your synagogue for special bulk purchases. Consider a Fair Trade fundraiser for Purim baskets, Chanukah gifts or more!

Green Your...
A great place to start for ideas on greening your home, body, office, transportation and lifestyle.

Hybrid Cars
Learn about auto alternatives with this site’s fuel options research and gas mileage impact calculator. Don’t forget to research other advanced energy alternatives (e.g. biodiesel, electric).

Junk Mail Reduction
Request to be taken off third class mailing lists to reduce paper waste and clean out your mailbox!

Local Harvest
Connect your synagogue to a Community Supported Agriculture project (CSA). CSA’s connect local farmers with local consumers to develop a regional food supply and strong local economy.

Solar Ner Tamid Project
Install a solar-powered Eternal Light (Ner Tamid) in your sanctuary, which provides a renewable, emissions-free solar-powered light.
Best Practice: The Community Synagogue of Port Washington, NY

TerraPass Green Store
A clearinghouse for Green Consumerism with everything from low-flow shower heads to the Earthopoly board game.

 
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