’Tis the Season: Shop Responsibly — Part 4

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Thinking about finishing up your holiday shopping online? We love this option as well—especially when the weather does us wrong and makes heading to the mall unpleasant. Make sure to check out Earth Moment, a portal that will offset the carbon emitted by your purchase—at no extra cost. (Full disclosure: Ogden Publications, our parent company, runs this site.) Also check out these websites—some of our staff favorites:  

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1. Co-op America: Co-op America embers meet fair trade and green criteria. The organization’s “Green Pages” lists nearly 3,000 businesses that have made firm commitments to sustainable, socially just principles, including the support of sweatshop-free labor, organic farms, fair trade, and cruelty-free products.  

2. Better World Shopper: This comprehensive site offers a reliable account of the social and environmental responsibility of more than 1,000 companies, covering everything from the environment to human rights, community development to animal protection. 

3. Greenopia: Greenopia Leaf Ratings let consumers assess the overall greenness of a business or product. 

4. WorldOfGood.com: This online marketplace offers fair trade and eco-friendly products. 

5. ABetterFootprint.com: Another marketplace for fair trade, earth-friendly, organic and multicultural products.  

6. Aid To Artisans: A group that helps artisans in developing countries. 

7. The Artful Home/The Guild: Features North American artists. 

8. Crispina: Blankets, throws, rugs, stuffed animals made from recycled clothing. 

9. Eco-Artware: Gifts made from recycled, reused and natural materials. 

10. Global Exchange: Fair trade, eco-friendly crafts, clothing and jewelry. 

11. A Greater Gift: Fair trade handcrafts. 

12. Ten Thousand Villages: This is one of the oldest and most respected organizations