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Why My Purse is Green

Because I believe…

  • the fastest, most effective way to stop polluters is by pressuring them in the marketplace
  • women can be the world’s most powerful economic and environmental force if we intentionally shift our spending to the best green products and services
  • women have the power right now to solve many of our most serious environmental problems by using our green purses to make a difference
  • women must act – intentionally, collectively, and with the full force of our purse power behind us – if we hope to leave our children and grandchildren a better world.
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    Of course my gown is "green"!

    I'll be dancing up a storm at the Environmental and Clean Energy Ball tonight, and am happy to say I've found a "green" gown.

    Well, technically, it's a beautiful deep chocolately brown color, layered over with a silver sheath. But it's "green" in almost every way that counts! It's not new - in fact, I fished it out of the back of my daughter's closet (she got it on sale from BCBG and wore it to a prom a couple of years ago). I incurred no carbon footprint going shopping. No environmental impact from fabrication of a new dress. No trash generated by throwing out a department store shopping bag or plastic dress bag.

    Silver heels My shoes are recycled, too. I wore them to President Bill Clinton's first inaugural 16 years ago! Fortunately, the size of my foot hasn't changed. Whether I can still dance in spike heels remains to be seen.

    I'll protect myself against the cold with a long black overcoat that's still in admirable shape after at least ten years of wear. You just can't beat wool.

    Make-up will be at a minimum - though what I do use will be paraben-free and mineral-based.

    All I can say is...the food tonight better be organic!


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    Good on you for not being tempted to buy new. Hope you had a great night. I wonder hpw many truly green gowns were present on the night? Cheers, Tricia

    Diane MacEachern

    Honestly, many of my women friends did not buy something new. We were much more interested in the party and the guests, who seemed far more important than what we wore.

    Jennifer Folsom

    Please post some pics of your big night!


    Green gown, haha. How many other people matched you at the ball?

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