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December 22, 2010

Five Easy Ways to Make the World a Better Place

Dear Customers,

As a retailer, we get swept up in promoting the purchase of products, especially during the holidays. We thought it was a good time to stop and consider what each of us can do to give back as part of the holiday season.

Please take a few minutes and donate to one of these worthy causes today. Below are 5 outstanding "change agents" - organizations making significant, positive impacts through their efforts. All of them:

1. leverage minimal resources

2. assist in smart ways that make an enormous impact, and

3. are efficient, well-run, "no b.s." grassroots organizations.

Learn more about their work and consider helping them meet their end-of-year contribution goals with a donation. Forward this e-mail on. Together we can make a difference!

5 Organizations to Support

Green America
Who: Green America

What: Tackling climate change, promoting fair trade, stopping corporate abuse and growing the Green Economy. Green America is the preeminent organization harnessing the strength of consumers, investors, businesses and the marketplace to create a socially-just and environmentally-sustainable society.

How your donation will help: Through a matching gift challenge, all donations will be doubled through the end of the year.
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Grist.orgWho: Grist.org

What: Grist has been dishing out environmental news and commentary with a wry twist since 1999, well before the issues really hit mainstream.

How your donation will help:  Your donation will go straight to support Grist's award-winning, non-profit environmental news and commentary.
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The Story of Stuff
Who: The Story of Stuff Project

What: The Story of Stuff Project has touched over 12 million people with a compelling message about the impact our production and consumption patterns are having on the planet and on each other.

How your donation will help: Contributions help The Story of Stuff Project create new movies, educational curricula, study guides and other resources and offer them for free to anyone who wants to download them.

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EWG
Who: Environmental Working Group

What: EWG uses the power of public information to protect public health and the environment through useful resources and pushing for national policy change.

How your donation will help: Help EWG meet their 2010 donations goal of $50,000. Contributions will help the EWG continue to provide publications that arm consumers with solid facts and recourses and keep government in check on issues like BPA, water quality and pervasive toxins.
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WaterKeeper AllianceWho: Waterkeeper Alliance

What: Waterkeeper Alliance is a global movement of on-the-water advocates who patrol and protect over 100,000 miles of rivers, streams and coastlines in North and South America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa. Waterkeepers defend their communities against anyone who threatens their right to clean water-from law-breaking polluters to unresponsive government agencies.

How your donation will help: Donations support the Waterkeeper Alliance's efforts to keep Waterkeepers connected, provides them with legal, scientific and communications support, and unite their voices as they take on major global water issues together.
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Vincent Cobb - Founder, reuseit.com

As always, thanks for your support - to date you've enabled us to donate over $200,000 toward worthy causes.

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