Tracy Peterson - March, 20, 2018

B Lab (2018). Why B corps matter. Retrieved from http://www.bcorporation.net/what-are-b-corps/why-b-corps-matter

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University Writing Center (2013). Credible versus Non-Credible Sources.  Retrieved from https://writingcenter.appstate.edu/sites/writingcenter.appstate.edu/files/Credible%20v%20Non-Credible%20Sources13.pdf

Thanks for reading and for sharing ~ Tracy 

If obtaining your sources from social media, Wikipedia, blogs, and even the news (despite current popular belief, most is NOT fake), do further research! Please, do not take and accept the information from one source as fact. Gain insights from multiple sources and seek information that challenges your beliefs. Open your mind and put on your critical thinking cap. Ask the fundamental questions of who, what, where, when, how, and why and then compare the information. As a student, I found this to be easy to follow, excellent source of how to determine the difference between credible and non-credible sources: University Writing Center

Additionally, I would like to share that when it comes to environmental consumerism, I specifically look for information and products provided by Certified Benefit Corporations. Certified Benefit Corporations, otherwise known as “B Corps” are for-profit companies that are redefining corporate success by aspiring, meeting, and exceeding the exceptionally high standards of social and environmental accountability and transparency.  Learn more about B Corps today 

 As an on-going learner, I must admit that I find myself frustrated with a lot of the information that I see on the internet, especially on Social Media.  Search engines and social platforms such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter provide vast amounts of information that we, as social consumers, easily share with a click. Often this information is helpful, but just as often, it is not.  For this reason, Green Choice Matters is committed to providing our readers with information derived not only from experience, but backed by research and facts whenever possible.

We encourage our readers to not just take our word for it but to do a little due diligence.  Learn the difference between reputable and non-reputible sites.  Although facts can be found on .com sites (greenchoicematters.com is no exception) the most trust-worthy sites will end in .org, .edu, .gov. and come from periodicals and trade journals. 

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My point is, as a society, we need to stop taking things at face value and do our part to create positive change if we are to achieve long-term global sustainability.   However, long-term global sustainability is not possible without starting locally.  We must start at home, with individual choices, and work our way out.   For me, this begins by asking questions and seeking answers. I do MY due diligence and do not just accept what I see and hear.  Along the lines I learned a very simple concept:  if there is a commercial or coupon for it, the odds are it is not good for me or the environment.  Through my efforts, I am better able to make choices that reduce my carbon footprint and result in an overall healthier, happier, and eco-friendlier lifestyle.  

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