Memorial Day is a day of remembering and honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, but it can also be an opportunity to do the right thing by the planet. Whether you plan to place a flag at your local cemetery or in front of your house, make it a cloth flag instead of a plastic flag. Most flags purchased these days are made of nylon, a plastic polymer which is not biodegradable. Even though we may bring that same flag out year after year, it is better to start a new tradition, and help set a standard, of using cloth flags. Companies that offer this natural fiber alternative, currently a small market, will be rewarded and reinforced by your purchase, sending a message to the consumer market that we care about what things are made of as much as we care about what they are used for.

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