My family lives across the country, so I usually have to mail gifts to them during the holidays. Sometimes I make gifts for them and sometimes I shop online. Every year I have to figure out what gifts I can get for my family that are meaningful.
I don’t like to get toys for the children unless they are eco-friendly and educational. It is tough to shop for children and not be the lame relative who gives lame gifts. This year I decided to shop for gifts that donate a portion of the proceeds to a charity.
Here are some charitable online shops:
• The Nature Conservancy: http://www.nature.org
• Arbor Day Foundation: http://www.arborday.org
• The Rainforest Site: https://www.therainforestsite.com
• The Animal Rescue Site: http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com
• Ecojoia: http://www.ecojoia.com
Green Gift Ideas:
• Make your gifts. Be creative and have fun. The recipient will feel special to receive a custom made gift.
• Create a “Go Green” gift basket for someone to encourage the use of eco-friendly products. Include items such as: a reusable tote bag, green cleaning products, a CFL or LED light bulb, a stainless steel water bottle, an eco-friendly handbook, cloth napkins, a glass or stainless steel straw, reusable bamboo to-go utensils, and biodegradable kitchen waste bags.
• Shop at local craft fairs for unique handmade goods.
• Shop vintage, antique stores, and flea markets
• Instead of giving a material object, try giving them an experience such as a class, event tickets, or a membership.
• If you are planning to give holiday cards, please consider recycled cards or plantable seed paper cards. Although, the best form of holiday cards are always e-cards.
These are some ideas that I hope you found helpful. Have a wonderful holiday season!
What is the best eco-friendly option for a Christmas tree? There are several debates between real or fake. Some say real potted trees are the best solution, because most artificial trees contain toxins. So, what if you are allergic to real trees, like me? What are the best solutions for an artificial tree? Here are some trees that I’ve found:
|DIY: Recycled Newspaper Trees|
|DIY: Frame Tree tutorial by CB2 blog|
Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is another day, one dedicated to the businesses that boost the economy and invigorate neighborhoods across the country. It’s Small Business Saturday, and this year it’s happening on November 30th.
Shop Small Nov 30th, and let’s make this the biggest day of the year for small business.
To learn more, visit: https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/Shop-Small/
Thanksgiving is in a few days, so remember to be green! Be thankful for this beautiful planet and help preserve it. Here are a few tips for being green on Thanksgiving:
- If you aren’t vegetarian/vegan and must have a turkey, then buy from a small, local, organic farm.
- Shop local, farmers markets and buy organic veggies.
- Plan ahead and use portion control. Don’t waste food.
- If you are going to someones house, then bring your own reusable glass containers. If someone is coming to your home, ask them to bring reusable containers for leftovers.
- Please carpool, walk, bike, or use public transportation.
- Try to avoid disposables and use real plates, silverware, glasses, and cloth napkins. If there are any single use items, please recycle.
- Compost food scraps.
Have a Happy & Green Thanksgiving!
Don’t flush those prescription drugs down the toilet! Be sure to properly dispose of unused or expired medication to protect our water supplies and the environment. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. On Saturday, October 26, 2013, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, the DEA is having a nation wide take back initiative.
For more information and to find collection sites near you go to:
Join the biggest volunteer day on the planet on Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 9 a.m. to noon, as thousands of southern Californians remove pollution and unnatural debris from over 50 beach and inland locations.
Last year in California alone, 62,668 volunteers participated in Coastal Cleanup Day. Together, we removed over 728,289 pounds of trash and 143,291 pounds of recyclable waste from over 1,500 miles. Los Angeles County boasted over 50 cleanup sites located at various beaches and inland waterways.
Click here for more info and to sign up: http://www.healthebay.org/volunteer/calendar/coastal-cleanup-day
As some of you may have noticed, I’ve been on sort of a hiatus when it comes to updating eco enthusiast. I’ve been very busy gardening, and I’m about to start working on a community garden. I’ve been spending most of my free time outdoors, and less time in front of the computer. So, if you’ve been wondering where I’ve been, here are some photos of my garden. Also, I’m always interested in having guest posts on my site. It’s been a while since I’ve had one. If you’d like to share something, then please let me know. Thanks for your patience. I will be posting less frequently while the weather is nice. Thanks for all your support! I’m still around!
Fireworks can unleash a shower of toxins into soil and water, and scientists are only beginning to figure out what that means for human health.
This patriotic season, consider the effects of the chemicals and propellants used in the production of the firework display exploding before your eyes. Think about the rain of chemicals, unseen, wafting through the air, to land on you, your children, the land and the water around you. Read more about fireworks and their affects on the environment here: http://www.greenerideal.com/science/8520-are-fireworks-bad-for-the-environment/
Be sure to eat local fruits and vegetables, use reusable party ware, a gas grill or solar oven, and eliminate waste. If you do have waste such as chip bags, then please send them to TerraCycle through their collection program.
TerraCycle has a solution for getting rid of all the non-recyclable waste from the Fourth and other summer parties through its collection program, the TerraCycle Brigade program. Anyone can send non-recyclable packaging from summer events – such as chip bags, napkin wrapping or plastic cups – to TerraCycle free of charge to be recycled or even repurposed into new, useful and innovative products. http://www.terracycle.net/
Whatever you decide to do, have fun!
Happy 4th of July!
Festive cloth napkin from Eco-Napkins