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Black Friday Eco-Style

Shannon Arvizu | Friday November 23rd, 2007 | 0 Comments

Looking for a sustainable way to shop this season? Here are a few ideas to get you started:
-Instead of buying desktop water fountains and massage slippers to friends and family that seem to have everything, try donating to a charity or micro-enterprise venture. The websites below let your friends choose where and whom they’d like to help.
www.justgive.org
www.kiva.org
www.mygiftlist.com
-Instead of traditional gift exchanges, which are increasingly shifting towards “gift card” exchanges, why not make it a little more fun by exchanging items you already own? Try a “white elephant” gift exchange. Each person wraps up something they own that they are willing to give away and places it under the tree (a re-usable plastic tree or potable tree, of course). Everyone draws a number in a hat to figure out who goes first. When it’s your turn, you have the option to trade for a previously opened gift or choose a new one to unwrap.
-If you must buy something new for your loved ones, choose eco-friendly options. Beautiful travel coffee mugs/water bottles, massage certificates, organic teas/coffee, and organic lotions/soaps all make great gifts. Shop from eco-gift expos in your local area if you can.
-For sustainably produced jewelry, try: www.tarmadesigns.com
-For gift wrap, try an out-of-date map, sheet music, a decorated paper bag, or recycled vintage containers such as cigar, shoe, or hat boxes. Use natural gift box fillers like leaves, straw, corn popcorn, or straw.
Happy Holidays!


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