Eco Friendly Holiday Gifts
When it comes to holiday giving, many people get caught up in the never ending cycle of stuff, stuff, stuff. This year, consider gifts that are good for the planet as well as delightful for your friends and family. Here are my top recommendations for eco-friendly holiday gifts.
Save the Earth with NRDC
Consider a gift that will literally help save an area of the world. The mission of the Natural Resources Defense Council is to safeguard the Earth: its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends. At the NRDC Green Gift site, you can choose from a variety of ideas like saving a wolf, helping create a whale nursery, or contributing to clean water funding. You can choose gifts by dollar amount or occasion too.
Giving items made from recycled materials is another great choice. Uncommongoods.com has an excellent variety of recycled and hand made gifts to choose from like the lovely glass ornament above. Other options from recycled metal and reclaimed wood are also great choices.
I love finding not only eco-friendly gifts, but those that are really unique and clever. The bag above is made from recycled seat belts. How cool is that? At The Ultimate Green Store, they have a huge selection of unique gifts. Even gifts for vegans and pets.
Research Other Eco Friendly Materials
In addition to products that are recycled, research what other materials are eco friendly. Candles are a popular item that often contain harmful, synthetic chemicals. Soy wax has become a popular substitute to crude oil-derived waxes for environmentally-conscious candle companies. The candles pictured above are from BsaB Candles, which use 100% natural wax, scents and even lead and chemical-free cotton wicks.
Have other eco-friendly gift ideas? Let us know in a comment.