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Start Your Holiday Shopping Early With These Eco-Friendly Ideas

October 04, 2011

Looking for the perfect gift for that special someone in your life?  Why not give green!  You can find almost any conventional gift in an eco-friendly option. The book, 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth (authors Sophie John and Jesse Javna, 2008), points out that by giving green, you can enhance a simple gift with the concept of promoting a more eco-friendly life.

Give the gift of good food.  Certified organic food is grown without pesticides or artificial fertilizers.  Support environmentally-friendly, healthy living by giving a gift certificate to a natural foods store, a farmer’s market or partial shares in community-supported agriculture.

Check your local bookstore for titles that focus on things like alternative energy or reducing the carbon footprint. Look through the magazine rack for periodicals that focus on green living. Check your local movie store or online video merchant for educational documentaries.  

Put together a kit that includes the ingredients and instructions needed to make non-toxic house cleaning products or non-toxic bath and body products. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that glass cleaners may contain ingredients that can irritate the eyes, nose, skin and throat. A safer alternative is mixing 1 tablespoon vinegar with 1 quart water.  Epsom salts, sea salt and essential oils combine to create personalized, natural bath salts. Make up a kit of such ingredients, and the knowledge of such formulations turns into a gift that keeps on giving.

Give the gift of light.  According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, if every home replaced one single incandescent light with an Energy Star-approved bulb, the United States would save enough energy to provide light to 3 million homes for one year and prevent 9 billion pounds of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere.

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