Posts Tagged ‘eco-products’

It’s Green Gift Monday! Gift Responsibly

Warm up your fingertips, it’s Cyber Monday — the biggest online shopping day of the year.  But it’s also Green Gift Monday — a campaign launched last year by our friends at the Nature Conservancy to encourage more meaningful and responsible holiday gift giving.  And  when it comes to giving — isn’t ‘meaningful’ the point anyway?

Consider these gift ideas from the Nature Conservancy:

DIY.  You don’t have to be a professional glue-gunner to make your own gifts.  A wreath made of recycled (read: too ugly to warrant closet space) neckties, a batch of homemade applesauce or soup can luminaries are thoughtful, personal and eco-awesome.

Charitable gifts.  Your mother is impossible to buy for?  So don’t.  Instead, make a donation to a nonprofit (preferably one that’s near and dear to her) in her name.

Green goods.  Surely there’s a kid on your list who would love a skateboard made from sustainable bamboo or colorful cloth dolls made from organic or reclaimed fabrics.  And for the outdoor enthusiast,  may we humbly suggest a new jacket or pair of boots — using environmentally-preferred materials — from our Earthkeepers Collection?

For more gift-giving inspiration and ideas on how to green your holidays in other ways, visit the Green Gift Monday website.  You can also join the 1200+ who have already pledged to give green this holiday season by clicking the box below or going here.

London’s Ethical Oasis: Neal’s Yard

Earthkeeper Hero Cate Trotter turned us on to this green gem in the heart of London:

A colorful, cozy corner of Covent Garden, Neal’s Yard was started in the late 70s by “alternative activist” Nicholas Saunders.  After successfully launching a wholefoods shop, café and dairy in the space, Saunders invited other ethical businesses to join him in the Yard.

Today, Neal’s Yard retailers offer everything from vegan ice cream and Fairtrade skin products to homeopathic medicines … a beautiful, bountiful shopping haven for Earthkeepers (living or visiting) in London.

To learn more about Cate’s favorite green spots, shops and experiences, visit her page on Changents.com.