1. made of recycled material.
2. made of organic ingredients
3. made locally
4. are non-toxic
5. help to produce less trash
6. are local experiences instead of things.
This year, some of the eco-friendly gifts I gave include:
1. Litterless lunch packs.
2. Reusable sandwich bags.
3. Bamboo utensils in a pouch made from recycled plastic
4. Stainless steel water bottles.
5. Organic cotton produce bags.
6. Eco-friendly household items (cleaning supples, recycled paper towel & toilet paper, organic cotton tea towels & wash cloth).
7. Hemp wallet.
8. Organic & fair trade chocolate.
9. Locally roasted organic & fair trade coffee beans.
10. Toys made of recycled plastic
11. Books & puzzles made of recycled paper
12. Hemp collar & leash for the dog
13. Hemp dog toy
14. Locally made organic soaps
15. Gift certificate to a local spa
16. Tickets to a local comedy show
17. Gift certificate to a local family-owned restaurant
18. Upside down vegetable planter
19. Vest made from 40% recycled plastic bottles
Paul thinks I may be imposing my beliefs on people. My aim was to support what I feel is important (local, organic, recycled, eco-friendly) with my spending power. If we want to see a change from our current economic reality of losing jobs, then we need to support local businesses. If we want to see less trees used to make paper goods and less petroleum used to make cheap plastic stuff, then we need to support the alternative of recycled products.
As I drove by our local mall yesterday, with the parking lot packed, I wondered, do we need all this stuff? Is Christmas out of hand?
Our house is over run by toys for our 2 year old. I cringe to think of any more coming in to take a place. I can remember Christmas for me as a young child. I would get a few toys that I would treasure and play with. I still remember alot of them. I wonder, will my son remember the mounds of toys he gets? Is asking people for money towards his education plan tasteless?
Samples of this year's Christmas gift wrapping:
of our gifts in tea towels.
The wrap is a gift in itself!