‘Tis the Season for Thanks and for Giving
For Americans, tomorrow is Thanksgiving, a day to celebrate family, friends and, of course, food. Once dishes have been cleared and football games have been lost or won, thoughts will quickly turn to giving gifts. No matter how you celebrate or who is on your gift list, please remember to include our precious planet Earth. Every gift you give that helps to protect and preserve the environment helps to protect us as well.
Mother Earth is so Simple to Shop For!
By making the gifts we give our family and friends eco-friendly, we’re helping the environment. Purchasing toxin-free, recycled or upcycled items from environmentally-friendly companies is one way to do this. If finances are tight this year, making special gifts from recycled items, giving gifts of food, or donating your time to help a friend or family member are excellent options.
If You Do Want to Shop…
…check out some of the options below in our eco-friendly gift guide. You can also Google “eco-friendly gifts”, “eco-friendly toys”, “non-toxic toys”, etc. and come up with many more products and websites from which to choose.
What began as a grassroots movement to reduce our dependence on plastic bags eventually grew into the extremely popular, environmentally-championing company, ReuseIt. Of their products, ReuseIt founders say the following:
Practical, innovative and high-quality, our offerings give consumers smart alternatives to use-and-toss items and the false promise of cheap reusables flooding the marketplace.
Product categories at ReuseIt include Waste-Free Lunch, Water Bottles, Reusable Bags, Green Kitchen, Health & Home, and Green Cleaning. We have purchased reusable sandwich and snack bags from their website (see below) and have been very pleased.
The slogan for this Earth-, animal- and artist-friendly company is “Creative Living. Mindful Giving.” Uncommon Goods offers beautiful, functional or just plain fun artisan products that meet the high standard set out in their mission statement:
Since our founding, we’ve featured products that contain recycled components and have not sold products containing leather, feathers or fur – our goal is to sell no product that harms humans or animals.
They offer hundreds of products in nine major categories: Home & Garden, Dining & Entertaining, Office, Leisure, Jewelry & Accessories, For Him, For Her, For Kids, and Holiday. Each category contains scores of subcategories, which help to make shopping on Uncommon Goods a breeze. To give you an idea of the cool things they carry, here are a couple of our favorites:
We started Inhabitatshop as place to aggregate stunning green products, furniture and fashion design from independant designers. The goal of Inhabitatshop is to support innovative up-and-coming designers as well as provide a space for shoppers to find the coolest green design for sale.
Inhabitat is a comprehensive blog site which encompasses everything that green home design has to offer (check it out if you’ve never visited…it’s really amazing!) While the shop is more of a product aggregator (the product pages contain direct links to buy from other sites, such as Amazon), it provides a handy, easy place to find the products on the Inhabitat site, thus cutting down on web searching time.
The folks at Plan Toys do business based on their Principle of Sustainability:
We strive to constantly create various design principles and techniques to preserve more of the surrounding environment by using environmentally safe, responsible and sustainable methods to produce our sustainable toys.
On their website, shoppers can browse by toy type (puzzle, musical, kitchen, ride-on, and many more). Many of their toys are educational, and shoppers can sort by age, type of learning, and skill set.