Where did the year go? It's nearly December and with Black Friday behind us, the gift-giving season is in full swing! If greener gifts are on your list this year - I've got some ideas on exactly where to go for inspiration. You'll see that it can be thoughtful, fun, and frugal to Do Your Part when picking the perfect present.
You may want to park the car and start shopping from home. Going online to find items made with interesting recycled material is getting easier by the minute. For the woman on your list you can find bags and purses of all shapes and sizes made from old sails, vinyl billboards, juice boxes, candy wrappers, aluminum pull tabs, even used red fire hoses! If jewelry is on your list the options are almost endless. Each piece is sure to be a one of a kind and the selections range from earrings and necklaces made from boldly colored recycled glass to bracelets crafted from retired records.
For him you can choose a wallet made from recycled rubber inner tubes or a belt made from old car seat belts. Or there's a bottle opener made from a steel seat belt clasp or for the outdoorsman a solar powered backpack made partly from recycled water bottles that will charge his cell phone or other small electronic device while he's 'off the grid'.
Of course, shopping for kids is the best part of the holidays. Imagiplay, Plan Toys and Green Toys are three brands of toys made of renewable or recycled content. Imagiplay and Plan Toys use eco-friendly wood from rubber trees and non-toxic paints to make fun, educational toys. Green Toys sells dish sets to dump trucks and nearly all of their items are made from recycled milk jugs.
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And, as the "mom" of two dogs, I know that pets are part of the family. If you're shopping for a greener toy this year, you may want to check out Petco's new line of natural fiber chew toys made without using chemical dyes. Or, do what I do and make a chew toy from mismatched socks. You can braid them together or stuff a tennis ball in the toe of one and knot it off to make toys that are practically free and likely to be your dogs' favorite. For the kitty, use catnip instead of a tennis ball stuffed into an old pair of stockings.
Celebrate your holiday spirit this year by committing to create less waste and conserving natural resources. It's one way we can Do Your Part and show our family and friends (and pets!) how much they mean to us.
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