Dreaming of a 'Green' Christmas?

Posted by Miriam / on 12/07/2010 / 0 Comments

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  Not just because I love the rain (and a white christmas definitely isn't going to happen), but because amidst all the consumerism, we have real oppportunities to show our loved ones how much we care about them, our earth and our collective futures.

 

So...WOW - there are some really great green Christmas suggestions out there - here are a few for your perusal...

Treehugger's Holiday Gift Guides: they've got customised gift guides for all sorts - kids, teh DIY'er, foodies, fashion buffs, pop culture freaks, green geeks, animal lovers, outdoors enthusiasts, design junkie and health and wellness gurus! http://www.treehugger.com/giftguide/?campaign=top_news

TreeHugger's All-Occasion Gift Guide: With 120 offerings across 12 categories, we make it easy to find the perfect (and eco-friendly) present for any event, from one-of-a-kind mementos for newlyweds and outdoor gear for your brother's birthday to high-style clothes for your fashionista sister and must-have travel goods for your jet-setting cousin. Shopping for someone who has everything? Check out our guide to experiential gifts--nothing says I love you like a day at the spa or tickets to concert! (Bonus: no waste!) And if the gamut of gifts you're buying has hit your budget hard, our lineup of DIY and downloadable gifts--many of which are free--will help you make an impression without spending a bundle http://www.treehugger.com/gift-guide-all-occasion/

Environment VIcotira's Festive Season Guide:  EV's got great tips for decoration, gifts, cards, wrapping and the all important catering! http://www.environmentvictoria.org.au/content/festive-season-guide

Here are a few personal highlights... 

  • Windstream Bike Power Generator - It doesn't get more DIY than generating your own power: Use the Windstream Bike Power Generator, assembled in a mere four minutes, to provide electricity for everything from toasting your breakfast to charging your RV battery. According to the company, most adults can provide up to 150 watts, which you can store in the generator's 12v battery. But they also suggest teaching your kids just how precious energy is by requiring them to power their own TV time -- which takes longer, but, we admit, has a certain appeal. (Windstream Bike Power Generator, $595 including 10 foot diode-protected twist lock connecting cable)

 

  • The Sharma Primary Hues necklace kit from World of Good is a sure-fire way to know you aren't giving your jewelry-obsessed (and extremely picky) sister-in-law the kind of off-the-rack accessories she sniffs at -- while supporting female artisans in impoverished areas. Two cases contain batches of glass beads in round, rectangular, oval, and square shapes, each handmade by artisans in India with different colors and patterns (plus a clasp and cord). The set is produced as part of Tara Projects, which supports community development, schools, and health and literacy initiatives -- and the kit is made under conditions that exceed the minimums of the Fair Wage Guide. (World of Good Sharma Primary Hues Necklace Kit, $12)

 

  • Kickstarted Donation Help other motivated DIY'ers do -- well, whatever it is they're trying to do with a donation to Kickstarter, which bills itself as "a new way to fund and follow creativity." The process is simple: You donate to in-progress projects from independent artists that catch your attention -- everything from short films and photography collections to comic expos and literary festivals -- and if the projects are fully funded before the pre-set end date, the artists receive the balance. Donators often get thank-you gifts from the artists, but always get the satisfaction of knowing they helped someone's dream come true. (Kickstarter Donation, amounts vary)

 

  • Plan Toys Eco Town is like all your child's favorite playsets in one -- cars, trains, dollhouse -- with an environmental twist: This town runs on environmental initiatives. The house includes a wind turbine, solar panels, and a grey water system; the train station encourages public transportation, bicycling, and recycling; and the charging station helps the included cars stay charged. All pieces are made of recycled rubberwood with non-toxic paints and formaldehyde-free glue. You can buy each piece separately, but the set comes with a mat, traffic signs, and stoplights to help teach more accessible safety skills (until they're old enough to commute). (Plan Toys Eco-Town, $150)

 

  • A digital subscription for a great magazine (try the Ecologist, Yes! or Ode Magazines). It's often cheaper than the paper version, you have a fantastic search facility at your fingertips and you're not cluttering up the recipient's house either - a win, win, win situation. 

 

 Happy Holidays!

 

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