Gift the gift of clean living to your friends and loved ones.
- Buy well, buy once. Buy high quality, well crafted items that will last. Sometimes buying higher quality, well made items saves you money and saves the planet potential landfill because you only buy it once. Longevity is the key. Look for items that will last.
- Materials: Buy items made with earth-friendly (ier) materials like glass, stainless steel, cloth, cotton, wool, hemp, wood, and/or bamboo.
- Upcycle! Or support those who do. For example, our florist in the Annex upcycles vases and gives them new life with her gorgeous arrangements.
- Give living things like plants or tillandsias.
- Edibles! Things that can be eaten will rarely be wasted and nourishment is a pillar of sustainability. Specialty food like preserves, dried foods, cheese, wine and beer are great gifts.
- Sure many of us go straight to our smartphones or tablets when we need a recipe but there is no substitute for the well-thought out, beautifully photographed paper page feel of a cookbook. For the foodie in your life, the right cookbook will last a lifetime or more. I still have my grandmother’s cookbooks! And I reference them at least once a year! J
- Tins and stainless steel lunch boxes. A great way to help your friend or loved one have a safe carrying case for their lunches or snacks.
- Give light! Candles make great gifts. And the person can think of you each time they light their home with a beautiful non-toxic, beeswax candle.
We hope this list helps. This time of year can be hurried and crazed so we hope these guidelines help with those gift giving decisions.