11 charitable green gifts that give back

December 12, 2017 by  
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Turn your holiday shopping into an act of kindness this year with our picks for festive and charitable gifts that give back. The National Wildlife Federation dedicates proceeds from its holiday birdseed wreaths to protect American wild animals, and you can  adopt an African elephant for just $25 from the World Wildlife Fund. Check out our favorite gifts that give back here ! GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK >

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2017 Gift Guide: Green gifts under $20

December 4, 2017 by  
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  Looking for a green gift that doesn’t break the bank? We’ve got 15 unique and affordable gifts that will wow everyone on your list for under $20. There’s something for everyone on your list, from a mushroom garden that grows right on the counter for the chef, to a recycled-paper photo album for the Instagrammer in your life. GIFTS UNDER $20 >

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5 Great Grad Gifts That Are Meaningful and Green

May 19, 2017 by  
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Note: This post contains affiliate links, which helps fund our Recycling Directory, the most comprehensive in North America. With graduation season rapidly approaching, many parents are racking their brains to find a gift for the happy grads in…

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9 Valentines Day gifts that last longer than a bouquet of flowers or box of chocolates

February 9, 2017 by  
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If you are feeling like you are in a Valentine’s Day gifts idea rut, we’ve got some good, green suggestions for you. While some are simply more eco-friendly and sustainable versions of traditional Valentine’s presents, we’ve also rounded up a few other unexpected ideas, gifts that benefit others. Whether helping to fund solar energy projects in Chad, empowering women, or employing artisans around the world, these presents are made to last, and that is good for everyone. 1. Succulent garden Long-lasting and harder for brown thumbs to kill, succulent plants make a lovely gift for homeowners and Lula’s Garden takes in-home and easy gardening to the next level with its Valentine’s Day collection . The SoCal-sourced succulents come in their own planter gift box and are pre-planted, eliminating packaging waste. Cali residents have even more options for a selection. 2. Lingerie with an eco ethos Lingerie isn’t exactly a novel Valentine’s Day gift idea, but these aren’t your average bra and underwear offerings. Naja’s gorgeous lingerie is made using digital and sublimation printing, drastically reducing the amount of water used in the manufacturing process. They also include fabrics made from recycled plastic bottles and are experimenting with other eco-friendly fabrics and technologies. The majority of Naja’s garment factory employees are single moms or female heads of households; in addition to flexible work policies, above-market wages, and healthcare benefits, the children of every Naja garment worker receives books, school supplies, uniforms, and school meals paid by Naja. Naja is serious about empowering women, but the brand is happy to toe the line between playful and sophisticated with cheeky knickers printed with adorable animals as well as elegant nude lingerie options for a variety of skin shades. 3. Artisan gift box Subscription gift boxes have exploded in recent years, and the monthly gifts from Globe In bring a socially conscious and artistic bent to the trend. Each themed “box” comes in a handwoven palm leaf basket filled with a variety of goodies. The Cozy Box, for example, includes a fair trade scarf from Thailand, a hand-painted Tunisian mug, and fair trade cocoa powder from Ghana . Whether you buy a one-off box or a monthly subscription, your gift is guaranteed to be a hit and to help artisans and makers around the world. 4. Hand-poured candles that help provide solar energy Starling Project candles come in four fragrances ranging from sultry Juniper + Saffron to comforting Vanilla + Hemlock. Soy-based and hand-poured in Brooklyn, the candles come in handmade glass containers and last up to 60 hours. Starling candles help bring light to homes across the world: the company has donated over $100,000 to UNICEF solar energy projects in Chad. 5. Sustainable and sophisticated jewelry Philadelphia-based jewelry brand Bario Neal is known for creating classic and cutting edge pieces that use ethically-sourced and recycled materials and for using low-impact environmentally conscious practices (which you can read about here ). Whether you go the custom route or grab a pair of modern diamond studs , the jewelry wizards at this proudly feminist company will create a piece that is traceable and responsible. 6. The gift of education The quickest way to make a $58 gift last a whole year? Make a donation to the International Rescue Committee and sponsor a girl’s education for a school year . The IRC works around the globe to help people whose lives are affected by conflict and crisis and to improve communities through education, economic wellbeing, and health efforts. In 2015, the IRC helped educate more than 13,000 girls in Afghanistan alone! 7. Hand-crafted home goods made from reclaimed and repurposed materials The husband and wife team that formed Peg and Awl have a gift for creating  practical and durable heirlooms for both the home and people. Their ever-expanding line of handmade goods includes roomy waxed canvas weekender bags with vintage zippers ,  macabre recycled metal rings , and a tree swing . Every piece is crafted in an old casket factory, and many are reclaimed from materials that are over 100-years-old. Image via Tamar Nahir Yanai’s Etsy page 8. A crafting kit Give the gift of creativity…and perhaps a little peace and quiet. An embroidery kit is a perfect, easy entrée into the world of crafting ; it’s also a balm for the soul during turbulent times. Whether you choose a kit with a wildflower theme, a mandala design, or something unexpected , getting your love’s hands moving in another way besides working their thumbs to a frenzy on their device is rejuvenating and restorative, not to mention fun. If you are gifting this to a mom or dad with young ones, be sure to include a “coupon” to watch his or her little ones so that crafting time is blissfully uninterrupted. 9. Recycled glass barware Elevate your after-dinner drinks with recycled glassware from Bambeco . Pick your poison and sip it thoughtfully, perhaps from the five beer flight  which includes a reclaimed wine barrel stave holder as well as five glasses made from recycled wine coolers.  Or knock back a cold one in a recycled   lager glass crafted in a factory that uses recycled cooking and engine oil to fuel the furnace and reuses gray water and collected rainwater in the production process. Lead image via Lula’s Garden

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8 Valentine’s Day Ideas That Give Back

February 6, 2017 by  
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Spending money on flowers that are grown with toxic pesticides or gifting your sweetie chocolates that contribute to child slave labor and obesity doesn’t exactly scream romantic bliss. Instead of predictable presents that take a serious toll on…

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Post-Christmas: The Eco Way to Dispose of Holiday Trappings

December 26, 2016 by  
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After Kris Kringle has come and gone, after the gifts have been opened, and after the turkey has been eaten (with plenty of leftovers to spare), I’ll wager that many of you find yourself thinking … now what? After the holiday ends, the…

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7 Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas to Show You Care

November 17, 2015 by  
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You are in search of the perfect gift for a friend who values sustainability and eco-friendly practices just as much as you do. This can be a difficult pursuit as many products found at popular retailers are manufactured using wasteful and…

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Invisible canoe offers full view of the world under the sea

December 31, 2014 by  
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Move over, glass-bottom boats: this canoe/kayak hybrid is entirely transparent. You might feel like Wonder Woman cruising in her invisible jet as you glide through the waters with a full view of everything beneath the surface. The canoe is made from the same material used for the cockpits of fighter jets, can support up to 425lbs, and displaces a greater amount of water for more surface stability and better balance. These things are really important when your vessel is transparent, as it might be more difficult to find your canoe should you manage to capsize it. The included paddles, however, are not transparent. This amazing watercraft can be yours for the cool price of $25,000. + Hammacher Schlemmer Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: boat , canoe , clear , fun , gifts , Kayak , ocean , recreation , river , see-through , transparent , unique products , watercraft

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25 DIY gifts you can put together in mere minutes

December 17, 2014 by  
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It’s likely that we’ve all been in situations where we’ve been short on cash at the holidays, or scrambled at the last minute to put together presents for people we forgot to add to our shopping list. Fortunately, there are several fabulous DIY gifts that can be created in 10 minutes (or less), and this infographic lists 25 of them! So, if you’re running short on time but have some cool supplies on hand, you can whip together anything from a body scrub to a recipe book, snow globe , or even a jar full of dog biscuits. Read on after the jump to find some great DIY presents  for your friends, neighbors, and co-workers today. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of 25 DIY gifts you can put together in mere minutes Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: body scrub , diy christmas gifts , diy gift , diy gifts , diy presents , dog biscuits , dog cookies , gifts , holiday gifts , holiday presents , infographic , letter , NeoMam , presents , recipe book , recipes , scarf , snow globe , song , treats , video gift , write a poem , write a song

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7 tips for celebrating a greener and more budget-friendly holiday

December 10, 2014 by  
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“It’s the MOST wonderful time of the year ,” sings Andy Williams in my head, usually when I’m looking for a parking space at the grocery store, way in the back. But the singing is not always sarcastic in my head and I know that for my young children, each day of December holds the promise of something holiday related. Unfortunately, while Christmas can bring out the best in our giving spirits , it can also be a nightmare of consumerism at its worst and the packaging, wrappings, and trappings of holiday celebrations both small and large make it even worse. Fighting the “gimmes” with children at this time of year can be hard, especially when Santa is supposedly able to bring anything your child’s heart desires. Read on to learn how you can you make the holidays a little greener for the planet, a little kinder for everyone, and little lighter on your wallet. Read the rest of 7 tips for celebrating a greener and more budget-friendly holiday Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: angel tree , budget , budget christmas , budget holiday , Chanukah , Charity , charity gifts , Christmas , christmas holiday , christmas holidays , decoration , decorations , diy decorations , gift giving , gifts , gingerbread , gingerbread houses , green christmas , green holiday , green xmas , hanukkah , Holiday , holiday on a budget , holiday season , holidays , kindness , Kwanzaa , lights , outdoor lights , patience , presents , solstice , time with family , winter solstice , Xmas , xmas holidays , Yule

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