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November 29, 2006

Tip Sheet

Gift_2Spread a little love for the planet along with your holiday cheer. Green gifts are often unique and more meaningful than run-of-the-mill purchases, and they're easier than ever to find:

  • Buy recycled, organic, fair-trade, and other environmentally friendly items like those found at greatgreengoods.com and greenpages.org.
  • Give green experiences such as a certificate to an organic restaurant, a produce subscription to a local farm (find both at localharvest.org), or a membership in a cycling club or car-share program (such as zipcar.com).
  • Make activism giftworthy by combining an inspiring book or DVD (get ideas at sierraclub.org/sierra/letstalk), a compact fluorescent bulb, and some organic treats in an attractive, reusable container. (Gogreengift.com sells a prepackaged version.)
  • Wrap it right with a reusable gift bag (such as wrapsacks.com), or make the wrapping part of the gift by swathing it in a scarf or other fabric.

For more ideas, visit newdream.org/holiday and www.coopamerica.org/programs/shopunshop.

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