Saturday, December 5, 2009

Greening the Gift Giving Season

From Thanksgiving to the end of the holiday season, Americans increase their amount of waste by up to 30%. Here are some suggestions to help reduce that number:

  • Give the gift of food, and if possible, make it local food. This gift can save them time (no need to shop for a snack or coming up with a meal) while supporting a local business or farmer. Local farmers markets such as the Goochland Farmers Market or the Winter Market are a great place to start. Don't forget local restaurants and coffee shops.
  • Give the gift of your time. Offer babysitting services or a coffee date with a friend.
  • Give the gift of service. A massage or manicure at a local spa doesn't come encased in plastic and helps to put your money into you pockets of people who live in your community.
  • Check out antique shops or flea markets. When you buy from these shops you can be assured that your gift is unique and its carbon footprint is old news.
  • Think about your wrappings. Use reusable gift bags or wrap your gift in a scarf or a box that can be reused for keepsakes.
These are just a few suggestions to bear in mind as you try to find that perfect gift. Thanks to Cammie Olson for these ideas.

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