Holiday Shopping Green Tips

Here are some thoughtful gift ideas that are environmentally friendly too.

For food and wine lovers:

  • Cooking or serving materials made from recycled glass or bamboo.
  • A selection of organic wines.
  • Membership in a local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm.

For outdoor enthusiasts:

  • Gift certificates for low-impact outdoor adventures such as rafting or canoeing trips.
  • Membership to one or more state parks, or a National Parks Pass.
  • Fleece outerwear (jackets, gloves, hats, scarves) made from post-consumer recycled plastic.

For gardeners:

  • A selection of seeds for heirloom and native (non-invasive) plants. Heirloom fruits and vegetables are grown from seeds passed down from generation to generation, helping to preserve genetic diversity. Native plants are adapted for the local climate and therefore require less maintenance than exotic varieties.
  • Books on environmentally friendly gardening and landscaping techniques.

For gadget lovers:

  • Rechargeable batteries.
  • Wind-up or solar-powered battery chargers for laptops and cell phones.

For everyone:

  • One or more LED lights. They generate more light and use less electricity than CFLs or incandescent lights, and because they generate less heat, they are safer. They are more expensive, but get this: If one is used 6 hours per day it will last for 23 years! Widespread use of LEDs could save thousands of tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.