Homemade wind chimes made from discarded electrical conduit and fence posts that were headed to the trash.
Ah, the holiday season. A simple time to reconnect with family and friends and refresh for the coming year ahead...right? If only we were so lucky. For a lot of people, the holidays mean crowded stores, expensive gifts and loads of stress. In fact, the average American spends about $800 on holiday gifts.
Even the Earth feels the stress of the holiday season. Every year between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, the United States creates more than 5 million extra tons of trash. That's a lot of perfectly curled ribbons and expertly taped wrapping gone to waste.
But there's hope. This year, consider breaking the cycle. Starting on Nov. 28, help us celebrate Green Gift Monday. To get you started, here are some ideas to help make your gifts a little greener, your impact a little lighter - and your holidays brighter than ever while supporting local businesses—a win-win situation!
Don't sweat finding the latest gadget... Give an experience instead!
Give an annual membership to an organization that interests the gift-getter.
Give the Gift of Fun
Fair Trade Gifts in Mississippi
Giving fair trade gifts means giving a product that promotes sustainability and improved trade conditions for producers in developing countries. You can find fair trade gifts at many retailers, in Mississippi try:
Skip the crowded mall... Do it yourself!
Find a simple Do-It-Yourself project--like a handmade card or simple cloth napkins--and make one for everyone on your list. Turning your annual shopping day to your annual holiday crafting day is not only way more personal, it's also way lighter on the packaging waste that goes along with most gifts. Have a great DIY project? Tell us about it on Facebook.
Save money on wrapping paper... Get creative with packages!
There are hundreds of green possibilities! Check out additional ideas here, and let your imagination help you generate even more great ideas.
Share your Green Gift ideas with us on Facebook.
April 15, 2013