Did you make a decision to live a greener life? Remember going green is a gradual process, do the best you can and don’t be afraid to start small. By next holiday season you won’t believe you ever lived any other way. Llewellyn's Green Living Guide is a great book full of ideas to help you start going green.
Environmentally Friendly Gifts, Wrap And Holiday Suggestions
- DESIGN PESTICIDE-FREE PUMPKINS!
One can purchase pumpkins from various sources, but to celebrate an eco-friendly Halloween, think about buying organic or pesticide-free pumpkins from your local pumpkin patch or farmer’s market.
- Amber Lotus Calendars are 100% recycled paper with soy-based inks
- Gift Certificates
- Large cotton bags can be used as gift wrap and given as gifts. The recipient can take them shopping and reduce use of plastic/paper shopping bags.
- Aromatherapy (Sun’s Eye oils contain no petroleum/chemicals)
- Recycled Wrap
- Environmental Books
- Sequoia Records prints with soy ink and donates a portion of their sales to causes such as The Rainforest Action Network and SEVA
- Crone’s Cupboard Herbs
- Many of our books, calendars, art prints use recycled paper/soy-based inks
- Hemp Bags & Clothing
- Tree-Free Cards & Gift Bags
- “Gypsy Rose” clothes are made from recycled materials
- Give cards made from recycled or tree-free paper (this will be indicated on the card).
- Choose organic and/or locally grown flowers.
- Give natural perfumes and fragrances.
Click here for more gift ideas from our Homespun Holidays (Winter 2009)
What you can do around work and home
- Move your heater thermostat down two degrees in winter and up two degrees in the summer.
- Plant a tree because trees suck up carbon dioxide and make clean air for us to breathe.
- Buy locally and reduce the amount of energy required to drive your products to your store.
- Turn off what you’re not using and even unplug electronics you’re not using.
- At work create a team to lead the company's eco-efforts and determine where you can have the biggest impact for the least amount of money.
Tips for keeping your home or apartment cool in the summer with out an air conditioning system
- If a cool breeze is coming in, you can put a fan on the floor to circulate cool air throughout the house.
- Close the windows and curtains if warm air is coming in.
- Keep lights off as much as possible.
- Use florescent lighting which burns cool and is very efficient.
- Keep the house clean. A house full of junk will be hotter.
- Don't use the oven in the hot part of the day. Use an electric frying pan or microwave for stove-top foods.
- Serve cool foods like salads and sandwiches. Hot foods and beverages make you feel warm. Avoid alcohol when it's warm; it will warm you up.
- Do laundry in the early morning or late evening.
- Use a clothes line instead of dryer, especially for towels and pants.
- Invest in some quality fans, one for each window of the house. You can get a window fan for under $15.
- Use ceiling fans and vents and open windows during showers.
General information and ideas
- Time for a new computer or just some new ink for your printer? Ask your local electronic store about recycling your old electronics or just those old ink cartridges; some stores have drop bins for easy public access. You can also check out the post office; it has special bags to get that ink recycled.
- Bamboo is one of the most important forest resources in the world. Because of its fast growth, versatility and ecological value, its has been named “Green Gold.” Once a bamboo forest is established, it can be continuously managed and will sustain economic development. Bamboo used on Woodstock Chimes is harvested from carefully managed bamboo forests in Asia.
A percentage of profits from the purchase of these wind chimes goes directly to the Sumatran Orangutan Society (SOS). SOS is a charity dedicated to the conservation of Sumatran Orangutan and their forest home. Their international branches raise awareness of the threats facing wild orangutans, and provide funds to support conservation projects in Sumatra, Indonesia. For further information, please visit www.orangutans-sos.org.