5 Great Tips to Make Your Holiday Shopping Greener

Whether it’s dining at a local farm-to-table restaurant or buying sneakers made from recovered ocean plastic, there are so many ways to be a green shopper this season.

Dec 9, 2018

The season of giving is upon us. Millions of Americans will be taking to the streets (and web catalogs) this month in search of the perfect gift to give loved ones, coworkers, and friends. 'Tis a glorious season, indeed. However, some products that we purchase to give to others come at the cost of taking something away from the planet. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

1. Buy an Experience

  1. Perhaps your friend has been craving a massage for months, been wanting to check out the new aerial yoga class in town, dying to try a ceramics class, or itching do that wine tasting you have been talking about for years. Not only are these gifts more eco-friendly, they also show loved ones that you’re listening to them and in tune to their needs and desires.

2. Make a Craft’s Project From Upcycled Materials

These days, there’s nothing that can’t be made from a few unused items in your room and a good Pinterest search. Surprise a friend with a funky lamp, a photo magnet, or candle holders made of beer bottles. The personalized effort is bound to make any friend grateful.

3. Go Outdoors Into Nature or Bring Nature Into the House

Visit the local botanical gardens, go for a hike, rent a rowboat, or buy your friend a cool house plant. Being in and around nature can increase serotonin levels for months! Even looking at a picture of greenery can improve mood. So maybe its time to finally print that beautiful picture you took on your last trip for one of your pals.

4. Shop Green Products

Think solar phone charger, biodegradable phone cases, a personalized thermos, or a product made from recycled materials - the list is endless.

5. Consume Consciously

If you do want to get a more conventional gift, check out shops that help you shop more ethically. Many websites sell products that either don’t harm the environment or that minimize the environmental impact more than conventional consumption (such as fast fashion). These companies also tend to have much better worker’s rights practices, such as fair wages, and vacation days.

Whether it’s dining at a local farm-to-table restaurant or buying sneakers made from recovered ocean plastic, there are so many ways to be a green shopper this season. Be creative. Your friends and family will appreciate the extra thought and Mother nature won’t mind either.

HILLA BENZAKEN, CONTRIBUTOR
Hilla Benzaken is a dedicated optimist. Her happy place involves cooking, acting, gardening, and fighting for social justice. She writes about all things sustainability, innovation, and DIY.

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