Eco Friendly Gift Giving

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Living the green lifestyle is becoming more than just a trend - it's a way of life for an ever expanding set of individuals. Out of respect for the ideals of those who embrace the environment around them, or simply to cement your own beliefs while encouraging others to participate, an eco-friendly gift can make the perfect statement for any occasion. There are many diverse avenues to travel while searching for the ideal green gift. Below are some ideas you may want to investigate.

Organic Products


Organic gifts can range from food and clothing, to soaps, candles, bedding and more. The list is endless. Organic typically means the item is made from chemical free, all natural products. According to the Organic Trade Association, the term "organic" refers to the way agricultural products—food and fiber—are grown and processed, without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides, fertilizers, artificial ingredients, preservatives, or irradiation. [1] In the United States, the certified organic seal is used to indicate those suppliers that have met the organic standards set by federal legislation.[2] While shopping organic, be aware that other countries, such as the UK, Japan, Germany and Australia use different certification symbols. More importantly, many countries have less stringent or even non-existent standards.

Plants and Trees


Thinking of flowers? Do something different that's more environmentally sound. For the tree hugger on your list, consider giving a plant or tree instead - many varieties produce beautiful flowers and even fruits. Not only is it good for the environment - by planting, one is engaging in "carbon offsetting" which reduces CO2 emissions [3] - but this thoughtful present is one that will also make a sentimental and lasting impression, reminding the recipient of you every time they look at it. When a tree is given as a sapling, the recipient also gets the joy of watching it grow - and, it provides the perfect backdrop for an annual photo. Remember, too, that many flora are grown organically as well.

Want your green gift to make a bigger impact? Consider donating to a non-profit in your recipient's name. Many organizations accept donations that can be directly targeted for re-forestation. [4]

Energy Saving Items


In today's lean times, products that save energy are becoming even more popular, and, while practical, they're always appreciated. Solar or LED exterior lighting makes for a spectacular nighttime vision scape. High-efficiency appliances are not only energy saving, but they're tax deductible as well. Other in-vogue items include push lawn mowers, water saving shower heads, and battery chargers. You can also harness the power of the sun to brew some sun tea in a jar.

Natural Remedies

Home remedies and natural cures or medicines made at home from natural ingredients such as fruits, vegetables, herbs are catching a lot of attention due to its very nature of cure: simple, no side effects, no chemicals, inexpensive, plus the pleasure of being able to cure yourself! [5] Giving a natural remedy as a "Get Well" gift tells your recipient that you are concerned about their health, and it may just offer some relief they've yet to experience. Make sure to thoroughly research your remedy to avoid any unwanted side effects. A beautiful or unique mortar and pestle for mixing can be just as thoughtful.

Recycled Gifts


Recycling involves processing used materials into new products in order to prevent waste, reduce consumption, reduce energy usage, and pollution, and lower greenhouse gas emissions.[6] There are literally thousands of artisans throughout the world who employ their talent to recreate functional items out of used materials, creating some incredible pieces of artwork, apparel, and household décor. Green do-it-yourself projects are a great way to recycle items and create wonderful gifts or holiday decorations. For example, you can create festive holiday decorations using empty plastic soda or water bottles. You can also create funky refrigerator magnets made of bottle caps from soda or beer bottles. Not only will you feel good giving a recycled gift, your recipient will appreciate your thoughtfulness for them, and for the environment. Remember, too, that recycling does not stop with the gift - try to use products around your home as gift wrap to enhance the "green-ness" of your gift.

Related Guides


  1. Organic FAQs
  2. Wikipedia - Certified Organic
  3. Wikipedia - Reducing a Carbon Footprint
  4. Carbon Fund
  5. Remedies For You
  6. Wikipedia - Recycled