08 December 2008

eco holiday gift guide: for your partner

Husband, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend, lover, lifemate, whatever you call that special someone, here are some gift ideas to show the love.

For him

Riding Jacket
$200 at nau

AeroGarden PRO100 with Gourmet Herb Seed Kit
$149.95 at Amazon

Solio Classic Solar Charger

Solio Classic Solar Charger

$99.95 at REI

Men's Sterling Silver Bracelet
$82 at GlobalExchange

Organic Cotton Boxers
$30 at Patagonia

Life in Cold Blood
$23.99 at Amazon

Totally Bamboo Sushi Gift Set
$19.99 at Amazon

Sigg Lifestyle Loop Top Water Bottle (1.0-Liters)
$18.95 at Amazon

The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-sufficient Living in the Heart of the City (Process Self-reliance Series) by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen
$11.53 at Amazon

For her

Green Gold Bracelet

Green Gold Bracelet and Earrings

$149 and $109 at VivaTerra

Silk Dream Nightgown - Ivory (medium)
Silk Dream Nightgown - Ivory

$98 at VivaTerra

Yes! Tote Bag

Yes! Tote Bag

$64 at VivaTerra

Women's Giraffe Tank - Small

Giraffe Tank
On sale $27.96 at Organic Style

Matahari Sterling Hoop Earrings
$42 at GlobalExchange

Eat local organic cotton tee
$35 at Patagonia

G=9.8 Thigh Highs
$24 at Amazon

$22 at Juliet's Room

SmartWool Stripeuccino Espresso Socks - Women's

SmartWool Stripeuccino Espresso Socks

$18.95 at REI

Gorgeously Green: 8 Simple Steps to an Earth-Friendly Life by Sophie Uliano
$11.53 at Amazon

a simple way to help save the planet and the economy

I've mentioned Van Jones before, and how his book The Green Collar Economy is a declaration on how we can fix the both the environment and broken economy at the same time. Well, now you can hear straight from him how simple it can be to boost the economy while retrofitting drafty inefficient buildings. Take a look and listen:

Sounds pretty simple, right?

Read the book

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millions of good things

starting them young

A friend of mine just sent me this adorable video of her friend's daughter's class, singing a song about "being green." Warms my heart on this frigid December day.

the gift of time

Unclutterer, a blog that helps people like me (the chronically cluttered) get organized has a great post on one of the most environmentally responsible gifts you could ever give: your time. Oh, and it doesn't cost you any money.

Here's a taste:

The gift of your time can be to spend an hour, a day, or an evening with the friend or loved one of your choice. You can set up the time for doing activities they enjoy, such as playing video games or taking a walk. Lock away your Blackberry so that you have quality time together without distractions.

Giving time is a good holiday stress reducer, too, because you’ll spend less money. The American Psychological Association names money as the #1 cause of stress over the holidays. With today’s economy, the pressure may be especially apparent this year. You can take yourself off the gift-buying hook by coming up with creative ways to give of your time (which is really giving of yourself).

One great time give-away is to offer a needed service to your gift recipient. Sometimes the things that are second-nature to you are downright hard or impossible for others to do. If it weren’t for my husband, I know that the gas fireplace would still be unusable, but for him it took all of 15 minutes to fix.

You can use your gift of time to help someone address something that would otherwise not get done unless they hired a professional.

What are your skills? Think about what you can do to assist people with time gift packages.

Here's the rest.

very special green drinks tomorrow night

Share some holiday cheer and bid on awesome prizes at the 7th annual holiday party with Green Drinks and Islands First. Details below.

Tuesday, December 9th
7pm to midnight

199 Bowery @ Spring St (map)

How much
$20 in advance (til 10am Tues) or $30 at the door
Complimentary drinks from 7-8pm

More info here.