In our quest to “tread lightly” on the earth, gift giving sometimes presents challenges for us as we try to be mindful of what we use, give and receive. We love to give, to bring smiles to the faces of those we love, but finding that “just right gift,” that also is made with caring for the planet in mind, isn’t always easy. Particularly at this time of year when high pressure sales tactics both subliminal and overt “in your face” messages to buy, buy, buy seem to be everywhere!
So, as a way to help guide you through the holidays this season, and before you enter the mall, or go online for gifts we have 2 great resources that we think can help make your holiday gifts (or anytime gifts) extra special and meaningful.
1. Women’s Voices for the Earth Holiday Shopping Guide; and
2. Plastic Antidote’s Gift Guide, our GO-TO Gift Gurus all year long.
Women’s Voices for the Earth Non-Toxic Shopping Guide includes tips and resources on finding safer products from clothing and electronics to baby products, toys, and personal care products, and has sections on Do It Yourself/DIY ideas and book selections. The Guide also includes top picks for safer products in each category from women who are experts in their fields. Some of our favorite and most trusted ClimateMama “go to Green Bloggers” make recommendations in this guide including our Green Carnival Pal, Diane MacEachern from Big Green Purse. Download the Guide today!
Plastic Antidote Gift Guide: Guest Post by Michaelanne Petrella, Social Media, Plastic Pollution Coalition
Plastic Antidote is inspired by a vision of a world where all people have access to affordable and safe reusables – a world where going plastic-free is easy. With its work, Plastic Antidote seeks to shift current consumer habits away from conventional choices into affordable and environmentally-friendly products. Plastic Antidote is a non-profit, and is not focused on maximizing profits but maximizing social benefits and consumer values.
We humbly submit this holiday shopping guide in the hopes that it inspires you to think about gifting in a different way. In a time of widespread consumerism, give the gift of less consumption.
“Go Plastic-Free” Deluxe Kit
(2) Eco Friendly Stainless Steel Straws-Single
(1) Endurance Stainless Steel Wine Glasses, Set of 2
(1) Book: Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too
(1) PPC LunchBots Uno Blue
(1) PPC Green Garmento
(1) Repeat Bamboo Utensil Set
(1) Citizen Love Rainbow Bag, Limited Edition*
*RAINBOW BAG from CITIZENLOVE
This very colorful tote is approximately 18″ tall by 14″ wide (45x35cm) with comfortable handles. Every bag is made from a different part of the printed fabric, so each is unique. Please choose deeper or lighter colors palate. Printed on 80% recycled cotton / 20% recycled bottle fabric. Made with love in the USA.
ChicoBag- Produce Stand Bag, 3 Pack
The Produce Stand collection by ChicoBag is a part of their reusable line of produce bags designed to maintain optimal humidity and air flow keeping fruits and vegetables fresh and healthy. The Hemp-Cotton blend bag is designed for green beans, nuts, grains and bulk food items. The fabric is a 70 percent hemp, 30 percent cotton blend and is designed to absorb excess moisture and restrict airflow. Kick your single-use produce bag habit with the Produce Stand Collection by ChicoBag.
“Rethink” Reusable Water Bottle
Sport this Plastic Pollution Coalition (PPC) “Rethink” Bottle wherever you go, and inspire others to Rethink their Drink. Comes in Ruby, Black, and Silver. Bottles made specifically for PPC. The Plastic Pollution Coalition was created with the vision of a world free of plastic pollution and the toxic impacts of plastic on humans, the environment, wildlife and marine life.
Endurance Stainless Steel Martini Glasses, Set of 2
Make the perfect martini even better in the RSVP Endurance stainless steel Martini Glasses. With brushed exteriors and highly polished interiors, they will keep a martini cold much longer than glass. Terrific for poolside, boating, picnics, and for serving desserts. Set of 2. 8-ounce capacity.
Repeat Bamboo Utensil Set
How about a pack of five bamboo utensils to round out the perfect utensil set? Great for the whole family! A handy carabiner on the back lets you clip and carry a fork, knife, spoon and chopsticks wherever you may roam. Perfect for a busy lifestyle and our precious planet. RePEaT utensil holders give plastic bottles a second shot at a useful life – and an opportunity to stay out of our landfills. Made out of RPET (recycled PET plastic), we like to call it “RePEaT” because it lets plastic reincarnate into something kinder and gentler.
Bamboo Flatware & Chopsticks:
–Heat and stain resistant, won’t impart or absorb flavors,
–Lightweight, strong and long lasting,
–Hand finished with top grade natural, food-safe wood oil
“Go Plastic-Free” Basic Starter Kit
(1) PPC Stainless steel bottle (Choice of Color)
(1) PPC Stainless steel straw
(1) To-Go Ware RePEaT utensil set (Choice of Color)
Stainless Steel Mini Containers, Set of 3
These mini containers are the perfect compliment to the other stainless steel containers, and are ideal for packing smaller items like berries, raisins, nuts, grapes, olives, hummus and dips. Also great for vitamins while you are traveling.
Containers are made of #304 (18/8) food-grade stainless steel. Mini 2.5-oz. = 2.25″ diameter x 1.75″ tall
Website: Plastic Antidote
Plastic Antidote helps to fund the important work of the Plastic Pollution Coalition. You can learn more about them here: www.plasticpollutioncoalition.org
P.S. We LOVE the fact that both guides recommend our friend Beth Terry’s book, Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too, as a special gift this holiday season!