For the last few years we’ve been attempting to buy non-plastic holiday gifts, for teachers, for families, for friends, for co-workers. there are some great resources and the shopping becomes fun–yet challenging– when trying to eliminate an entire category–plastic. here are some great catalogs and websites for getting started–the gifts are unique, beautiful,often sustainable, and truly come from the heart. please, please share any resources that you find along the way. below, i divided into the following categories: children, clothing, and home.
buying local is often the better choice b/c you avoid excess wrapping (lots of plastic) and shipping. the ideas below could be starting points for ideas and then you can take it from there. if you do decide to use any of the childrens’ catalogs, i’ve ordered from most of them and I am really happy with the results.
2. Magic Cabin
“childhood’s purest treasures”
(all natural toys, blocks, dolls, games, puzzles, dress-up)
3.) Hearth Song
“toys you’ll feel good about giving”
creative games, wooden toys and puzzles, outdoor activites
this catalo is great but does have battery-operated, plastic toys that are tempting to buy, just worth make a thoughtful decision
1.) Hanna Anderssson
unique,comfy, organic choices for children, small selection for adults, shoes, outerwear
comfy outerwear, undergarments, jackets. lotsof recycled products, organic choices, pricey
3.) CONSIGNMENT STORES/THRIFT STORES
there are great, barely used items at these places, worth a try if you have one local
world’s largest directory of eco-friendly and holistic health services
inspirational itesm for the home that have to do with sustainability, organics, recycling, solar energy
known for its great selection of yoga products, clothing, jewelry, decorating items, organic
3.) Napa Style
“celebrate the flavor of life”
cooking items, decorating,furniture, beautiful stuff, pricey
“books and gifts for reawakening the spirit”
inspirational, meditative, music, jewelry, organic, village crafts, sustainable
“discover a world of difference”
beautiful gifts made by local artisans around the world, fair trade=fair way of life
art work, jewelry, clothing,
7.) Uncommon Goods
lots of recylced decorative items, furniture, jewelry, gifts
8.) LAST BUT NOT LEAST: a huge selection of gifts made in the USA
(disclaimer, i have not gone through all of the sites to check the plastic content)
http://www.fao.com –search by country of origin
–> both of these blogs have great list of companies made in usa
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great blog for eco-friendly travel. it is so easy and so significant to off- set your travel and shopping by buying carbon off sets!