Thursday, November 23, 2006

It's That Time of Year Again....

The publication of the Green Guide to Christmas has provoked interest from the Times and The Guardian, each giving their hints and tips on how to be a little greener this year.

My biggest dilemma at this time of year is choosing presents. Nothing to do with fretting over their environmental impact, I'm afraid, just choosing presents full stop. Every year I trudge round the shops, my eyes glazing over as I try to remember what I've bought people in previous years and to spot that perfect gift. But, in line with my principle that we should see the environmental challenge as an opportunity rather than a threat, I've found in recent years that going for a green theme closes down the options to a manageable number and opens up a range of ideas you won't see on the highstreet.

If you want green gadgets, then try The Green Shop, The Centre for Alternative Technology (great for books on absolutely anything) or The Natural Collection.

The Natural Collection do a range of clothes, but they do tend towards ecru t-shirts or brightly colored 'ethnic' knits. If you're after something a bit funkier then try Howies.

Other 'eco' gift options include house or garden plants, posh organic food and drink, tickets for events (music, comedy, theatre) or cycles (I live in hope that a Brompton shaped parcel will appear under our tree).

If you want to buy a 'conventional' gift, Gooshing give eco/ethical reviews on a wide range of manufacturers.


At 11:37 AM, Anonymous Vic said...

There's also Oxfam Unwrapped and Good Gifts for non-stuff gifts

At 2:42 PM, Anonymous Vic said...

Forgot there's The Woodland Trust some "normal" gifts plus alternatives - dedicate a sapling right up to give a mini eco-system.

Ecotopia also do recycled gifts and fair trade

At 7:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's also a fab new website for eco-shopping too at Love Eco

At 3:07 PM, Blogger Gareth Kane said...

The Guardian has more green gift ideas today...

At 6:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Friends of the Earth has recently launched a new online Shop which stocks a great range of books. Covering topics from ethical living to climate change, real food and waste, it's the perfect place to browse for gifts.

All purchases before the 18th December will automatically be placed in a draw to win one of 5 Feeling Fruity Chocolate Hampers.

When you buy from Friends of the Earth you are helping to fund their vital work.

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