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Thinking about giving someone a gift and want to do something great for the planet at the same time?
I love giving gifts (and receiving them). While I've been spending a lot of time lately learning about how great indigenous plants are for all aspects of the environment, I've also been investigating the reasons CO2 is released into the atmosphere. I've been looking for better ways to (not) be a consumer (yep, you got it, mass consumerism is a big contributor to the climate crisis). However.... I love getting and giving gifts! So, how to square the circle?
Here are some ideas for you. These are products and ideas that I have personally tried. These are completely independent recommendations. I don't receive any endorsements or paid clicks. This is my way of sharing a little bit of the research I've done. Hopefully it will help you and the planet (and won't your friends be pleased to get these great gifts!).
I keep adding to the list so please check back in.
organic shade grown coffee
Everyone loves the gift of superior tasting coffee!
Coffee grown in the shade, where coffee plants thrive. The coffee bushes are planted underneath native trees.
Why it's great
• Better tasting coffee
• Better for birds, insects, soil and trees
• Eliminates need for pesticides or chemical fertilizers
• Supports species diversity
• Sequesters more carbon than coffee plants without trees growing in between
Laundry detergent as a gift? Are you serious?
It's cool. Read on.
win win win
• Takes up less space in the laundry cupboard
• The packaging is compostable
• No plastic jugs
• Since it takes less space and is lighter, it uses less fossil fuels to ship (that means putting less carbon into the air. Hurrah !)
• Cleans your clothes the same as the other kinds
Be sure to choose one that doesn't contain allergens, petroleum products, parabens, phosphates, phthalates, dyes, or optical brighteners. That goes for all laundry detergents.
By Robin Wall Kimmerer
One of the most inspirational books I've ever read. You will give love if you give this book.
• Learn what "Honorable Harvest" is
• Be inspired
• Great marriage of environmental way of thinking with the rest of your life
“Robin Wall Kimmerer has written an extraordinary book, showing how the factual, objective approach of science can be enriched by the ancient knowledge of the indigenous people. It is the way she captures beauty that I love the most―the images of giant cedars and wild strawberries, a forest in the rain and a meadow of fragrant sweetgrass will stay with you long after you read the last page.”―Jane Goodall
Instructions to join
7 easy ways to do something great for the environment.
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Use a reusable shopping bag or food storage container. An estimated 300 million plastic bags every year end up in the Atlantic Ocean alone. All that plastic ending up in oceans is not without consequences.
Don’t eat meat today. Animal agriculture is the second largest contributor to human-made greenhouse gas emissions after fossil fuels, and is a leading cause of deforestation, water and air pollution, and biodiversity loss.
Wash clothes in cold water.
Approximately 90 percent of the total energy use and greenhouse gas emissions produced by a single load of laundry come from warming the water. Plus, studies have shown that washing in cold water is just as effective.
Take a 3-minute shower. Each minute you don’t shower save 2.5 gallons of water. Set a timer!
Winners will be announced on April 19 at 12pm PST on Instagram during a live interview of Danielle Eubank @barrelbag
Commit to giving back to our oceans and environment!
Water artist and ocean artist Danielle Eubank (尤淡瑤) is an award-winning, international abstract water painter and ocean painter. She has painted all of the oceans on the planet to raise awareness about the state of the oceans and climate change. She is a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. Her abstract oil paintings are modern and emotive.