GUIDE TO SANE GIFT SHOPPING & GIVING
In the Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World, Dianne Machern believes protection of the environment to be the biggest issue facing the planet. She advances the idea that consumers, particularly women, should use the “power of their purse”. In other words, buy products with the greatest environmental benefit to combat the industries that destroy the planet.
Your eco-minded gift recipient would likely agree. In fact, Big Green Purse would make a great Frugalista Eco gift. The book gives clear distinctions between authentic “green” and pretenders; how to choose the greenest option; where dollars make the greatest impact; and tons of other relevant and useful information.
Even without reading the Big Green Purse, it’s difficult not to be eco aware today. The eco-active gift recipients in your life will appreciate many of the listed Frugralista Gifts for the Eco-Minded. Segregated into suggestive categories to help you match your eco-recipient. In addition to the book, there’s chocolate to apparel to gadgets to household to beauty. These can also spur your own ideas on “who” you think they are. Bonus: Some of the recommendations fall into the fair trade classification.
Selections include organic products, grown using environmental procedures. Often, these are also packed using Eco-friendly packaging methods. This will be a big plus for your eco-recipient. As will the health benefits.
Each listed retailer has many other eco, organic and free-trade offerings. If nothing here seems to fit, or spark your own ideas, do browse.
The classifications will appear over several posts. First up, the foodies.
Artisan cheese makes a delectable gift for a connoisseur. The varieties are endless, like the Summer Collection from environmentally responsible Cowgirl Creamery. Your recipient will enjoy a seasonal Pierce Pt, a creamy rind cheese rolled in dried herbs. The bold blue of the Colston Bassett Stilton. And last, but not least, a buttery, aged Beecher’s Truckle Cheddar. Yum—30 ounces of delicious cheese to savor. Bonus: Buying this product supports a small-scale producer. Cowgirl Creamery, north of San Francisco, takes pride in its farmstead cheese, ecological/organic production and being sustainable land stewards.
Another great choice from Cowgirl: the Tomales Bay Collection, featuring favorite MT TAM; a sweet and creamy blue cheese; and a mellow and rich Carmody.
The Crown Maple Syrup Petite Trio set includes light, medium and dark amber syrups, with flavors produced from organic purity and artisan craftsmanship. The syrups begin in a sustainably managed maple grove in NY. In addition, their entire production process is energy-efficient. Now that’s Eco friendly!
$16 – 3 bottles (1.7 oz. each) www.crownmaple.com
Also available full size in the Crown Maple Trio $54.
ORGANIC ITALIAN FEAST GIFT
Give your eco-minded giftee, the Organic Italian Feast Gift set. Everything they’ll need for an authentic Italian pasta dinner. Coppola’s Mammarella pasta sauce made with organic tomatoes, vegetables, herbs, and flavorful olive oil. Mammarella pasta. Bread sticks, Organic chocolate bar for dessert. All in a bright red colander topped with a festive bow.
Tasty Trio of Organic Preserves Gift Set
Delight both eco, gluten sensitive and vegan recipients with the Organic Wine Preserves Gift Set. A balanced concoction of wine and fruit: Organic Apricot Chardonnay Preserves, Organic Blackberry Shiraz Preserve, Organic Cherry Cabernet Wine Preserves. All certified Fair Trade and organic. Packed in eco-friendly 100% post-consumer paper board gift boxes and tied with a petroleum free bow.
Do come back for the next installment of Frugalista Gifts for the Eco-minded. Where you’ll find more ideas you hadn’t known are perfect for the recipients on your list.
Happy Frugalista shopping!
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