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more philanthropic gift giving

December 12, 2008

Here are some more ideas for giving charitable donations in place of gifts that will end up being returned, exchanged, regifted, or — worse — thrown away this holiday season.

A gift of $25 or more entitles your recipient to full membership benefits, including a year long subscription to the Friends of the Earth news magazine, the right to vote in our annual election, invitations to special events, and the knowledge that they are part of the fight to build a healthy and just world.

Another gift membership opportunity, this time for the clean energy gurus who support “natural capitalism” at The Rocky Mountain Institute.

Let your friend or family member choose the micro-loan they’d like to give with Kiva e-gift certificates.

Redefine Christmas
Give or request a donation through this site that’s looking to bring back the true charitable spirit of Christmas.

Related post
eco holiday gift guide: for the philanthropist

eco etsy finds

September 23, 2008

One of the great things about Etsy, crafty online marketplace, is that you get to deal directly with the artists who craft their wares. Many one-of-a-kind or limited edition items — arts, crafts, jewelry, apparel, letterpress, even food — are waiting to find a good home. You can also choose to buy locally, from artisans in your area.

Here’s a little roundup of some of the eco-friendly goods available on Etsy.

Dollparts and Candy
Remade, Japanese-inspired clothing — if you get one of their special garments, you can probably guarantee that you won’t see anyone else wearing it.

Go West Prairie Cowgirl Shirt

Superscoop Icecream Denim Skirt

Cool chain knit necklaces made from New Zealand wool (so it does have to travel all the way from Auckland, if you’re not in that neck of the woods) are a more eco-friendly alternative to metal chains. As Esther and Shelley of Toggle say: Enjoy some gilt without the guilt!

Soft Rocks Woollen Chain in Black with Jewels

Soft Rocks Woollen Chunky Chain in Deep Purple

Soft Rocks Chunky Chain in Silver

Danamarie Hosler is known for her knitimals, unique creatures made from various textiles — wool, yarn, felt, &c. But I especially like these felt masks, just in time for Halloween (of course the kids will want to wear them all-year round… I see plenty of little boys dressed up like Batman in the middle of the summer around here).

The masks are hand-stitched, adorable, and you can get one for your favorite little monster for only $12 each. (They fit most adults, too!)

Red bird knitimal mask

Blue and yellow knitimal mask

One of VKnO’s specialties is her Windows of the Past – Pop Art Pendants.” As she puts it in her profile: A unique and eye catching piece of art for you neck. The one-of-a-kind pendants are made from recycled aluminum cans and vintage magazine or newspaper clippings. Pretty clever stuff.

Just like the sun

Who said it’s a dog’s life


Map Greenwich London (of course I love this one, it’s a map!)

naturaleza al descubierto
The gorgeous natural wood and plant materials in the jewelry by Marlon and Amy Solano are sustainably collected in Nicaragua. They accept custom orders, so if you’re looking for a unique gift or wedding ring, naturaleza’s beautiful jewelry could be for you.

La Malinche
organic seed earrings

nambaro wood ring with sterling silver inlay and band

coyol ring with tagua and jadeita inlay

something to cheer you up

July 2, 2008

Sorry about that nasty post about Wal-Mart, I just had to get it out. So how ’bout some sunshine to counter the gloom and doom: some philanthropic flowers. And how apropos, these flowers can help provide sustainable health care to people in need.

Project HOPE Siberia Lilies

Project HOPE Siberia Lilies
Project HOPE’s mission is to achieve sustainable advances in health care around the world by implementing health education programs and providing humanitarian assistance in areas of need. They have most recently sent 1.5 million dollars of medicine to help Indonesian Tsunami victims. Now you can support their critical humanitarian efforts while bringing a smile to a loved one’s face by ordering this 10-stem bouquet of abundantly fragrant Siberia Lilies. 5% of each purchase will be donated to Project HOPE.*Vase not included. An optional vase is available at checkout.*Caution: Siberia lilies may be harmful to cats if ingested. Please consult your veterinarian for more information.

To order, click the image above.

father’s day gift guide

June 8, 2008

You wouldn’t buy Dad another tie, or a t-shirt that says “World’s Best Dad” on it for Father’s Day, would you? I didn’t think so. Well, if you need some help picking out a little something special for Pops for his special day, there’s still time. Here are some ideas with every budget in mind:

  1. Gift subscription to the Green Guide. Opt for the downloadable version for an even greener gift ($15 paper version, $12 online version).
  2. The Kindle — yeah, it’s an electronic device, but it saves tons of paper. Dad can download books, magazines, newspapers, and even blogs ($359).
  3. If Dad’s not techy, or just likes the old-fashioned printed word, get him a used or rare book from Alibris.
  4. Adopt an endangered animal, like the gray wolf (for as little as $20).
  5. Outdoor fire pit set made of a repurposed steel drum and utilizing clean-burning logs from VivaTerra ($259).
  6. Succulent garden — an indoor mini garden that doesn’t require a lot of water or care. Or you can make a succulent terraria yourself ($89 or cheaper if you DIY).
  7. Get him a class, like cooking or wine tasting. Or if he’s more adventurous, surfing (prices range).
  8. Give him an experience, like a hot air balloon ride (commentary on the environmental impact here).
  9. Classic shaving kit with straight razor. Make sure the razor is made with good quality carbon steel, like this one (you can also get a cheaper, vintage one on ebay). Be sure to include shaving soap, brush, and strop (vegan options here). How to use one and a comparison of various shaving methods from Mother Earth News here.

For other holidays, encourage your friends and family to sign up for an alternative registry, where recipients can request gifts ranging from meaningful experiences to specific items that aren’t necessarily available in department stores.