Gifts of Green
By Katrina Marland
So it’s the week after Thanksgiving. The parade was great, the turkey was delicious and the football was fun. Now, it’s time to get down to business: holiday shopping. If you’re like me, you’ve already got a list a mile long that you’ve been determinedly ignoring for the last couple weeks because hey, it wasn’t even Thanksgiving yet. Now, there are no excuses left.
Holiday shopping is usually tough enough — so we’re looking to make it a little easier for you this year. Since today is Cyber Monday (Black Friday’s more convenient cousin), and you’re probably already looking for some spectacular deals online, check out these retailers that will not only give you great deals on gifts, but also give a little back to the environment.
Origins: These skincare products are made from all-natural, organic ingredients and are created using windpower and other forms of renewable energy. Plus, the company’s Plant-A-Tree initiative with us has planted more than 100,000 trees worldwide.
Crushcrush Couture: For every purchase from this online jewelry boutique, 25 percent of the price is donated to one of four charities. Choose American Forests upon checkout, and 25 percent of your purchase will be used to plant trees.
Paul Mitchell: This acclaimed hair product line has planted enough trees over the past five years to offset the emissions generated in the production and distribution of the Tea Tree brand, so this gift is really green all around.
Parducci Wine Cellars: The nation’s first carbon neutral winery uses local produce, practices sustainable farming, runs on 100 percent renewable energy and packages each bottle in eco-friendly materials. Give a bottle as a gift, or serve it at your own holiday festivities.
Uncommongoods: This website offers a wide variety of gifts, including books, games, jewelry and kitchenware. Upon checkout, you can opt to donate $1 to American Forests. You can also check out their line of nature-inspired products.
Reveal: These handbags are all made from recycled material or renewable resources, including bamboo, recycled fabric and vegan leather. On top of that, they plant a tree for every product they sell.
Last, but certainly not least, there’s us! Give a membership to American Forests as a gift this holiday season, and your friend or family member will enjoy exclusive online content, a year’s subscription to American Forests magazine and the knowledge that their gift is helping to restore forests around the world.