Watch this great video with Annie Leonard — it’s an arresting account of the details and repercussions of product Extraction, Production, Distribution, Consumption, and Disposal. Spread the word, it’s really interesting!
The Story of Stuff
With that in mind, and with the holiday shopping season upon us, it may be better (and easier) to consider buying your loved ones services instead of products – after all, services don’t run out! Here is a range of ideas for
Sustainable Holiday Gifts:
Tickets to movies, musicals, plays, or concerts
Tours, excursions, hikes
Classes or lessons (cooking, dance, martial arts, yoga, music, art, etc.)
Bus, train, or metro passes
Website or Blog Hosting
Skype credit, calling cards
Gift certificates for:
Spa & Massage
A Nice Meal
You could also combine some of these things to make a pretty neat gift package; for instance, you could get your loved one in New Haven:
– a train ticket to New York City,
-a gift certificate to a nice New York French or Middle Eastern restaurant,
– and a ticket to see Wicked or any other show.
They’re sure to have a blast, and who doesn’t love free stuff?
Update: December 18th.
Here are some more ideas for green holiday gifts:
– Adopt an Acre, Rescue the Reef, or Adopt a Square Mile.
– Swim with the Sharks (and explore the rest of the site for other ideas, like CityZen Chef’s Table, Radio DJ Experience, Tasting & Tea for Two, and more)
and definitely check out:
– Green Dimes: For only 15 dollars, cut your junk mail up to 90% and they plant 10 trees!
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As soon as you join, our team does all the work to get your name off dozens of direct marketer’s mailing lists. This will take care of a big chunk of the junk!
Step 2: Hate Your Catalogs? Love Your Catalogs?
Just let us know! Log in anytime to your GreenDimes account and click on our easy-to-use Catalog Screener to enter the catalogs and other mailings that you want stopped.
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Each month GreenDimes monitors the Direct Marketing Association’s mailing list to ensure that your name gets off and stays off their mailing lists. In order for us to do this, you will need to register your name with the DMA. They charge $1 per name, but registering will make a big difference in the amount of junk in your mailbox.”
… Happy Holidays! 🙂