It's Gift Season. Since we cannot all adhere to the Buy Nothing syndrome, let us alleviate our sin of buying. There are now at least one million, seven hundred thousand sites related to "green buying," and these are growing at the rate of 143 per minute (official statistics from my personal and unverifiable sources,) so keeping track of them may be a tad difficult.
However, I will mention just three here, selected in a highly idiosyncratic manner. More to come later.
Since everybody needs T-shirts (they do, don't they?) you may as well get one one with an ecological message; it's better than one that says "My parents jetted First Class to Bali and all I go was this lousy T-shirt."
We Add Up has a list of actions, one of which you choose. They range from the cutesy "shower together" to the real "wind power," "drive a hybrid" and from the trivial "inflate your tires" to the serious "fly less." You get a T-shirt with the icon of your choice, and with the number of people so far who have chosen that action. Very cute.
The Getwithgreen site has great ideas for remodeling and decorating, from recycled cabinet knobs to concrete countertops. One particularly notable idea is LED Christmas lights, which use a fraction of the energy of regular lights and last long enough that you would be able to pass them on to your grandkids.
Locally, you might want to check out the Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment's shopping center. From green batteries to modern furniture, there's an extensive list of products that are ecoclogically sound. If you shop there, you are also supporting the BCUE, " one of New York City's leading environmental educators for nearly 30 years."
Not everything is unique. The recommendations for plants and window boxes...well, they're green and green, so to speak. But nothing unusual.
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