Archive for December, 2008

We have a winner and more

twoofuscrppedThanks to everyone who participated in our t-shirt-onesie contest to find a great green saying. The votes are in and the winner by a landslide is Lesley Papola of Petaluma, CA won with her eco-humorous directive, Eat! Sleep! Compost!

Lesley wins a t-shirt with the saying printed on it from www.LittleChickieWear.com and a copy of our book Celebrate Green!.

Thank you to all our participants and especially our finalists, Karen Renzi, Julie Bonn Heath, and Alisa Bowman.

Eco-festival fun

We had a terrific three days at the Eco Gift Festival in Los Angeles. The best part for us was meeting people we’d been in touch with only via the internet.Two of them were members of an incredible network of entrepreneurial women, Savor the Success.

If you’re a woman and own a  business or are thinking of starting one, we suggest you seriously consider joining STS. Membership is fee although you can upgrade to a paid membership that offers lots of PR opportunities like participation in this incredible holiday catalogue.

Here’s to the merriest, happiest, greenest holiday season ever!

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December 23, 2008 at 4:52 pm Leave a comment

Five great green gifts

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Yes, being eco-friendly means buying less, but you don’t need to forgo giving altogether when you choose gifts with meaning, gifts of service, handmade items and those that are worth every penny. Here are five we think will hit the mark.

For the one who has everything: Why not gift them with the opportunity to give. Check out www.TisBest.org where you can create your own gift card, then email it. Your recipient can then choose from among 250 non-profits to share their gift with. Give any amount starting at $10.

amysanta08-copyFor “she’s no Martha Stewart”: A green decor makeover by Amy Woidke of Ecokind Design. Amy’s talents are many and her designs reflect your taste, yet are as eco-friendly as possible. As she says, “Consider giving the gift of a daily empowering experience, of moving a loved one towards a more personalized, supportive and empowering space, from which they can live their best life!” Best of all, through December 31, 2008, you can get 20% off on gift certificates.

51jo5vfrpfl_sl160_aa115_For the bride and groom to be: The Everything Green Wedding Book by Wenona Napolitano.  Filled with terrific ideas for a classic wedding with an eco-twist. Just like our book,  Celebrate Green!,  Napolitano’s offers dozens of ways to make any wedding more special than ever by helping brides and grooms choose earth-wisely whether they are considering the place, the dress, the food, the ceremony, the decor or any other aspect of their memorable day. The couple will especially appreciate all the resources Napolitano provides. And when you’re gifting them with this book, be sure to include a message about visiting The Everything Green Wedding blog, where they’ll find even more ideas for creating their dream day. (And of course, the book is printed on 100% recycled paper.)

product-2bFor the kind-hearted movie star wannabe: Bamboo sunglasses from Kayu Design. Not only are these gorgeous and made from sustainable material, but for each pair purchased, Kayu donates a sight-restoring surgery for someone in the developing world.

il_75x7545059939For the cutest baby in the world: A darling cap made from a recycled sweater. Whether cashmere or wool, these caps are to be treasured for their design and the fact that they are recycled and handmade with love. This will be an heirloom, guaranteed.

We’ve got more suggestions coming your way later this week.

December 16, 2008 at 10:06 pm Leave a comment

Giving the gift of green, Part 1

twoofuscrppedWe could blog every day for ten years and still not cover every aspect of going green at the end-of-year holidays, so we’re not even going to try. But for the rest of December, each post we’ll highlight various aspects of making these holidays more eco-friendly.

Remember that every idea can be applied to any holiday or celebration. Our goal is to get people thinking about how to approach gifts, activities, food and decor from a green perspective. If all of us change just one or two aspects of what we do when it comes to these special events, we will make an enormous impact.

Take wrapping paper, for instance. If every American wrapped just three fewer gifts in paper, we’d save 47,000 football fields worth of wrapping paper. Isn’t that stunning? Doesn’t that make it worthwhile to consider alternatives?

You’ve probably wrapped a few gifts in newspaper, the comics or cut down paper bags. Those are good alternatives, but remember, it’s always best to choose re-usable items. Recycling takes energy, so while newspaper is preferred to purchased wrapping paper, there are more earth-friendly solutions.

Plus, don’t you want your gifts to look gorgeous? If so, you’ve got to try our discovery of the season, fabric wraps! Variously called furoshiki (in Japan) or bojagi (in Korea), material makes a sensible and perfect wrap for any package. You no longer need to use tape or ribbon and surely you have scarves or even napkins at home that could work perfectly.

Just take a piece of fabric, learn a few easy techniques and your gifts will be receiving oohs and aahs before they’re even opened. Best of all, the recipient can use the wrap herself or pass it on.

When Lynn’s mother passed away, she inherited a number of gorgeous silk scarves. She doesn’t wear scarves, so imagine her joy at realizing she could use them to wrap gifts for those she loves! Some will be passed on to Corey via gifts to her. Then Corey will use them to wrap gifts for her daughter. What an amazing way to share love and gift the Earth at the same time.

You can make your own wraps from fabric you already have. That’s what we did in this video where we demonstrate how to do a simple fold (along with a hint for a fun holiday craft). The fabric should be thin and if you don’t have a machine to sew around the edges of two pieces, then turn them right side out, you can use pinking shears or, depending on the fabric, leave the edges to fray!

boboBut if you aren’t up to sewing or don’t have fabric lying around the house, we suggest you take a look at our favorite spot for buying, www.BoboWrap.com. Being as Lynn is a polka dot fanatic, she immediately fell for the luscious dotty wraps, but if you’re a little more conservative, Patricia has plenty for you to choose from. The less expensive wraps are single thickness and while the more expensive ones may be cost prohibitive to use for every gift, they’re perfect for those “special” ones. Not only will the gift and wrapping be appreciated, but the wrap may get passed on for a long time. If that isn’t a special gift, I don’t know what is.

By the way, we have a full page of wrapping those simple techniques in Celebrate Green!

December 4, 2008 at 1:06 am 1 comment


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