How You Can Give Better Holiday Gifts AND Be More Environmentally Friendly

Written by Mark Jeantheau

It'srepparttar holiday shopping season, and Grinning Planet would like to point out thatrepparttar 110119 holiday phrase "Ho, ho, ho!" also relates to being green--it'srepparttar 110120 Jolly Green Giant's tagline. Well, OK, that doesn't exactly get us torepparttar 110121 "eco-friendly" meaning of being green. But when shopping for holiday gifts, there are a number of ways we can be environmentally friendly.

All manufactured items, including gifts, require material and energy to be produced, and production and transportation ofrepparttar 110122 items results in some level of pollution. Here are a couple of ways to make sure those resources aren't a waste:

1) Useful Gifts -- One ofrepparttar 110123 best ways to ensurerepparttar 110124 resources related to your gift don't get wasted is to make sure your gift doesn't end up gathering dust in a closet. While "surprises" can be nice, giving someone a gift out ofrepparttar 110125 blue without any clue whether they'll truly like it or use it may get you one of those half-hearted "Um, oh, cool, thanks" responses. A different approach is to ask your giftees for wish lists, which works especially well within families, where social protocols and rituals can be more easily adjusted. This lessensrepparttar 110126 surprise factor but guarantees that you're giving a gift thatrepparttar 110127 person will use.

2) Drawing Names -- As families and circles of friends grow,repparttar 110128 number of gifts being exchanged can increase rapidly. Rather than each person within a group giving a gift to every other member ofrepparttar 110129 group, names can be drawn so that each person gives gifts to only one or two people. This reducesrepparttar 110130 overall amount of resources related to presents and will reduce your holiday stress level. It may be too late this year to implement such a strategy, but if you'd like to try it next year, suggestingrepparttar 110131 change to your family/friends just after this holiday season will give people time to think about it and adjust torepparttar 110132 idea.

Regardless of how you arrange your gift giving, choosing environmentally friendly products will be better forrepparttar 110133 planet than buying everyone an economy sized bottle of cloying cologne or some other non-green item. When looking at items claiming to be green,repparttar 110134 US Federal Trade Commission advises that shoppers look for quantitative or specific claims, rather than general claims like "green," "eco-friendly," or "environmentally safe," which are open to interpretation. Better descriptions are things like "made from organic cotton," "made from 50% recycled materials," or "manufactured without animal testing."

Here are a few categories of gifts that would be more eco-friendly than some others:

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