Instead of grabbing a ready-made bouquet at the local supermarket, support organic growers.
Tools for Green Living
SUPER POOPERS, eco-friendly products; A CLEANER, GREENER BEER (OR TWO),New Belgium’s new organic beer; ALT-SHOPPING, a little Brooklyn shop that specializes in handcrafted arts from around the U.S. and abroad; YOUR DARK MASTER
THE COCOA BEAN!, an array of chocolate products from Veré; FAIR TRADE TEAS, The Republic of Tea, an all-natural tea company; SMOOTH OPERATORS, super-smooth skin razors
Candles create atmosphere at the holidays, but can also fill the air with harmful chemicals. Way Out Wax, based in Vermont, produces all-natural candles from vegan soy wax and pure essential oils, including lavender and sage. If you don’t want to cook at Thanksgiving, you should choose Cozy Home, which smells like pumpkin pie.
Labor Day is coming, so summer camps are closing and bees are flying in lazier circles on cooler air. The squash season is ending, though apple pie is starting to look like a real possibility, and the kids are outside this morning, waiting for the bus. Perhaps one of the children standing in line holds a hemp backpack, a gift from his eco-conscious parents made by Artisan Gear.
If, as Buddha said, it’s true that the word manifests as the deed, +E (Positive Energy) Awareness Apparel is on the right track to making our world more just, safe and healthy. The company’s 100 percent certified organic cotton t-shirts, tanks and baby clothes feature key words such as "Bang" and "Dirty" on the front, with the explanation of a related social or environmental issue on the back.
Looking for a fun way to get someone started on the path to greater environmental responsibility? Get them Go GreenGift, an eco-starter kit that makes change easy for people by supplying them with household items to conserve energy, organic foods and natural body-care products.
Bring Kathy’s Family products into your home, and you can read about the colorful Swanson family on the fantastic product packaging as you wash your hair or soothe those chapped lips. The Swansons are a large Minnesota farming family, and their stories are told on the products that were inspired by them. As Kathy herself explains, "The products are a lot like us: honest, trustworthy and down to Earth. They’re made with ingredients that anyone can pronounce and they don’t have anything extra because they only use what they need."
Everything in the Anna Sova line of organic products shouts high quality and commitment to natural living. Founder Anna Walker explains, "Smell our wall paint, and you"ll see it smells like food, because we use food-grade ingredients. There are no petrochemicals here." For an added pleasure, you can mix the company’s aromatherapy blends into the paint for long-lasting fragrance.
Looking for reasonably priced 100 percent organic cotton and hemp clothing for the environmental activist on your Christmas list? More Trees Clothing Company is one place to look. San Francisco-based More Trees offers a variety of options in chic urban styles. I