Ready or not, here come the holidays! And along with all those Black Friday sales, must-make recipes, TV specials and ugly sweaters, there’s a long list of holiday parties you’ll want to attend. Don’t arrive empty handed! Instead, come bearing a gift for your host or hostess that’s also a gift for the environment. Here are a few eco-friendly ideas sure to spread holiday cheer.
- DIY your own all-natural body scrub scented with seasonal fragrances. You’ll need one part kosher salt with three-fourth parts coconut oil. Mix everything together in the container of your choice (make sure the vessel you choose has a large enough opening to fit your hand) until it forms a paste-like consistency. Add a sprig of pine, a few drops of peppermint oil or vanilla and cinnamon for a holiday-scented spa experience.
- Bring your party hostess something that will upgrade the morning-after cleanup session. A few bags of locally-sourced, eco-friendly, sustainable coffee from one of these roasters will do the caffeine trick.
- One of the most common (and appreciated!) hostess gifts around the holidays is a sweet smelling hand soap to brighten up a bathroom. Make the gift more thoughtful by choosing a product with natural, organic ingredients (read here why non-eco-friendly soaps can really be like a lump of coal in your stocking). If you’re looking for some sustainable soap suggestions, here are a few great options.
- Thinking of gifting a wintry-smelling candle? Don’t ruin the gift with a votive made from synthetics and toxins! Choose one scented with natural, essential oils and made with a cotton wick, as non-green candles have wicks that contain lead and zinc, which release harmful gases when burned.
- Toast to 2017 with a set of beautiful, sleek champagne flutes made from recycled glass. You’ll support an industry that creates big environmental pay offs, saves on raw materials, lessens the demand for energy and cuts CO2 emissions. Complete this celebratory package with a bottle of eco-conscious champagne or sparkling wine that will ring in the New Year without expanding your carbon footprint.
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