Giving back for the holidays

(photo by Christine Rutz, flickr)

‘Tis the season of giving. With Christmas a week away, the flurry-scurry to find the right gifts for everyone on your list adds stress to an already stress-filled time.

As in past years, here are ideas and suggestions for gifts that give back to others.

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A Greener Christmas tree – Rent it and Plant it!

Renting a live potted Christmas tree means less mess, hassle and less landfilling

Every year, 25 to 30 million live Christmas trees are sold in the United States. Their ornaments and decorations help brighten our holiday. But after the holiday, they end up curbside as trash or, in towns offering such service, as recycling. A sad fate for such a wonderful part of Christmas.

Around the country, a new tradition is growing: renting a living tree for the holidays.

For more on the benefits of renting a live tree, the types of choices and where to find them, go to http://bit.ly/t1MkMj.

Green your holiday decorations

Holiday fever is rapidly setting in, with holiday lights and Christmas tree lots springing up around town. Whether you celebrate Chanukah or Christmas, it’s time to think about decorating to usher in the holidays.

There are fun, creative options to decorate “green” this year. You could make your own decorations, drawing materials from Nature to create one-of-a-kind ornaments. buy and add to something, or purchase ornaments from a company or organization that involves recycling and /or repurposing materials that would have ended up in a landfill.

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Giving Christmas gifts that give hope – Part 1

Organic Bouquet provides workers in underdeveloped countries with essential services that help improve their lives

This year, with so much challenging so many around the world, why not give the gift of hope and empower those in need.

Consider donating and/or purchase gifts that will make a tangible, life altering difference.

Organic Bouquet provides flowers that are organically grown and certified by agencies like the USDA and the Rainforest Alliance.

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Colorful Christmas ornaments made from recycled plastic bottles

We all know it’s important to recycle those plastic water bottles – and more of us are doing it these days.

But one creative entrepreneur is turning them into beautiful art-like ornaments that would class-up any Christmas tree and make friends and neighbors ooh and aah.

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Eco-friendly gift ideas for Christmas

Fiber Active Organics - eco-friendly elegance for the holidays

It wouldn’t be Christmas without bright colored decorations, carols, tantalizing smells and surprises under the tree.

Here are some suggestions for holiday gifts and decoration to create a very special holiday.

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