Greening Up For The Holidays

   By drodriguez  Sep 14, 2008

If you are having some trouble trying to think of a meaningful gift to give a loved one this year for the holidays, you are not alone. Rushing to the mall at the last minute for a boring mass produced sweater doesn’t have to be the answer.

There is one website showcasing a unique and thoughtful gift idea this year, offers a kind of environmentalist’s starter kit. It truly is the gift that keeps on giving, to the environment that is.

The Green Starter Kit they have created includes an eco-friendly aluminum SIGG water bottle, a reusable grocery bag, an energy-efficient cfl light bulb, and an organic cotton t-shirt.

Why are the items in these kits important to incorporate in every household? Greensender answers that question with the facts, stating that if we could all eliminate plastic water bottle and plastic bag usage, we’d be saving fourteen million barrels of oil used to produce them. It is also reported that if every American home were to switch out two incandescent bulbs for cfl bulbs, 180 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions would not enter the atmosphere and you’d save money on your electric bill as well.

It is the type of gift to give to just about anyone on your list, especially those who may need some help going green. A lot of people may look at environmental issues and feel overwhelmed, not knowing where to begin. Greensender gives a person the basic tools to get started making eco-friendly choices a part of their daily lives.

It may seem like a small step in the green direction, but the people over at Greensender believe these small actions are key. Maybe this box will start a conversation, which leads to deeper thought and making better decisions about our future.

What do you think of giving the Green Starter Kit this year to your loved ones?

Do you have any other gift ideas that give back to the environment like Greensender?

You can take a look at what Greensender has to offer by going to
Remember to make your purchases before December 14th if you want to avoid a rushed shipping charge for Christmas.

Make a Comment

momagarry by momagarry | MILWAUKEE, WI
Oct 03, 2009

This is a very unique gift. I love it.

threadbeaur by threadbeaur | Shalimar, FL
Dec 05, 2008

I think the starter kit is a great idea for that person on your list that is not on board yet with the eco friendly living. A good way to show them the easy steps they can take on a daily basis. The price might turn people off, but there is no reason you can't put together your own kit. Try buying handmade products to help the little guys. I am shopping handmade this year, by doing so I am going green, online shopping on

kyhomebody by kyhomebody | garfield, KY
Nov 19, 2008

great idea but how many trees will will we loose while greensender makes its green ?

Ashlee0703 by Ashlee0703 | Norwalk, CT
Apr 17, 2008

I LOVE this idea! I have a new birthday gift ... especially with the new BPA information, I was planning on getting all my friends SIGG bottles for their birthday's, now I can add to it!

Pokupatel by Pokupatel | Reno, NV
Jan 18, 2008

Looks like a great gift idea for eco-friendly friends. They should make a gift tailored to new parents or new homeowners.

chickb13 by chickb13 | Hutchinson, KS
Jan 10, 2008

The idea is a wonderful idea! It seems a little pricey to me, I might make my own little kit. But I would definatly would love this as a gift.

dmmcclain01 by dmmcclain01 | BENTONVILLE, AR
Dec 27, 2007

I am really trying to go a bit more green this upcoming year. I have replaced my bulbs with CFLs, have bought reusable totes for shopping and I am thinking about using 2 services I just posted about - and I am hoping that I will be able to kick start myself on this.

pmdawn by pmdawn | Lakewood, OH
Dec 25, 2007

I wish I knew about this site earlier....several co-workers were asking about "green" christmas gifts.

An excellent house warming gift too! Or for a college student.

mommagoddess by mommagoddess | Philadelphia, PA
Dec 17, 2007

The prices are high and they ship the items in a cardboard box-umm not seeing how that is green?

ZipZipZippy by ZipZipZippy | CEDARHURST, NY
Dec 17, 2007

I think its a brilliant idea and I wish I would have thought of it. But the price is pretty high for what you are (or are not) getting. and there are many green companies who are now concerned about green shipping, which greensender clearly isnt, I think they need to tailor that aspect of their business.

emily30 by emily30 | MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Dec 14, 2007

Love the idea. It's a nice way to be green and still give an actual gift.

Normamay by Normamay | Miramar, FL
Dec 12, 2007

This is a very simple and perect idea for an x-mas gift! I like the idea that it gives back to the environment. Donating to a charity in someone's name is great but this sounds really fun too!

caseycolette by caseycolette | TRUSSVILLE, AL
Dec 11, 2007

I agree- i think this is a lovely idea i dont go anywhere for days on end because i am so worried about the environment i know the goverment wont do anything about it, so we all have to do our own part- this is also a great way to incorporate it to the kids, to hel them really understand for thier future, just how important and serious this problem is!

girl17 by girl17 | EAGAN, MN
Dec 11, 2007

I think this is a great idea and may encourage others to be a little more thoughtful of the environment.

libby1260 by libby1260 | FRANKFORT, KY
Dec 11, 2007

I think the Green Starter Kit is a great idea. It can encourage people to do more and understand a little better about going green