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Greening Up For The Holidays

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Greening Up For The Holidays
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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, Greensender.com 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 www.greensender.com
Remember to make your purchases before December 14th if you want to avoid a rushed shipping charge for Christmas.

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  • momagarry By momagarry
    10.03.09  

    This is a very unique gift. I love it.

  • threadbeaur By threadbeaur
    12.05.08  

    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 etsy.com

  • kyhomebody By kyhomebody
    11.19.08  

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

  • Ashlee0703 By Ashlee0703
    04.17.08  

    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
    01.18.08  

    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
    01.10.08  

    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
    12.27.07  

    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 - 41pounds.org and carbonfund.org. I am hoping that I will be able to kick start myself on this.

  • pmdawn By pmdawn
    12.25.07  

    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
    12.17.07  

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

  • ZipZipZippy By ZipZipZippy
    12.17.07  

    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.

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