Monday, December 1, 2008

For those of you that celebrate Christmas, particularly American-style Christmas, today is Cyber Monday....the online shopping equivalent of Black Friday. All this consumerism got me thinking about what things we can do to green our gift giving, both in the office and at home. Here are some ideas:

  • Alternative gifts such as donations to charity or plans to do something together, like visit a museum (also check out last year's post)
  • Alternative wrapping such as decorative kitchen towels. I personally am a huge fan of the gift bag - so pretty, easy, and reusable!
  • "Shopping" at home such as trading books and games, or giving away heirlooms such as china, silver, or jewelry
  • Consumable gifts such as a bottle of wine or fruit of the month club
  • Gift cards rather than trinkets
And for those of you into singing, a lovely new "carol" sung to the tune of "Deck the Halls" - courtesy of the Fostering Sustainable Behavior listserv.

Deck the Walls with stuff from China
Fa-La-La-La-La, La-La La-La
Cough up dough and cut the whinin'
Fa-La-La-La-La, La-La La-La
Don we now name-brand apparel
Fa-La-La, La-La-La, La La La
What to buy for old Aunt Carol?
Fa-La-La-La-La, La-La La-La

See the blazing mall before us
Fa-La-La-La-La, La-La La-La
Stand in line and join the chorus
Fa-La-La-La-La, La-La La-La
Fight the traffic and the weather
Fa-La-La, La-La-La, La La La
Maxing cards out altogether
Fa-La-La-La-La, La-La La-La

Fast away the paycheck passes
Fa-La-La-La-La, La-La La-La
iPods for the lads and lasses
Fa-La-La-La-La, La-La La-La
All stressed out for Christmas season
Fa-La-La, La-La-La, La La La
Can't remember quite the reason
Fa-La-La-La-La, La-La La-La.

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