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’Tis the Season: Shop Responsibly—Part 2

12/16/2008 12:00:00 AM

Tags: products, gifts, shopping, green

The following are some of the key words we look for when buying gifts: 

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Photo by Sarah Parrot/Courtesy flickr 

1. Natural or nontoxic: grown or collected from natural sources 

2. Low embodied energy: doesn’t require large amounts of energy to manufacture, gather or transport 

3. Sustainably harvested: didn’t compromise health of source 

4. Recyclable/biodegradable: can be made into new products or fed back into the earth 

5. Recycled content: contains a high percentage of materials that used to be something else 

6. Local: traveled less than 500 miles to reach you 

7. Durable: built to last and doesn’t require ongoing maintenance 

8. Vegan: not derived from an animal or animal byproduct 

9. Organic: grown without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, hormones 

10. Cruelty-Free: doesn’t contain any part of an animal; wasn’t made with child labor or in a sweat shop 

11. Fair Trade: company policies and standards include a fair living wage for all factory employees and a safe work environment 



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