Renewable Energy Living: Less Holiday Gift Giving and Eco-Friendly Stocking Stuffers

The Green Gazette column shares renewable energy living topics, including spending less during the holiday season, portable solar power supply and eco-friendly stocking stuffers.


| December 2002/January 2003



A solar charger is one of many eco-friendly stocking stuffers you can purchase for the holidays.

A solar charger is one of many eco-friendly stocking stuffers you can purchase for the holidays.


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The Green Gazette column focuses on renewable energy living topics, this issue includes less holiday gift giving and eco-friendly stocking stuffers.

Less Holiday Gift Giving

If, at the holidays, you find yourself hatching an escape plan to avoid a season of stress — and gift-giving gone gonzo — you're not alone. According to a national survey, two-thirds of Americans would welcome less emphasis on shopping and spending. In the spirit of a simpler season, we offer the organizations listed below, which provide perfectly practical ways you can reach for the real joy.

Christmas Gift Exemption Vouchers; www.adbusters.org/campaigns/bnd/toolbo/voucher.html. Print out these certificates to relieve recipients of any gift-giving obligations.

Center for the New American Dream; www.newdream.org/holiday/home.htm. Tips for simplifying the holidays, alternative gift-giving and alternative Christmas carols.

Alternative Gifts International; (800) 842-2243. Share your goodwill globally. Donate in a friend's or a family member's name and help Tanzanian communities buy tools for solar water purification, support inner-city gardening programs in America, and much more.

Buy Nothing Day, November 29, 2002; www.adbusters.org/campaigns/bnd/ or www.buynothingday.co.uk. Instead of following the flock of shopping sheep to the malls, dedicate this day to supporting a valuable cause, working on a special project or just reading a good book like Bill McKibben's Hundred Dollar Holiday (see MOTHER'S Bookshelf on page 88 in this issue).





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