Sunday, November 25, 2007

Are you the eco-grinch?

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It's true, I am the eco-geek in my family, plotting to use Christmas gifts as a way of evagelizing my environmental, ecological and sustainable beliefs. And I'm not alone! Today's NY Times has an article describing those of us who care passionately about the environment and the conflict that can arise with members of the family.

"The question that an increasing number of families face is whether the proselytizing green member of the clan adds spice to the proceeding, like, say, a cup of whiskey in a bowl of eggnog, or an explosive element, like that same cup of whiskey tossed into the fire on Christmas morning."

If you find a CFL bulb in your stocking or mistake a carbon credit in an envelope for a gift card, you'll have the green grinch to thank. Here's some suggestions for shopping green this holiday season....

Strategic Consumption: How to Change the World with What You Buy, by Alex Steffen on Gift Certificates: Give a microloan on behalf of someone to "help the world's working poor make great strides towards economic independence." The loan gets paid back, and the recipient can reloan it or cash it out. It's like a sustainable savings bond! seeks to promote Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability (LOHAS) by selling everything from organic wool mittens to solar panels.

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