December 6, 2008

‘Giving Is The New Getting.’ Top Six Eco Gifts. Feel Good About Giving! [Patagonia, Pangea Organics, Plan Toys, Yoga, Pet Promise, FEED 100]

Giving is the New Getting, our friends over at econsciousmarket.com say.

The act of giving gifts is, fundamentally, about expressing love. So forget consumerism for consumerism’s sake—make your prezzies meaningful and personal. Try and give gifts that will change someone’s life, in a fun way. ~ ed.

Spruce up your holidays with Pangea’s Holiday Gift Set, kick it old school with Patagonia’s Retro jacket, play safe with Plan Toys’ non-toxic Balancing Cactus, get hot and sweaty this winter with some yoga, give back by feeding children and give your pooch the best present of all-antibiotic free food.

For The Hip Hippie ~ $35 (50% off in Boulder, 9th and Pearl, location if you say ‘elephant journal!’)

Pangea Organic‘s Holiday Gift Box offers naturally-fragranced washing wonders that make your dirty body naturally clean again. This luxurious holiday gift box includes Egyptian Basil and Mint Shower Gel, Canadian Pine with White Sage Bar Soap, Coconut Soap Dish, and Chilean Red Clover with Geranium and Grapefruit sample hand and body lotion. The hand and body lotion is my favorite with smells, of fruity-tang that doesn’t leave a sticky feel after use. All of the scents are very appealing to the nose, and due to their natural, outdoorsy smell, they are perfect for both guys and gals. Perfect gift for the girlfriend and I’ll bet on it you will catch the boyfriend using the soap bar (already happened in my house.) With 89% of everything put on your body being absorbed, buy something truly organic. I’d say Pangea products are good enough to eat, so lather up with organic washes and feel good. This gift not only gives you a delightfully smelling (and clean) bod, but also gives back to the environment. All items in this holiday gift set are recycled and recyclable, thus are not damaging the to environment, but actually improving the environment. The paper box the gift set is packaged in, along with the soap box package, grows a Colorado Blue Spruce Tree. Just soak the box for a day, and plant it in the earth. If everyone plants their holiday gift box and bar soap box this year, collectively, we will have planted 122,000 trees which is equivalent to not driving 30 million miles in one year! Multiply that out by 75 years, the average lifespan of a Spruce, and that’s 2 billion, 250 millions that we’re collectively offsetting! Not too shabby, so this holiday season, gift right. Give the gift of life, big, fluffy, piney life. ~ Lindsey Block.

For The Eco Boy Or Eco Girl Who Is Outdoorsy Or Just Likes To Pretend ~ $185

The Retro Jacket is one of Patagonia’s all-time way-back classics. It’s still going strong—the pretty-ugly furry wool mammoth that keeps you as warm as the abominable snowman without getting weighed down. It’s cool, it’s modest, it’s pricey enough that folks know how pricey they are—so I always see ’em in pretentious upper-crusty après ski bars on gorgeous women. Best of all, as far as this eco boy is concerned, it’s recycled and recyclable. You can’t beat that with a stick. Note: the Men’s version is a bit too one-size-fits-all-wide for my liking, though still cozy and still as cool as it is warm. ~ Waylon Lewis.

For The Sexy Sass That Wants To Get Hot And Steamy- 1 Month Yoga Pass ~ $150

Turn up the heat with a 1 month gift certificate to Bikram Yoga. This yoga makes people hot! And sexy and sweaty with temps up to 105 degrees (so make sure they have a non-toxic yoga mat from Jade Yoga). But if your sexy friend can’t stand the heat, elephant’s favorite yoga studios include: Om Time, Om Yoga, Virayoga, Corepower, LuluBandha, Vital Yoga. Take time away from holiday stresses with a yoga break.

For The Kid Who Wants To Stick Everything In His/Her Mouth ~ $21.99

Balancing Cactus, from Plan Toys, is fully eco-friendly. Feel safe giving this learning toy to a little one—it made of non-toxic, recycled rubberwood, and built to last. What you may overlook about this toy is its well designed geometrical shapes. Everything has smooth corners and edges, making this toy a safe one for kids to play with, without fear of injuries. All pieces are lightweight and easy for kids to manage. This toy is constructed in a way that allows for a variation of designs due to the endless holes within the cactus pods. The bright colors are enticing to mess around with and to make different creations. Although the smallest size of cactus pods may look fun to swallow, I think a kid 3+ will only find it manageable to chew on. This game helps kids work on coordination as well as construction. Available at your local Elephant Pharm.

For The Precious Pooch ~ $29.99

Don’t feed your dog or cat byproducts (left over unhealthy crap), feed them Pet Promise starting this holiday season. Pet Promise allows no byproducts, no rendered Meat or Chicken Meals, no factory farm meat or Chicken, no antibiotic-fed protein sources, no added growth hormones, no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. Sounds pretty eco-licious! Your pets (or a friend’s pets) will love you for it and you can feel good about feeding them natural, antibiotic-free grub.

For The Person That Has Everything In The World ~$25

Whole Foods FEED 100 bag helps nourish starving kids around the world. The bag, made from sustainable burlap and 100% organic cotton, is a reuseable shopping bag with a greter purpose than just that. Each FEED 100 bag purchased provides 100 school meals through the U.N. World Food Program. This gift feels good giving and gives back to the community—and for rich trendy folks who have everything, this gift says ‘I give back‘ all year round.

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