As an interior designer with a GREEN focus to my business, I am always on the lookout for green products that reflect my professional and personal mission. Some of the gifts we’re giving our clients this holiday season include products from ABC Carpet and Home. Every day until Christmas, ABC is e-blasting eco-ideas for responsible giving. Yesterday’s gift of the day was bags made from recycled Kuba cloth.
ABC Home and Planet allows you to give “gifts of compassion”, which are donations to various causes in honor of loved ones, friends and colleagues.
The gifts are presented in vintage sari envelopes, which are keepsakes in themselves.
Ethiopian cottons and silks hand-spun and plant-dyed by women artisans, afford you the opportunity to give twice. Proceeds from the sales of these precious textiles go directly to the women who make them.
Graceful bowls made from fallen legna wood afford the mapuche people of Argentina and Chile a new way of survival after the destruction of their forests by petroleum and government logging.
While gifts which support less fortunate artisans are a wonderful way to make the world a better place, giving old things a new home is also a great way to help the environment. Antique and vintage pieces are often more affordable than new, and save the energy, labor and materials it takes to produce new ones. Instead of taking hours to scour the antique stores in your town, 1stdibs.com rounds up offerings from local antique furniture and jewelry dealers.
Great gifts this week include:
Bronze Buddha from Thailand
a Venini Fazzoletto Vase in Candy Stripes
a “Greche” box
For gifts which are a bit more budget minded, VivaTerra offers sustainable Santas plenty of under $50 choices.
Sari ribbon mittens and scarves are made by Nepalese tribes and provide crucial income to rural communities.
Or treat your friends to star fruit bowls
made from edibles. These chemical free vessels snugly hold votive candles or party favors.
This year, give a gift that not only brightens someone’s season, but helps make the planet a cleaner, safer place as well.