Environmentalism, digital world give traditions a tweak
Christmas is steeped in tradition, but that doesn’t mean the merry season can’t feel modern.
With the digital revolution, green sensibilities and ever-evolving styles of the 21st century, traditions take on a new vibe.
“We live in a different world,” says Gerald Smith, professor of religion and environmental studies at Sewanee: The University of the South. “We can sing ‘Over the river and through the woods’ all we want, but most of us live in a digital world; high-tech things are a part of our life, and what we are doing is pulling Christmas traditions in that direction.
Need an unusual and green holiday gift idea? Consider giving organic or natural fiber sheets and blankets.
Introduce your family and friends to a healthier, cozier night’s sleep with natural fiber sheets and blankets. While you are at it, get some for yourself – you won’t believe the difference!
Read full article here: http://wellesley.patch.com/articles/green-tips-green-bedding-for-an-unusual-holiday-gift
Click here for more information about “Greening your Bedroom”.
Information compiled from email@example.com, treehugger.com and Green Living by the editors of The Environmental Magazine.
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Written by Jill Ettinger
You think tchotchke is a Russian novelist. You’ve never bought a souvenir, a bauble or a trinket. Clutter makes you hyperventilate. There’s something to be said for the Zen-like state of living without encumbering things all around us. Even studies have shown that a de-cluttered living environment can be more conducive to creativity, focus and happiness. But being anti-thing can make the holidays a little rough and confusing.
Whether getting a gift for a minimalist or you happen to be one yourself struggling with holiday gift ideas, perhaps some of these will work for you.
Find these great gift ideas here: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2bP2wY/www.organicauthority.com/sanctuary/how-to-volunteer-opportunities-during-the-holidays.html
Written by Jessica Reeder
If you’re like us and would rather contribute than consume (at least for a few hours) this year, here’s how to get started. You don’t need to volunteer at holiday time, either; there are many, many ways and places to give.
Read about these great ways to volunteer and give your time this holiday season: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2bP2wY/www.organicauthority.com/sanctuary/how-to-volunteer-opportunities-during-the-holidays.html
How many of you have these awesome winter-blooming plants in your home?
Thanksgiving cactus with peach-colored blossom.
James Blake, ©2011 HGIC, Clemson Extension
Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter cactus are popular gift plants. Growing holiday cacti as house plants. Light, temperature, watering, fertilizer, potting soil. Insect pests, root rot, lack of flowering problems.
Read full article here: http://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/plants/indoor/flowering/hgic1554.html
Each year, as many as 2 billion holiday cards are mailed in the U.S. between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, generating enough waste to fill a football field 10 stories high, according to California’s lead recycling agency. But don’t think you have to sacrifice your annual holiday card to keep your festivities eco-friendly. We’ve found seven holiday cards that are better for the planet, but still merry and fun: from electronic greetings to cards you can compost.
Read about these 7 Eco-friendly holiday cards at: http://earth911.com/news/2011/12/12/7-eco-friendly-holiday-cards/
Photo: Snail’s Pace Paper
This article has some great eco-friendly gift ideas that won’t break the bank! Water conserving shower timers, organic fair trade candy, reusable sandwich bags (picture below), and recycled notebooks for your to-do lists etc. These are just 4 out of the 10 great stocking stuffers. Check it out!
LunchSkins Sandwich Bags
Article by Alexis Petru. Read full article at: http://earth911.com/news/2011/12/13/10-stocking-stuffers-for-under-10/
DIY Scents Smell A Lot Like Christmas
Holiday aromas are everywhere we go this season: in department stores, grocery stores, malls and especially craft stores. Pine, ginger, cinnamon, citrus and spice seem to fill the air this time of year, inviting us into that cozy spirit. Unfortunately, it often takes a load of artificial candles, sprays and chemicals to actually produce those intoxicating aromas. Instead, recreate holiday scents using all-natural ingredients. Here are four great DIY tips for making organic holiday scents for the house.
For these great tips on making your house smell delicioso, go to: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2biUkG/www.organicauthority.com/sanctuary/diy-organic-holiday-scents-for-the-house.html
5 Homemade Christmas Stocking Projects, Recycled Too!
Written by Kimberley Stakal
|Organic Authority brings us this great holiday article about recycled stocking stuffers! Learn what you can make out of recycled paper, recycled mittens, recycled fabric scraps, even recycled t-shirts. How about using an Earthspun Apparel t-shirt which is made from recycled materials to make your recycled t-shirt cotton! Woah, how green-chic would you be this Christmas?|
This holiday season, are you hanging your stockings from the chimney with care? If you’remaking your own stockings from recycled materials, you sure are! Get crafty with Santa this year, and surprise him with a chimney lined with handmade stockings you created yourself—and all with recycled materials from your household. Here are five fabulous tutorials for DIY stockings made from recycled materials.
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Looking for last-minute holiday gifts? Don’t stuff your loved ones’ stockings with junk! At MantraMeds, we encourage you to gift eco-consciously during this season of giving.
Just discovered Sprout!
Sprout makes wrist watches out of materials like corn resin (99% biodegradable in a compost environment), organic cotton (pesticide free), Tyvek® (a high-density fiber which is strong, water and tear resistant and is recyclable), bamboo (which doesn’t require pesticides or fertilizers to grow) and fish skin (an eco-friendly alternative to animal leather). These watches come in several styles for men and women – bright colors, funky designs, and fully functioning for the bargain price of $30! Check out this eco-friendly brand and save yourself some green!
Check out their website at: http://www.sproutwatches.com/
9 Ways to Wrap Without Buying Wrapping Paper
|Written by Shilo Urban|
Every year the holiday season generates an incredible amount of garbage, much of it in the form of wrapping paper that is purchased, used once, and then ripped into shreds and tossed in the trash. Reduce your holiday footprint by refusing to buy wrapping paper – try these creative ideas instead: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/9Io9TX/www.organicauthority.com/sanctuary/dont-buy-wrapping-paper-eco-ideas.html
Last day to enjoy our week-long extension of Cyber Monday! Buy some sustainable scrubs for the green nurse in your life! These make great Christmas presents!
CYBER MONDAY IS ALL WEEK LONG on MantraMeds Market!
FOR EVERY $75 YOU SPEND GET $25 OFF
This article is brought to you by The Daily Green – a consumer’s guide to green from GoodHousekeeping.com
Whether it’s holiday time, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s or Father’s Day, or a green wedding, look here to find ideas for unique green gifts.
The Daily Green’s gift guide features the season’s best green gifts — including many unique items made by independent artisans that you can’t find in any shopping mall. Even if you’ve only got a few dollars to spend, you’ll find incredible green gifts for under $20 that you can be proud to give. And, because we know less is more, we’ve highlighted creative ways to give without giving stuff at all.
Go to the link below to find some creative guides to green gifting!
Read more: http://www.thedailygreen.com/living-green/green-gifts#ixzz1fO3OyFWS
This holiday season, Mantrameds encourages you to support your local farmers! One of the biggest crops in the mountains of North Carolina is… Christmas Trees!
The North Carolina Christmas Tree Association NCCTA
Christmas Lights Electricity Cost Calculator
Ever wonder how much you are really spending on your Christmas Lights?
Think about LED vs traditional lights and wondering how much you’ll save?
Use our new tool to answer both these questions. Just enter in how many bulbs, sets, or nets you plan to install or purchase and you’ll see how much you’ll spend on electricity to run your lights.
Energy Cost Calculator
Go to http://www.christmas-light-source.com/Christmas-Lights-Electricity-Cost-Calculator_c_214.html to use the Energy Cost Calculator!
How to Have a Green Christmas
LCD lights from Brookstone.com.
Great article on tips for a GREEN holiday season. From the tree and wreath to gift wrap, there are plenty of ways we can have a more eco-friendly Christmas.
Read green tips at: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1568489,00.html#ixzz1fDQGVEqr
Green Tuesday a twist on holiday name game
Consumers are encouraged to “shop green” and “shop small” during the holiday gift-giving season
BY SARAH SKIDMORE, The Associated Press
Shoppers who want to save green – and be greener – during the holiday season are the focus of a major new push by the nonprofit Green America to make the Tuesday after every Thanksgiving “Green Tuesday.”
To kick off this new annual holiday shopping tradition, Green America’s GreenDeals.org website will be offering special deals for the week starting on the first “Green Tuesday” (November 29, 2011).
Much like Groupon does for general shoppers, GreenDeals.org offers discounts and deals from local and national green online businesses that are approved by Green America. GreenDeals.org features a new deal or discount every 24-48 hours.
Green holiday ideas for Christmas, Chanukah, and more
This holiday season, Best Organics Inc. is giving local shoppers three more reasons to spend. Two weeks ago, the Boulder-based company launched a new product line, called America’s Best Organics, featuring three gourmet gift baskets overflowing with artisan foods, organic personal care products and other eco-friendly items all made in the United States.
“With the new product line, DeYarus said, “I think we’ll appeal to patriots who want to support ‘Made in the USA,’ and we’ll also attract those who really care about the Earth and making a difference with how they spend their dollars.”
We couldn’t agree with you more! Great to see more companies offering goods that are sustainable and made in the USA. Best of luck this holiday season to Best Organics Inc.
Read full article at: http://www.dailycamera.com/business/ci_19411592
Manage to emerge unscathed from — or completely avoid — last week’s frenzied display of retail ickiness? Shop responsibly and less aggressively for eco-prezzies with the help of this year’s Green Monday gift guide.
View the gift guide at: http://www.mnn.com/your-home/at-home/blogs/green-monday-2011-gift-guide
“You’ll find an assortment of items… that are durable, handmade, ethically manufactured, and/or made from recycled/recyclable/sustainable materials. There’s something for everyone on the list, from space-strapped urban gardeners to energy usage-obsessers to design-savvy cat owners.”
Finally, all non-organic cotton isloaded with pesticides, and those pesticide chemicals can promote Parkinson’s disease, dementia and other brain disorders (http://www.naturalnews.com/027098_p…). The only cotton that’s free of pesticides is100% organic cotton, which is available from a few specialty stores and online retailers.
Enjoy A Real Green Christmas!
Mantrameds’ South Carolina office moved early Fall to W. Antrum Drive in Greenville. We have a great display room that has remained sparse until today. Pictured below are some of the materials that go into Mantrameds scrubs.
To the right are miniature hay bales. The two brown ones are Texas Organic Cotton, which accounts for 50% of our poly/cotton blend. The orange hay bale with tiger paws is one of Jack Miller’s favorite souvenirs. He bought it at a fundraiser for the agriculture department at his alma matter – Clemson University. To learn more about Texas organic cotton, go to http://www.texasorganic.com/
The plastic pyramid in the center of the table is made of display canisters from Repreve Recycled Polyester, which makes up 50% of Mantrameds fabric. These canisters show the 3 stages of the recycled polyester process. The plastic is melted down and chopped into small beads. These are melted down into flakes, which are then extracted into polyester yarn. To read more about Repreve Recycled Polyester, go to http://www.repreve.com/
The left side of the table displays Mantrameds’ newest literature. As of last week, we have an updated catalog, story-teller hangtags, discount cards, and star-shaped badge pulls. To request a new catalog or inquire about Mantrameds scrubs, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember, Mantrameds scrubs are made in the USA using sustainable practices. Buy a pair for the green nurse in your family this Christmas!