Shopping for a cause.
Having a tree planted or adopting a whale make good eco-conscious holiday presents for friends, but even if you buy tangible items for presents you can make your gifts do double duty by purchasing them from your favorite nonprofit. Plenty of organizations donate part of your purchase to supporting some very worthwhile causes. Here are a few ideas:
1. Plow & Hearth Pewter Ornaments
Plow & Hearth will plant a tree in an area suffering from deforestation for every ornament it sells. Plus, the company is known for its eco-friendly practices, products that promote sustainable living, and devotion to selling responsibly produced items.
2. American Lung Association Holiday Cards
Lots of consumers no longer buy greeting cards because they produce a lot of excess waste, but if you do plan to buy cards this year why not order them from the American Lung Association? You can customize the cards easily, and 20% of the purchase price goes to support ALA programs, which advocate for good air quality, environmental health, and lung disease research.
3. Sierra Club Holiday Cards and Gifts
The Sierra Club donates a portion of all online sales to its programs and activities, and its store is offering holiday cards, too. You can also check out books, clothing, calendars, and gift memberships. Sierra Club programs include advocating for safe and healthy communities, promoting smart energy solutions, and protecting wildlife and America’s wild places.
4. Grounds for Change
Send the coffee lover on your list one of the blends from Grounds for Change, a family business that sells only fair trade, organic coffee. In addition to running a sustainable business that includes composting coffee grounds, recycling coffee bags, and running the company car on biodiesel fuel, Grounds for Change donates at least 1% of all sales to organizations that help the environment.
This outdoor clothing company will donate a whopping five percent of every sale to an environmental, social, or humanitarian charity. An added bonus is that clicking on each clothing item reveals sizing and design information as well as details about its sustainability.
These are just a few examples of ways you can shop and donate to an environmental cause at the same time. Check around the Internet for many more.
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