How’s your holiday shopping going? Here’s a little Green Gift Guide for the ladies in your life … 5 gifts each under $50!
1. A 100% Argan Oil on-the-go kit, this luxurious pamper set would be the perfect gift for any jet-setter who loves to keep her skin and hair smooth and silky. The Argan oil is organically grown and sourced sustainably in Morocco. ($40)
2. This line of stationery is adorable. The monogram adds the perfect touch of personalization and it’s made from 100% recycled paper. ($2.33/each)
3. These handmade sparkly earrings are very festive – add a little dazzle on New Year’s Eve or on any time you crave a little pizzazz. ($24.64)
4. Get ready for that mistletoe. Here’s a gorgeous cherry-toned lip tint that is wearable and low-maintenance. This Santa Baby Fair Trade shea butter-based shade by LUSH would be a wonderful stocking stuffer! ($8.95)
5. How sweet are these hand-poured candles? Enhance your home’s ambiance with Simple’s elegant soy candles. You can mix and match the lovely scents … the options are incredible. A candle that smells like pumpkin pie is right up my alley. (Set of 3, 8oz Mason Jar candles; $27.23)
Have a happy and sustainable holiday!
Dirtball is a company that makes eco-friendly, casual apparel for men and boys. Their entire selection of sustainable clothing is made using recycled material and it’s all manufactured in the USA.
Dirtball sells t-shirts, polos, socks, hoodies, sweatshirts, shirts, and even headgear such as hats and beanies. They currently offer denim-like jeans called the “Green” Jean, which is made from cotton and recycled water bottles.
Some quick facts about Dirtball:
- each Dirtball shirt is made using seven, 16-ounce water bottles
- shorts are not only recycled, but also recyclable… and if returned to Dirtball, you can receive a 20% discount off your next purchase
- all shirts are printed with water-based or thialate-free ink
- consider this: in general, organic cotton is mostly produced in Asia or India, which, when shipped to the U.S., cancels out the environmental benefits of organically grown cotton due to the carbon footprint involved in transportation
- recycling pre-consumer cotton helps keep 5 billion pounds of waste from going into U.S. landfills
- 2 million plastic bottles are used in the U.S. every 10 minutes, and more than 1 billion go to waste every year
Shop or get more info @ http://www.dirtballfashion.com.
A Japanese legend tells of the Straw Millionaire – a man who traded his way from rags to riches, starting with a simple piece of straw. This tale has inspired generations of people to be optimistic, and to strive for something better.
However, incredible swapping stories are not just the stuff of legend. Here are some amazing real-life swapping success stories.
(above) This is perhaps the most famous swap of all. Canadian resident Kyle Macdonald hit the headlines in 2006, when he completed an amazing year-long swapping campaign. Inspired by the Straw Millionaire, he managed to swap his way from a simple red paperclip to a house in Saskatchewan.
(above) Inspired by Kyle’s success, Martin Provost set out on a similar attempt. His mission – to swap his way from an SLR camera to a Tesla Roadster convertible. Popular swapping site Swapsity is documenting Martin’s adventure – as a result of his tenth swap, he’s currently the owner of a bicycle.
(above) In 1973, Nancy Weber and Micki Wrangler began an unusual social experiment. Inspired by the counter-culture of the 1960s, the two women swapped lives for a month – including homes, jobs, and lovers. Although Micki later shunned the surrounding publicity, Nancy wrote a non-fiction book about her experience.
(above) You don’t need a commodity to take part in a swap – as Toronto residents Igor and Natalia have discovered. ‘Skill-swapping’ is becoming increasingly popular, especially amongst young entrepreneurs. Personal trainer Igor and foot reflexologist Natalia are advocates of skill-swapping – Igor gives Natalia personal training sessions in return for free reflexology.
(above) Frustrated by rising living costs, British man Mark Boyle decided to give up spending money for a year. In an experiment that ended up running for almost three years, Mark survived solely by swapping items and services with others. He later wrote a book, The Moneyless Manifesto, about his experiences.
(above) Many people die each year on the organ transplant list, waiting for a suitable kidney. Often a relative may want to donate to their loved one, but isn’t compatible. However, organ-swapping has been heralded as a solution to the shortage of viable donors. In 2006, a particularly complicated organ swap occurred in America. Four patients, each of whom had a willing but incompatible relative, swapped donors, giving each of the sick people a new lease of life.
(above L) Books for London is a British organization, seeking to create a book swapping scheme across the capital. They’ve targeted the London Underground, asking volunteers to man book swapping stations at each stop. The campaign is slowly growing, with Boris Johnson even lending his support to the literature-loving organisation.
(above R) Religion unites people across the globe – something that Brian Burkhart, founder of ‘Pastor Swap’, knows well. A Canadian pastor, Brian took part in a four-month long exchange with a German pastor in 2011. Each took over the clerical duties of the other’s church, watched over one another’s congregations, and gave worshippers an international insight into Christianity.
(above) British gardener Luke Seall brought a whole new meaning to the term ‘spending a penny’ in 2011. Starting with a single penny, he made a series of impressive swaps – from goldfish, through a guitar and a mountain bike – to a small patch of land on the Bulgarian coast.
(above) Many swaps are performed through a sense of altruism. However, this isn’t always the case. When a Michigan resident was told that his home was due to be demolished, he took matters into his own hands. He swapped the number of his house with a derelict house next door – and as a result, the demolition crew tore down the wrong home.
(above) Craigslist is renowned for posting some unusual ads. Kansas City resident Rusty Jones couldn’t believe his eyes when he spotted a swap request on the site – a woman was willing to trade her diamond engagement ring for a set of football tickets. The extensive media coverage meant that Rusty’s proposal wasn’t a surprise to his girlfriend – but thankfully, she still said yes.
(above) Sometimes, swaps hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Earlier this year, a man named Mark Parisi began a swapping campaign with the ambitious final goal of a Nissan 370. However, his initial offering has raised more than a few eyebrows – he announced on US television that he was selling one of his testicles for $35,000.
Perhaps the likes of Mark Parisi and Nancy Weber took the concept of swapping too far. However, there have been many successful swaps – take inspiration from Kyle MacDonald’s story, and swap your way to some incredible savings.
Written by Ben Wosskow of Love Home Swap, a leading home exchange holiday website.
With the population continually increasing, the number of people suffering from poverty and diminished health conditions is increasing. Access to clean, drinkable water is a constant battle and a serious one as global climate change continues to have a negative effect on our planet. Many cannot grasp the intensity of this problem while those who suffer on a daily basis are impacted greatly.
Throughout the globe, only 2.5 percent of water is freshwater, and only 1 percent is easily accessible – with much still in the form of glaciers and snowfields. (more…)
Have someone on your holiday gift list that has a style that trends retro-kitsch? This radio/telephone hybrid lamp (above) may be the perfect office addition to your favorite funky-so-and so’s home office or loft. The “Talk Radio Lamp” is the creation of Tyagi Schwartz and his Dog Tag Designs.
Dog Tag Designs specializes in repurposing upcycled objects into functional object art. Each item is ‘dog tagged’ noting the location it was discovered (provenance), the date it was transformed, and its working title.
Perhaps this will inspire you to hit the basement, garage or attic in search of the raw materials for your own upcycled DIY creation.
related: more eco-friendly home decor featured on The Alternative Consumer
Today, December 9, 2013 is deemed Green Monday, a holiday shopping day coined by Ebay in 2007. Apparently the term has nothing to do with being sustainable or eco-friendly, but since everyday is truly green here at Alternative Consumer, we figured we’d do a roundup of 12 of our favorite eco-friendly e-tailers for all you smart, sustainably-minded shoppers.
- Faire Collection for beautiful Fair Trade eco fashion and accessories made by artisans around the world: shopfaire.com (be sure to check out their super luxe hand-knit alpaca scarves, stylish Gramercy Hat and fingerless gloves). (more…)