Holiday Shopping, Ways We Can Be Environmental Friendly
Buying holiday gifts should start earlier, you might want to do your shopping while on vacation. The best place to do shopping is in the Philippines, one of the top shopping center in Asia Pacific with its numerous malls such as SM, Mall of Asia, Robinsons, Rustans, Gaisano, and so forth located almost in every corner of the cities. Take advantage to wander to Philippines wonders www.travelmedium.com such as Boracay, Baguio, Palawan, etc. Go on holidays, shop, and be more environmentally friendly as what Mark Jeantheau said in his article called "How You Can Give Better Holiday Gifts AND Be More Environmentally Friendly." He said and i quote:
the holiday shopping season, and Grinning Planet would like
to point out that the holiday phrase "Ho, ho, ho!" also
relates to being green--it's the Jolly Green Giant's tagline.
Well, OK, that doesn't exactly get us to the "eco-friendly"
meaning of being green. But when shopping for holiday gifts,
there are a number of ways we can be environmentally friendly.
A different approach is to ask your giftees for wish lists,
which works especially well within families, where social
protocols and rituals can be more easily adjusted. This
lessens the surprise factor but guarantees that you're giving
a gift that the person will use.
It may be too late this year to implement such a strategy, but if you'd like to try it next year, suggesting the change to your family/friends just after this holiday season will give people time to think about it and adjust to the idea. Regardless of how you arrange your gift giving, choosing environmentally friendly products will be better for the planet than buying everyone an economy sized bottle of cloying cologne or some other non-green item.
looking at items claiming to be green, the US Federal Trade
Commission advises that shoppers look for quantitative or
specific claims, rather than general claims like "green,"
"eco-friendly," or "environmentally safe," which are open
to interpretation. Better descriptions are things like "made
from organic cotton," "made from 50% recycled materials,"
or "manufactured without animal testing."
Fair trade -- Buying fair-trade items--items typically made
by indigenous peoples--often helps the creators sustain
themselves without resorting to environmentally unwise practices
such as clearcutting forests. Whether it's art, coffee,
chocolate, soaps, or carpets, buying items labeled "fair
trade" lets you avoid purchasing gifts that were produced
by companies that use exploitative labor practices.
To some extent, a nice holiday get-together with family
and friends, full of good cheer and warm conversation, is
as good a gift as many of us really need.