BiBi's Cool List: Easy Green Gifting
For the Sports-Minded. The urban road warriors in your life will love you for gifting them with the new light-weight, plug-in hybrid electric bicycle from Green Bike. This zero carbon-emission cruising machine runs up to 20mph and will travel as far as 40 miles on a complete battery charge. And for those who still want to get in a good pedal workout, it can also be operated as a conventional bike. Sounds like a perfect excuse for leaving your car in the driveway!
As the old adage goes, 'tis better to give than to receive. But if you're like me, the thought of fighting holiday crowds to find last-minute gifts is enough to make me want to scream! That's why for my last-minute shopping, I'm avoiding the stress all together by shopping online. Check out some of my favorite web destinations for affordable, conscious gifts for everyone that will save you from the holiday frenzy.
For the Foodie. What foodie doesn't love chocolate? Delight the sweet-toothed epicureans on your gift list with a box of Organic Bouquet's handmade Artisan Truffles. Each piece is handmade with organic, fair trade Costa Rican chocolate and features decadent flavors like Nepalese Coffee Bean, Fresh Mint, Black Pepper, Chipotle, and Raspberry Ganache. It just doesn't get any sweeter than this!
Help the homebody on your list create a healthy home by gifting them with the latest organic and non-toxic products for the entire family from Green Nest, including air and water purifiers, organic mattresses & linens, green building products and even EMF protection. My favorite product: The deluxe green nursery package, for my brother's 5 month old twin girls.
For the Homebody.
For the Spa Junkie. Bring the spa to their front door with a deluxe gift basket from SF's award-winning International Orange Spa. All of IO's toxin-free products are organic and designed to heal and nourish the body with plant-based ingredients. My favorite: The Signature Gift Basket, which is filled to the brim with aromatic bath, body and hair care products infused with essential oils like Tuberose and White Lotus-all wrapped up in a luxurious chenille spa robe.
For Your Furry Friends. Man (or woman)'s best friend deserves some holiday love, too. Upgrade your pet with this gorgeous bedding from Organic Style. This eco-friendly pet bed is made from 85% recycled pop bottles and 100% post consumer recycled plastic. With this gift, you and your pet will be doing your part to divert over 25 tons of plastic from landfills-without having to lift a paw.
For the Diva. Treat the Diva in your life with an accessory good enough for even die-hard eco-razzis: a colorful Ecoist handbag made from recycled candy wrappers. The yummiest part: Ecoist plants a tree for every product sold. Now that's what I call a gift that keeps on giving!
Something for Everyone. EVO, the world's largest green shopping destination, is finally here. With everything from toxin-free toys to the latest plug-in cars, EVO has the goods for everyone on your list. And for those that are counting carbon calories, they evaluate all products on the site with a 1 to 5 green leaf point system that rates what it's made from, how it's produced, the distance it travels to reach the consumer, and the type of energy used to power it. On my EVO wish list: Zebrawood sunglasses. They're made from sustainably harvested wood, so they earned a whopping 4-leaf rating.
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