I think I’m back on the wagon…having survived a week of car shopping without buying (I realized that if I back my car into my parking spot, the door won’t crush my two year old’s body when he climbs out…crisis averted!), realizing that we’re creating about A THIRD of the garbage that we used to, and that our monthly Visa bill has literally been cut in half…I’m feeling inspired, motivated and ready to cruise through to January 9th without shopping unnecessarily.
I just gave a talk about our consumer-free experiment at our church this weekend. Interestingly, one of the most frequent questions that I get when I tell people what we’re doing is “what about gifts?” Movie passes are still my favorite gift for now, but if that’s not working for you, visit a few of these sites for eco-friendly gifts — even if you are buying, you can still tread a little lighter on Mother Earth and feel like you’re doing your part to make a difference.
Check out the list of creative, eco-friendly gifts at Ideal Bite, or purchase something beautiful from Vivaterra (I’m a big fan of their jewelry…hint, hint!), or find more clever ideas and loads of information about sustainability and gifts that give back to the earth at New Dream. Or there’s always the old standby of just planting a tree in someone’s honor and enjoying watching it grow. Happy shopping season!