Giving greener gifts

(NC)—This holiday season there are sound environment gift options for every taste.

Choose greener gifts by keeping three guidelines in mind: locally sourced, thoughtfully personal and smart wrapping.

A simple option is to find something grown or crafted in your area. Local wines, cheeses or seasonal arrangements are always a welcome gift. During the holiday season Canadians can take advantage of wreaths or arrangements made from local evergreens.

For a more personal gift, consider the recipient’s interests and hobbies. A great resource is the World Vision Gift Catalogue (online at www.worldvision.ca/gifts). Options include a grove of fruit trees on behalf of an avid gardener, school supplies on behalf of a reader or chickens to provide a family with eggs in the name of a wonderful cook. Gifts are locally sourced and go to help children and families around the world.

Reduce wrapping, or go for recycled or reusable options. Using fabric or a colourful cloth shopping bag is not only an environmentally sound option, but provides a ‘wow factor’.

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