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Spread the Green Message

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So you understand the importance of protecting the environment. How can you spread the word about reducing energy use and cutting carbon emissions?

One way is to give a green gift, passing on the message while making people happy. And there are numerous organizations offering environmentally-friendly presents to suit every budget:
  • Treehugger has compiled a gift guide of products divided by categories including Green Geek and Health and Wellness Guru. Its stock includes such items as an eMonitor, which tracks your energy usage and suggests possible savings; the Bobble self-filtering water bottle, and the handmade Bugabike, produced from beechwood grown in sustainable forests.
  • The Treehouse Green Gifts sells recycled, homemade and organic presents, from recycled wrapping paper to birdhouses constructed of reclaimed wood.
  • Gaiam, whose message is "good for them, good for you", can supply you with yoga clothing, personal development DVDs, shower filters and more.
  • Planetfriendly has an extensive list of green places to shop and ethical gift ideas in cities across Canada and the U.S.
  • Toronto-based Food Share sells its Good Food Box for between $12 and $32, enabling groups of eight to 10 people in an apartment building, office, daycare or similar site to obtain a box of  top-quality, fresh, Ontario-grown fruit and vegetables delivered to their neighbourhood.
  • Green Ostrich says some of the more unusual environmentally-friendly gifts could be among the most successful. With that in mind, it can sell you pencils made from tightly-rolled recycled newspaper, a four-piece set of children's toys produced from recycled milk containers, and utensil sets made from a single sheet of bamboo in a recycled plastic case.
  • Despite its name, Eco-Handbags of Québec also stocks tote bags, wallets, messenger bags and many other types, all produced from such varied recycled material as 35mm slides, truck tire inner tubes, zippers and even skateboards.

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