Gail of Green Living

“GREEN” Christmas Gifts

Green Christmas gifts

I went in the car today for only my second Christmas shopping trip.  This time it was a short trip to the Museum District to the Museum of Fine Arts Houston Gift Shop.  They always have the best stocking stuffers for all ages and interests.  From left to right, I found shopping bags that will easily pack in the corner of a handbag or it has a clip on it to attach to your belt loop or key chain.  The crayons are made from old crayons and they are large and easy for young hands to hold.  They remind me of the candles I used to make from old crayons in Girl Scouts.  The MFAH has many other items made from recycled products, and of course, the design is always clever.  The little white rolls on the right are produce bags I picked up at HEB while food shopping, and they are great to replace the plastic bags at the supermarket.  I find them to be strong and easy to wash in between shopping trips.

Wrapping paper and ribbon are the most difficult to re-use.  But this wrapping paper from Target is 100% recyclable.  I don’t try to re-use it.  It is a little fragile, but the colors are vibrant and you can’t see through the paper. One year many years ago, I used newspaper to wrap gifts, and several years, I used craft paper, but it is so sturdy and heavy now, it’s not so easy to use.   The ribbons I buy are usually the wired ribbons, and they are easy to save and re-use without having to iron them.

We have saved time, energy and a lot of gasoline using online shopping this year.  FedEx, USPS and UPS are coming down our street every day anyway.  Many businesses did not even charge for shipping, and we were able to take advantage of sales online, too.  I highly recommend it!

How are you greening your Christmas?


Green Resolutions

How far have you come in the last year?  What new green practices have you added to your business and family life?  At the end of the old year on the brink of the new year, we always find ourselves evaluating the past and figuring on how we can make the future year a better one.

One resolution I had for 2011 was to create this blog in order to share my thoughts and ideas, as well as create discussion.  It has caused me to research other bloggers and learn from them.  It has made me more aware of green efforts around me, because each one could be an opportunity for a blog.  It has also made me more accountable, as though my readers are looking over my shoulder making sure I put food scraps in the compost container on my kitchen counter top instead of the disposal.

I’ve added compact tote bags to my traditional stocking stuffers for the second year.  I found myself trying to buy products made in the U.S., but had great difficulty.  Maybe next year will be easier.

Let me know how you have progressed over this past year, in making an effort to live a more sustainable and healthy life.  I’d love reading your ideas and perhaps, I could learn something, too!

Happy New Year and have one full of green living!