Some of the beef I have w/ Christmas (besides forgetting the real reason for the holiday) is the potential for useless gifts and all of the wasteful packaging that accompanies them. Which is why when I get a gift that has no carbon footprint or actually has a positive environmental impact, I’m quite excited. The 3 gifts I’ve received so far that fall into this category are:
1. A donation to the Million Trees LA Fund, which also included an organic t-shirt and the card was printed on paper with embedded seeds which can be also be planted.
3. The last and least exciting is the iTunes e-gift card. Millions of these are probably sold, but think about zero carbon impact. No card cause it is delivered via email. Then you have the electronic delivery of whatever is on iTunes. No cd’s, dvd’s, plastic cases, shipping materials, wrapping paper, etc.
We’ll see what else Santa brings and if it’s green I’ll share.