Turning the holidays green has never been easier, whether you’re focused on holiday dinners of locally grown, organic food, making your own gifts or simply buying responsibly.
On Nov. 28 and throughout the holiday season, The Nature Conservancy is encouraging consumers to purchase responsible, meaningful gifts during the second annual Green Gift Monday campaign to turn Cyber Monday green.
Giving responsibility is gaining a lot of momentum. Last year, more than 65 Green Gift Monday partners, including Treehugger, Mother Nature Network, Mashable and Change.org, joined The Nature Conservancy in urging shoppers to think about each and every gift they’re giving. This year promises to be an even greater success. Just try some of these tips:
- Sign the green gift pledge to gift responsibly this holiday season, and spread the word! Do it yourself. How about giving your old soup cans a second life in the form of cozy and pretty candle luminaries? DIY gifts are a great way to give responsibly and have a lot of fun doing it.
- Adopt an acre in in your state at http://adopt.nature.org/you/ and help protect lands and waters right at home! This is just one of many ways to stay local while shopping online.
- Truly be “home for the holidays” by giving a gift farm share membership or simply buying organic and local. This is a great tip for holiday meals, too!
- Give the gift of nature. Schedule a family trip to a special place near your home. There’s no better reminder of why conservation matters for nature—and people!
- Give an experience gift like a cooking class or a language class—another great way to keep it local and patronize local businesses that share your green values.
- Give a gift membership to your favorite charity—The Nature Conservancy, for example.
- Give a symbolic gift that helps protect bird habitat, oceans and coasts or clean fresh water. Just visit the Massachusetts holiday marketplace athttp://www.nature.org/massgifts to help conservation right here at home.
- Pick up an animal adoption kit for kids. Get a Conservancy backpack filled with stuffed plush toy sea turtle, jaguar, rhino and orangutan. Plush toys are available individually too.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.