Eco-Humanity Gift Challenge Ideas List

People participating in the Eco-Humanity Gift Challenge have suggested the following sites for Christmas Shopping.

  • Project 18: Many of you will no doubt be familiar with Cate Bolt’s charity work. If not, head across to Project 18: and have a look.
  • Cat Protection Op Shop: I think I’ll have a fossick in Cat Protection’s Op Shop at 105 King St, Enmore Sydney. My beautiful girls, Licorice and Saffron, were cared for by CPS before I adopted them so it seems a good place to start my shopping.
  • Made It and Etsy: These two sites have been suggested by Naomi. (Thank you!) http://www.madeit.com.au/ and http://www.etsy.com. Naomi also suggests Biome: natural skin care and green cleaning products

And some more suggestions courtesy of Yendi:

  • E-string Bags. Mum just purchased some of these – very quick service. www.estringbags.com.au (Mum just purchased some of these string bags: quick service).
  • Ethical Gifts: this website has original recycled rubber animal sculptures. The rubber is collected from beaches on the African Coast. I’ve never seen anything like them before. Web address is www.ethicalgifts.net.au
  • Flying Penguin: for kids toys and games (0 to 11 years) this is a fabulous site. I am certainly going to be getting a gift for my 3 year old nephew from here. If toys are made of wood, for every tree cut down, two are planted in its place. Web: www.flyingpenguin.com.au Address: Shop 1, 359 King St Newtown 2042.

And yet there’s more:

  • Sun Shiny Day: Ethical and sustainable gifts with a percentage of profits going to charity. Worth a look here.
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Posted on November 11, 2010, in Life. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. This is a wonderful idea.I think the true meaning of Christmas has been lost,it has become so commercial over the years. Here are a few ideas you might like to consider.
    There are lots of handmade goodies you can make if you have the time.Buy cane baskets from thrift shops & fill them with homemade biscuits,jams, fudge, fair trade coffee, tea, chocolate etc.
    Makeup a homemade recipe book, using old photo book which you decorate yourself.
    You can buy some great second hand books which are in mint condition, these also make wonderful presents.
    Look for nice old picture frames from charity stores that you can revamp & use to frame a special photo/old calendar picture or even old posters.
    You can make up your own gift coupons offering your services for babysitting, gardening, dinner etc.
    Buy gift vouchers donations for charities.
    Make up herb baskets or pots if you grow your own herbs. Make herbal pillows stuffed with dried lavender etc.
    Look for presents at local garage sales, thrift shops& markets. Also local farmers/organic markets & eco stores, tree of life shops etc.Find interesting old bottles & fill with locally produced organic olive oil & add sprigs of herbs/chillis etc.
    Make your own Christmas cards using recycled paper. Present your gifts in old tins, boxes or wrap in newspaper,colourful scarves,material off cuts, eco friendly tea towels or paper you have kept.Homemade candles & soap also make nice presents.
    I am including a few websites, but there are many more if you have the time to search.
    http://www.ecoshop.com.au/ecodirectory/cleaning.htm
    http://www.ibutrade.com.au/shop/about-ibu/info_1.html
    http://www.zazzle.com.au/recycled+gifts
    http://www.greenfinder.com.au/eco/Recycled-Gifts

  2. I agree this is a fantastic idea (and thanks for the mention). Last year, my husband lost his job just before xmas and I gave homemade jam, chutney and massages to friends and family for christmas. Not just green and economical, they really loved their personalised gifts. We’ll be doing the same again this year and my kids have already started on the Christmas cards using recycled stuff from around the house!

    Nik x

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