Green Giving This Season


It is the most joyous time of the year! One that sees gatherings and giving on a global scale. But underneath the shiny wrapping of the festivities is the fact that all those parties and presents mean fun and love sure, but also substantially more waste.

Americans throw away 25% more trash during the Thanksgiving to New Year's holiday period than any other time of year. The extra waste amounts to 25 million tons of garbage or about 1 million extra tons per week!

While I am not advocating that we abandon the rituals and traditions that this season makes so special to our lives, and frankly the last two years have meant that I am all about seeking joy as much as possible.

So this post is about gifts that can be given that reduce waste and increase joy, and hopefully also support local businesses along the way. The businesses mentioned are my personal favorites and not paid endorsements.

They are categorized into three different sections: Subscription, Second-Hand, and Handmade.

Subscription Surprises

Giving a subscription along with a present extends the gift-giving season all year long. There are lots of options out there in the world, but here are a few of my local favorites for kids/parents, nature lover, and fitness fan.
The Toyary
Melrose company The Toyary wants to help you revolutionize the way your kids play. The