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Togetherness, twinkly lights and…mass overconsumption and environmental pillaging. Ohhhh, the holidays. I can hardly. The stuff. The plastic. The perceived obligation to give the stuff and the plastic. My prayer is that we just…get over it, let our love for our rellies extend to loving the Earth.
Here are a few pro-earth, good taste, and kind ideas for gifting this season.
8 conscious ways and things to give this season—to friends and your professional circle:
#1 NOURISHMENT: THRIVE MARKET (US only)
For the second year running, we’re giving all of our US-based collaborators gift certificates and memberships to THRIVE MARKET. A membership at Thrive allows you to have organic and non-GMO groceries delivered to your door at nearly wholesale prices. For every membership purchased, Thrive donates a membership to low-income families. One for one. Thrive is sending food by the semi-truck to the peaceful protestors of Standing Rock. Starting at $30, you can sponsor food kits here.
#2 CLEAN WATER: #NoDAPL DONATIONS (Worldwide)
Donate in someone’s name to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. Print out your receipt, tuck it in a card, and tell your giftee that they are a Water Protector and humanity thanks them!
6 ways to help stop the Dakota Pipeline by giving:
#3 STYLE THAT SAVES: TENTREE + #NoDAPL (Worldwide)
Tentree for every piece of clothing purchased (tees, hoodies, joggers) Canadian-based Tentree plants, you guessed it, 10 TREES in areas most in need of reforestation.
We’ve sourced two official Standing Rocking fundraising tees—where the money goes directly to the cause (note shipping dates for these so you get them in time for holiday giving.)
#4 GIVE LIGHT: Danielle Candles (Worldwide)
Candles have been my go-to gift forever. And now I have my own line of soy-based, paraben-free, cruelty-free, organic essential oil blended, fair trade candles. In re-usable glass containers and packaging that’s so pretty we hope you’ll keep it around.
If these candles were any more conscious, they’d light themselves. We hope each one is lit with a prayer.
#5 EMPOWER WOMEN (Worldwide)
I’m also making donations in friends’ names to my favourite cause, Eve Ensler’s VDay, a global movement to end violence against women & girls.
#6 WELLNESS: Medical Medium Life-Changing Foods (Worldwide)
At least five people on my holiday list are getting this book about the “hidden healing powers of fruits & vegetables” from one of my favourite spirit-dialers, Anthony William.
#7 ANIMALS & AGRICULTURE (Worldwide)
Angie on Team D loves baby goats. So last year, I got her… a baby goat.
#8 FREEDOM IS A BEAUTIFUL THING
I asked a bunch of my friends that we NOT exchange. “Hey, so, can our gift to each other this year be that we don’t exchange gifts?” I asked. The unanimous answer: “Oh my God! I would love that!” Friends don’t let friends stress out over the holidays.
If you’re purchasing through Amazon this year, sign up for Amazon Smile and the Amazon Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations of your choice. So easy.
Forward this list to Santa. xo
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