We are done with Black Friday and Cyber Monday but not the most consuming season of the year. It may be a little late for Black Friday, but are there ways to make this consumer season green? I say yes. And so does Green America.
This is certainly not a new idea. Instead of traditional gifts, I choose a few charities and make donations instead of giving presents. In terms of spending, The holiday consumer season can offer a chance to stock up at a discount on things you actually use.
For example, my local Whole Foods idea of Black Friday was to offer a 25 percent discount on its bathing and beauty products. I stocked up on the natural and green products, such as soap, shower gel and shampoo that I really use and would buy at higher prices throughout the year.
Target now carries most of the Seventh Generation products. I am particularly fond of their dishwashing liquid -- the lavender and mint one. I took advantage of a stock up sale that Target had to not only get some of my favorite Seventh Generation products but also to try some I have yet to use.
Even some Green organizations offer discounts for gift memberships, if you are already a member.
And if you need new appliances, some of the best sales of the year on Energy Star appliances are going on now.
Bottom Line. You can help your own bottom line by stocking up on the green products you already use by paying attention to holiday sales.
You can help out charitable and green organizations by donating and giving gift memberships.
But, if you feel you just give gifts: If you are crafty, you can make gifts. If good at baking, my grandmother used to make presents of an assortment of her heirloom holiday cookies -- I still have the recipes and have sometimes done the same. Otherwise you can go to Green America, which has a list.