OMBE's 2010 Green Gift Guide
From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO…. Check out OMBE’s green holiday gift guide-10 eco-friendly gift ideas and great green websites that will help you find the best eco-treats for everyone on your list this season. Our Top 10 List This Season: 1. For the Yoga Devotee: Check out OMBE’s Holiday Sale on Manduka’s PVC-free, biodegradable, eco-friendly yoga mats. These high-performances mats (they’re like the Cadillac of all mats) are 20% off ($57) and available in all seven earth-tone colors. Email info@ombecenter by December 18th to request your mat to be shipped carbon-free!
2. For the Mom-to-Be: Check out Hatched Boston on 5 Green Street in Jamaica Plain. This great local shop carries adorable lines of organic baby and children's clothing as well as eco-friendly toys and special gifts. www.hatchedboston.com
3. For the Co-Worker: For about $30 you can select a Smart Lunch Tote from GreenSmart. The insulated eco-tote is crafted from recycled plastic bottles separating all your workmate's hot and cold meals. Products are named after endangered animals that receive 10% of the profits. Visit www.greensmart.biz for more details.
4. For the Beauty Queen: Look to LEAP Organics for all your beauty-bar needs as in soap. This local company creates bar soaps with USDA certified organic oils and fair-trade shea butter. The soaps are also cruelty-free, vegan, biodegradable, gluten-free, triple-milled, and produced using renewable energy. Need we say more? www.leaporganics.com
5. For the Humanitarian: Make a donation to Heifer International. The global nonprofit has a proven solution to ending hunger and poverty in a sustainable way. Heifer helps empower millions of families to lift them out of poverty and hunger to self-reliance through gifts of livestock, seeds and trees and extensive training, which provide a multiplying source of food and income. Visit www.heifer.org to learn more. 6. For the Foodie: Purchase a dining gift certificate for one of Boston’s Green Restaurant Association members. Visit www.dinegreen.com to learn more about their tiered certification process that encourages local restaurants to implement composting and recycling, reduce their carbon footprint, and introduce sustainable business practices. 7. For the MacGyver Guy: Electronic waste (computers, electronics, televisions, cell phones) contaminates our water, air and soil with lead, cadmium, and mercury. Before you buy the standard set of tools for the guy-hard-to-buy-for, check out www.ifixit.com. This website offers free repair manuals, service parts, and tools to fix just about anything so that they last longer and stay out of landfills. Who knows, maybe he’ll fix that DVD player that you bought last season? 8. For Little Boys & Girls: Make your favorite eco-Mom and child happy with fun stuff from Plan Toys-an eco-conscious company that uses sustainable materials to produce safe toys without lead, chemicals, or formaldehyde-based products. www.plantoys.com 9. For Cats & Dogs: For the mouser who like to chew on your house plants-check out www.pioneerpet.com which provides your cast with their own little pot of organic oat, wheat, rye, and barley grass. And for those of you that like to seriously indulge your pooch-check out The Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook by Bubba Rose Biscuit Company with more than 100 home-made recipes for your favorite bow-wow (www.cidermillpress.com). WOW!
10. For Everyone Else: Check out www.ecofabulous.com for all of your other eco-friendly needs and last-minute gift ideas. This website provides resources for everything green including fashion, beauty, home goods, and more!