The Gift Guide That Does Good

November 23, 2010 in Uncategorized by alliemcc

'Tis the season… for a revolution.

(Unfortunately, I can't properly credit this photo because the website I found it on is defunct, and the squawkbox url has since changed hands. But it's darn clever.)

Do you know how many proverbs there are in the English language having to do with money? Exactly 253.* 

Have you ever wondered why there are so many monetary proverbs? It's because they're all true.

Money talks, it makes the world go round, and you should seriously consider putting your money where your mouth is.  It also ended apartheid in South Africa.

But I'm not going to rant or preach here.

I'll just pass on to you these online shopping sites that will help you do some good if you choose to spend money this holiday season.  Whether you want to choose sustainable products and support the environment, or buy products made with traditional techniques and fair labor, these links will be a great starting point for you.

Cosa Verde

An online showroom of sustainable, handmade items, categorized by environmental and ethical impact (recycled, vegan, etc.).

National Green Pages

A directory of all kinds of businesses that are dedicated to the environment, audited by Green America (consumer advocacy group that also works with Ebay on World of Good, below.)

Equal Exchange

Fair Trade Certified coffee, tea, cocoa, and gifts.

Ten Thousand Villages

Well known company, with brick & mortar stores, that offers fairly traded gift items.

Ebay's World of Good

Ebay's marketplace for environmentally and socially positive products.

A portal for all of the brands and online shopping sites you already use, which donates a % commission to Cool Earth, a rainforest initiative.

Don't forget non-tangible gifts as well– there are lots of ways to make a donation to a cause, or support the environment and sustainable economic development, in honor of your loved one.  Be sure to check the organization's ratings before sending a payment.

*This statistic is based on nothing but my very active imagination.  Who has time to go counting money proverbs?…