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Have you considered giving eco-friendly gifts? There are many options to choose from now, even more than just a few years ago. Sustainable items, everywhere from school supplies and dishware to clothes and electronics, are conveniently available. Here are some ideas for celebrating a little greener with your friends and family.

Many people are already doing this, but if you haven’t yet, consider sending holiday eCards. It saves you time, money and doesn't require trees.

Care2MakeaDifference

PunchBowl

SmileBox

AmericanGreetings

123Greetings

If you want to send a paper greeting, check out these sustainable options. You can also find a selection of eco-friendly cards at places like Hallmark and Office Depot.

Minted (made from 100% recycled paper)

Green Field Paper Company (these are plantable!)

Update your Christmas decorations with the latest in energy efficient lighting--LED. There are a lot of creative options available at places like Home Depot and Lowe’s. If you change out your lights remember to recycle your old ones.

LED Christmas Lights

Holiday Christmas Light Recycling Program

Here are some fun gift resources including a purse made from recycled plastic bottles, vegan leather and a recycled zipper, a kid’s eco-crayons and eco-art pad set and an upcycled rubber iPad sleeve. If you are looking for gifts for little ones, check out Green Toys. They are made here in the U.S. from 100% recycled plastic with no BPA, Phthalates and PVC. You can find them in Whole Foods and Barnes & Noble. Consider giving a gift membership with responsible organizations like National Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, Ocean Conservancy and World Wildlife Fund as well.

TreeHugger Green Gift Guide

GreenToys

Uncommon Goods

Green Gifts for Her, From Head to Toe

Watch your footprint this season and remember to recycle your gift wrap, too. Happy Holidays!

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