Holiday shopping seems to come earlier and earlier each year. Although the spirit can be fun it can also be overwhelming. With advertisements aimed at you at every turn, and the newest and hottest items beckoning you patronage, we wanted to give you a few pointers in making responsible holiday purchases.
1. Packaging Adds Up
While many consumer products are released as holiday gift sets, pay attention to the amount of plastic and wrapping used for these items. If you plan to make your own gift baskets or wrap the gifts anyway, the pre-made sets often add unnecessary waste, not to mention are more expensive. Keep an eye out for sustainably packaged products (like cardboard or glass), or find creative ways to wrap items that re-use what would otherwise be waste.
Try using nature to decorate and wrap gifts instead of plastic
2. Buy from Local, Regional, National
The convenience of the box stores can make holiday shopping a breeze. Keep in mind that many of these stores may not offer affordable wages or decent benefits to their employees. Also, items in these shops may be cheaper, but the products they purchase are often made over seas, sometimes in unfair labor conditions. That extra dollar or two you might spend at a small business, local shop, or from and artisan can go a lot further in making holidays bright for your loved ones and your communities. In the spirit of giving, think about how what you are giving affects others. Make a friend’s day of shopping at small businesses instead of the mall, or try ordering from an online shop like Etsy.
3. Buy Natural, Organic or Sustainable
When you can, purchase natural and organic products. These products are beneficial for two reason. One, you can be confident you aren’t giving a gift with potentially harmful side effects. Equally as important, sustainably sourced ingredients tend to be better on the environment than chemicals, when managed properly. As advocated of honey bees, we use as many organic ingredients as we can, to discourage the use of pesticides on crops. There are a number of ways sustainable products and companies benefit the environment and communities alike. If you are concerned about cost, we like to offer the opportunity to purchase our products in bulk at wholesale prices (password is Motivation). This is perfect for small gifts for friends, professionals and family. It won’t break the bank, and you will be supporting a company that uses green packaging and 100% natural ingredients.