Everyone knows that the day after Thanksgiving is “Black Friday”, in the United States.
A slightly lesser-known fact is that the Monday after Thanksgiving is “Cyber Monday”, where holiday shoppers snag all the best deals via online shopping.
This year, The Nature Conservancy wants to help you “give green[er]” this holiday season (yeah, I added the “-er”), and they’re piggybacking Cyber Monday to organize Green Gift Monday to do so.
Why should you “Gift Green”?
When I first heard of The Nature Conservancy’s Green Gift Monday initiative, I asked myself,
“Why would it be important to give a ‘green’ gift for the holidays…and how might that look differently for each individual I give gifts to0?”
So I pitched the question to the nice folks at The Nature Conservancy.
Amy Ganderson, Associate Director of Digital Marketing at The Nature Conservancy, replied back with this answer:
“This holiday season it’s more important than ever to try to include green gift options into your holiday routine. There are many ways you can approach this, like by cutting down on consumption, limiting the amount of gas used to travel to the mall, or by how you spend your gift-giving budget. One great idea that The Nature Conservancy’s Green Gift Monday site offers is the use of do-it-yourself gift ideas. You can make your own ornaments or even bake with your kids. The great thing about Green Gift Monday is anyone can participate, the key is to just make it personal, fun and green!”
Those are some great starter ideas. One of my favorite places to find amazingly unique and creative gifts made from recycled items is at Uncommon Goods. Yeah, Uncommon Goods is one of our affiliates here at Eco-Snobbery Sucks, but they’re an affiliate because of how creative — and just plain awesome — their products are.
(We’re REALLY picky about who we let advertise and partner with us, if you didn’t already know that.)
If getting your shop on doesn’t resonate with you for the holiday season, you might consider checking out Cool People Care’s “Buy Nothing Campaign”.
Which is in the cards for your holiday shopping schedule? Cyber Monday? Black Friday? Green Gift Monday? Buy Nothing pledge? How about some combination of those?