You may love the holidays (who doesn't enjoy gifts, decorations, family celebrations?) but they're not always Earth-friendly. Think about all that wrapping paper, Christmas trees, and highway and air travel back to the ancestral home–that stuff hurts the environment. Badly. But since there's little you can do about the trappings of gift-giving, focus your efforts on making your purchases as eco-friendly as possible. Here are a few green gifts we really like.
EcoTools Bamboo Five-Piece Brush Set ($11) includes tools for applying eyeliner, blush, shadow, and lip color – each with sustainable bamboo handles and cruelty-free synthetic hair bristles.
At 15 inches wide and 7 inches deep, this Heather Heron Acacia Clutch ($375) holds all of your essentials while maintaining a sleek, modern look. And, don't tell, but it's made of European hemp, a favorite fabric of not only earthy kook Woody Harrelson but also of everyone who knows anything at all about green fashion.
As the first cosmetics company to receive USDA organic certification, Origins knows something about eco-friendly bath and body care. Their products are made from organically-grown farm products, which means there's no toxic chemicals or pesticides in the stuff you're smearing all over your face. The Alternative Roots gift set ($48.50) contains ginger body products that offer an unexpected and refreshing scent for the holidays.