Hollywood needs to seriously rethink those ubiquitous holiday gift baskets. You know, the ones that gas-guzzling messengers deliver from studios to agencies to management firms to publicists to...well, you get it. They're just plain wasteful.
CONSUME WITH CARE (borrowed off the marquee of a Santa Monica, Calif., eco-institution) is our holiday slogan, and there are green gift guides aplenty to help make the right choices and bring green tidings of comfort, joy and a healthy planet.
Elizabeth Rogers, eco-author extraordinaire of "The Green Book" (OK, there's one great gift idea), tells us that she likes "anything from Patagonia, but especially its eco-friendly jackets, cozy fleece and great new shoes for kids." And for online green shoppers, Rogers recommends ClimateCooler.com. This site reps dozens of popular stores and offsets products' carbon impact by making donations to projects creating renewable energy or helping prevent pollution. We're sold.
Stars Rosario Dawson, Molly Sims, Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore, devotees of the personal-care product line EO (Essential Oil, available at Whole Foods), are likely to bestow their BFFs with its new all-purpose soap that can be used to wash hair, the dog and even veggies! And Soaptopia fans Julia Roberts and Nikki Taylor are sure to have junk-free soap and bath products on their "I Want" lists.
Imagine, if you can, Brangelina's shopping list. Want to gift do-gooders with deep pockets? Rogers suggests going to the World Wildlife Fund, where one can fund a Sumatran antipoaching patrol for a year ($25,000), adopt a pair of Amazonian macaws ($10,000) or preserve nine million acres in the Congo Basin ($3,500,000).
If you're Sarah Larson, you may want to get boyfriend George Clooney a bamboo-fiber motorcycle helmet from Roof. Or if you're (insert any hot supermodel's name here) dating Leonardo DiCaprio, an excellent stocking stuffer would be Gizmodo.com's Carbon Hero, a gadget that measures carbon activity.
Even comic Joan Rivers has her version of green giving. She tells The Green Carpet, "This holiday season I plan to recycle myself into gifts. Out of my face alone I could make 16 plastic Santas."
With all the good choices out there, it should be easy to be a jolly green Santa this holiday season.
Green thumbs up to...
Bravo's Andy Cohen for his interview with designer Todd Oldham and actress Amy Sedaris about serious eco-topics and lighter ones, like turning waste products into crafts. Sedaris, decked out in a bold green skirt, showed how to turn a bathroom tissue roll into a toy for her pet rabbits, while Oldham crafted an old plastic bag into a snowflake.
Brown thumbs down to...
Ex-Partridge turned bad-boy broadcaster and air polluter Danny Bonaduce, for admitting that he smokes cigarettes while working out on his treadmill. Bonaduce, who claims to have 2% body fat and the "metabolism of a 12-year-old boy," also has the bragging rights to being a complete ass.
One trend we can't get behind is the ultra-pricey designer eco-friendly shopping bags, like the $1,720 Louis Vuitton "Love" satchel, the $1,350 Hermes cotton Garden Party bag or the $950 Chanel canvas Malibu tote. Inexplicably, these bags are selling out, but what a crass way to cash in on the green movement.
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