PortlandOnline

POL Government Special Projects Portland CAN! Your Stuff
Your Stuff: Holiday Giving - November 22, 2010
Bookmark and Share

Green Gift GuideThe holiday season gives us a chance to think differently about how we shop and to be creative about the way we give to others. By supporting local businesses and artists, we conserve our natural resources while celebrating the holiday spirit in a unique way.

Many of us are looking for ideas to make our holidays less stressful, less wasteful and more meaningful. By shifting priorities and elevating experiences over stuff, we can enjoy better memories, healthier lifestyles and stronger relationships.

During the holiday season, it's been estimated that households generate about 1 million extra tons of garbage per week. That’s an increase of more than 25%. The food waste, shopping bags, packaging, wrapping paper, bows and ribbons all add up to more stuff that has to be disposed.

Thoughtful consumption allows us to look at everyday choices and purchases that reflect our values and to consider the upstream costs of goods and services.

  • Consider giving gifts that help people consume less.
  • Discover creative, efficient ways to acquire the stuff we need.
  • Buy for value, durability and utility.
  • Spend more time with family and friends.
  • Support Portland’s arts, crafts and restaurant communities.

The Chinook Book Green Gift Guide offers a range of ideas and choices for creating meaningful holiday memories. www.greengiftspdx.com

Do you have holiday stories and ideas? Share them at Be Resourceful.


Your Stuff

Your Stuff icon

Facebook icon   twitter icon   RSS Icon
Your Stuff Articles
Plan ahead for memorable holiday experiences | Climate Action Now | Your Stuff - With simple planning and creative thinking, tackle your shopping and to-do lists while saving money, reducing waste and enjoying the experience just a little more.
Save resources and still get what you need for back-to-school | Climate Action Now | Your Stuff - School days are coming and with them a chance for creativity and resourcefulness to get kids off to a great start
Portland joins the repair movement | Climate Action Now | Your Stuff - Community events are taking place in Portland to extend the life of what you have with basic maintenance by repairing items instead of replacing them
Spring cleaning for the Earth | Climate Action Now | Your Stuff - Cutting clutter from your home, basement or garage. Swapping and sharing useful goods. Creating community with local resources. All of these options are possible at this time of year.
Your Stuff: Reduce your junk mail this year - Free online services help you cut the clutter and stop the waste.
Your Stuff: Green holiday gift guide - The green holiday guide offers creative, eco-friendly tips to save more and live more this holiday season
Your Stuff: Find ways to celebrate Halloween without all the stuff - There are lots of ways to reuse, swap and share this Halloween
Your Stuff: Back-to-School - Create new sustainable routines for the start of the school year
Your Stuff: Buy Used! - Buy second hand, salvage, or repurpose something you already have to save money and avoid waste
Your Stuff: Spring Community Cleanups - Reuse is the cornerstone of neighborhood cleanup events.
Your stuff: Where You Live - Condo and apartment living can significantly reduce your carbon footprint
Your Stuff: Rethinking the Holidays - Make new memories by rethinking all aspects of your holiday season
Your Stuff: Make Compost, Not Greenhouse Gases - This Halloween, scare your food scraps out of the garbage and turn them into valuable compost
Your Stuff: Make Reusables Part of Your Every Day Habits - Learn ways to remember your reusable bags and other items.
Your Stuff: Best Practices for the Workplace - Small actions have big climate impacts in the workplace
Your Stuff: Moving Your Stuff! - Finding ways to manage your belongings.
Your Stuff: Earth Month - Control the clutter and save resources.
Your Stuff: Neighborhood Cleanups - One person’s trash is another person’s treasure!
Your Stuff: Recycling Makes a Difference - Climate benefits from recycling are significant
Your Stuff: Resolve to Manage Your Stuff - Start the New Year with a resolution about your stuff.
Your Stuff: Holiday Giving - Make your giving more memorable this year by shopping local and for gifts of experience.
Your Stuff: In the kitchen - Actions you can take in your kitchen to minimize your climate change impacts.
Your Stuff: Get More of the Good Stuff - Make a difference by being thoughtful about the amount of stuff you have.
Your Stuff: Make a difference by starting at home. - How we think about and manage all of our stuff can help curb global warming.