As we approach the holiday season, it’s important to start thinking about the type of gifts you’ll be giving. It’s also equally as important to think about where those gifts are made. Are they eco friendly? Do they support local businesses? Our purchasing decisions affect our community and the environment and what better time to be “thoughtful” than around the holidays.
Have you considered buying all of your holiday gifts from local merchants? By shopping local you can build a stronger economy and support local businesses in Monroe County this holiday season. When you shop local, more of your money stays closer to home building stronger communities by creating jobs, funding community services through sales tax, and investing in neighborhood improvement. For a list of where to shop local, go to my blog: LeahsFabulousFinds.com where you’ll find past Conch Style columns where I’ve featured a wide array of local boutiques. Just click on the category, Florida Keys Shopping for a full list.
Fair Trade is a product certification system that identifies products that meet agreed environmental, labor, and developmental standards. Many products that meet these standards will use the Fair Trade marking on their products to let consumers know that their product was not made through child labor or unhealthy labor conditions. Fair Trade products range from apparel and linens to coffee, teas and chocolates.
Vintage, Recycled, and Eco-Friendly Gifts
Give an eco-friendly gift by buying a product that has been made from something that was destined for the garbage or landfill. You can find recycled wine bottles that have been made into candles and platters and recycled bike chains that have been made into bottle openers and bowls. Vintage products are another type of eco-friendly product because they are being recycled and are not longer mass produced. Vintage gifts have storied pasts and are usually a very special gift because of its uniqueness.
Looking for a store that has it all? Go to the Green Pineapple at 1130 Duval Street in Key West where you’ll be able to shop local and buy fair trade, organic, vintage, recycled and eco-friendly gifts for everyone on your list. The Green Pineapple’s vision is to promote sustainability through an eclectic offering of beautiful and conscious consumer goods from around the world. All of the products carried in this beautiful boutique are “green” in nature. Within this shop, you’ll also find the Lush organic wine, chocolate, tea and coffee bar. Lush’s offerings are all certified organic, sustainable, recycled, compostable, biodegradable, socially and environmentally responsible, bio-dynamically grown or fair trade certified. These delectable items may be green but they are also delicious and perfect for a treat while shopping or take some home and give as gifts!