Are you still looking for that perfect holiday gift? Have you considered going green this year? For those looking for green gifts Madison is blessed with a number of business that can provide you with what you are looking for.
Start by checking out the websites described below and let your fingers do the searching before hoping in the car and driving all over town.
If you want to shop without leaving the comfort of your home go to www.eartheasy.com. This is an entirely web based business with the mission of: “Our mission is to help people improve their quality of life by offering information and products for sustainable living.” The website includes articles and blogs to help you live a sustainable lifestyle. The products offered are divided into six categories: green home; yard & garden; water conservation; non-toxic pest control; energy efficiency and gifts.
For an interactive search site go to: www.ecovian.com. Start by entering the city where you would like to search. When searching for Madison you’ll learn that the site is new to our area and needs information from consumers on rating businesses. On the left side of the screen there are seven categories to browse including: food; energy; home; transportation; clothing; family; beauty & spa. When you select a category you’ll then be given a choice of the distance you’re willing to travel from 3=-60 miles. There is also a dropdown box which explains in detail how the ‘greenness’ of the business wascalculated. This site is an effective tool for searching out green gifts.
The website: www.sustainlane.com offers a wide range of search capabilities not only for green products has separate tabs for green jobs, reviews, blogs, go local and city rankings. At the home page you enter the city and state you would like to search in. On the browse tab you will be given six categories: family living; food and drink; health and wellness; beauty and fashion; home and garden; and, environment and society. You can also select the distance you want to travel from 1-50 miles. In addition to being a search engine for green products the home page provides comments, daily reviews and articles that the consumer can add to the discussion.
The Organics Consumer Association site is www.organicconsumers.org. The home page offers current articles on organics, campaigns that the organization is supporting and on the left middle a place to search by state. Enter ‘Wisconsin’ and a specific page for our state comes up and provides current articles to read. On the right hand side of the page in the middle is a place to search by zip code. There are numerous categories to search including: all products; natural food stores; buying club/csa; pets; baby; organic food; home & garden; beauty care; wellness/holistics; kosher food; vegan food; clothes/hemp; travel; events; non-profit organizations; DVD’s and books. When you select a specific you will get a list of business with a brief summary and exact mileage from your zip code. Click on the business to get information on products.
Greenopia can be found at www.greenopia.com and offers a broad range of national information on the home page. There are tabs for: national news; a business directory; product ratings; corporate ratings; community; news & articles; resources; and, the greenopia store. At the top center of the home page you select the city you want to search. You will need to select ‘more cities’ and there is a drop down box where Madison, WI can be found. The categories that can be searched for Madison include: restaurants; coffeehouses; grocery stores; electronics; beauty; clothing and jewelry; pets; and, food & beverages.
With these five sites you should be able to find the right green gift for even the most discriminating person.
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