We have the best luck at the used clothing/consignment stores where I spend $3 - $20 on designer pieces. My daughter draws the line at used sportswear but when I can find barely used Athleta for $10, I'm fine with it
I wish that these were all made in America and workers made a decent wage but I do feel good that 90% of my wardrobe is secondhand.
I have also had great luck buying and selling things on craigslist.
For presents, I make organic "spa" gifts for friends and relatives. Body butter, sunblock, lip balms, perfumes, etc. Wonderful, easy recipes can be found at wellnessmama.com and crunchybetty.com. I also make my own cleaning products, remineralizing toothpaste, deoderant, etc. from recipes on these sites.
Great ideas SSU! I've had to make my peace with some of my old non-organic, synthetic clothes, understanding that getting rid of them for the sake of it is its own kind of waste. But I really hate the feel of them now, so I'm mostly wearing new organic clothes and/or linen, which isn't always organic but a better crop than cotton if you're buying non-organic, and have donated a lot of stuff. I feel as if I should shop second hand, but I'm afraid I'm just a sponge for other people's energy. I can feel them when I put the clothes on and find it very uncomfortable in that way. It's the same with used books. I'm so glad you and others can make use of them, and save money too!
I found that when I would mention organic clothes to people, there was a general assumption that you can't find an organic shirt for less then $200 or something outrageous like that. This comes from companies that cater to the Big bucks folks like stars in LA who want to have some eco duds. Nothing wrong with that and it helps get the word out, but a good Google search will pull up a lot
of options in different price ranges, and of course there are sale and clearance pages. That said none of it is really cheap either. It takes some time to figure out what works best, and I've made a lot of returns in the process, but I now have some basics. I'm having the hardest time with pants.
I've also been making more of my own products. I use Dr. Bronner's a lot for cleaning.
Here's a guide to recycling traditional holiday wrapping materials
so they won't end up in the landfill (ie, what parts of it to keep out of the recycle bin so the whole batch isn't tossed). I didn't read all that, but those non-recyclable wrapping materials can always go into bottle bricks!
Here are a bunch of web pages on sustainable gift wrapping
ApoE 3/4 > Thanks in advance for any responses made to my posts.