As a seasoned traveller, my wanderlust runs deep (from backpacking to business travel, I have circled the globe numerous times). Now as a mother of two, I am passionate about cultivating and passing along that love of travel to my children by placing an importance on collecting experiences, not things.
The holidays are a notoriously wasteful time of year with an estimated 300,000 additional tonnes of garbage created by Canadians between mid November and New Years' Day. With an excess of gift wrap, consumer packaging, and food waste, that's not hard to believe. Here are five ways you can give the gift of green this holiday season.
Fashionistas and beauty buffs can be surprisingly easy to buy for. Give them the latest nail polish, wardrobe staple, bold eyeshadow, or funky accessory, and they will melt like lipstick on a hot summer day. If you really want to impress the fashion and beauty lovers in your life, upgrade your holiday gifts to these new takes on old classics.
The holidays are approaching and there's that one person on our list for whom we have no idea what to give. It's a common problem that is usually resolved with the purchase of a gift card from a local retailer. Now there's a new kind of gift card with a rather unique offer: an understanding of one's own microbiome.
We just saw a cartoon on Facebook of a man posting a "Happy Holidays" sign, and another man looking up and yelling, "I'm sick of all this political correctness! Can we just call it what it is?" How do we celebrate the spirit of giving without being part of the hyper-consumption that makes us feel uneasy?