One Green Thing: Good gifts for greening

By Jan Herbert
Rockford Park District

Whether you were “green” before the color was fashionable or whether you’re just ready to find the “shade” that works best for you, here’s information about doing just “one green thing.”

Sometimes people may just not know how to start “being green,” or maybe they think it has to be expensive? Take the opportunity to help them by giving gifts for greening:

1. Select a nice kitchen wastebasket and stencil (or paint, or use rub-down letters) to put the word “recycling” on to match the person’s décor (probably nicer if you do it in smaller letters). They will likely put it out of view somewhere, as not many of us have room for two wastebaskets in our kitchen. Get a list of the items acceptable for recycling from their waste hauler, and tuck that inside the gift.

2. Stock up another friend on “green cleaning” supplies … you know the kind I mean … a couple of jugs of white vinegar, Borax, baking soda, lemon oil, etc. Be sure to include the “recipes” using these simple and natural ingredients. If it’s a really good friend, you could include them all in a recycling wastebasket.

3. Make up a couple of the recipes and put them in reusable containers (with labels) so your friend is ready to start cleaning with them right away.

4. How about making your own natural soap? Or bath salts? There’s plenty of time and easy recipes available. Buy from local suppliers, and feel great about shopping local.

Then, don’t forget to save some newspapers from your recycling to wrap your gifts, and you’ll be “going green all the way” (and giving the gift of for the future of a better sustaining environment for your kids and grandkids).

For more information, e-mail Jan Herbert at

From the July 3-9, 2013, issue

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