If you’re looking to give gift sustainably, there are a number of “green” options that can reduce your giftees’ reliance on natural resources. For instance, Rolling Stone suggests a solar charger that hangs in a window, reusable boxes and bottles, digital thermostats, and of course, rechargeable batteries. Other options include stylish cool-weather clothing made of sustainable wool, recycled cotton and hemp fibers. And for the ultimate in ecofriendliness, consider a countertop compost bin to help your friends feed their organic gardens. #SustainableShopping
Whether you’re Irish or just Irish for the day, the first step in celebrating St. Patrick’s Day is to wear something green. If you don’t have anything suitable already, look no further than the local secondhand or thrift store. Supplied by generous donations to ClothingDonations.org, they’re a great source of inexpensive, lightly used garments — including T-shirts that feature the Gaelic toast Sláinte (“Health”), sayings such as “Kiss me, I’m Irish,” or the Guinness harp logo for a visit the corner pub, for example, or more work-friendly kelly-green polo shirts and neckties.