Thanksgiving is done and gone, but humans still have a lot to be thankful for; planet Earth, for example. The holiday shopping season is in full swing and this is the perfect time to show both your home and your loved ones how much you care for them by buying sustainable, handmade gifts.
Why buy handmade? The Buy Handmade Pledge answers that question in intelligent and humorous detail – worth checking out for every shopper.
A global group of crafters and artists, including several in New Jersey, is hoping to change the face of gift-giving this holiday season. The message: consumers have options beyond mass-produced items made from virgin materials.
This group, the Etsy Trashion street team, wants to show you the holidays can be eco-friendly and handmade. Comprised of 100-plus crafters, artists and artisans, the Etsy Trashion street team have banded together on the web site for all things handmade, Etsy.com, to show the diversity of products that can be made with recycled materials.
Everything from toys and ornaments to clothing and greeting cards can reuse unique ingredients, made by hand into something new. To encourage customers to buy recycled, and to buy handmade, the Trashion street team is hosting Save the World Sunday on (Sunday) December 2nd, a major sale event and celebration of all things recycled & handmade. Participating shops will be offering 20% off or free shipping on their goods (a list of shops is available here).
“Buying items made by hand from recycled materials are more than unique – they feature clever ingredients, advocate sustainable design and support independent businesses,” says the Etsy Trashion team, and we here at CAGW couldn’t agree more.