When Santa Goes Green

A few gift ideas that won’t expand your carbon footprint.

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We get it. Most of the folks on your holiday list aren’t exactly tree-hugging, granola-crunching, Birkenstock rockers (not that there’s anything wrong with that). It’s just that the company you keep has always had high expectations of Santa. Even your mom, who always loved the nature crafts you used to bring home from camp isn’t exactly anticipating a macaroni necklace from you this year. Or any year. Even if it’s organic.

That said, with so many companies offering attractive, affordable, eco-friendly gifts this year, there are plenty of great ways to spread the love while doing your small part to save planet earth. From adorable cardboard dollhouses to organic wine, The Root’s Green Gift Guide offers sustainable holiday gifts that are sure to turn those nearest and dearest all warm and fuzzy inside. And while you may not be able to make them embrace organic living for the long haul, their friends will go green with envy.

Take a look at a slideshow of The Root's greenest gifts for the holiday season.

Meera Bowman-Johnson is a regular contributor toThe Root.

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