People are thinking more about the environment when it comes to the products they're buying. This has many companies coming out with eco-friendly items.
News 11 Chief Meteorologist Robert Shiels has this Eco-Track 11 report.
You can find great little items that cost less than $20 or extravagant gifts that cost over $2000. Products run the gamut from specialty store finds to supermarket goodies.
Solvie Karlstrom of the Green Guide says, "The best thing you can do is make sure you buy something that's not going to go to waste."
An eco-shopper, Emily Main, adds, "There's so many eco-friendly alternatives to products that you'd normally buy."
Choices these days go well beyond organic cotton. This "ahimsa" scarf is made from an alternative silk. That means no silk worms were harmed in production. A pesticide-free hemp hat by Livity is sure to keep heads turning.
Another popular choice... Anything that's "fair trade." Karlstrom explains, "Fair trade means that the producers, local artisans and growers are guaranteed a livable wage for the products that they produce." Fair trade coffee and chocolate can be found at almost any supermarket.
For the cook in your life, there are cutting boards and Tupperware made from recycled plastic and, for the kids, try Eco-Artware's stuffed penguin made from old sweaters.
Karlstrom says, "The other item that I really like this year is this fairly traded football. It's lined with FSE certified rubber, which comes from rubber trees of well managed forests."
Top your gift off with cards and wrapping paper made out of recycled materials.