The 10 Best Eco Friendly Gifts to Buy for Your Family This Christmas

Going Green and Helping Others to Do the Same This Year
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You want to get your family the best gifts ever, so they will love you unconditionally and not be irked when you forget to call grandma on her birthday (and have not done for the past few years…?) and also possibly do some of your chores that are still somehow your chores even though you haven’t lived at home for the past 10 years. Like empty the trash, once it is literally overflowing.

You also want to get gifts that will not set off your liberal arts cousin who wears only hemp sweaters and vegan clogs. We have compiled a list of the 10 best eco friendly gifts to buy for your family this holiday, so Liz can get off her high horse!

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6 Eco-Friendly Ways You Can Decorate for the Holidays!

Are You in the Holiday Spirit Yet? Go Green This Year!

The holidays are a beautiful reminder of the joys of family and friends, and of course all of the celebration that goes with it! Learn how to decorate your home for the holidays in an eco-friendly way that will spice up your Christmas cheer without spiking your electricity bill!

The holiday spirit will infect you with joy and gladness, especially after you follow these suggestions and improve your eco-consciousness!

Here are 6 eco-friendly ways to decorate your home for the holidays! 

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10 Amazing Ideas for Using Recycled Wrapping Paper This Holiday Season

Wrapping Paper: Why Buy It Again This Year?


One of the best parts of Christmas is waking up on Christmas morning and seeing the presents sitting pretty underneath the tree. Half of the excitement is seeing the boxy shapes, holding them up, shaking them and seeing if they rattle – not knowing what you are about to unwrap is one of life’s greatest surprises.

If this sounds at all familiar, then you’re probably wondering — how does being eco-friendly have anything to do with Christmas gifts? It’s simple. Every year, we produce millions of yards of paper, and every year it sadly ends up in the trash. This year, why not start saving great scraps of paper to use again next year, and also, consider trying out a few more environmentally savvy ways of wrapping presents without buying more paper? Read on to learn a few great tips, and then try recycling Christmas cards too!

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Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo Cut Coal Financing

Big Firms Join Growing Movement by Banks in U.S. and Europe

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Rainforest Action Network Calls on Banks to End All Financing for Coal

After reading the recent Atlantic Monthly article wherein Bill Gates is interviewed on the environment, one wonders just how much coal shaming will actually help the environment, when it isn’t accompanied by a carbon tax. Every little bit helps, to be sure, but is this more pomp and headlines than actual progress? Read the complete press release below and decide for yourself.

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SAN FRANCISCO — On November 30, Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo released new commitments to cut financing for the global coal industry. Wells Fargo’s policy committed to reduce the bank’s lending to coal mining companies. Morgan Stanley’s policy went further, covering both lending and underwriting, and committing to end financing for coal-fired power plant construction in developed countries. Continue reading

Top 5 Solar Power Companies in Modesto, CA

Life in Modesto Just Got Sweeter: Solar Power Is Here!


There are many good solar power companies in California – but if you live in Modesto, then you have even more options than most cities of comparable size! Solar power is one of the most efficient and cost-effective ways to save money in your home, while utilizing alternative energy. The panels utilize the natural energy of the sun to power your home utilities. The price of solar panels have reduced drastically in the past few years, and yield homeowners up to $200/month in savings.

We have assembled a list of the top 5 companies that provide solar power services in Modesto such as solar panel installation, evaluation, and excellent quotes. Enjoy!

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How to Go Green When You Buy Local Produce

It’s Not Just About Hitting the Local Farmers Market


Remember, we can all do our part to save the planet, and it doesn’t just come down to utilizing the magical powers of alternative energy resources such as solar power panels and green lightbulbs. Another often overlooked way that you can go green and help save the planet is by shopping for and eating local produce, wherever you may be living.

In recent years, the local farm to table (or farm to fork) movement has pushed local farmers and producers into the limelight. The movement began as a backlash against the increase of genetically modified foods, and took on greater momentum as eating locally produced food just makes sense to a wide spectrum of people. After all, local, fresh foods are also just better for your health. Here are a few more of the wonderful benefits that eating locally grown produce has.

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