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Christmas is this weekend and if youâ€™re anything like me, you havenâ€™t bought a thing. At Backyard X-Scapes we are always looking for ways to help our customers â€śgo greenâ€ť without breaking the bank or pushing too far outside the box. We believe that Christmas gift-giving can be meaningful, generous and eco-friendly. The following are 5 of our favorite ideas for green gift-giving.
iTunes or Amazon.com Gift Cards â€“ While it goes without saying that digital gifts cut down on waste by eliminating packaging and carbon emissions by eliminating production and shipping, they are also in high demand in todayâ€™s tech savvy society. We all know that both iTunes and Amazon offer gift cards for downloading music, but they can also be used for video streaming. Instead of buying DVDs as gifts, give your loved ones the gift of waste-free entertainment; they can stream almost any movie as well as entire television series.
Homemade Gift Coupons â€“ GiveÂ the special person in your life many gifts in one without costing you a dime.Â Coupons for massages, breakfast in bed and babysitting are all great options that only require time and effort on your part. This gift is ultra-personal, wonâ€™t drain your checking account and doesnâ€™t produce an ounce of waste, especially if you use recycled paperÂ to craftÂ each coupon.
Sony Ericsson GreenHeartÂ Cell PhoneÂ â€“ The techie in your life will love Sonyâ€™s new GreenHeart line of cell phones and accessories. These phones create 15% fewer carbon emissions than traditional phones by eliminating the paper manual (it is stored digitally within the phone), utilizing recycled plastic in the phoneâ€™s structure, employing an energy efficient display and waterborne paint. The packaging is also eco-conscious.