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Better Living: Great Eco-Gifts

Thursday, December 15, 2011


If you’re anything like me you may enjoy the adrenaline rush you get when time is ticking and you have holiday shopping still to do. This is probably the one area where I surprise friends and family with my approach.  Coming from an organizing background, most of my clients and friends expect that I would be singing the praises of early and organized holiday shopping. Nope!

I do all my shopping locally so I can map out my plan, load the car up with reusable shopping bags, put on my most comfortable boots and let the shopping commence. I am on the hunt for earth friendly gifts that I can find in

local shops.  This practice saves on shipping and allows me the fun of shopping in local stores that have some really great eco gifts. The following are some of my favorite stores and this year’s eco gifts not to miss.

Home Style, Providence

Owner Lisa Newman Paratore and her friendly staff will greet you with a smile and perhaps offer up a chair so you can check your list in comfort. Items I've got my on this season:

One World Projects' bicycle chain dragon

Cool art and gift pieces from One World Projects which is an established industry player in the fair trade, socially & environmentally conscious market. Their bicycle chain dragon is beautiful and unique. 

This chopstick basket which can be used for so many things like holding your fruit or as a colander.  It folds up so it’s easy to store. It’s both green and practical.

Homestyle, 229 Westminster St, Providence.

The Smyle Store, East Greenwich

Beautiful for draining or display

This fun new store has some really great gifts.  My top pick is the vintage penquin salt and pepper shakers that are super cute.  For the person on your list who loves all things paper the up cycled Monopoly board notebooks would make a great gift.  Last but not least the repurposed typewriter key drop earrings are adorable and perfect for your favorite blogger.

The Smyle Store, 229 Main St, East Greenwich.

Green Envy, Newport

If you’re in the mood for a lovely road trip, head to Newport and enjoy the beautiful holiday decorations on your way to the Green Envy Boutique.  Gift categories include soy candles, clothing, skincare and accessories.  My personal pick, the solar powered bags.  You can charge your devices while soaking up the sun on a park bench.  The perfect gift for the energy conscious loved one.

Green Envy, 223 Goddard Row, Newport.

Last but not least, for a great online option check out www.OnlyInRhodeIsland.com, where you'll find all natural soaps, bubble bath and bath salts.  No chemicals and local too!

Now go get your green shopping on and maybe I’ll see you out there.


Candita Clayton is the founder of Your Life Organized and author of Clean Your Home Healthy. Visit her online, here.

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