Black Friday vs. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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You probably know this already, but it's Black Friday, a day that is a little difficult to reconcile with our efforts to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

We love the holiday season -- the lights, the hot chocolate, the people, and, yes, (True Green Confessions here we come ) sometimes we even love the shopping. But this year, we're going to try our very best to make better gift decisions. At the top of our list? We won't buy anything for anyone unless we know it is something they need and/or desperately want.

We're also going to try to buy things that are easy on the environment (which means grandma is probably getting 100% organic cotton PJs this year).

In the spirit of green giving, we thought we'd round up all of our green shopping (yes, sorry for the slight oxymoron there) resources for you, right here in one post. So when you do buy your gifts this year, consider these great options:

TING Home: Green for the outdoors
Homemade gifts at Sew, Mama, Sew
Lauren Spa: Organic Bed and Bath
Cooler: Crabon Neutral Holiday Shopping
The Global Exchange Online Store
Uncommon Goods
Alabama Chanin: Expensive, beautiful, handcrafted decor and clothing
Rejuvenation
Builders Booksource
Organic Style
MoMA Store
Olio United: Home decor and clothing
Gaiam
3R Living: Future Friendly Products
Livinggreen
VivaTerra
Branch

Image: Via danagraves; flickr.com