"It could be the greenest product in the world, but if it came here from China, it doesn't really matter."
- Robyn Griggs Lawrence, editor in chief of Natural Home magazine
Get Griggs Lawrence's explanation and 5 more green gift buying rules after the jump.
Her point is pretty easy to decipher: Even if a product is made from green materials, if it's been shipped here from far away, its "greeness" is negated. We couldn't agree more.
So what's the answer? According to Griggs Lawrence, who gave her green holiday gift buying tips to the San Francisco Chronicle in a recent interview, we need to buy green and buy local.
Here are the five other ways that she recommends we evaluate our gifts:
-- What were the by-products of the manufacturing process? Was it mined, were environmental resources destroyed to access it?
-- How is it delivered? Does it involve extra transportation or labor costs to install?
-- How is it made, maintained, operated? ("Even if it's not something inherently green," Griggs Lawrence says, "it's better if it's durable and will last forever as opposed to something you throw away.")
-- How healthy is the product? Does it contain toxic adhesives or chemicals such as formaldehyde?
-- Finally, the cradle-to-cradle question. What happens when its useful life has ended? Is it biodegradable, recyclable, reusable?
Get the whole article here.
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