Green is Universal is proud to offer our community an outlet to find products to support more sustainable lifestyle choices at shop.greenisuniversal.com.
Here at Green is Universal, we believe that small changes can make a big difference – not just for yourself, but for the planet. One of the changes we can make is in the products that we choose for our homes, our families and ourselves.
We’ve designed the Green is Universal Shop to aggregate a wide range of products from brands and vendors on the web that support more sustainable and healthier lifestyle choices. You can choose from a wide variety of products in the follow categories:
- organic home decor & accessories
- eco exercise equipment
- recycled products
- organic beverages
- organic beauty products
- eco home cleaning products
- organic clothing
Go here to browse our categories and shop the diverse range of products. When you are ready to choose, you will be taken out of the Green is Universal Shop to make your purchase.
So what are you waiting for? Eco gift giving is a snap! And were you lucky enough to receive a gift card or money for the holidays? There isn’t a better way to spend it than on a sustainable gift!
Green Is Universal does not directly endorse any of the products listed on this website and is not responsible for the products’ quality or the business practices of the online stores.
Our friends at Sprig created these awesome Holiday eCards so you can send your Holiday wishes in true green style.
Whose eyes don’t light up at the sight of a stuffed stocking on Christmas morning? So this year, why not power that delight with green, eco-friendly gifts that are sure to bring smiles of glee. There are many small green items from small eco-business that need our support this holiday season. I’ll play Santa and suggest my Green stocking stuffer list for all ages:
Pharmacopia: Lavender Hand Cream (all natural and organic) with yummy shea butter. The 1.7 oz size fits perfectly in your purse, desk, backpack or car so you can re-apply throughout the day.
To-Go Ware: Organic Bamboo Utensil Set, a fork, knife, spoon and chop sticks wrapped in a holder that ties closed, travels easily, and is a genius way to avoid using plastic utensils when eating on the run.
Ecolips: Tis the season to protect your pucker…Ecolips provides a wide variety of certified organic lip balm. Try their new Pure & Simple line, a 99% organic lip balm that is completely edible in Grape, Coconut and Kiwi-Strawberry. Plus cool accessories such as an Eco Clip (a carabiner clip), an Eco Leash (a neoprene balm holder), an Eco Key Ring (a rubber overcap with key ring) and an Eco Lanyard (a lip balm necklace).
Green is Universal is proud to announce that this year’s broadcast of the Christmas in Rockefeller Center special will include a tree planting promotion in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant up to 1 million trees.
Throughout the month of December, viewers can text the word “TREE” to 46833. For every text message we receive, the Arbor Day Foundation, through the help of their sponsors, will plant a tree in our nation’s depleted forests – up to 1 million trees.
Don’t have a cell phone? Don’t want to text? No problem! Simply go to arborday.org/nbc to send an e-card to your friends. Every e-card sent will add to our total. Help us reach our 1 million tree goal and spread the message!
To learn more about the energy saving practices Tishman Speyer has put into place to “green” the Rockefeller Christmas Tree, read this blog.
As discussed in “Buycotting the Holidays“, this holiday you have the choice to support economically-challenged green small businesses as you prepare for the holidays. With predictions of a poor retail season, small companies who have devoted themselves to being
environmentally friendly are at great risk. Show them your green and buy your holiday
preparations here this season:
1. Solar Powered Light Emitting Diodes (LED) Holiday String Lights: Light your home this year with self-sustained, energy-conserving, environmentally-friendly Ecolites from Eco Geek Living, Inc.. The lights recharge during the daylight hours and automatically turn on at night while using as little as 1/50th the amount of energy traditional light bulbs.
span class=”mt-enclosure mt-enclosure-image” style=”display: inline;”>As a savvy auntie, I feel especially qualified to cover this topic. Never a mom but nine times an aunt and even more times a FONM (friend of a New Mom), I’ve shopped for babies, kids and teens more often than I can remember. I know how hard it is to find just the right thing – not too scratchy, not too babyish, “in-the-know” and trendy but not trying too hard…So I’ve decided that this holiday season, the right thing is the green thing. Bringing kids up to be eco-friendly is a gift they will appreciate forever as you introduce them to the more natural, more sustainable things in life. Here are a few great green gifts to start them on a greener path (all from small eco-companies who need our green during this tough retail season).
Babies and Kids personal care kits:
California Baby: Green moms love these safe, non-toxic, personal care baby soaps, creams, lotions and bubble baths. Baby gift sets can be completely customized and come with a non-toxic bath toy and product samples.
Burt’s Bees kits: Try the Baby Bee Getting Started Kit…all SLS and paraban-free creams and lotions made with soothing buttermilk and coconut oils.
By Debbie Levin
Did you know that Americans increase their garbage by 25% from
Thanksgiving to New Years? That’s a lot of garbage — more than 25
million tons of extra waste, according to the EPA. But the good news
is that there are some simple things we can all do to limit our impact
and reduce our overall consumption.
Here’s what you need to know to go greener this holiday season:
- Use Recycled Wrapping Paper – Wrapping paper and
shopping bags account for 4 million tons of trash annually in the U.S.
Most wrapping paper isn’t recyclable because it’s made out of materials
that are dyed and laminated, contains non-paper additives such as gold
and silver coloring, and usually is taped. You can get recycled
wrapping paper from companies such as Fish Lips and Earth Love’n Paper. Or get creative — make fabric gift bags, or visit eartheasy.com for other alternatives.
- Recycle Your Tree – Over 33 million Christmas
trees are purchased in North America every year and most of those end
up in a landfill or rotting somewhere. Find out where to recycle your
tree by visiting earth911.com. In the top right of the page, enter your location; the site will give you local recycling facilities.
- Buy Recyclable Christmas Cards – There are 2.65
billion holiday cards sold each year in the U.S. If they are shiny, or
contain glitter or other materials, they aren’t recyclable. So buy and
send cards that are made from recycled materials. And, after the
holiday, recycle the non-shiny cards you received. Another option:
Send out e-cards rather than real ones.
Ever wonder what to do with all those beautiful cards you received in holiday seasons past?
If you’re anything like me, you save them with the highest hopes of making something, like a beautiful decoupage box that you can give to an unsuspecting friend whose card is the center piece for your design. But in reality, they stay in a box that gathers dust until the next holiday season where you plop some more cards on the pile!
St. Jude’s Ranch for Children is here to help. Their Recycled Card Program accepts all occasion cards for a limited time through out the year.
The children participate in making the new cards by removing the fronts and attaching new backs. The result is a beautiful new card made by the children and volunteers that St. Jude can then in their online shop. And for a limited time, as a special thank you to their customers, all recycled card orders will be shipped free.
For more info, go to http://www.stjudesranch.org/help_card.php.
Why It’s Good:
These multi-colored bulbs are larger and have a cool retro-style – great for both the tree and your outdoor decorating.
Why It’s Green:
LED lights use only 10 percent of the power that traditional ones do. Plus, they’ll make your holiday decorating easier – they last about 10 years longer than traditional lights and if one bulb goes out, it doesn’t affect the whole strand!
Where To Get It:
www.lowes.com | $19.97
Whether it is already on her wish list or not, what woman doesn’t want a gift that keeps giving back to her family, her community, her planet and herself? This holiday season surprise her with eco-gifts she’ll love and help support economically-challenged green small businesses. In “Buycotting the Holidays“, I explained why these companies need our support to survive this tough holiday retail season…so here are some great green gifts for all the women in your life:
Luxurious eco-clothing, bath and bedding: DreamSacks is a one-stop, eco-shop for comfortable and natural fiber products made from silk, soy and sustainable bamboo. On their website, you’ll find beautiful sheets, blankets, casual clothing, robes and towels. And for a limited time (Sunday November 23rd – Friday December 5th at midnight), DreamSacks is offering a special coupon just for visitors to this blog. Just enter NBCUGREEN at the website when prompted for the coupon code and get 15% off! Quality and value…a dream solution.
Organic Skin and Personal Care: There are so many great eco-friendly, organic skin care companies in business today…please support them so they will all be here tomorrow. A few of my favorites with special offers this season: