With Christmas just over a month away, now is the time to start looking for that perfect present for your loved ones. Well look no further, as the Rainforest Alliance has come up with a list of green gift ideas for the environmentally conscious. With the horrifying news that Borneo's orangutans are now critically endangered, i.e. on the brink of extinction, it is more imperative than ever that we choose sustainable gifts and do all that we can to help.
By giving a gift with the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) seal you will be helping to protect the environment and wildlife, and promote sustainable livelihoods of farmers, farm workers and their families around the world, including access to clean water, proper housing, health care and education.
For the Green Fingered
Whether it’s hiding out in the garden shed or pruning the azaleas, a set of FSC certified garden tools will make the perfect gift for the gardener in your life. From a hand-weeding fork to a lawn rake, tools made with wooden handles sourced from FSC certified wood have come from forests that have met rigorous standards and promote responsible harvesting that uses methods that keep ecosystems in tact so that they can continue to filter water, stabilise soil, absorb carbon dioxide and provide shelter and roosts for animals.
For the Foodie
Make up an eco-friendly, yet indulgent Christmas hamper brimming with tea, coffee, chocolate and fruit that all display the little green frog seal of the Rainforest Alliance. Products displaying the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal can be found in all major supermarkets and are your assurance that they are contributing to the wellbeing of communities and fostering the long-term health of the planet. Wooden kitchen and chef’s utensils carrying the FSC symbol are also ideal gifts for the food-lover.
For the Book Worm
From thrillers to chick-lit, make sure the book you choose to give is printed on FSC certified paper. By using environmentally sensitive logging techniques, monitoring hunting activities, conserving nesting areas and fruit-bearing trees and adhering to laws that safeguard endangered species, FSC-certified forestry enterprises do a better job of protecting great apes and other mammals than noncertified ones.
For the Musician
Giving a gift to an Eric Clapton wannabe? Well surprise them with the ultimate gift that rocks, a guitar made with FSC certified wood. Did you know that in Guatemala’s Petén region, deforestation rates were 20 times lower on FSC-certified concessions than in adjacent protected reserves?
For the Adventurer
Whether they dream of trekking across the Andes, white water rafting down the Sarapiqui or whale watching in Mexico, if you’re getting the ultimate travel gift for someone, make sure you search http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/green-vacations to find eco-friendly hotels, lodges and other businesses in Latin America and the Caribbean. These tourism businesses are working with the Rainforest Alliance to mitigate their effects on the land and local people and provide staff with proper wages, health care and more. If your gift includes travel on American Airlines, British Airways, Asiana Airlines or Al Nippon Airways, they’ll also enjoy complimentary Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee onboard their flight!
For the Gadget Lover
Why not help the gadget-lover in your life protect their smart phone or tablet whilst protecting the environment with a cover made out of FSC certified materials. A funky cork ipad cover or iphone cover made with a unique paper composite are available on the market.
For the Person who has Everything
What do you get the person who has everything? A rainforest of course! Donate to Adopt-A-Rainforest through http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/adopt-a-rainforest/about to support conservation programmes run by the Rainforest Alliance’s partner organisations in Latin America.
For more suggestions and a full list of products that feature the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal, please visit our http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/find-certified page.
The Rainforest Alliance’s work is guided by their understanding that the health of the Earth is linked to the well-being of those whose livelihoods depend on the land and forests. As everyone has a vital role to play in strengthening this relationship, they provide training to farmers and foresters, work with businesses committed to sustainability, and motivate citizens to adopt sustainable lifestyles. For more information, visit www.rainforest-alliance.org or follow them on Twitter @RnfrstAll_UK.