Black Friday, Can you Go Green

Black Friday, can you go Green? Most Green minded people see Black Friday as the worst day of the year for being Green, It certainly can be, but there are ways, if you do want to shop on Black Friday to be Green.

I personally do not shop on Black Friday much at all, I do try to avoid it. My reasons are not only about being Green, but also, about being caught up in the marketing and commercialization of using this time of year, to sell hard.

As a business woman, I’m fully aware of the bottom line. I understand this season brings in much more in sales, I also know that it isn’t a time for me to throw in the towel on Being Green, ethical and kind.

What a turn off it is for me to just finish Thanksgiving dinner with family, and the rush out to spend the night at a box store to save money and get the deals. Marketers make it hard to pass up. Though, in my heart, I don’t judge people who do.

Kindness is a good reason to play it low during Black Friday rush to buy. People stomping all over others, pushing, getting angry, frustrated, anxious. It is stress to max!

Many people really need Black Friday to make ends meet, to be able to get gifts for family and friends, that otherwise might not. I, myself know that feeling.

For those who want to Be Green, and shop on Black Friday, here are some ways you can lessen your carbon footprint and keep it Green.

* Plan ahead with re-usable shopping bags. Many stores offer them now at the counters for sale. If you have many at home, save the money and save the planet, by taking your own.

* Un-load your trunk and car. This is a easy wah to save on gas. The lighter your vehicle, the less gas you use.

* Air in the tires. This will also save on gas, saves your poket book and the environment

* Carpool if you can to stores, this helps keep the traffic down, the carbon from vehicles, and creates a fun environment.

* Buy recycled or environmentally friendly products when you can.

* Buy local. This is huge, it supports your local economy, it also saves on the carbon footprint of shipping etc. It supports small businesses also. Boxed stores can be hard to pass up on the deals, and if you can, buy from a local small business.

* Refuse the plastic! Yes, you can recycle it, but the less used is the less that needs recycling. Shipping it back to China, isn’t that earth friendly.

* Buy energy efficient products when you can. Do research prior to shopping, this saves time, and gas to go from store to store.

* Buy used! I know how cheezy is that to buy used for the holidays. I get it, new is more exciting and fun. Consider this, it really helps the environment. If your loved one is into Green, they will be excited to know you thought Green!

* Ethical shopping! When shopping know your brands, and look for sweatshop free products, Support companies that have fair wages, working towards being green, or greener.

* Quality products. Quality might not seem Green, but it is. Products that are made well, last longer. Comapnies that produce quality offer warranties, replacement parts etc. This cuts down on the amount of the product you have to buy, and keeps products out of the landfill.

* Wrap Green! Creative inexpensive, fun ways to wrap and save the enviromnent. Cloth bags, newspaper, re-used wrapping paper, recycled wrapping paper, tree-free cards and gift wrap. It can be beautiful and Green!

I could go on and on, on this subject. I’m very passionate about being Green! If Black Friday is your desire, try to keep your carbon footprint in check! It will feel so good to know you did, after the holidays. Pass it along.

Have yourself a Merry Eco Christmas, let your footprint be light

Soon gifts will be opened, family gatherings, parties will take place.  This is the most wasteful time of the year. 5 million tons more waste during the months of November and December.  How can you make your Merry Christmas a Eco Christmas or whatever your religious beliefs are, A Merry Eco holiday!  Give the gifts you desire to give and feel better about it.  We have suggestions on wonderful Eco gifts for the entire family.  Buying Green quality made products means they will last longer and in many cases can be handed down to someone else.  This is huge in the reduction of waste in this country.  One of the Greenest things you can do it buy quality made products that will last.  Check out some of our holiday selections:

 

 

 

 

 

Our Eco Furniture is not only Unique & Stylish but also reduces waste.  The design is such that allows for years of usage first a bed then a chair.  Non toxic finishes and sustainable wood products make it a super deal.  Lasts for years and many children later.  Many mainstream products are not Green and usually don’t last for years.  With our products you get the best of both.  Sale! Pumpkin Doodle

 

 

 

 

 

Our certified Organic Cotton Robes are a great value!  On Sale!  These luxury robes outlast mainstream robes.  Made from the finest GOTS Certified cotton the are soft and absorbent.  These robes make great gifts for any loved one.  Matching slippers make a great gift set. Mom or Dad will love to wrap themselves in Eco Luxury to have morning coffee.  Take advantage of this great pricing and give the gift of Green this holiday!Women’s Shawl Robes $154.00 now $99.95 while supplies last.  Pumpkin Doodle

 

 

So many chemicals in children’s clothing. Mainstream cotton has the highest levels of pesticides.  Our Organic Cotton children’s clothing is made in the USA by Sustainable kids.  Eco clothing doesn’t have to be dull!  These unique and hip clothing for kids make being green hip and cool!  Kids love sustainable kids clothing for the comfort and style.  Mom’s love them because they are affordable and pesticide free! Feel better about your gifts this year. Buy Green!  Check out our full line of Eco children’s clothing. Save now while supplies last! Pumpkin Doodle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Christmas Tree Debate!

Christmas Tree Debate Real or Plastic?

Over the years I’ve heard so many comments about what is considered the eco thing to do when it comes to buying Christmas Trees.  Some have commented that real trees, cut down trees and therefore it is much Greener to have an artificial tree.  Some say it is much Greener to have a Real Tree!
Here are some facts to help you decide:
Plastic trees last longer, yes, but they also will eventually end up in the landfill and take over 500 years to decompose.  The carbon footprint of the production of a plastic tree and the toxins it produces to make them are of real concern.
  • Artificial trees are made of PVC a toxic plastic which off gas toxic chemicals
  • Artificial trees are non recyclable and non biodegradable
  • Artificial trees are made of petroleum and metal and have a high carbon footprint
  • Artificial trees are cleaner and less messy and maybe the choice with people with tree allergies
33 million live trees are sold in the US every year.  This benefits local tree farmers and helps the environment. Most trees take up to 16 years to harvest.  These trees are re-planted, from seeds, which keeps the cycle of trees constantly going.  Live trees biodegrade much faster.  I suggest getting your tree locally and driving as close as you can get the tree to avoid the carbon footprint of emissions.
  • One single tree absorbs 1 ton of carbon emissions in it’s life time.
  • Live Christmas trees are a sustainable product, they are replanted / replaced each year.
  • Live Trees employ over 100,000 Americans
  • Live Trees can be mulched, used for landscaping, gardening or erosion control
  • Live trees can have an impact on the environment if pesticides are used to grow them
  • Live trees can be purchased with a bulb and replanted for next Christmas
  • Live trees need to be discarded outside of a landfill, landfills don’t provide enough oxygen for decomposition

The best option for live trees would be a chemical free tree or an organically grown tree that is locally grown. If you must purchase a artificial tree search and see if you can find one that is used. It has less off-gassing and is much better for the environment because new ones don’ t have to be made. Until which time food grade plastic trees or other sustainable fiber trees can be made, our vote is on a live Christmas tree! They have a wonderful aroma too! Enjoy your holidays!

Shop Green this Holiday Season with Pumpkin Doodle!

Cyber Monday Is it Cool?

Tomorrow is the biggest shopping day for online retailers.  It is like Black Friday for brick and mortar stores.  It is what keeps most stores in business as the majority of their sales come during this season.  So many people into the Green movement stray away from this shopping frenzy.  However you can make Cyber Monday a Green one!  Buy Green! Use Ethical Green Small business to buy your holiday shopping  gifts.  You can get really great deals on Green, Eco friendly products during the Cyber Monday sales.  Here are really great deals we are offering.

Organic Cotton Robes these are truly the Rolls Royce of Bath Robes… Amazingly soft and well made. GOTS certified Organic Cotton.  We have matching slippers also.  Perfect for Him or Her. On Sale! Was $154.00 now $144.00  Buy Now

 

 

Organic Cotton Slipper
Organic Cotton Shawl Robe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mom’s and daughter’s love to polish their nails and with the toxic chemicals in nail polish and remover, many mom’s don’t.  We have nail polish and remover that is Earth Friendly and Non-toxic.  Made from earth’s materials… They make great stocking suffers and friend gifts too!  Mom might want some for herself. Set includes 3 colors. Polish remover can by purchased in gift sets or separately. Check out our full line of Natural Nail polish and accessories Buy Now $23.50

 

Indluge Nail Polish
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Every home needs  candles. Main stream candles have toxic chemicals. Most are made from Petroleum.  Some are made from GMO soybeans.  Our candles are made from Organically grown soybeans.  They are as Eco friendly as candles can be.  Amazing aroma and longer lasting.  Fill your home with the sweet smell of Organic grown soy candles in amazing scents.  One for every room in the house.  They make great gifts!  Buy Now!

16 oz Soy Scented Candle Blue
Scented Soy Candles

 

The holiday season is a time for Toys and lots of them. Little girls and boys love to receive toys under the tree!  We have a wide selection of Wood, Organic and Natural toys , games and playdough.  Let their imagination soar with our Eco toys.  Children learn from playtime and what a great way to make sure they are safe from harsh chemicals.  Check out our advanced wooden block set on Sale from $94.00 to $78.95 amazing savings!  Buy Now

Advanced Wooden Block Set
Advanced Wooden Block Set

 

 

Being Green doesn’t have to be expensive.  Buy Green this holiday season and feel good knowing your helping the massive mass market of toxic products that are produced every year. Many of which end up in the landfill.  Give your family the best in quality and Eco products.  Check out our full line of products at www.mypumpkindoodle.com Happy Shopping!  Happy Holidays!

 

Black Friday Shopping

Thanksgiving is this week. A time for us to stop and think about all we are grateful for.  This holiday is my favorite holiday as I always have so much to be grateful for.  It is also a sad time of the year “the holiday season” where so much waste occurs.  In the time of Thanksgiving, lets take a look at this amazing planet we have to support us, feed us and give us beauty.  I find this planet amazing, and I’m always in AWE of it.

So when you  sit down to have your meal and go around the table to say what your are grateful for in your lives, family, friends, health , job and home, let’s add this amazingly beautiful planet.  Let’s treat it as our home and nurture it, protect it as it is precious.  Generations to come deserve to have this amazing planet preserved so they can enjoy it also.

Each year around the holidays 5 million extra tons of waste are produced than any other time of the year! That’s 25% more trash that goes into the landfills.

I don’t know about you, but I cannot fathom 5 million tons of trash!  That’s just during the holiday season.  Every time you re-use wrapping paper, gift bags, ribbon and bows you save lots of trash from going into the landfill. It is imperative to recycle during the holiday season!

Here are some pre-holiday tips for the up and coming Black Friday shopping frenzy.  Planning ahead can reduce waste.

  • Have oil changed and check air filters: traffic is heavy and people sit in traffic a long time in between stores this saves on emissions and saves gas.
  • Avoid heavy traffic roads and plan on back streets to avoid sitting in traffic
  • Clean out your trunk prior to shopping
  • Take shopping bags and fold them for easy carrying.
  • Use lightweight easily compact shopping bags
  • Refuse plastic bags
  • Combine products into other bags
  • Buy wood toys and other non – plastic gifts
  • Buy gifts that you know will be used for long time
  • Avoid throw away gifts
  • Send e-cards or have children make cards for gifts
  • Use last years wrapping paper, bows, and ribbon
  • Buy Green, Eco friendly gift bags, ribbon or bows
  • Use fabric gift bags
  • Carpool to the shopping malls
  • Buy family gifts instead of individual gifts
  • Buy gifts that have replacement parts or warranties
  • Buy Energy star products that save energy
  • Buy products made from recycled content or can be recycled
  • Avoid shopping at large franchise stores and shop local businesses
  • Buy quality made over quantity
  • Donate to a charity for a gift
  • Buy Handmade items from local artists / craftsmen
  • Buy Non-toxic , Organic and chemical free products
  • Be aware when shopping the carbon footprint and where the item will go after it’s been used. Can it be re-used.

 

Every step we take towards cutting down on trash during the holiday season helps cut down the 5 million tons of trash produced each year from Thanksgiving to New Years. Have a safe and enjoyable Green Holiday season! Be Green! Take a look at our online Eco store for many Eco Friendly products!  www.mypumpkindoodle.com