Thursday, December 20, 2007

On the 7th day of Christmas...

The intention of these holiday blogs is not to go too heavy on the purchases. But the next three days I will be highlighting some of the local green goods in three geographical areas: North 29, downtown/main street and Barracks Road. If you have to consume, do it consciously, wisely, locally.

I'll begin with Barracks Road.

I know it's hard to believe that amidst all the mass mayhem going on at Barracks Road Shopping this time of year that it's possible to practice conscious living and wise purchasing, but I believe it can be done.

At Plow and Hearth, a Virginia-based company, I was able to find a cool simple, wooden designed stocking hook for the mantel made from a company in Vermont, Christmas Cove Designs as well as quality soy (as opposed to petroleum-based) candles.

Next stop, Rebecca's for a gift-certificate. This small grocer has really upped the ante in terms of going green with their newly-renovated store. Stop in, poke around, drink Kombucha (my friend swears by it!).

Last stop, Blue-Ridge Mountain Sports. John Holden, General Manager of the store is a community leader in terms of environmental issues. He's a great guy and I've heard an even better guide. Before stopping in, go through your coat closet and find one to donate (they are giving them to the Piedmont House). Then you can pick out a cool new Patagonia shirt (according to Holden, an industrial leader for many years in terms of "green"ness) made from all-recycled material.

Deck the halls,

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