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On the first green day of Christmas my true love gave to me – a fresh-cut Christmas tree. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 92 percent of artificial trees are made in China. The Christmas tree industry employs 100,000 nationwide and growers plant up to three seedlings for each tree harvested.
On the second green day of Christmas my true love gave to me – a two-pound box of DeMet’s TURTLES. DeMet’s Candy Company started in 1898 as a candy store business and soda fountain shop by George DeMet of Chicago. In 1988 it was acquired by Nestlé and is now headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with production facilities based in the northeast.
On the third green day of Christmas my true love gave to me – three French organic wines. Shop locally for organic wines at Vinic Wine Company or Whole Foods Market stores.
On the fourth green day of Christmas my true love gave to me – four carbon offset cards. Buy CO2 offsets through Evanston’s Climate Action Fund, which is maintained by the Evanston Community Foundation www.evcommfdn.org/community/climateaction. Native Energy (www.nativeenergy.com) is the top-ranked U.S. carbon offset provider and sells e-cards.
On the fifth green day of Christmas my true love gave to me – five ethically sourced gold rings. Local designer Christopher Duquet (www.christopherduquet.com) uses recycled gold to craft jewelry. Check out jewelry collections at local antique stores. Also shop at Brilliant Earth (www.brilliantearth.com) and Green Karet (www.greenkarat.com) for post-consumer gold designs.
On the sixth green day of Christmas my true love gave to me – six gift certificates for brunch at local restaurants (half-dozen eggs). Evanston has many dining options that serve breakfast – visit a favorite venue or try some new places.
On the seventh green day of Christmas my true love gave to me – seven weeks of swimming. McGaw YMCA (www.mcgawymca.org), the Evanston Athletic Club (www.eaconline.com) and the YWCA Evanston/North Shore (www.ywca.org/evanston) all offer lap-swimming schedules; contact each facility for more information.
On the eighth green day of Christmas my true love gave to me – eight months of maid service. Book with The Green Maid (www.greenmaidinc.com), The Maids (www.maids.com/franchise/Northshore) or MaidPro of Evanston (www.maidpro.com/evanston). Each service uses eco-friendly cleaning products.
On the ninth green day of Christmas my true love gave to me – nine weeks of dance lessons. Dance Center of Evanston (www.dancecenterevanston.com), The Evanston School of Ballet Foundation (www.evanstonschoolofballet.com), Giordano Dance School (www.giordanodanceschool.com) and various facilities of the Evanston Recreation Division (www.cityofevanston.org/parks-recreation/recreation) all offer dance classes for both children and adults.
On the tenth green day of Christmas my true love gave to me – ten basketball players leaping (tickets to a pro, college or high school basketball game). Tickets to see the Chicago Bulls (www.nba.com/bulls), the Northwestern Wildcats (nusports.cstv.com) or the Evanston Township High School Wildkits (www.athletics2000.com/evanston) can fulfill any basketball fan’s wish.
On the 11th green day of Christmas my true love gave to me – 11 woodwinds piping (orchestra performance). Buy tickets for the Evanston Symphony Orchestra (www.evanstonsymphony.org), the Music Institute of Chicago (www.musicinst.org) or groups that perform at the Pick-Staiger Concert Hall (www.pickstaiger.org).
On the 12th green day of Christmas my true love gave to me – 12 CDs featuring drummers drumming. DrummerWorld (www.drummerworld.com) offers recommendations, including its list of the Top Ten Drummers of All Time. Also visit the music departments at the local Barnes & Noble and Borders stores.
This list shows shoppers how to lower their carbon footprints with mostly local sources for green gift-giving ideas. Happy Green Holidays!
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