If you are looking for a unique gift idea this season that extols the concepts of sustainability and pay-it-forward sentiments, we have some great suggestions for you. These gifts are quick and easy to organize, meaningful and will be well-received by anyone on your list.
- Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) Whale Adoption – Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) is the world’s most active charity dedicated to the conservation and welfare of all whales, dolphins and porpoises. WDC staff, volunteers and interns conduct research and work to protect whales from threats ranging from entanglements and ship strikes to whaling and behavioral disturbance. You can play an active role by adopting a whale for as little as $30 a year. Adopt a whale for a friend or loved one and they will receive a personalized Whale Adoption Packet.
- Supporting Literacy Centers throughout the United States – Greenloons has teamed up with Carbon Busters Eco-Adventure series writer, Laurel Colless, and Reading Partners, an AmeriCorps literacy program with more than 100 reading centers throughout the United States for a pay-it-forward book drive. Each $15 copy of The Singing Dolphin purchased with the promo code “Greenloons” will result in the donation of an additional copy of the book to Reading Partners. The Singing Dolphin, endorsed by celebrities Sam Waterston of “Law and Order” fame, Broadway and television star Kaiulani Lee, and Ben & Jerry’s co-founder, Jerry Greenfield, is a read-together book for children of all ages. Purchase The Singing Dolphin with the promo code Greenloons.
- Supporting the Kyambura Coffee Ladies of Uganda and Rwanda – The Kyambura Women’s Coffee Cooperative provides a vital source of extra income for local families. The women and their families harvest coffee from a 100-acre site and then process, roast and package their own coffee at a dedicated processing station. The coffee plantation also acts as a buffer zone between the protected area of the gorge and local farmlands, reducing human/animal conflict. The cooperative has recently started their 4th harvesting season and the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust (VSPT) has set up PayPal to allow for the cooperative to receive donations easily.
- Supporting East African Communities through Conservation – The Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust (MWCT) works to protect the ecosystem and biodiversity of East Africa by funding and operating programs that promote sustainable economic benefits including lease payments for conservancy zones, carbon credits, payments for watershed protection, sustainable eco-tourism, wildlife monitoring and security, and conservation that directly fund education and health programs.
Feel free to let us know if you have any sustainable gift ideas. Happy Holidays!