Sustainable Living Extends to the Holiday Season, Too!

“Green Gifting” is a natural for those who care about sustainability (which is presumably everybody who would like life on Earth to carry on).

Since opening my shop on Etsy*, I’ve made many ‘Etsian’ friends and found many people who are contributing to the environmental ethic by making new things from recycled materials, or selling vintage items that were made to last!

If you’re not familiar with Etsy, it’s an on-line destination similar to a mall. People from all over the world have individual “shops” that sell only hand-made, vintage, or supplies for hand-made items. I belong to two vendor “teams” (one with people who sell hand-made items and one with those who sell vintage items) and the suggestions here are from shops of people on those two teams.

Choosing handmade upcycled/recycled or vintage means supporting an individual rather than some anonymous corporation, at the same time as helping the environment.

I’m sure that you can find something for everybody on your list using this list as a jumping-off point!

First, there’s Brandi’s Moab Bag Company (Utah). She makes great wallets, bags, pouches, etc., from old bicycle tire tubes.

Recycled bicycle tube bag for your bicycle – naturally!




recycled-inner tube-coin-purse
I’d love this coin purse!











And this lovely idea: if you’ve giving a bottle of wine as a gift, how about recycled sweater wrapping from UpperDukeDesigns (Toronto) instead of gift wrap? It can be used over and over in lots of different ways.

Wine bottle cozy
A new slant in wine bottle gift wrap










And these lovely glasses upcycled by The Bottle Mill (California) from wine & liquor bottles.

Upcycled drinking glasses from bottles
Beautiful upcycled glasses for your holiday parties









A lovely gift for a young girl (or anybody else) for keeping special treasures safe, from mamadupuis (Ontario): a vintage trinket box.

Vintage trinket-box
A jewel of a box







From MyVictorianCottage (Ontario), a beautiful Irish crochet bag for special occasions, and especially appropriate for a wedding.

It’s so cute!









A desk accessory to replace the plastic for a work-at-home friend or family member from WeeLambieVintage (Florida).

Vintage wooden desk-organizer
A natural for organizing a desk








*Note: As of 2018, I stopped selling on Etsy.

3 Replies to “Sustainable Living Extends to the Holiday Season, Too!”

  1. Thank you Jane for featuring Etsy shops on your blog, and for supporting small “handmade” businesses.

  2. I love your finds, especially the recycled sweater wrapping! How original and a great way of recycling clothing.

  3. How awesome! Thank you, Jane, for including my trinket box! Buying vintage is the way of the future:)

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