The Rainforest Alliance’s Green Gift Guide
By giving a gift with the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) seal you will be helping to protect the environment and wildlife, and promote sustainable livelihoods of farmers, farm workers and their families around the world, including access to potable water, proper housing, health care and education.
For Dad…always hiding out in his garden shed? Well there’s no excuse for him not to do the weeding with a set of FSC certified garden tools available from Amazon. The Draper Expert range starts from just £5.00 for a Stainless Steel Hand Weeding Fork with FSC-Certified Ash Handle.
For Mum…make sure she has a little ‘me’ time this Christmas with the latest bestseller Oh Dear Silvia by Dawn French published by Penguin Books, printed on FSC certified paper and costing £7.99. Make the present perfect by adding a large bar of Cote d’Or chocolate, which is made from Rainforest Alliance Certified cocoa.
For the man in your life…does he think he’s the next Eric Clapton? Well surprise him with the ultimate gift that rocks, a guitar from Martin Guitar (www.martinguitar.com) – they have a supplier in the UK. The guitars are made with FSC certified wood from trees harvested in ways that protect both the land and its people.
For big sis…is she a Nigella in the making? Then you can’t go wrong with John Lewis’ range of kitchen utensils. From lemon reamers to chopping boards ranging from £1-£45 these wooden FSC certified gifts are perfect.
For little bro…Jack Johnson’s latest CD Best of Kokua Festival. Its cover is printed on FSC certified paper. Available for £6.99 from Amazon.
Granny…make up an eco-friendly Xmas hamper full of tea, coffee, chocolate and fruit. Products displaying the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal can be found in all major supermarkets.
Nephew…gift voucher for London Zoo…why not take him yourself and stop by the café for a coffee sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms?
Niece…what do you get the girl who has everything? A rainforest of course! Donate to Adopt-A-Rainforest through www.rainforest-alliance.org/aar to support conservation programmes run by the Rainforest Alliance’s partner organisations in Latin America.
And finally…YOU…deliver your presents and send your Christmas cards – made out of FSC certified paper of course – and then treat yourself to a Christmas break. Choose a sustainable hotel or tour operator and support tourism businesses that are working with the Rainforest Alliance to mitigate their effects on the land and local people and provide staff with proper wages, health care and more. Visit www.sustainabletrip.org to search for businesses that are making a difference.