Sustainable Travel InternationalÃ‚Â has released its 4th AnnualÃ‚Â Green Gear & Gift GuideÃ‚Â just in time for the holiday season. It lists not just the brands that use sustainable “ingredients”, but a little about each of the companies. Ã‚Â For instance, this Bike Chain Bowl from Resource Revival…all of the energy used to make their stuff is from renewable sources and the bike parts are recycled.
From their press release: “The number of consumersÃ‚Â purchasingÃ‚Â fair trade goods has significantly increased over the past few years.Ã‚Â According to the Fair Trade Labeling Organization, consumers worldwide spent US$3.62 billion on Fair Trade Certified Products in 2007. This is a 47 percentÃ‚Â increase over 2006, directly benefiting more than 1.4 million producers and workers worldwide. Outdoor equipment and clothing is also very popular.Ã‚Â In 2006, the Outdoor Industry Association reported that US$289 billion was generated annually in outdoor recreation retail sales and services across the U.S. alone.”
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Fortunately, we don’t have to compromise our values during the holidays or to enjoy a good adventure,Ã¢â‚¬Â explains Brian T. Mullis, president of Sustainable Travel International. Ã¢â‚¬Å“More companies than ever before are responding to consumer demand for fair trade, locally produced, and eco-friendly products.Ã¢â‚¬ÂÃ‚Â
The year’sÃ‚Â Green Gear & Gift Guide featuresÃ‚Â a variety of green gift ideas for travelers and outdoor enthusiasts from shoes and apparel toÃ‚Â bicycles and luggage -Ã‚Â all of which must meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Be produced using resource efficient, recycled, renewable, and or recyclable materials;
- Be offered by distributors that gain fair prices for the local producers of their goods; and or
- Allow consumers to enjoy the world outside in a more eco-friendly manner.
The Green Gear & Gift Guide is availableÃ‚Â online. Companies that wish to be considered for Sustainable Travel International’s 5thÃ‚Â Annual Green Gear & Gift Guide shouldÃ‚Â contact theÃ‚Â organization via email atÃ‚Â email@example.com.