12 Ethical and Eco-Friendly Holiday Gifts

The Christmas season can be a challenge to our eco-consciousness: we pour energy into light displays, burn gas on shopping trips, wallow in packaging and wrapping paper, and spend money on gifts that cause more ecological harm than good.

But wait...there is a better way! In the spirit of the season, you can give the following ethical and environmentally-friendly gifts to the Earth. In return, you’ll receive the gift of knowing that you are contributing to a healthy home, community, and planet.

Non-GMO Hawaii

The GMO (genetically modified organism) seed timeline in Hawaii goes back to the mid-90s. An outbreak of ringspot virus destroyed most of Hawaii’s rainbow papaya crops, causing production to fall 40%. To combat the virus, a University of Hawaii professor genetically engineered a ringspot-resistant strain of papayas. Shortly afterwards these modified rainbow papaya seeds were handed out free to farmers, and the rest, they say, is history.

How to Add Feel-Good Superfoods to your Diet

Ever wanted a quick and easy way to add superfoods to your diet? We hear ya! Down to Earth is now exclusively carrying Suncore Foods®, a plant-based range of superfoods that you can sprinkle, stir and shake into any meal. You can’t get these beauties anywhere else in Hawaii so head to your local Down to Earth store and make the most of your menu by adding these nutrient-packed nibbles:

7 Foods to Pack for a Healthy Summer Picnic

Summer is in full swing, which means it’s picnic season – time to dust off the picnic blanket, gather with your loved ones, enjoy the gorgeous Hawaii weather, and of course, eat lots of tasty bites! You can always pack the healthy basics, like crackers, chips, nuts, and dried fruit, or you can ditch those and dig into these alternatives in your picnic hamper.

Random Acts of Kindness

A few years ago, when I was a high school teacher in Australia, I assigned my homeroom students a task to each come up with a random act of kindness and write it on a small card. On the other side of the card were the words “You’ve been hit with a random act of kindness. Please feel free to pass it on.” The criteria of the acts of kindness were that they should be done anonymously if possible, and they should be generic enough that anyone could achieve them. We then placed all the cards in a box and each of us drew a card randomly.

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