How to Find the Best Local, Handmade Gifts

By Andrea Donsky on December 22, 2010

Craft fairs offer tons of local, handmade gifts. Photo by Orin Zebest via holiday season is in full swing, and that means one thing: the spirit of giving--and shopping--is everywhere.

But all that giving can mean a lot of excess waste, plus a huge carbon footprint. We know how much kids (and adults) appreciate a special gift from a loved-one, so we're not going to suggest you stop buying gifts, but there is a simple way to go greener this holiday season: shop local and handmade.

When you purchase goods from local artisans, you're supporting their business, which helps strengthen your local economy, and buying local also reduces your environmental footprint significantly.


Click here for our full article on TreeHugger.

By Andrea Donsky| December 22, 2010
Categories:  Blog

About the Author

Andrea Donsky

Andrea Donsky

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of She is passionate about living a natural and organic lifestyle and reading food labels. She is a mom to three beautiful children who love ground flaxseed & fish oil.

As a pioneer and visionary in the health food industry, Andrea Donsky’s passion is to inspire people to make enlightened choices for healthy living. Andrea has combined her background and expertise as both a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, and an entrepreneur, to educate the public on living an organic and non-GMO lifestyle through the creation of her businesses, books, articles, videos, speeches, and media appearances. Among her numerous publications, Andrea co-authored Unjunk Your Junk Food published by Simon & Schuster, as well as two e-books entitled “Label Lessons: Your Guide To A Healthy Shopping Cart,” and “Label Lessons: Unjunk Your Kid’s Lunch Box.”

Andrea Co-hosts Naturally Savvy Radio on, a live show every Wednesday. She appears regularly as a healthy living expert on TV and radio across North America. Her segments have aired on all major networks including NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, Univision, WGN, Better TV, City TV, CTV, CBC, and Global.

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