The Year of the (Green) Rooster by: Bev Gray


This weekend marks the beginning of festivities for the Year of the Rooster. Chinese New Year is on this Saturday, January 28, 2017 and for some, extends until February 2nd. If you’re looking for last minute gift ideas for the holiday, here are some that would be a gift to your friends/family as well as the environment.

Bambeco sustainable home goods has amazing ideas from personalized gifts made out of reclaimed wood to gift-giving basics like candles and bowls.

Shop Omaze for a chance at once-in-a-lifetime experiences such as going to the Grammy’s or buy t-shirts and gifts that give back to charity.

Homemade gifts are always meaningful. Make your own red envelopes. If you don’t already have red paper, use white paper then color it with red markers.


Buy an annual pass to the National Parks Service.

Contact a local artist to commission a piece of art, or ask what they have available. Some will give you discounts if they don’t have to go through a gallery.

Check out online artists like Laura Loving who have online stores with gifts from $15 and up, with an extra 20% off if you sign up for emails.

And there’s Etsy for art, like these handmade gyotaku fish paintings on rice paper that range from $25 to $225.

Elle magazine recommends Eco-Friendly Fashion Labels that work towards sustainability, such as Stella McCartney, SVILU, KowtowAmour Vert, Peace Treaty, H&M Conscious Collection, and Freedom of Animals.

Or shop with these brands who have made a commitment to the environment, and as an added bonus, some are having a winter sale:

And if you are in China, here are some great ideas from Phat Rice.

Happy Chinese New Year from Ragbags!


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