You know those friends/siblings/lovers who keep replaying An Inconvenient Truth and won't stop harassing you about how gassy you are, carbon footprint wise? They may tell you they only want a global cap and trade system for Christmas, but why not surprise them with gifts that can help them enjoy life a little while they're trying to save the planet?
Conscious cooks can fire up the stove with a clear conscience knowing that every 11-inch EarthChef frying pan sold means BergHOFF sponsors the planting of one carbon-sucking tree by Tree Canada, including its maintenance for five years. Plus, EarthChef gets its non-stick surface from a Teflon-free ceramic finish ($29.99, zellers.ca).
No revolutionary is ready to take down the oil sands without a pair of union-made Blackspot hemp sneaks, brought to you by the counterculture peeps at Adbusters ($78, Toronto Hemp Company, 665 Yonge, 416-920-1980, torontohemp.com).
Screw iPods. Listen to publicly broadcast radio news and tunes powered by nothing but the sun's rays ($49.99, Grassroots, 372 Danforth, 416-466-2841; 408 Bloor West, 416-944-1993, grassrootsstore.com)
Turn your chest into a carbon statement with this organic cotton sweatshop-free Loomstate T complete with gas nozzles pumping daisies ($57, Green Is Black, 624 Yonge, 416-454-5650, greenisblack.com)
Your climate change fretter is probably a little uneasy about the greenhouse gases embedded in every cup of joe she drinks. Help brighten her morning with a bag of fair trade organic Sense Appeal coffee; the Ontario roaster has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by a whopping 59 per cent! ($9.19, Big Carrot, 348 Danforth, 416-466-2129)
Which earth lover wouldn't want to rock a pair of Canadian-made recycled polyester/hemp jeans by Nixxi, when hemp absorbs five times more CO2 as it grows than cotton? ($140, Green Is Black, 624 Yonge, 416-454-5650, greenisblack.com).