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Eco Friendly Holiday Gift - Plants!

Posted Nov 26 2008 11:24am

A little basic and boring you say, with a yawn? Actually, giving the gift of green - literally - this holiday season has all the makings of the perfect gift to give and receive.

First of all, living plants clean the air we breathe in our homes by removing toxins. Contaminents of all varieties are all around us. Furniture, new carpeting, plywood, glues and adhesives, paints, household cleaning products and synthetic fibers are some of the main culprits. N.A.S.A. research indicates that certain plants can reduce toxic chemical levels in interiors with poor air circulation. These harmful volatile organic compounds can cause symptoms including rashes, headaches, dizziness and upper respiratory illness.

Second, plants are a good value. In light of this bleak economy, houseplants make an attractive yet wallet friendly option. A nice ribbon or gift packaging can go along way to making it extra special.

Lastly, plants are living organisms that symbolize vitality and growth. An eco- friendly gift shows that you not only care about the environment, but also about the health of the recipients.

Here's some Thanksgiving "table talk" to amaze your family and friends with:

English Ivy, Dracena Marginata, Gerbera Daisies and Chrysanthemums are known to remove benzene found in plastics, paints, synthetic fibers, mattresses and tobacco smoke.

Spider Plants, Bamboo Palms, Philodendrons and GoldenPathos are known to remove formaldehyde found in plywood, carpeting, paper towels, foam insulation, and household cleansers.

Chrysanthemums, Gerbera Daisies, the Peace Lily and Dracena are known to remove trichloroethylene found in paints, varnishes, lacquers and adhesives.

One last thing to consider. Organic Style is a wonderful online retailer that offers a host of various flowers and plants. They also offer cut flowers in which a portion of a profits from the sales go to a specified charity. Another way to make a difference this Holiday season! and are offering an I Dream of Greenie Exclusive: 5% off non sale items on both sites! ($75 minimum order.)
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