The first time I ever heard of eco-friendly Christmas ornaments was during a post-Christmas family vacation to Sonoma in 2007. While strolling through downtown Sonoma looking for after-Christmas sales, we stumbled upon a store called Baksheesh Fair Trade. I browsed their Christmas section and found beautiful ornaments made in developing countries using recycled materials, like soda cans and bottle caps. The results were stunning and eco-friendly.
Nowadays, there are many stores online that sell eco-friendly Christmas tree ornaments. I have chosen 5 that have something for everyone.
Selection: This site has a huge selection of over 50 different Christmas ornaments made from gourds. They have designs for every tree, including nativity scenes and schools of fish. All the gourds are handmade by artists in Peru and are eco-friendly.
Price Range: $7.50 – $12.95 for single ornaments; $139 – $170 for sets of 20 gourds.
Sizes: 2″ – 3.5″ high
Shipping: $7.50 for orders of $25 and more; $11.50 for orders less than $25
How to Order: Online at www.lucuma.com, by phone at 1-800-952-1810, or by mail at:
1144 Tallevast Rd, Suite 107
Sarasota, FL 34243, USA
Return Policy: Returns are accepted for any reason within 30 days of purchase.
One World Projects
Selection: This site has a great selection of eco-friendly Christmas ornaments. They carry ornaments made from gourds, recycled glass, corn husks, and even orange peels. All of the ornaments sold on this site are fair trade items.
Price Range: $4.50 – $30
Sizes: varies, but typically 2″ – 5.5″ high
Shipping: Shipping is determined by the cost of the order and starts at $6.50.
How to Order: Online at http://www.oneworldprojects.com or by phone at 1-585-343-4490
Return Policy: No policy listed on their website. Please contact the store for details.
Selection: This site has a nice selection of eco-friendly Christmas ornaments made of everything from recycled window glass to Scrabble pieces.
Price Range: $9 -$18
Sizes: 2.5″ – 7.5″ high
Shipping: Shipping is determined by the cost of the order and starts at $6.
How to Order: Online at http://www.eco-artware.com, by phone at 1-877-326-2781, or my mail at:
P.O. Box 11076
Washington, DC 20008
Return Policy: Returns are accepted. Please call Eco-artware.com for the correct mailing address for returns.
Selection: This site has a huge selection of hundreds of different Christmas ornaments. They carry ornaments made from wood, cotton, clove, natural fibers, recycled paper, and more eco-friendly materials. Novica is associated with National Geographic and strives to provide artisans worldwide with fair trade and compensation.
Price Range: $17.95 – $69.95
Shipping: Shipping is determined by the cost of the order and can be calculated in the shopping cart.
How to Order: Online at http://www.novica.com.
Return Policy: Returns are accepted within 60 days of purchase. Before you return the item, you must request a Returned Merchandise Authorization (RMA) number from Novica by email.
World of Good by ebay
Selection: This site has an extensive selection of eco-friendly and fair trade Christmas ornaments. They are made from sustainable or recycled materials, such as banana fibers, recycled glass, corn husks, and recycled flip flops. This is a marketplace for many sellers, so products and policies may vary.
Price Range: $1.25 – $39.95
Shipping: varies by seller
How to Order: Online at http://worldofgood.ebay.com
Return Policy: varies by seller