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The Alternative Gift Registry site helps you celebrate your way...

Can you imagine a gift registry where you could give and receive time spent together and where presents celebrate your and your loved one’s unique talents and tastes? The Center for a New American Dream thinks an idea like this shouldn’t stay in the imagination – that’s why we’ve created the Alternative Gift Registry.

With the Alternative Gift Registry, you can give and receive gifts that complement your value system: the registry makes it easy to choose immaterial, homemade, second-hand, and environmentally-friendly gifts. For life events that typically emphasize acquisition of material goods, the Alternative Gift Registry is there to help you take a deep breath and choose what you truly want so you can stress less and celebrate more.


Balle - "How can my business use less energy and produce less waste? How can I help my customers understand that locally owned businesses are important to the strength of our community? What new business opportunities exist for our region in the emerging green economy?"

The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, also known as BALLE, brings small business leaders together to answer these questions (and many more!). We provide tools and resources. Above all, we´re showing that community-based businesses can go beyond traditional measures of success. (Learn more)


Burt's Bees-is an earth friendly company making products for personal care, health, beauty, and personal hygiene. As of 2007, they manufacture over 150 products for facial and body skin care, lip care, hair care, baby care, men's grooming, and outdoor remedies distributed in nearly 30,000 retail outlets including grocery stores and drug store chains across the US, UK, Ireland, Canada, Hong Kong, and Taiwan from their headquarters in Durham, NC. Read about Burt's Bees on Wikipedia. Shop for Burt's Bees.



cMarket is the leader in online auction fundraising. We create opportunities for charity and nonprofit organizations to earn additional revenue and expand their network of supporters - raising awareness and cultivating new donors.

Since 2003, cMarket has run over 3,000 online auctions for thousands of organizations around the country, and in every sector of the nonprofit community. We’ve raised over $30 million dollars for our nonprofit clients and this number grows exponentially each year, as more and more charities discover the benefits of online auction fundraising.

Our auction sites are a fun and interactive way to engage constituents and add an exciting element to current development programs.


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Earth Friendly Products - Earth Friendly Products is the leader in the development and production of environmentally friendly cleaning supplies for household and commercial use with over 100 products distributed and sold in the USA, Canada and Europe. All Earth Friendly Products are created with only replenishable and sustainable plant-based ingredients that are safe for people, pets and the planet. The company proudly adheres to its strict “Freedom Code” in the manufacture of all its products. Earth Friendly Products is the recipient of Natural Home Magazine’s “Readers’ Choice Award” for Best Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products, and has won the prestigious “2003 Gold Performance Award” by the Quality Institute International – American Culinary Institute for best citrus-based cleaners. For more information on the company and products, please visit www.ecos.com or call 800.841.3100 ext. 227

"We use Ecos Liquid Laudry Detergent made by Earth Friendly Products and are very happy with the results." MJW, Friendly Planet.

"Living in harmony with planet earth"

Be a change-agent

Carry Sustainable

  1. Carry a sustainable canvas bag when you go to the library and when you carry home your books, do it durably.
  2. Next step, raid that stockpile of disposable bags you have at home and look for some books you own you haven't looked at in over a year. Will you ever read them again? If not, bag them up and reuse those disposable bags to take them to a local charity or even back to the library if they have a used book store like my local library.
  3. Final step, take any left over disposables to be recycled.