Green Christmas: Shop locally

Monday, December 10, 2007 | 7:32 p.m. CST; updated 12:48 a.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

Green is the new gold. Astute marketers have been turning products and companies green faster than you can say “Santa uses biodiesel.” But having an environmentally sound holiday season this year doesn’t just mean buying the right brands or turning yourself into the spiritless green grinch. For ways to make your holiday a little more meaningful — from family activities to stuff-free gifts — the 12 days of green starts right here in the Missourian and online at

SHOP LOCALLY: Giving green back to Columbia

Keeping your greenbacks in Columbia can be an easy way to make your holiday a little more ecofriendly. Columbia Locally Owned Retail & Services Alliance lists more than 80 locally owned businesses, many of which could be your ticket to green and unique gifts.

“Local stores help to sustain ... walkable town centers,” according to the organization’s Web site, “which are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution.”

And buying locally doesn’t just apply to things you can wrap. Plenty of businesses offer gift certificates for their goods or services.

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