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Living the Dream:
Eco-friendly Stocking Stuffers for Under $20
by Katie O'Sullivan
The holiday season is upon us – as is the annual panic to find thoughtful presents that don't break the budget.
With the economy still sluggish, I know my gift-giving budget is slimmer than usual. But with some creative searching, I've uncovered interesting (and eco-friendly) gifts for under $20 both online and from our local Cape Cod vendors.
There's only room to list a few – but the options are endless if you think outside the box. (And ask your local shopkeepers for a little help!)
Buying local and supporting local artists and shopkeepers is eco-friendly because of the smaller carbon footprint, and it's also a great way to keep our Cape Cod economy strong.
Be sure to take a stroll down Main Streets in towns like Hyannis, Orleans, Chatham, Harwich Port and Provincetown to take advantage of holiday sales and surprises!
Don't feel up to the hustle and bustle of the season? We've also included a few online eco-gift selections that can be ordered with a click of the mouse while you sip your hot cider. And remember, many of our local retailers also have online shopping options available!
The "Dirty Dozen"
Winter is once again descending on Cape Cod, and food shoppers are at the mercy of their local supermarkets to deliver fresh produce.
While winter squash make for hearty fare, we still crave the tastes of summer – and those fruits and veggies still magically appear in the produce section, thanks to our global economy.
Unfortunately, not all produce is created equal. Some of them owe their color and shine to an overabundance of pesticides and other chemicals sprayed to enhance their ability to travel long distances. Others are grown in countries with different rules about chemicals than here in the U.S.
Whether you are on a budget and need to prioritize your organic purchases, or you'd simply like to know which types of produce have the highest pesticide residues – and which do not – the following guidelines from the Environmental Working Group will help.
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* Peaches * Apples * Lettuce
12 Least Contaminated:
* Onions * Avocado* Pineapples
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