Our Sustainable Holiday Gift List

Still in the throes of the holiday shopping season? You may have “wrapped up” by now, but don’t fret if you’re the type to wait until the last minute to purchase Christmas gifts.

We tend to believe people are happier when they spend money on experiences, and doing so is often better for the environment than purchasing goods.

That said, we understand the joy that comes with receiving gifts, particularly for children, so below is a list of eco-friendly items and discounts we recommend to put a sustainable bow on your 2014 holiday shopping adventures:

Dedicated to sustainably made products to help you live a greener, simpler life, BlueAvocado is a certified B Corporation that sells a variety of practical goods such as reusable storage bags, tote bags and more.

Visit BlueAvocado.com to browse their selection, and use the promo code “ELCHOLIDAY30” at checkout for 30% off your order. The offer expires Dec. 31, 2014.

Fort Worth Bike Sharing
One of the easiest ways to get around Fort Worth is by bike, and now there’s a user-friendly choice if you don’t have your own wheels. Fort Worth Bike Sharing has a network of locations around town to encourage locals and visitors to use this sustainable transportation option.

Learn more about this organization in this blog, and get $15 off an annual membership by visiting FortWorthBikeSharing.org and using the code “greenmountain” in the promo field during registration. There is no expiration on the code.

Greyston Bakery
Another B Corporation, Greyston Bakery, is based in Yonkers, N.Y., and lives true to its motto: “We don’t hire people to bake brownies. We bake brownies to hire people.” A past Green Mountain Energy Sun Club® recipient, Greyston Bakery is able to bake their delicious treats thanks in part to the power of solar.

Visit the Greyston Bakery online store to peruse their delicious array of sweets, and use the discount code “GME10” at checkout for 10% off. The offer expires Dec. 31, 2014.

A ridesharing and taxi service, Uber is an alternative transportation option that operates worldwide, including 138 cities in North America. Using a mobile app, you can set up your pick-up spot and request a ride. It’s pretty seamless, and this is how it works. Uber even has a vision for the city of the future, which you can read here.

Here’s a special offer: New users who enter promo code "GMEUBER" will receive $20 off their first ride. No account? Just sign up here and the discount will automatically apply to your first ride. Offer expires Dec. 31, 2015.

Good(s) For The Environment
We think sustainability is a lifestyle, one that goes beyond selecting renewable energy for your home or business (although that is an important step).

This year, we were proud to launch our Specialty Products online store, and we’ve recently expanded our selection to include home efficiency items and water conservation products. (Quick aside: If you’re a Texas resident, you can also get a free Water Eco-Kit™ by enrolling on our Pollution Free™ WaterSaver electricity plan)

A more sustainable 2015 is only a click away at GreenMountainEnergy.com/Store!

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