Simple Steps to Greener Living

Tikkun olam is the Jewish principle of "repairing the world" through social action and mitzvot, a word that means "commandments," but is commonly known as performing acts of human kindness or good deeds.

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December 15, 2009

Hanukkah Gifts

Hanukkah is called the Festival of Lights
With candles lit and presents wrapped
For eight sacred nights.
And it's not any less of a wondrous holiday
With greener gifts and reusable wrap
Just try it out, whaddya say?

Eight days of presents can be a bit overwhelming when it comes to wrapping paper, tape and your wallet. This year, make your Hanukkah giving a little greener.

  • Reusable bags are the best way to stay green for Hanukkah. If you purchase a set of 100% organic cotton reusable gift bags and gift wrap for your family, you may never have to buy (or throw away) wrapping paper ever again. This saves both the Earth and your bank account in the long run, not to mention that it's easier wrapping oddly-shaped gifts if you put them in a bag instead!
  • Planting a tree in Israel this Hanukkah is a fabulous way to honor both your loved ones and the environment. The Jewish National Fund has been memorializing and honoring people all over the world for over 100 years, and when you purchase a tree, the recipient you designate will be sent a special certificate notifying them of the generous donation you've made in their name.
  • Sustainable gifts are a creative and thoughtful Hanukkah treat for like-minded budding environmentalists. The wonderful themed gift bags at Tikkun Olam-LAC are 100% organic, kosher, fair trade, recyclable or reusable. The Hanukkah gift bag is the perfect present for anyone celebrating the holiday this season!

Organic Hanukkah gelt and all-natural Hanukkah cookies can be purchased during the holiday through the Natural Candy Store.

If lighting beeswax candles isn't your thing, light an LED low voltage menorah, simply by plugging it in during your Hanukkah celebration.


LightKeeper Pro is the first product to FIX defects in a light set with the squeeze of a trigger.

Brighten your home, school or office with this eco-friendly winter white wreath.


Our greencookingpots are made of enameled cast iron and are free of any chemicals.

The natural abrasives in these scrubbing cloths make for a resilient kitchen utility.

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