Since Earth Day is this coming Sunday (April 22) let’s talk about two of our favorite things at Karma: being eco-friendly, and wine. Oh yes, you can be eco-conscious with wine, and in more ways than one. Here are just a few:
1. Sustainable winemaking
First of all, you can support wineries that use sustainable farming methods in their winemaking. Both Goosecross Cellars and Chandon grow their grapes while preserving the earth.
2. Eco-friendly packaging
Clif wine (which also uses sustainable farming methods) sells their wine in packaging that produces less waste. The pouch has 2 bottles worth of wine but with 90% less waste than two glass bottles.
3. Reusing the bottle
After you enjoy the wine, there are still things you can do for Mother Earth. Paddywax candles pour environmentally-friendly soy wax into cut wine bottles:
Or you can grow your own herbs with the organic hydrogardens made from upcycled wine bottles:
4. Use the whole grape
These grapeseed oils use the leftovers from winemaking, called the pomace (the seeds, skins, and stems) to get their oils.
We love that all these awesome, beautiful products are also sustainable, and we’re proud to support them. Feel free to check out our other eco-friendly products (they’re all over Karma) and have a happy, sunny Earth Day!
Today we’re talking about the proper etiquette of gifting. Of course, we couldn’t do that without consulting the expert in the field: Miss Manners herself. Miss Manners (aka Judith Martin) has written a few books about acting properly, including her thick tome: Miss Manners’ Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior. It’s whip smart, a bit sassy, and surprisingly with the times. And in it, Miss Manners has a lot to say about gifts.
So for today, let’s talk about giving money as gifts. Long story short: it makes Miss Manners’ skin crawl. She stands firmly against “eliminating the elements of thought, symbolism and surprise from presents.” She adds that instead of everyone giving each other money, “we could each just do our own shopping.”
So if we can’t give money, what should we give if we’re unsure what’s best? She has two suggestions:
1) Give something that is easily exchangeable. The condition here is that you can’t be offended if they do. We bet Miss Manners would appreciate how every Karma gift is easily exchangeable, either for a different gift on Karma or a donation to charity.
2) Give something you can never have too much of. She suggests “bottles of wine, diamonds, and homemade cookies.” Those are all great options, but we’ve got a few more ideas that fall in this category. Consider:
Chocolate (like the Vosges bacon chocolate bar)
Candles (like the Paddywax Eco Collection)
Tea (like the Kusmi tea collections)
Or how about a private driver from Uber?
What do you think about giving money as a gift? Is Miss Manners right?