Green Gifts 2009- English and Chinese Translation

Posted on January 29th, 2009 in Green Gift Ideas by Michele Felder

GREEN GIFTS by Michele Felder
Translated by Vicky Lau

I have been on a personal mission the last few Christmases. A mission to reduce the amount of Stuff that comes into our house. Especially Stuff that is opened, reviewed, and quickly forgotten. Just ask kids about the 5-letter word that their parents utter loudly as they tour their rooms or the playroom – STUFF!

過去幾年聖誕節,我一直從事一件個人的使命。一個使命,以減少物品進入我們家的數量。尤其是東
西總是被打開,審查,並很快被遺忘。只要問問孩子,父母參觀他們的房間或遊戲房間時, 難免大聲
說出的5字母單詞 – STUFF (東西)!

Last year, we took a vow of fewer gifts for the kids, which we implemented with some success. We also came up with an idea to give activity gift vouchers (quality time spent together) instead of ‘things’. At first we weren’t sure that giving a voucher for a “hike with mommy” or a “dinner at a restaurant of your choice” to the kids would quite measure up to the thrill of tearing off wrapping paper and seeing the latest electronic toy or plastic-encased item from Toys R Us, but surprisingly these gifts ended up being the most valued ones after the Christmas day ‘high’ had passed. The goal was one on one time between one parent and one child and it worked! They even asked for more.

去年,我們鼓勵家長們誓言要較少送禮物給孩子們,而我們的實施獲得了一些成功。我們也想出了一
個主意,送活動禮券(在一起度過具備品質的時間),而不是 ‘東西’ 。首先,我們不能肯定給予 ”
與媽媽遠足” 或 “上一家你選擇的餐館晚宴” 的優惠券會否討好孩子們達到相當程度於撕裂禮物包
裝紙,看到從玩具反鬥城買來的最新電子玩具或塑膠外殼的禮物的快感,但意外地這些禮卷卻是拆耶
誕節禮物當天最被珍愛的禮物。該計畫的目標是為一位家長和一個孩子安排一對一的時間,而這奏
效!孩子們甚至要求更多。

So, as I was contemplating how to further reduce Stuff, it occurred to me that we could make all our gifts work harder. We could give environmentally-friendly gifts to family members who wouldn’t normally consider them. We could buy books or products that supported an environmental or education organization. We could donate money to a charity in their name. In fact, when I started thinking about it, I realized that there was a whole world of potential gifts that could support our environmental ideals of reducing consumption and waste, but also engaging and supporting us in our mission to improve the way we live.

因此,當我正在考慮如何進一步減少東西時,我發現我們可以更加努力地為我們所有需要送出的禮物
而工作。我們可以給從不正常考慮環保的家庭成員送上環保禮品。我們可以購買支援環保和教育組織
的書籍或產品。我們可以送禮物件的名義捐錢給慈善機構。事實上,當我開始思考,我認識到,有一
個潛在的世界讓我們挑選禮物,可以支援我們的環保理想,減少消費和浪費,而且還參與和支持我們
的使命,以改善我們的生活方式。

So here are some ideas of ways to be more environmentally friendly during the holidays:

因此,这里有一些度过節日更环保的方式:

REDUCE 降低
As a starting point, get the whole family to watch 作為一個起點,讓全家人觀看
” The Story of Stuff ” (物件的故事) http://www.storyofstuff.com/ – this is a great video that talks about where stuff comes from and what happens to it when we are done. Gets you thinking about whether we really need more.

這是一個偉大的視頻,談論的東西來自於和會發生什麼的時候,以我們正在做。能讓你思考,我們是
否真的需要更多。

Next, give gift vouchers for activities together, in other words, time not things!

下一步,給予一起活動的禮券,換句話說,送時間而不是送物件!

Your kids or spouse will be surprised and perhaps a bit initially confused, but ultimately, we have loved the activities we did one on one and the kids even asked for more certificates! With our busy lives, we found that the 1:1 activities felt the most special since we rarely get that dedicated time. You can be quite creative with what the certificates look like: hand-written in a card, create your own ‘official’ template on the computer, download a standard template in your document program of choice. Here are some ideas for activities to do together:
hikes/walks, dinner at restaurant of their choice, sports together (bike ride, rugby, soccer, frisbee, kayak), Disneyland or Ocean Park or Museum visit; movie or Omnimax of their choice; nice picnic lunch with a book or board game; girls – manicure/pedicure voucher together with mom; spouse – date night or tickets to show.

您的孩子或配偶將感到很驚訝,也許最初有點混亂,但最終,我們愛我們一對一的活動, 孩子們甚至
要求有更多的禮券!在繁忙的日常生活中,我們發現, 1:1的活動,感覺得最特別,因為我們很少會
專門為對方花時間。你可以很創意的把禮卷設計成什麼樣子:親手寫的卡片,在自己的電腦上創建的
‘官方’範本,從標準程式檔中選擇下載一個範本等。
這裏有一些主意,活動,一起做:遠足/散步,在餐廳吃讓對方自己選擇的飯,一起運動(騎車,橄
欖球,足球,乒乓球,皮划艇),迪士尼樂園或海洋公園 或博物館參觀; 全天域電影 或讓對方選擇
的; 好的野餐, 午餐, 一本書 或棋盤, 遊戲等;
女孩 – 連同媽媽的 修指甲/修腳券 ;
配偶 – 夜間或日間的展覽門票。

Sponsor or donate to a cause of their choice. I have a mother-in-law who is dedicated to animals. This year I donated on her behalf to the SPCA. They will send her a certificate that says what she has ‘purchased’ (a dog bed and toys) and will also provide her a quarterly magazine to keep up with the local activities and issues. Most organizations now provide some kind of card or certificate, but make sure they send it to your gift-ee and thank them, rather than you. For global organizations, you may want to donate in the country where they live or for a particular program they would be interested in. Here are some ideas of organizations you can consider (environmental and other):

以他們的名義,贊助或捐贈。我有一位致力於愛護動物的婆婆大人。今年,我以她的名義向香港愛
護動物協會捐助。他們將送她一份禮券,證明說她可購買 什麼(狗床,玩具),並還將提供她季刊
跟上當地的活動和問題。現在大多數組織都有提供某種形式的卡或禮券,但要確保它們發送給對方作
為禮物啊,并感謝他們,而不是你。對於全球性組織,您可能會想捐贈至對方的居住國或他們關注的
某一特定項目,這裏是一些您可以考慮的組織(環保及其他):

www.animalsasia.org/ ;
http://www.wwf.org/ ;
http://www.seabirds.org/adopt.htm ;
http://www.spca.com/ ;
http://www.conservation.org/ ;
http://www.heifer.org/ ;
www.roomtoread.org ;
http://oxfamunwrapped.oxfam.org.hk/index.php?lang=eng ; http://www.greenpeace.org/international/
http://www.greenaction.org.hk/?cat=33 (Plantation foundation 植林基金會 )

RE-USE AND RECYCLE 再利用和再迴圈
If you do buy a physical gift, make your spending count by buying or sending products from recycled materials. There is an amazing selection of creative ideas appearing everywhere these days. Some can be bought locally, some are online. Do a search online for ‘recycled gifts’ and you’ll see all kinds of ideas.

如果您購買實物的禮物,請把您的支出用來購買或發送再生材料的產品。現今各地出現一個驚人的創
意選擇。有些可以在當地購買,一些人上網。做網上搜索’回收禮品’ ,你會看到各種各樣的想法。

In Hong Kong, look for 在香港,尋找
www.bezandoho.com (cool bags made from used colourful rice sacks (以色彩繽紛的大米用麻袋製造成別具特色的布袋)
Internationally 國際:
http://www.greentoys.com/ ;
http://www.reusablebags.com/ ;
http://www.wornagain.co.uk/ ;
http://repurposed4you.com/shop/ ;
http://www.carbonneutral.com/shop/index.asp ;
www.patagonia.com/ (clothing made from recycled polyester) (服装由回收聚酯物料制成);
www.timberland.com/ (boots made with recycled rubber and organic components) (靴子由再生橡膠和有機物料組成);
http://aardbird.com/recycledfleece.aspx (products from recycled plastic) (回收塑膠產品);
http://www.ecotopia.co.uk/pages/default.aspx ;
http://www.carbonneutral.com/shop/index.asp

SUSTAINABLE可持續發展
A lot of different gifts can fall into this category, whether you consider clothing made from bamboo or organic cotton, organic food and wine, fair trade products, natural soaps and lotions, solar chargers for electronics. Really if we just think for a few minutes, we could choose to only buy products that are made responsibly and sustainably.
As a gift you could give a basket of organic fruit and cheese, select some lotions or soaps made naturally, or give a soft blanket made from bamboo.

很多不同的禮物可以納入這一類:你是否考慮過從竹子或有機棉制做成的服裝、有機食品和酒、公平
貿易產品、自然肥皂和潤膚劑、太陽能充電器的電子產品等等…。真的,如果我們能思想幾分鐘,我
們可以選擇只買負責任的和可持續的產品。作為禮物,你能給對方一籃子的有機水果和乳酪,選擇一

些潤膚劑或肥皂了自然,或給予竹子編的軟毯。

In Hong Kong, look for these companies 在香港,尋找這些公司:
http://www.ecosensehk.com/ ;
www.kinoa-shop.com/ ;
http://www.threesixtyhk.com/ (in Central)
Internationally or with local distribution, consider these products which have a foundational ethic of producing eco-friendly sustainable products:

在國際上或與當地的分佈,請考慮這些具有一個基本的道德觀念而產 生生態友好的可持續的產品:

Tom’s of Maine; Burt’s Bees ; Body Shop (fair trade products) ; beer home brewing products
http://www.breworganic.com/index.asp ;
For saving electricity consider a solar charger for the iPhone 為了節電請考慮太陽能充電器為 iPhone充電http://www.solararcadia.com/products/iphone-solar-charger-01 or other electronic devices 或其他電子設備:
http://www.solio.com/charger/index.htm ;
or solar battery chargers from Kinoa-online ; or a nice basket of assorted CFLs 或從Kinoa網上購買太陽能電池充電器; 或一好籃子的各類CFLs?

EDUCATIONAL 教育
Educating kids and adults about the environment is also a great way to use your spending power! There are a million books and magazines out there about the environment, but here is a small selection of ideas to consider.

教育孩子和成人關於環保也是一個偉大的使用您購買力的方式!市面有萬冊屬於環保的圖書和雜
誌,但這裏是一個小的選擇的意見給予大家加以考慮。

Subscription to National Geographic’s Magazine on environmental living, The Green Guide 訂閱美國國家地
理雜誌的環境生活題材 ’綠色指南’
http://www.thegreenguide.com/ , paper version or digital 印刷版或電子版(save trees and reduce carbon from shipping 拯救樹木和減少來自航運的二氧化碳
Books for kids about saving the planet 給孩子們關於拯救地球的圖書
http://www.bogeybugz.com/book.html available at 可以在以下商店買到
Page One, Dymocks and Bookazine, as well as from Little Miss Green the Party Queen. 圖書資料
“Living Green in Hong Kong” — Catherine Touzard
“Hot, Flat, and Crowded” – Thomas Friedman
“Animal, vegetable, miracle” – Barbara Kingsolver
“The Economics of Climate Change:The Stern Review” – Nicholas Stern
“50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth” (updated and revised) – by John Javna, Sophie Javna, Jesse Javna

NEED MORE GIFT IDEAS 需要更多的禮物的想法
Check these sites 檢查這些網站:
http://www.thegreenguide.com/issue.mhtml?i=111
http://www.edf.org/article.cfm?contentID=5616
http://www.treehugger.com/giftguide/
Have some creative ideas we didn’t include 若有一些創造性的想法,而我們並未包括?
Please write back with suggestions 歡迎來信提供 ‘綠色的禮物主意’
Happy shopping and giving 祝您快樂購物與付出!

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