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Sustainable living: Green holidays

Nikki Florio

Bravo to those of you who chose to purchase organic and fair-trade chocolate and other candy this Halloween.

Your purchase has helped protect socioeconomic and environmental development in African, South American, and third-world countries around the globe.

People like you are heroic in deed, your choice to buy products in a responsible manner has helped corporations who are environmentally, socially and financially responsible.

Thank you.

Over the next two months, this column will cover Green Living through the holidays.

Topics we will cover include organic Thanksgiving, fair-trade and eco-friendly shopping, green Resorts and recreation, organic vintners, green gift wrapping, organic wines and more.

We will also be covering more serious topics like factory farming, diamonds and the slave trade, gold mining and environmental destruction, holiday waste, sweat shops: Children making kids toys, tree waste.

Tomorrow is the biggest shopping day of the year.

Shop well.

– Nikki Florio is founder and director of the Tahoe Regional Environmental Education Program. Her column appears every Wednesday in the Tahoe Daily Tribune. She can be reached at (530) 314-9400 or by e-mail at

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