Green Gift Shop offers homemade gifts that won’t harm the environment


The holiday shopping season is quickly approaching, and Carmel residents will soon have an opportunity to purchase unique, homemade gifts that won’t harm the environment.

Carmel Green Initiative is partnering with the Carmel Clay Public Library to host the fifth annual Green Gift Shop from 1:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 14.

“It’s an opportunity for people in the community who craft products or who upcycle or recycle items to make into crafts to showcase their wares,” said Christy Walker, CCPL communications manager. “There is an emphasis on natural and organic products.”

More than 30 vendors will sell items such as air fresheners, jewelry, home goods, chocolate, honey, all-natural bath and body products and handbags.

“The event gives residents another place to shop and raises awareness on sustainability,” said Madelyn Zalon with Carmel Green Initiative. “It’s good to support the local vendors. For some of these people, this is their craft.”

The event also gives CCPL an opportunity to highlight holiday materials from the library’s collection.

“We’ll have displays and resources about holiday movies, holiday music and novels set during the holidays,” Walker said. “People come to this event and are inspired to try their hand at crafting things themselves that they can give this holiday or give throughout the year.”

Guests can wrap their purchased gifts at a free wrapping station.

“People who make purchases at the event can wrap their gifts and have them ready to go for the holidays,” Walker said.

New vendors are added each year.

“There are a lot of very ingenious and creative ideas of things made out of recycled or reused, repurposed items,” Zalon said. “It’s fun to see all these things that people come up with.”

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