Green Gift Shop offers holiday alternatives Nov. 16

Joann Hofer of Xchocol’Art speaks with guests at the 2015 Green Gift Shop. (Submitted photo)
Joann Hofer of Xchocol’Art speaks with guests at the 2015 Green Gift Shop. (Submitted photo)

By Renee Larr

Carmel’s Green Initiative will host the third annual Green Gift Shop at the Carmel Clay Public Library from 1:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 16 as part of the Holiday Showcase. Guests will be able to shop for earth-friendly holiday gifts.

More than 25 local businesses will sell their wares, including handmade tapestry handbags from Classic Concepts, organic bath products from Soak Your Soul, and handmade mittens made from recycled wool from Mimi’s Mittens.

“All of our vendors have products that are either organic or made from recycled items,” said Madelyn Zalon, a Carmel Green Initiative board member. “We find these people at other craft shows.”

Other vendors will sell organic chocolate, natural skin care products, children’s clothing and jewelry made from recycled glass.

“We do it because we want to give people who care about being more environmentally-conscious and protecting the climate for their children and grandchildren a green alternative to their holiday shopping,” said Leslie Webb, a Carmel Green Initiative board member. “We like to say it’s a fun way to green your holidays.”

CCPL will also offer hundreds of books and audiobooks with holiday stories, recipes for sweet holiday treats and crafty decor for guests to check out and take home.

Carmel Green Initiative was founded in 2008.

“We’re a volunteer organization, and our mission is to build a more sustainable future community,” Webb said. “Most of what we do is education. We have several programs at the library four times a year, and we do programs with schools and churches.”

The Green Gift Shop is free to attend. For more, visit