The Holidays are fast approaching, and like you, we have some passionate water warriors on our list! What are the best gifts of 2017 for water-lovers, you ask? We've saved you some time and compiled a list below of gifts that will not only inspire, but also support water awareness and preservation initiatives.
Make waves under the Christmas tree with these 10 gifts that will make a splash with the water-lover in your life:
1) Limited Edition 2018 'Liquid Mountains' Calendar
Known as the wave-chasing photographer from London Ontario, Dave Sandford wades out into the tumultuous waters of Lake Erie to capture stunning images of waves - what he rightly refers to as 'Liquid Mountains.' This limited edition calendar of the 'Liquid Mountains' series is the gift that gives all year long, with a new stunning image with every turn of the calendar page.
When you donate to our year-end-campaign to support water eduction programs, we will send you this limited edition 2018 Liquid Mountains Calendar to give as a gift (or keep for yourself!). Do good for water and we'll send you your calendar today! Charitable receipts will be issued with each donation.
2) Tickets to the 2018 Water Docs Film Festival
A special gift indeed as these can't be purchased anywhere else and are available during the month of December only! When you donate to our end-of-year campaign in support of water education programs, we will send you either a pair of tickets OR a full Festival Pass to the 2018 Water Docs Film Festival. These will be accompanied by exclusive sneak peaks into what's coming to the festival in the months leading up to April 2018.
Give the water-lover in your life exclusive tickets to Toronto's only film festival focussing solely on water issues by making a donation today! Charitable receipts will be provided with each donation.
3) Pela Phone Case
The biodegradable, plastic-free phone case that's made in Canada is sure to make a splash with any water-lover concerned with the threats to our oceans posed by plastic. Not only is the Pela phone case itself plastic-free, the packaging it comes in is sans plastic as well.
Pela is part of the 1% for the Planet initiative, which means that they will donate 1% of all their profits to select charities as well as $3 from every referral sale.
4) The Oceans: A Deep History
It has often been said that we know more about the moon than we do about our own oceans - but this book is out to prove that wrong. An introduction to the cutting-edge science of paleoceanography, The Oceans begins with the formation of primeval Earth and the earliest appearance of the oceans, vividly describing the major events in the ocean’s evolution―from snowball and greenhouse Earth to the end-Permian mass extinction, the breakup of the Pangaea supercontinent, and the changing climate of today.
Along the way, Rohling explores the close interrelationships of the oceans, climate, solid Earth processes, and life, using the context of Earth and ocean history to provide perspective on humankind’s impacts on the health and habitability of our planet―and on what the future may hold for us. This is a MUST read for anyone who loves water and has an interest in protecting it.
6) Nurdle the Turtle - Children's Book
One of our favourite Toronto organizations, A Greener Future - who run litter cleanups along the shorelines of Lake Ontario - have released a beautiful children's book to raise awareness about the detrimental effects our throwaway culture has on the natural environment. Inspired by the real-life story of Nurdle the turtle who was injured by trash left behind by humans, this book is a beautiful way to educate children (and adults!) on the importance of being mindful when it comes to what we consume and throw away.
And bonus, you can meet the real-life Nurdle at events A Greener Future attends throughout the city.
7) A Zero Waste Kit
For those on your list who are concerned about the fact that by 2050 there will be more plastic in our waters than fish, consider gifting them a Zero Waste Kit. This is an easy, convenient way to eliminate those pesky, unnecessary single-use plastic items from your daily life on the go. You can either purchase Zero Waste Starter Kits from A Greener Future or assemble your own using our handy guide here.
- find stylish and durable reusable bags in all shapes and sizes at EcoBags.com
- find high quality, ethically-sourced, Earth-friendly reusable containers, cutlery and other alternatives to plastic products from Lifewithoutplastic.com
- collapsible coffe cups from Stojo.co (Bed Bath & Beyond sells them in Canada)
- collapsible water bottles from Hydawaybottle.com
8) A Netflix Subscription
Give the water-lover in your life the gift of access to amazing documentaries about water issues with a year-long subscription to Netflix! Chasing Coral, The Future of Water, Sharkwater, Chasing Ice, Watershed, Ocean Wonders, A Plastic Ocean, Mission Blue, The Blue Planet Series - with more being added on a monthly basis, you can give the gift of cutting-edge water knowledge for just $10/month.
9) Canada's Great Water Adventure - Children's Book
From our friends at Waterlution comes Canada's Great Water Adventure, a children's book that inspires learning about water through a fictional story featuring real Canadian waterways and facts. This is a story about curiosity, a desire to learn more, a connection with nature and water, and a deep respect for cultures and traditions.
Proceeds from the sale of the book will go directly to school-based programming which will equip youth from an early age with the knowledge and skills to shape water's future. Learn more about the program and the youth leaders who created the book!
10) Round Beach Towel
For the beach bum who's already dreaming of summer, the British Columbia-based company Tofino Towel co. make unique round towels that double as throws or wall hangings when not at the beach. The designs are created in collaboration with Canadian artists and %1 of the sales are donated to preserving the picturesque beaches and precious wild life of the west coast.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS from the team at Ecologos and the Water Docs Film Festival!
Our water education programs dedicated to raising awareness and inspiring action for water would not be possible without your continued support. Please consider making a donation to our End-of-Year-Campaign to allow us to continue running our FREE Water Docs Where-You-Live screenings and Water Docs @ School Action Projects.
Contributions from Canadian sources receive a Charitable Tax Receipt. The Ecologos Environmental Organization is a registered Canadian charity #877193821RR0001.
This is a guest blog from @itsahashtaglife – blogger, social media manager and content creator non-profits and charities in Toronto. She takes the tools and techniques of traditional digital media marketing and applies them to organizations working hard to shift our world into a new story – one that is more sustainable and supportive of people and the planet.