Sustainable Christmas Gifts for 2019
Location: 219 E. Louisiana St., McKinney. FairAndSquareImports.com.
Dude Sweet Chocolate offers no-preservatives-all-natural ingredients dark chocolates for a 5-year-old or an 80-year-old. There is much from which to choose, but a house favorite is FDA Chocolate Salami, which contains figs, dates, almonds and chocolate. Another is Crack in a Bark, with hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, soy and cane sugar.
Location: 8408 W. 8th St., Dallas. DudeSweetChocolate.com.
Emporium Pies are another sweet tooth appeaser with made-from-scratch pies. Their high-quality ingredients consist of no corn syrup, additives, hydrogenated oils, artificial preservatives or dyes. Offerings change with the seasons. Two bestsellers are the Drunken Nut (shortbread crust cradles a sweet sauce of butter, bourbon, brown sugar and Texas pecans) and the Drop Dead Gourdgeous (gingerbread crust like a delicious cookie and a pumpkin custard filled with a secret spice blend). All pies are $40. The McKinney location has seating accommodations.
Threads 4 Thought brand, carried by Nordstrom Rack, TJ maxx and The Buckle, offers fashionable, chic, sustainable recycled clothing created by refugees that gain a better quality of life around the world.
Locations:15900 Dallas Pkwy., Dallas; 8050 Park Lane, Dallas. Threads4Thought.com.
Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), a co-op, sells a wide variety of outdoor recreational products with an environmental and social footprint. Sustainability-minded outdoorsmen make informed decisions about how to invest in their gear and clothing dollars at REI. Suggested gifts include the micro-puff jacket made of Plumafill by Patagonia Clothing for $249 and a reusable stainless steel straw for $24.50.
Locations: 5929 E. Northwest Hwy., Dallas; 5924 Camvair Dr., Fort Worth. rei.com.