These Little Boxes Inspire Change for Good. Don't Take It From Us, Just Ask Al Gore

Any friend of Al Gore’s a friend of ours, and the folks over at CHANGE A Starter Kit seem to have made a friend in Mr. Gore with their eco-fantastic little box of goodies that inspire us (and, possibly, our entire holiday gift list) to “be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Obviously the Godfather of Green really takes Gandhi’s words to heart, spreading goodwill in a hand-signed note to CHANGE headquarters that echoes our thoughts that these handy-dandy boxes raise “awareness about the many challenges facing our planet.”

And they do, in an entirely unique and completely comprehensive way. Each recycled paper box is accented with biodegradable string, ribbon and paper and features a plantable hangtag embedded with flower seeds (natch). Contents include a journal handmade from lokta bush shavings that required no trees to be cut down in its construction, a canister of fair-trade organic cocoa mix, a CFL light bulb emblazoned with the simple message to “switch,” a gorgeous reusable tote bag, an itty-bitty tree seedling, and many more bits and pieces that truly embody the potential for change in most areas of our lives.

Plus, there’s a pamphlet summing it all up with as many “whys” and “hows” as an ecostilettoista could want, such as this “why” describing the CFL, “Power plants are the leading cause of global warming…[in the U.S.] contributing roughly 5.5 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year.” And this “how” you can do something about it: “If every American home switched one standard bulb to a CFL, the energy saved would be enough to power a city of 1.5 million people, turn off 2 power plants, and save greenhouse gases equivalent to taking 1.3 million cars off the road.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. And just hope Santa brings some very big stockings.

We’ve got 2 Starter Kits for Change plus a handy-dandy tote bag to give away! Find out how at gives you the lowdown on how to reduce your carbon footprint from a ginormous Ugg to an oh-so-slender Manolo, with updates on green fashion, beauty, lifestyle, celebrities, and more, plus a free weekly newsletter with information on discounts, eco-swag, and go-to green events nationwide. Stiletto-size me!