Gift guide

The holidays are a time of tradition and getting back to the basics. For some people, scaling back and taking time to appreciate the little things might not be so easy.

To try and inspire people to slow down and scale back this season, introduces the "Have a Slow Holiday" gift guide, offering more than 120 unique gift options with an emphasis on getting back to basics, taking time to truly enjoy the ones we love, minimizing the nonessentials and choosing quality over quantity.

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The list includes selections for DIYers, foodies, fashion buffs and animal lovers alike. And, gifts with these qualities don't necessarily have to be expensive.

The gift guide features many selections less than $50 as well as a number of free gift options.

You can find the gift guide at

Green travel

Look, up in the sky! It's a plane! It's a lot of people who want to go green!

A Zagat survey on airplane travel found 28 percent of consumers were more likely to fly a certain airline if it introduced more "green" practices. The green question was part of a 30-point scale used to measure premium and economy class service for domestic and international flights.

When asked which airlines seem to operate in the most "green" manner, the top five answers were JetBlue, Southwest, Virgin America, Continental and Delta.

Green expo

If you're looking for green ideas in 2010, you'll be able to immerse yourself in tens of thousands of square feet worth of them.

The Go Green Expo, the country's largest green business and lifestyle show, is coming to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa., from April 16 to 18.

Celebrity speakers include Ed Begley Jr., above, and Mariel Hemingway. The show will also feature exhibitors, panel discussions and more. For more information, visit

Helpful gifts

If books are among your favorite holiday gifts, you might want to look into a new series that offers practical tips for going green.

In the three-part Green Living Series, authors Tracy Garland, Karen Childress and Kristen Javorsky offer detailed tips for conserving energy and water, promoting air and water quality, managing waste, and more.

The books can be reviewed and ordered at for $14.95 each. "Introduction to Green Living" and "Greening Your Home" are available now. The third book in the series, "Greening Your Business," will be available next Spring.

The first book in the series, "Introduction to Green Living," reveals easy-to-implement tips, tricks and techniques for building more sustainable environments.

"These books are one of the few sources that offer practical advice on how to actually save money and reduce your environmental footprint," said Brian Favro, president and founder of Labyrinth Learning. "They're ideal for programs where learners are looking for fun and accessible ways to make a meaningful move towards sustainability."

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