christmas

A Guide to Earth-Friendly Holiday Gifting

Brandpoint

Materials used to make gift-wrapping paper are often not accepted for recycling, especially if it’s dyed, laminated or contains non-paper additives like glitter or plastics. Get creative when wrapping presents this year with old fabric, maps, sheet music, magazines, or newspapers. You can even use baking pans or festive reusable tins. What do you get that friend or family member who has everything? Donate to a charity or service organization that they support in their name. 

Christmas in Kolkata

Sandip Roy

It’s hardly Santaland but as Christmas approaches, Montoo’s bakery in a dingy lane in central Kolkata is one of Kolkata’s hottest addresses. The man I ask for directions says there’s no sign outside, but you’ll know it from the smell of cakes baking. But when I finally get there, it’s more Dickensian than Willie Wonka -- a sweat shop for cakes. The rooms are cramped and dingy, the paint peeling, the passageways narrow. ​

 

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