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GREEN GIFTS FOR 2009

by Tracy Will
Mon, Dec 14th 2009 08:00 am
 

With the holiday season upon us, everyone is busy searching for the perfect gifts for everyone on our list.  I put together a short list of green gifts that I found interesting, followed by links where you can find even more green gift ideas.

  • EcoSphere Pod - an enclosed, completely self-sustaining miniature ecosystem that requires only indirect sunlight to continue the circle of life. It's sustainability in its purest form!
  • iPhone Solar Skin from NovoThink - keeps the iPhone charged when you're on the go without ever having to plug in.
  • ATP's 4GB Earth Drive - 4GB, fully recyclable, USB drive made from bio-recycled materials, and ATP even donates a portion of their profits to tree planting and forest conservation.
  • USBCell Rechargeable Batteries with a twist - these batteries can be charged in any device that has a USB port, currently available in AA with other sizes coming soon.
  • Kill A Watt PS Electricity Usage Monitoring Power Strip - protects your electronics while tracking how much power they use.
  • Smart Strip Power Strip - while we're on the subject of power strips, the Smart Strip will power down peripheral devices like monitors, printers, and surround-sound systems when you turn off your computer or TV.
  • Renewable Power On The Go - A variety of solutions are out there to keep your portable electronic devices fully charged when you're on the go without adding to your carbon footprint, including Voltaic Solar Bags, a Power Monkey Explorer Solar Charger, or a Mini Green Power Station.

Find these and other green gift ideas at www.thedailygreen.com/living-green/green-gifts and www.treehugger.com/giftguide/?campaign=TH_rotator.

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This month's tip is from Ed Dudkowski of John W. Danforth Company, August's Green Tip submission winner. Ed wrote: `Cancel subscriptions to unwanted trade publications, catalogs and magazines. I found that my recycle bin was constantly being filled with publications that I did not request. Last month I took the time to cancel four of these. Think of all the resources that could be saved if each one of us cancelled just a single publication. All of the energy and raw materials used to publish, print, transport, and recycle thousands of pages would be saved!`

Cancel subscriptions to unwanted trade publications, catalogs and magazines. I found that my recycle bin was constantly being filled with publications that I did not request.

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