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by Tracy Will
Fri, Dec 3rd 2010 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.

  • Volt-Star EcoCharger - charges cell phones without ever using idle power. This charger senses when the device is charged and powers down automatically, extending battery life and eliminating the need to unplug it when it's not in use.
  • Wine by Sokol Blosser - besides being the first winery in the country to achieve LEED Certification, Sokol Blosser wines are certified organic and use low-impact packaging, and some of their sustainable business practices include providing 30% of their power with a 24kW solar array and powering their farm tractors and trucks with 50% biodiesel.
  • BlueAvacado Cruiser Kit - a high quality canvas shopping bag set capable of holding 70lbs of groceries, that folds into a small pouch for convenient carrying. They're machine washable, made of recycled materials, and 1% of the proceeds benefit micro-entrepreneurship for women around the world.
  • Donation to the Dinner Garden - honor your friend or loved one by giving a gift that helps end hunger for someone in need. The Dinner Garden is a non-profit working to end hunger in the US by creating home and community gardens.
  • Vinyl Record Coasters - designer Jeff Davis makes reducing, reusing & recycling fun with these coasters made from the center of vintage vinyl LP records with the original labels intact.
  • Plan Toys Eco Town - help teach the kids about sustainable living with this and other play sets by Plan Toys. Natural, earth-friendly, and above-all-else, safe, all pieces in their award-winning play sets are made of recycled rubberwood with non-toxic paints and formaldehyde-free glue.
  • Bike Power Generator - perfect for anyone who's wished they could harness the energy they expend in their workouts! The Bike Power Generator can be used to charge a deep cell, 12-volt battery during workouts, which can later be used to operate appliances.
  • POOPOOPAPER - a sustainable gift that they can't help but smile about. This tree-free stationary is handcrafted from naturally fibrous elephant poo, and a portion of the profits is donated to elephant welfare and conservation programs.


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