2009 - [Sustainable Concepts] Eco Friendly Holiday Gift Guide
2009, vol. 80
Welcome to the November 2009 newsletter from Design
Forward. Please take some time to enjoy this month's
Quote of the Month: "I would feel more optimistic
about a bright future for man if he spent less time
proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting
her sweetness and respecting her seniority."
- Elwyn Brooks White, Essays of E.B. White, 1977
Lisa A. Swan
Friendly Holiday Gifts
This holiday season we have our top ten gifts
ideas for 2009. Everything for the green geek to
the eco baby, see what tops our list:
Solar Skin From NovoThink ($69.95) - Charge
your iPhone from the sun with this innovative
skin cover from solararcadia.com
Water Bottles ($21.99) - Swiss-made, leach-proof,
safe water bottles. SIGG bottles are manufactured
in an ecologically-friendly environment and are
100% recyclable after their very long lives.
3.0 One-Size Cloth Diapers ($17.95) - It easy
to switch to cloth diapers for your baby with
washable, reusable diapers from Cotton Babies
Rain Water Collection and Storage System from
Algreen ($199) - 65-gallon rain barrel makes saving
rain water easy.
Bamboo Travel Blanket ($39.95) - Perfect for
the traveler in your life. Bamboo is a soft and
smooth fabric that provides superior ventilation
Naturalista Women's Pump ($182) - A vegetable-tanned
leather shoe with microfibra lining that is antibacterial,
antimicrobial and anti-odor.
Reclaim ($29.99 and up with contract) - The
eco-friendly cell phone made from 80% recycled
Home Recycle Bin from Get Organized ($75.88)
- Stainless steel bin with color coded foot petals
to keep your paper, plastic and glass separate.
Furniture - Cork is a natural, sustainable,
renewable, non-toxic material. Check out the designs
Solar Oven ($135) - Solar cooking will roast
meats, bake fish and chicken, steam veggies, it
can even bake cookies and cooks rice and pasta
with only solar energy.
Article © Lisa A Swan, Design Forward
on "Eco Friendly Holiday Gifts" on Lisa's Blog
Gift Ideas: Beyond the Stores
This holiday season, remember there are more options
than just what you can find in the stores. Here
are some ideas for the socially conscious person
on your list this year.
Offer gifts that don't involve buying anything.
For example, time together, a back rub, babysitting,
offer to teach something you know how to do (e.g.,
making candles), donation to charity, seeds from
your garden, tickets to an event (musical, lecture
series, play, concert, etc.), organic house cleaning
service, gift certificates for spas, music downloads,
movie downloads, etc.
Other gift ideas:
- Give the gift that keeps on growing -- a tree!
- Buy gifts from Fair Trade Shops.
- Give alternative charity gifts or donate to
your favorite charity in honor of someone
- Feed a child in honor of someone you love and
support organization for fighting hunger.
- Consider purchasing gifts from companies focused
on providing products which use renewable energy
sources (i.e., solar powered radio or outdoor
- Purchase gifts made from reused and natural
materials or find ideas for making your own eco
- Shop for gifts at antique stores, estate sales
or flea markets.
- Donate to a local charity that is distributing
holiday gifts for underprivileged children.
- Create sustainable gift baskets filled with
sustainable gift items (e.g., compact fluorescent
light bulbs, plastic bag dryer, organic cotton
socks/scarfs/hats/etc., shower head with mist
setting for lowest flow showers, organic and/or
vegan snack items, organic cotton towels, shade
grown coffee, fair trade gifts, solar battery
charger, solar radio/flashlight, etc.)
Article © globalstewards.org
on "Eco Gift Ideas: Beyond the Stores" on Lisa's
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