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12. 16. 2007

Holiday Gift Guide: Eco/Green Gifts

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Luau Portable Lantern
I love LED lamps, and they are only getting better. Once criticized for cold lighting, the new generation of lamps glow softly, in elegantly designed housings. The Luau Portable Lantern is made by Boston product design company, Vessel. The Luau is sold at the Vessel site for $199. (Ray)


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Cortland Bag from Noon Solar
Still fresh from the Wired pop-up store, the Cortland bag has a flexible solar panal on one side of the bag, which can be used to charge mobile phones and a lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack. When you're on the street, the panel side can be held toward your body to disguise the power which lies inside. The Cortland sells for $383 on the Noon Solar site.(Ray)


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WATTSON energy measuring device
The original WATTSON, energy-measure device won acclaim for design and utility. Just in time for the holidays is their limited edition version, which is still made of bamboo and measures how much electricityis consumed by an appliance. Knowing your actually power consumption is the first step towards lowering your carbon footprint. Love Eco is selling the WATTSON: Limited Edition for $720. (Ray)


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Wind Up Phone Charger
This windup phone charger is great in an emergency, as well as a greener way to power your mobile phone. A few minutes of winding with charge your phone battery to talk for half an hour. For $12 at the Gadgetshop.com, the gift is economically as well. (Ray)


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Green vodka
Turns out that when people were talking about "drinking responsibly" they meant drinking green. We try to do our bit so I went straight to the source, Eco-Chick. Sure enough, Starre (Starre Vartan, founder and dditor) has done extensive , uh ,"testing" of responsible vodkas and recommends 360 vodka, Reyka, and Square One. What makes a vodka organic and/or sustainable? Take Iceland's Reyka - it's the only vodka distilled using geothermal energy, which is abundant in Iceland due to the prevalence of volcanic activity there. "Steam from the Earth’s interior powers 100% of the distillery’s processes, and emits absolutely no CO2." Impressive! (And you've got to admire a a country that has a woman president.) As importantly, she says : "Very clean tasting, yet still has that pleasant vodka taste. " Now I won't feel quilty as I sip a martini while composting. At 2 in the afternoon. $60 at most fine liquor stores. (Evan)


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Coke bottle jewelry
Give eco-friendly presents this season with these stunning jewely pieces made from . . . wait for it . . . coke bottles. Kathleen Plate, the artist and owner of Smart Glass, started making earrings and necklaces from recyled beer, wine, liquor, and water bottles, including the "open line" made entirely from Coca-Cola bottles. Each one-of-a-kind piece is designed using traditional stained-glass techniques and is handmade with sterling silver. Beautiful aren't they? Prices range from under $100 to about $175. (Evan)

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Hybrid electric bike
This hybrid bike, the IZIP EZGO, may be the perfect gift for someone who likes to bicycle but lives in an area where there are a lot of hills. You can pedal it like a regular bike, go up to 15 miles per hour on the electric motor, or power your ride through a combination of motor power and pedaling. And it folds up for easy portability in your car or on the train. $599 at Amazon.(Hoyun)


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USBCell Rechargeable Batteries
For all those electronics gifts you're giving, why not throw in some of these USB rechargeable AA batteries from Moxia? A two cell pack sells for $17.50 at Amazon.(Hoyun)


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iPod case made of recycled materials
Freitag, makers of tough, one-of-a-kind bags made of recycled truck tarps, seatbelts, airbags, and bicycle inner tubes, has just come out with cases for the iPod classic and iPod nano. $46 for the classic, and $37 for the nano -- not the cheapest, but will probably last forever (or at least until you upgrade your iPod). (Hoyun)


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Solar-powered string lights
String lights aren't just for the hoidays. They add a festive mood to your garden all year long, and with these solar-powered LED string ights, there are no electrical wires to deal with or extra energy costs. The daylight detector turns them on automatically when it gets dark, and they run for 8 hours on a full charge. Each string has 102 bright LED bulbs, and comes in white, blue, or red/green. They're $80 at Gardener's Supply Company. (Hoyun)


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Vanishing creatures commemorative chocolates
Each box of chocolates contains a pygmy hippopotamus, a mountain gorilla, and a koala bear, with a percentage of the proceeds going to the World Society for the Protection of Animals - $50 at Unica Home.
(Kanchana)


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Eco Pens
For the scribe in your family who loves disposable pens, how about a few of these biodegradeable pens as stocking stuffers? They're just $1.95 each at VeganEssentials. (Hoyun)


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LED wind up table lantern
Never run out of battery power with this dual power FreePlay Indigo LED Wind Up Table Lantern. It runs on a rechargeable battery which can provide up to 70 hours of light on a full wall charge and up to 2 hours with 60 seconds of hand cranking. $40 at Earthtech Products. (Hoyun)


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