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12. 20. 2008

Holiday Gift Guide: Eco-Green Gifts

There's still time to pick up a few environmentally responsible gifts for the holidays. Even gadget lovers can go eco-green.

Polaroid PoGo Portable Printer
This is the Polaroid for the digital age. Create high quality photos on the go with this very compact printer. Prints directly from cell phones, cameras, and other devices via Bluetooth. Uses Polaroid's special ZINK paper technology instead of ink, so you can be environmentally conscious and free of worry about running out of ink. Available for around $100 at Best Buy. Also available at Amazon.(Brian)

Nomad Modular Screen
If you know someone whose home or apartment could use a quick makeover, the Nomad Modular Screen system would be a wise gift. Each Nomad set consists of 24 recycled, double-colored cardboard creations (or modules) with slotted corners that fit into each other for quickly setting up personalized indoor spaces. Without the need to use any tools or cause damage to existing structures, Nomad can help create partitions, display backdrops, or just attractive screens in any desired order of arrangement. Available in a choice of three colors at $56 per set of 24 modules. (Kanchana)

Solar laptop bag
A laptop bag might not be the most exciting gift, but if you know someone trying to green up their life it could be a very useful one - for them and the environment. The new Generator bag by Voltaic Systems is powerful enough to charge an entire laptop (an hour in the sun will get you 20 to 45 minutes of typing time). It costs $499, including special adapters for all your gadget needs. Not cheap, but oh-so worth it. (Diane)

Pangea Organics Holiday Gift Set
It is time to take serious note of the fact that the packaging of a product is as important as the contents within. Pangea Organics, makers of organic skincare products, has some amazing holiday gift packs that do this in style. And now, the gift box that each pack comes in is plantable! All you need to do is plant the gift box (first take out the contents, of course) into the soil after soaking it in water for a day, and be the proud parent of a spruce tree that will germinate within 2 weeks. Go ahead and spring a spruce tree surprise on the ladies with the "Joy" ($30), "Harmony" ($35) and "Peace" ($40) gift packs. (Kanchana)

Cuisinart CleanWater Countertop Water Cooler
Don't have room for a full-sized water cooler and tight on fridge space, too? Want to save the planet from plastic bottle overload? This may be your answer. This mini cooler microfilters tap water and then dispenses it in either hot or cold incarnations with the press of a button. Also available in a smaller, cold-only version. Available from Cuisinart. $130/$170. (Brian)

Joy : Recycled Cotton Tote
80% recycled cotton, 20% recycled soda bottles and lovely artwork make for a "Joy" tote from Mel Lim. These limited totes are available in a theme labeled "Sweet Dreams" and have pleasant colors in screenprint on a recycled canvas-like material. Definitely worth the $29 that fawn&forest quotes on it. (Kanchana)

Knu Sustainable Kids' Furniture
Going in for eco-friendly furniture from Knu will ensure that perfect icing-on-the cake touch for a child's playroom. Spread the cheer around by gifting a Knu Kids' furniture set (one table, two chairs) made from toughened birch ply and coated with attractive lead-free dyes. You can even customize the colors to match the playroom, or order extra chairs ($79 per chair) depending on the requirement. This heady combination of style, utility and eco-consciousness is available at $499 for the basic set. (Kanchana)

Ocean-inspired jewelry
Betty Belts has a wide range of great ethically sourced wooden, silver and mother of pearl accessories at prices that won't crunch your credit card (the earrings above cost $24) and which just happen to be beautiful. (Diane)

Windup Universal Remote Control
Going green on the remote control is definitely a smart gifting option for a loved one who also happens to be a confirmed couch potato. Which is where the battery-free Wind Up Universal Remote Control (controls up to 6 devices) comes into the picture. By gifting them this remote, not only will you release their dependence on batteries, but you can also take pride in introducing some exercise into their lives via the manual winding required to rev up the remote - however insignificant that might seem to be. The remote control can be fully charged with 30 winds to keep it going for 7 days. Available for around $38. (Kanchana)

Carbon offsets
Save the Planet and Win is a site/"environmental social network" that wants to make carbon-offsetting a little more fun than it sounds, so for this gift season they are offering carbon offset gift cards. It's a quirky idea, but one environmentalists (not to mention regular jetsetters) will be grateful for. Plus, the cards are free - simply register (also free) at the website. (Diane)

Plant seed cards
Womancraft in Chicago uses recycled paper and flowers to create one-of-a-kind stationery, and they employ women who have traditionally found it hard to find work due to difficult life circumstances. There could be no better (or prettier) paper to use for your thank you notes. These Wildflower Seed Notes are $13. (Diane)

Veggie message pins
One of the best things any of us can do for the environment is cut down on meat consumption (harsh as it is to hear that in the run-up to the second biggest turkey day of the year!) If you know someone who is passionate about spreading the veggie gospel then give them a pin that will let their jewelry do the talking and which looks good too - this one is just $6 from Peace on a String.

Shoplifter Tote
In the event your favorite celeb is Bai Ling or Winona Ryder and you desire to emulate her without the risk of a criminal record, this tote's for you. A must-have for those with a dark sense of humor, this will hopefully draw laughs and not store security! Perfect as a reusable market bag. From Charles and Marie. $25 for Medium Size and $35 for Large. (Brian)

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love the more affordable things like the Pangea gift set, the totes, and the wind-up remote! i'm bookmarking them for the future!

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