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Fresh Finds: Gifts that Give Back

The best presents for eco-conscious and kind-hearted givers and receivers.
By Kim Wallace
November/December 2008
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Sari Ribbon Mittens from VivaTerra; Recycled Glass Pitcher from Natural Home; GreenSmart Lap Top Jacket; Kleiwerks International Membership.
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Protect your computer and the planet. Because they are made out of recycled 16-ounce PET plastic bottles, each GreenSmart laptop jacket saves 11,191 BTUs of energy—enough to power your laptop for 131 hours. The sleeves, available in jet black and storm blue, fit inside briefcases, backpacks and messenger bags. $40.

Support Indonesian artisans—and your favorite magazine—with this recycled glass pitcher. Natural Home donates a portion of all net proceeds to American Forests, a nonprofit citizens’ conservation organization, to help offset the carbon dioxide emitted in the manufacture and transport of the product. $60. (800) 340-5846.

Give a Kleiwerks International membership and help empower communities through green building. Kleiwerks, a nonprofit organization, teaches natural building and whole-systems solutions to community leaders as they build local, sustainable demonstration centers. Memberships start at $25.

Nepalese villagers hand-weave colorful sari material scraps into beautiful Sari Ribbon Mittens, providing income to preserve Nepalese culture and help sustain rural communities. $29. (800) 233-6011.

Cruelty-free tussah silk scarves from The Hunger Site are handmade by women who work under fair trade standards in rural India. The Hunger Site donates a portion of the proceeds from each scarf sold to the charities Mercy Corps and America’s Second Harvest, which work to alleviate world hunger. The scarf is available in blue and pink. $15. (888) 811-5271.

Handmade in Oregon, Pacifica Soy Candles are infused with zesty spices; try Zanzibar Cinnamon Almond for a holiday mix of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and vanilla, or Vanilla Vera Cruz for a softer scent. All vegetable-based candles have lead-free cotton wicks for a clean burn. 10.5-ounce candle with gift box: $20. (888) 322-2466.

Clean your closet while preserving memories by sending your favorite clothes to Willow Creek Studio, where they’ll be sewn together into a beautiful memory blanket. Sixteen pieces of adult clothing make a 48-inch-by-48-inch throw ($125), and 16 pieces of baby clothing make a 32-inch-by-32-inch throw ($75). Monogramming is available for an extra $6. (717) 903-1060.

An eco-friendly blend of natural rubber and recycled materials, the Earth Lovers Yoga Mat has a rugged, non-slip surface reminiscent of tree bark and is 1⁄8-inch thick. $70. (877) 989-6321.

The Natural Fitness Hemp Yoga Mat Bag’s strong hemp fibers will endure every trip to the studio, and hemp’s antimicrobial properties help keep your mat free from bacteria. $36. (312) 376-0206.

Fill your cup with spice-infused tea from Davidson’s Organic Holiday Tea Collection. Forty teabags come in a simple, reusable wooden mini chest made from sustainably grown trees in India. $18. (800) 882-5888.








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