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Fresh Finds: Stylish, Sustainable Holiday Gifts: Heifer International, Theo Chocolate, In2Green

Sustainable doesn't always have to mean expensive. These affordable gift options are great for friends, family and the planet.
By Kim Wallace
November/December 2007
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These eco-gifts are sure to please: TerraKeramik teapot; NKD candle; Heifer International hope basket; In2Green blanket.
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These charming, handmade, lead- and cadmium-free teapots are crafted from special clay that requires 20 percent less energy to fire than conventional. The Swiss Terra Keramik company mixes eco-friendly hydropower with electricity generated from municipal waste to power its operations and uses recycled shipping materials. Eight-cup teapot (available in eight colors): $106. (203) 644-0427

Luxurious blankets from In2Green, are made from eco2cotton, a blend of recycled, pre-consumer, cotton-knit cuttings. Eco2cotton reduces waste from textile manufacture. 50-by-60-inch blanket (Branches pattern in rust shown): $125. (914) 693-5054 

NKD Naked candles contain no chemicals or additives—just pure soy with cotton wicks—and all labels are printed on recycled paper with soy ink. 8-ounce candle (burns 70 hours): $13; 13.5-ounce candle (burns 100 hours): $20. (303) 530-3630

Help end poverty by purchasing a Hope Basket in your gift recipient’s name from Heifer International. The basket contains chickens and rabbits, providing hungry families in developing countries and impoverished rural communities a source of eggs and economic independence. Hope Basket: $50. (800) 422-0474

Light up someone’s holidays with an Exotic Nights Table Lamp from Chöpa Zen Home and Gift. Made from recycled fiber, bamboo and plant leaves, these lamps accommodate energy-saving CFL bulbs. 30-watt lamp (3¼-inch square, 14½ inches tall): $40. (800) 961-2555

Constructed from used advertising banners by a women’s cooperative in the Philippines, these eco-chic bags are sturdy and stylish. Each unique bag is created by entrepreneurial female shareholders who work under fair, humane conditions. Medium Messenger Banner Bag: $29. (705) 741-4733

Stylish, recycled stainless steel makes Tarma Designs’ Cairn adjustable wristband a great gift for men or women. The band’s detailed stacked-rock image represents balance. Adjustable, ¾-inch wristband: $25. (800) 824-8201 

Give a Fair Trade greeting card that’s handmade from Nepalese lokta, paper made from Himalayan Daphne shrub bark. Lokta paper production has become an important income source for rural farmers and artisans, and it doesn’t affect Nepal’s fragile forest ecology. Spiral Tree Greeting Card Packet (set of six): $19. (800) 505-4410 

Everyone loves chocolate—especially when it’s organic and fair trade. Theo Chocolate’s 3400 Phinney line includes exotic chocolates made of Central and South American cacao beans in flavors such as chai milk, coconut curry, and bread and chocolate. Six-bar Fantasy Flavor Flight: $22. (206) 632-5100 allace

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