Fresh Finds: Gifts that Give Back

The best presents for eco-conscious and kind-hearted givers and receivers.

| November/December 2008

  • Sari Ribbon Mittens from VivaTerra; Recycled Glass Pitcher from Natural Home; GreenSmart Lap Top Jacket; Kleiwerks International Membership.
    Photos By Michelle Galins
  • Tussah Silk Scarves from The Hunger Site; Pacifica Soy Candles; Willow Creek Studios's Memory Blanket.
  • Earth Lovers Yoga Mat from Gaiam; Natural Fitness Yoga Mat Bag; Organic Holiday Tea Collection from Davidson's Organic.

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.

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