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.

| November/December 2007

  • These eco-gifts are sure to please: TerraKeramik teapot; NKD candle; Heifer International hope basket; In2Green blanket.
    By Michelle Galins

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

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