Cheap and green holiday gift guide 2011
Our present to you: Eco-friendly goodies that won't break the bank.
Thu, Dec 01, 2011 at 02:01 PM
Whether you’re shopping for family, friends or co-workers, we’ve got great gift suggestions that are easy on the environment (and your wallet).
NOW FILL THIS
Help reduce the 60 million plastic water bottles that clog landfills every day with the new Hydros Filtering Water Bottle, a BPA- and phthalate-free, dishwasher-safe, leak-proof side-filling 16-ounce bottle with a twist and turn spout that comes in five vibrant colors. Hydros is committed to ending the global water crisis and donates $1 from the sale of each $23.99 bottle to fund sustainable water infrastructure projects. Order through Dec. 31 with code MNNGreen to receive 10 percent off.
FANCY FUNNEL SAVES WATER
Transform plastic bottles from wasteful to useful with the Petal Drops Rain Catcher, a flower-shaped funnel that fits on the top of threaded water and soda bottles to capture rainwater that can be used for watering plants, cleaning and doing laundry. Made in the USA from a corn/tapioca/wheat/potato polypropylene bio-resin, it’s one of the innovative products at Quirky.com, which regularly sells it for $5.25 — but you can get two Petal Drops for the price of one for the holidays.
Tickle their senses for the holidays with Hello Mellow’s vegan, cruelty-free, paraben- and sulfate-free aromatherapy products made with natural avocado and mango butter and available in a variety of scents including Joy, a blend of juniper berry and sage (a percentage of its sales support cancer patients via Helen’s Room). Prices start at $6, and the code holiday20 will get you 20 percent off your order.
EMBRACE YOUR INNER TUBE
Green Guru makes cool bags, bike gear and accessories from mountain bike inner tubes and recycled fabric including zippered pouches ($7.95 and up), wallets ($9.95 and up), travel kits, cellphone/MP3 case and folding wallet for $29.95 or a laptop sleeve from recycled wet suits for the same price. Enter the code holidayguru for a 20 percent discount.
Make her holidays a bit more colorful with long-lasting nail polish from Zoya, which offers more than 300 shades, all of them free of toluene, formaldehyde, phthalates and camphor. Available at spas, salons and online at zoya.com, the line includes a 3-bottle Color Box Gift Set in a dozen combinations for $24, with free shipping for the holidays.
BOMBS TO BAUBLES
Give a gift that’s truly disarming: From War to Peace jewelry turns metals from old missile silo cables into great jewelry ($14.95 and up), key chains ($9.95 and up), bottle openers ($14.95 and up), many with meaningful symbols like peace signs, crosses and Stars of David. There’s a great selection of mezuzahs for $54.95 and several sale items for 20-30 percent off. But you can get 20 percent off whatever you order through Dec. 31 with the code MNNGIFTCODE20 (one per customer).
Set the mood with the fragrant glow of a candle from Organic Candle Company, made from pure wax, organic essential oils, and organic wicks, available in 10 fragrances, all at reduced prices. 3-ounce candles cost $8.50, 7 ounce, $15.99 and 14 ounce $22.50.
Think of the Ultimate Green Store as one-shop eco-shopping — it’s a department store for all things green, with everything for men, women, babies and kids, pets, beauty, travel and the home. You’ll find plenty of sale items like a solar key chain flashlight ($14.95), PVC-free yoga mat ($35.99), fair-trade sports equipment ($26.95 and up), portable speakers ($22.50), recycled paper notebooks ($4.95), cute EcoZoo lunch boxes ($19.95) and soy-based biodegradable crayon rocks ($8.95). You’ll get free ground shipping (in the contiguous 48 states) with code TUGSFREESHIP.
Model Josie Maran bills her natural, toxin-free cosmetics line as “luxury with a conscience,” and every element, from the ingredients (argan oil, avocado, citrus, cucumber, chamomile shea butter and natural oils and extracts) to the biodegradable packaging and donations to social and environmental causes reflects that sensibility. Prices start at $6 for (Bear Naked travel wipes) and $7 for lip gloss, and there are many half-price items in the Good Buys section ($5-$20). Free shipping is available for the holidays on all orders more than $25.
Make a donation in a loved one’s name and get an extra gift to give for the holidays at Conservation International, where a $25 donation comes with 20 Green Impressions labels and $50 gets you a box of 24 "Joy to the World" cards. The Nature Conservancy offers T-shirts ($19.95 and up), totes ($15) and other great items, many on sale. Make a $50 donation to the World Wildlife Fund and choose from items like a beach towel, T-shirt, tote bag, watch or umbrella. Or help save orphaned chimpanzees at www.JaneGoodall.org, where items include T-shirts ($7 and up), plush toys ($15 and up), a recycled paper bead necklace ($10), fleece blanket ($15), posters ($10-$20), baby onesies ($12), books by the renowned primatologist ($12.75 and up) and a travel mug ($3).
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