Top Green Holiday Gifts for 2009
Unless you’re one of the lucky ones getting a financial bailout, chances are you’re feeling a bit pinched this year during the holidays. Perhaps now is a good time to rethink our holiday values and traditions, with an eye towards lasting value and sustainability.Posted Nov 20, 2009
We favor less expensive gifts from small businesses that are trying to do things differently, using renewable resources, recycled materials and minimal packaging. The gifts on our list are made by members of the Green America business network.
Veggie-Hides Dog Treats
Onesta Organics, $8.98)
Organic cotton & water-based ink kids clothing
Shirts, one-pieces, pants and hats are made in the USA using 100% certified organic cotton and water-based inks. They’re healthy for kids, don’t pollute the earth, water, or expose farm workers to toxins.
Organic Loose-leaf Tea
The Boston Tea Campaign offers pure, organically grown, loose-leaf Darjeeling black and green tea. They are the sole funders of a large reforestation project, carried out locally by World Wide Fund for Nature, India.
Boston Tea Campaign – from $10
Recycled Glass Pottery Heart Bookmark
Paloma Pottery, $10.50
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Organic Essentials Body Kit
Trillium Organics – $15.28
Handmade Necklace from salvaged wood
Eco Artistic Products, from $17
Mens Classic Shaving Kit
Simmons Naturals – $20.75
Fair Trade No-Kill Leather Journal
The cover is made from hand-embossed cruelty-free leather, which means it comes from animals that have died naturally. The paper used is made from recycled cotton and is 100% tree-free! When you’ve filled it with all your words of wisdom, just slip off the cover and slip in a new tree-free insert and you’re ready to go!
Unity – $24.95
“We Add-Up” Organic Cotton T-shirt
Most of the clothes we wear are made with non-organic cotton, which is the most pesticide-intensive crop on earth. We like these shirts because they’re made with 100% organic cotton, and they promote an environmental message (over 20 designs to choose from). Plus, each shirt has your unique number printed on it, showing others that your actions really do add up.
We Add Up – $25
Reusable, recycled, American-made shopping bag
Once you get used to using, and reusing, cloth shopping bags, you wonder why you stuck with plastic for so long. The Pebble Beach bag is made in America from recycled PET plastic bottles. They don’t shrink like canvas, their manufacture removes plastic from the waste stream, and they’re made in USA! And they do a far better job of holding goods than plastic bags.
Clean Conscience – $27.95
Rain Forest Finger Puppets
Feed the imagination and create a finger puppet theater with this 10 piece finger puppet set. Each finger puppet is hand knitted and is a tropical rain forest resident, including a monkey and its baby, a crocodile, two parrots, a turtle, a sloth and of course a snake! All can be stored away in a convenient colorfully hand embroidered bag. Made with fair trade labor by The Joining Hands Against Poverty Network.
Global Exchange – $28
Organic, fair-trade, chocolate truffles are a popular holiday gift, but these have an added feature! Instead of being packed in a fancy throw-away plastic box, these are packed in stainless steel reusable tins which keep them fresh and can be reused to store nuts, candies, dried fruit and other snacks.
Coco-Zen – $30
Foil Candy Wrapper Purse
Very clever and attractive, these unique and durable purses are handmade using reclaimed foil candy wrappers. A great example of people creating useful products using minimal available resources and a wealth of imagination. Fair Trade.
Planet One Gifts from $32.95
L’uvalla Hydrating Milk Cleanser
Everyone can use facewash, and this is one of the ‘greenest’ available. L’uvalla is made with 100% natural, organic, vegan ingredients and bears the highly-respected European COSMEBIO organic certification.
L’uvalla – $37
Give a personalized tree!
Planting a tree may be the best action a person can take to help protect our environment. The legacy of a tree planted in your name brings intangible and lasting value which anyone can appreciate. Help restore a forest in your friend’s name, with a gift from Trees for a Change
Trees for a Change – $37
Handmade Mongolian Wool Slippers
Handmade in Mongolia by a fair trade artisan cooperative, these slippers are hand-dyed using bark, vegetable and leaf dyes. Woolen felt flowers and the soft suede sole are hand-stitched to each seamless felted wool slipper. The dainty, yet durable, straps are securely fastened with the help of a pedal-powered sewing machine and velcro.
Satch & Sol – $37
Long-Sleeve Velour Cozies
Castleware, – $61
Novaurora Organic Face Care Set
Novaurora – $66.99
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The ‘Pitch’ Birdhouse
Made from 24 recycled milk jugs, this sturdy birdhouse will be an interesting addition to anyone’s backyard! The HDPE recycled plastic is extremely durable, withstands freezing and extreme heat, and will not discolor of fade in sunlight. We appreciate any gift that helps connect people to nature.
Loll Designs – $68
Garden of Eve Basic Face Care Kit
Garden of Eve – $97
Stainless Steel Water Bottle
The evidence continues to mount about the hazards of BPA exposure due to drinking from plastic water bottles. And the plastic waste is unnecessary because there are alternatives. Give this to your bottled-water-buying friend in the hopes they get the hint!
Ceramic Compost Keeper
This elegant and useful compost keeper looks great on the counter-top, the lid keeps the fruit flies and the dog or cat out, and the filter keeps the smells in. We use one in our home and find it to be completely odorless, and easy to clean.
Rain Catchment Barrel
Raised Cedar Square Raised Planter
Great for gardeners with bad backs, this planter is deep enough to grow salad greens and herbs right on the patio! Very well made, the bottom has two layers of slats and a heavy-duty semi-permeable base liner. This is a great gift for wheelchair-bound gardeners! Available in three heights.
Sport Solar Oven
Great for car camping, picnics and outdoor summer cooking, this solar oven cooks most foods using only the power of the sun. Less expensive than other models, we have tried this solar oven and found it to be durable and efficient.
Disclaimer: The above links are not advertisements of products for sale, and we don’t guarantee the prices will stay the same as published here. We’re just publishing them to make your gift-giving easier, and to help promote fellow green businesses. We receive no compensation from the featured companies.