Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Green Gift Guide 2011

Green Holiday Gift Guide 2011

Can you believe the Holidays are here already? As the fun and celebrations begin, it is important to remember that this time of year is often the most wasteful and from Thanksgiving to New Years Day, household waste increases by more than 25% (RecycleWorks)! One thing that can make a small difference is to select gifts that have been created by ReUsed or UpCycled materials. Below is a list of some neat gifts that are not only friendly on our environment, but also easy on your wallet.

Record Label Holiday Ornaments
These are perfect for any music lover in your life. They are laser cut from vintage 45 rpm records and each side of them features the original record label. What’s even cooler is the fact that these are made with zero waste! You can order them online at

Photo Credit: eco-artware

Silver Flatware Bracelets
These bracelets are not only charming, they also help keep old silver flatware out of our landfills! Each bracelet is made from reclaimed silver plate flatware pieces that are between 50 and 100 years old and it is a great gift for any person who loves jewelry. You can order them online from Tempest in a Teapot.

Photo Credit: Tempest in a Teapot

Recycled Bike Tube Night Out Card Case
Who wouldn’t enjoy a card case that is handmade in Seattle from used inner tubes collected from local bike shops? This card case features 86% recycled content and would be an excellent idea for that hard to buy for person on your gift list. It is perfect for someone who prefers a smaller wallet or for someone who would rather use a card case for nights out. You can purchase the card case at uncommongoods.

Photo Credit: uncommongoods

STARBUCKS Upcycled Gift Card Notebook Notepad
When it comes to the Holiday season, gift cards are always a gift of choice for many people. The problem with gift cards, however, is the fact that many end up getting tossed once they’ve been used. CampfireDesigns has an Etsy store that upcycles old STARBUCKS gift cards and turns them into cute little notepads. These would be awesome gifts for just about anyone! They would also make great stocking stuffers! You can buy them on CampfireDesigns Etsy store.

Photo Credit: CampfireDesigns

Upcycled Wetsuit iPad Sleeve
For the iPad owner on your list, what could be better than a sleeve to protect their iPad that was created from excess wetsuit material? Not only does this sleeve help eliminate wetsuit material from being discarded, it also does an excellent job keeping an iPad free from scratches and the lumps and bumps that sometimes occur. If your gift recipient doesn’t have an iPad, you can purchase an upcycled laptop case instead! The wetsuit sleeves can be purchased from uncommongoods.

Photo Credit: uncommongoods

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