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More eco-friendly gift ideas

by Catherine Muriel on 12/15/08

We provided some eco-friendly gift ideas that were cost efficient too in our blog post on Friday. We thought we would give you some more ideas as we fast approach the last few days of holiday shopping.

One relatively inexpensive gift is eco-chic note cards. You can generally order 25 cards and envelopes for around $36.00. These cards are printed with soy based inks, using bio-degradable packaging and purchased only with recycled tissue paper. You can find stationery with an eco emphasis at sites such as American Stationery.

Another interesting concept is purchasing jewelry and vases that are made from most unusual items –trinkets that are from recycled products. Some sites focus on providing unique items that are not harmful to the environment and socially responsible. You can buy necklaces made from records, glass reed diffusers made from recycled glass, tote bags made from recycled newspapers (using the Arts and Leisure section). One site that offers a wide variety of interesting gifts is Uncommon Goods.

Even in the toy arena you can purchase non plastic items. It seems hard at first but it is possible! And with today’s scares of toxic substances being in children’s toys it is nice to know that some toy companies are calling out their chemical free products. FAO Schwarz has earth friendly toys – they use a symbol to identify which of their toys are constructed using organic or sustainable raw materials; natural or non-toxic paints and dyes and low or no chemical processing. Even if you don’t purchase sustainable wooden toys you can find recycled plastic toys.

If you are still strapped for a gift for the person you don’t know very well or that someone that seems to have everything, hopefully some of these ideas and the post we made on Friday will help you. Best of luck!


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