Kids and Teenagers

Teens and Betweens

Sometimes the hardest to please, teens and tweens are sure to love these gifts.

SAVE (Gifts under $25)

I Grobot – $12.50 – Add some actual greens to your kid of any age’s room. Easy to take care of, this “Grobot” comes with a mission: “green life for humans.”

Trug Tubs – $16.95 – Cleaning their room might be easier if they have more places to toss their stuff. These bins are made from recycled polyethylene used in tire manufacture and are EXTREMELY durable.

Media Pocket – $19.00 – Designed to fit the iPhone, iPod, and other smaller PDAs, phones, and media players, this pouch is made with gray industrial wool felt made from factory excess (85% wool and 15% mixed fibers).

SPEND (Gifts from $25 to $100)

SIGG 1.5L – $29.99 – This extra large SIGG is perfect for students and encourages re-filling (and not land-filling).

JouJou Pendant – $69.99 – These pendant necklaces are made from deconstructed shampoo bottles.

SPLURGE (Gifts over $100)

The ‘Nomad’ Bicycle Trunk Bag – $129.95 – This solar trunk bag that mounts to a standard rear bicycle rack charges your cell phone and more while you ride.

Citizen Folding Bike with Steel Frame – $194.00 – Bikes not only save you gas money, but also encourage exercise and being green. Citizen bikes fold up — making them easy to store and transport.

Penguin Sparkling Water & Soda Machine – $239.99 – The average American drinks 24.6 more gallons of soda and sparkling water than bottled water each year! If you’ve got a soda drinker, this product will help reduce all those bottles and cans.

MacBook – $999 and up – New MacBooks are greener than ever. Every new Macbook is built using recyclable materials, is free of many harmful substances and use reduced packaging.

Need more ideas? Check out our list from last year.

Posted in Holiday Gift Guide by Rhaya on November 28, 2008 | Permalink | 3 Comments

Paw Luxury Giveaway!

Paw Luxury

I know that our gift guide for pets isn’t coming up until next week, but this giveaway is too good to miss! Paw Luxury (who we’ve mentioned before here) is offering a chance to win a 4 pack of Yoghund Organic Frozen Doggy Yogurt (which we have also mentioned before.) It’s easy to enter and your dog will surely be happy to have his or her own sweet treat!

Also, if you get a chance, check out today’s post on the Paw Luxury blog. It’s got a list of no-no’s for your pet, but also includes their own Thanksgiving recipe!

Posted in Living Green by Rhaya on November 26, 2008 | Permalink | No Comments

Babies and Toddlers

Babies and Beyond

Who doesn’t love getting little (or big) gifts for the little ones in our lives?

SAVE (Gifts under $25)

Finger Puppets – $16.00 – Interact with your little one with these finger puppets that are made of natural wool yarn and treated with natural vegetable-based dyes. They are hand-knit by women who belong to a collective of knitters in rural Kenya.

The Laundress Baby Detergent – $19.95 – The Laundress products are made with natural, renewable resources and scented with essential oils like sandalwood, lavender, citrus, and vanilla musk. The products are biodegradable, non-animal-tested, and come packaged in recyclable plastic.

SPEND (Gifts from $25 to $100)

100% Organic Cotton Baby Carrier – $54.00 – This gift is great for a new mother and her new baby.

eco mom+green baby – $65.00 – Another gift that helps mom and baby. This package includes a reusable bag, all-natural hand soap, an organic cotton onesie, a book on Raising Baby Green, stuffed toys made from recycled sweaters and yarns and an Evenflo glass baby bottle.

SPLURGE (Gifts over $100)

White Butterfly Floor Pillow – $110.00 or $180.00 – Toddlers and parents alike will love having this fun pillow in the nursery. Printed with eco-friendly, water-based dyes onto 100% organic cotton blended with hemp. Choose from the eco-fill insert made with spun, recycled plastic bottles or the kapok insert for a completely natural, sustainable option.

Need more ideas? Check out our list from last year.

Posted in Holiday Gift Guide by Rhaya on November 25, 2008 | Permalink | No Comments

Dads, Brothers and Other Dudes

Manly Men

Looking for something a little more personal than a gift card to the nearest home improvement store? Check out some of these gifts for the special guys in your life.

SAVE (Gifts under $25)

Recycled Floppy Disk Notepads – $5.95 – Recycled notepad paper is sandwiched between used, vintage 3.5″ floppy disks from the early 1980’s.

Record Label Coasters – $18.00 – These coasters are sure to please any music lover. They are made of labels cut from the center of classic vinyl records, sealed to keep out moisture.

SPEND (Gifts from $25 to $100)

Pro V1 Refurbished Golf Balls – $25.99 – These golf balls have been “rescued” from golf course ponds, refurbished and given a second life.

Rolling Rock Beer Glasses – $34.00 – Recycled in Wisconsin, these glasses paired with some local or organic beer make for a great gift.

HYmini Universal Charger – $49.99 – If your gadget guy is always on the go, get him this handheld device that will recharge his gadgets with wind and solar power.

SPLURGE (Gifts over $100)

Passchal Messanger – $235.00 – These very professional-looking messenger bags are made from recycled tractor inner tube rubber.

The Solar Powered Golf Cart – approximately $9,000 – So, it’s not as expensive as the Tesla we mentioned last year, but it goes well with refurbished golf balls.

Need more ideas? Check out our list from last year.

Posted in Holiday Gift Guide by Rhaya on November 21, 2008 | Permalink | No Comments

I Made it to the Moosewood

I finally made it to the Moosewood Restaurant!† Call me crazy, but ever since I came across one of their cookbooks I have been dying to make it there but never had a reason to be in Ithaca, NY.† But, last month I was traveling solo on a work trip in the Finger Lakes area so I decided to take a short detour for dinner and it was certainly worth it!

The Moosewood Restaurant is a collectively owned small business of nineteen members who share the responsibility of running this wonderful healthful natural foods restaurant.† They have a small, yet diverse, lunch and dinner vegetarian menu made up of the freshest ingredients possible that changes daily.† On my visit, I had a tough time deciding what to have but ended up with a delicious handmade ravioli and vegan chocolate cake for dessert! Check out their cookbooks and online recipes to have your own Moosewood cooking right at home.

Posted in Chew On This by Liz on November 20, 2008 | Permalink | No Comments

Moms, Sisters, Girlfriends

Lovely Ladies: Moms, Sisters, Girlfriends

Is seems that many traditional gifts, from clothing and accessories to artwork and home decor are getting a green twist, making this category one of the easiest (in my opinion).

SAVE (Gifts under $25)

TAPP Medium Necklace – $12.00 – The beads on this necklace are made of recycled paper by local artisans in Uganda and purchased at high local market value. Once they are resold, profits are used for community development in Uganda – including community based education and HIV/AIDS awareness.

LUSH White Christmas Holiday Gift Set – $15.95 – Any girl will feel pampered with this gift set that included the classic scents of a LUSH Christmas: almond icing Snowcake soap and buck’s fizz Snow Showers shower jelly. LUSH products are hand-made, vegetarian (or vegan) and not tested on animals. Many of their products are also available naked.

SPEND (Gifts from $25 to $100)

Hand Painted Espresso Cups – $27.00 – “Formed of local, naturally harvested clay and hand-painted by gifted artists in Guatemala, proceeds from these cups go towards building the areaís first school.”

Bar Code Baguette Clutch from Recycled Plastic Wrappers – $48.00 – Who knew bar codes could be so chic?

Belgian Thermal from Mission Playground – $52.00 – Made of 100% Organic Cotton, Mission Playground supports fair labor suppliers and donates a portion of sales to environmental non-profit organizations

SPLURGE (Gifts over $100)

Women’s Hemp Toemale Boots – $110.00 – Two words: Coconut Buttons. Need I say more?

Need more ideas? Check out our list from last year.

Posted in Holiday Gift Guide by Rhaya on November 18, 2008 | Permalink | No Comments

An Early Soup Swap

Last weekend my Mom, Mother-in-Law, and I hosted a soup swap.† I had such a good time last year and enjoyed lots of yummy new soups for months afterward, I thought it would be a good idea to have one of my own.† Once the colder weather started to settle in, we just couldn’t wait for the National Soup Swap Day in January. We rationalized that it would be best to do it this time of year so we could have ready-to-go homemade soups over the next few months when everyone gets busy with the holidays. We had about a dozen friends swapping with us and here are some of the soups that were shared:

If you want to host one of your own, check out the “Helpful Tips” on the Soup Swap Blog which talks about how to organize a swap, labeling and freeezing your soups, and door prizes.† We sent our guests home with a big soup mug in exchange for a can of soup that we donated this week to the local food pantry.

Posted in Chew On This by Liz on November 15, 2008 | Permalink | No Comments

2nd Annual Holiday Gift Guide

Iím Dreaming of a Green Christmas Holiday Gift Guide

They’re putting lights on the city trees and playing Christmas music in department stores. Believe it or not, the holiday season is just around the corner. Once again, we will be doing the ďIím Dreaming of a Green Christmas: Holiday Gift GuideĒ here at As with anything we do around here, we recommend thinking about the mantra “Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.” as you do your holiday shopping. In a world with so much STUFF, we encourage you to give meaningful gifts that carry little impact or an important message.

Keeping in tradition of last year, we will be posting gift ideas on Tuesday and Friday every week from now until December 19th. The list will be posted in the Holiday Gift Guide category, which you can get to by clicking on the button at the top of the far right column.

Here is a run-down of the calendars and dates. If you have any suggestions, you know how to reach us.

Tuesday, Nov. 18: Lovely Ladies – Mothers, Sisters, Girlfriends
Friday, Nov. 21: Manly Men – Brothers, Dads and Other Dudes
Tuesday, Nov. 25: Babies & Beyond – Babies and Toddlers
Friday, Nov. 28: Teens & Betweens – Kids and Teenagers
Tuesday, Dec. 2: Sweethearts – Significant Others
Friday, Dec. 5: Woof & Meow – Pampered Pets
Tuesday, Dec. 9: Do-It-Yourselfers – Home-made Gifts
Friday, Dec. 12: The Giving Gifts – Charitable Donations
Tuesday, Dec. 16: Stocking Stuffers – Smaller Gifts for Others
Friday, Dec. 19: For the Procrastinators – Last Minute Gifts

Posted in Holiday Gift Guide by Rhaya on November 14, 2008 | Permalink | No Comments

America Recycles Day

America Recycles Day

This Saturday is the 11th annual America Recycles Day (ARD), which is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and buy recycled products. Take the pledge to be more informed and more active in your recycling measures.

So whether you’re cleaning house, sorting your mail, organizing your music or having a glass of wine, make sure to recycle any materials you can — unless of course you can reuse them!.

Posted in Living Green by Rhaya on November 11, 2008 | Permalink | No Comments

Gearing Up for Turkey Day

Halloween and the election are over, which means one thing – Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Have you started your planning yet?† For those of you in the Columbus, Ohio area, check out The Wayward Seed Farm for a Thanksgiving CSA that is sure to put you on the right track for a “local” Thanksgiving.

Wayward Seed Farm, with operations in Marysville and the Cleveland Ohio areas, has put together an “Ohio Farm Fresh Thanksgiving” package complete with a free-range pasture Turkey, a pie pumpkin, pie crust, herbs, and a hefty amount of vegetables for your side dishes including potatoes, leeks, carrots, radishes, turnips, beets, squash, and several types of greens.† To make it even easier, the package comes with recipe ideas so you don’t have to fret about what to do with all those farm fresh veggies.† All you have to do is call the farm to order† (614-327-0102) and pick up your package the Saturday before Thanksgiving at the North Market.† As of yesterday, there are still CSAs available but T-day is quickly approaching, so sign up soon.

If you are not in the Columbus area, check out for your own local resources and the for inspiration.

Posted in Going Local by Liz on November 6, 2008 | Permalink | No Comments

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