From San Francisco-based Branch Home shop owners Paul Donald and Tracy Brien, comes a wonderful array of hip, useful items that are made in socially and eco-responsibly ways. These Egg Plants are available with either cactus or herbs: basil, parsley, thyme or mint. Gently crack open the shell, water and watch your garden grow.
What a delightfully simple and fun way to sprout pesticide-free, fresh accents for your culinary concoctions. I especially like them as a “turn-on” for youngsters, appealing to their natural curiosity about “growing things.” And as a great housewarming gift for a recent college grad’s first crib. $12/each @ branchhome.com
Feel good about your purchase, knowing that Branch donates 10% of its annual profits to organizations that promote environmental responsibility.
Tired of watching your kids be engulfed by the latest video game? Maybe you should look into a more “old school” approach to green gaming.
Blue Orange Games, the wooden games designer and manufacturer, has committed to planting two trees for every one they use in creating their games. They plan to plant over 10,000 trees a year. Blue Orange was the 2007 winner of the Dr. Toy “Green Toy Award.”
The featured game in this post is Gobblet, an award-winning strategy game. Beautifully crafted, Gobblet is entirely made of wood, and includes a great box with self-storage for the 24 wooden pieces.
$29.95 @ blueorangegames.com or @ several online stores
They also have a Junior version for $19.95
(“all paints are ASTM tested,” per company)