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Green Holiday Gift Ideas by Kayla

The holidays are here! What exactly would be the perfect gift for mom and dad? What about those friends who have stuck to you like jelly since junior high? How do you shower gifts of appreciation for these people in your life without encouraging unsustainable consumption? For this holiday season, consider these earth-friendly, creative gift ideas for both the mildly green and extremely green-minded people in your life.

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  • The Jewelry Bedazzler – Does one of your parents or friends just love to accessorize? Well, give the gift of Can Can Earrings or your fave piece of jewelry made of recycled material. In the Can Can’s case, the materials were made from a recycled garbanzo beans can. It was made in Brooklyn, NY and is available from one of our favorite eco boutiques, BTC Elements $24.
  • The Photo Framer – I think we’ve all given someone a photo frame for some occasion, but have any of them been made from a recycled bike chain? This one is made in Oregon and available at, ($32 – $38).

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  • The Bag Lover – Check out for an assortment of cool items made from recycled materials. This website offers ecofriendly mini bags, a sports pouch made from a recycled rice sack, a variety of tote bags, and some wonderfully patterned reusable bags for both men and women! Prices vary from $15 to $215. The colorful tote above is made of recycled juice containers ($59).
  • The Holiday Ornament Lover – Eco-artware also has a cool selection of ornaments and holiday wreaths, including this leaf-patterned wreath made of recycled cardboard; $38.

Finally, after all your planet-friendly fun gifts have been bought, be sure to check out their tips for sustainable gift wrapping. Happy Holidays!

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

rustic art: reclaimed wood rainbow trout


Let’s get one thing out of the way right off the bat –  this lovely primitive piece of art looks a little more like a salmon than a trout.

The rustic piece of art is entitled ‘Rainbow Trout’ and has been created, cut and framed from discarded shipping pallets. The pieces of the fish were cut by hand and stained with earth friendly milk paint. The frame was stained and sealed with a danish oil finish. A great gift your favorite fisherman, or woman.

Created by artist Beth Anderson and sold at her RepurposedonPurpose Etsy shop.

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a mixed bag of green news


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