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gift guide for the green outdoors guy


bamboo skateboards

Howz’ about getting your resident skateboarder a new deck made out of 70% renewable bamboo? Sweet graphics too – $35 from bambooskateboards.com (add your own trucks)

nau men's vest

For the urban hipster on your list – he’ll stay warm in style in this vintage-inspired down BYOB vest from Nau. The fabric is made from recycled polyester and it’s insulated with renewable 800-fill goose down. Marked down to a cozy $119 at nau.com.

garmin approach G6 gof GPS

For the golfer on your list – the Garmin Approach golf GPS will let your favorite golfer navigate over 30,000 international golf course with ease (that is if he’s got his swing together).  Features a rechargeable battery, a bright sunlight-readable touchscreen, it’s pocket-sized, rugged and waterproof and comes with free lifetime map updates. $299.99 @ garmin.com or amazon.com

bushnell solarwrap charger

If you know a guy who has a bunch of USB-powered gadgets and gizmos and spends a bunch of time outdoors you may want to consider getting him something to keep all those toys powered-up. Bushnell happens to make a solar charging pad that can roll-up to fit in easily into a backpack or pocket. The lightweight charger can be charged via USB or sunlight and then be a source of juice for your iPhone, iPod or other gadget. You can find it for at amazon.com for around $65.

Rip Curl tide watch

For the surfer in the family – Rip Curl makes some great watches for the surfing set  – their A1080 World Tide Digital watch (above) has a digital movement with world tide and world time function, titanium case that comes programmed with 601 world locations and 500 pre-set beach locations. You can easily view pre-set tidal information for the next 15 years. Features a digital compass, sunrise and sunset times, chronograph, count-down timer, moon phases and alarm and it’s water-resistant to 200 M (660 feet) find it at Rip Curl or amazon.com

related: more green gift ideas from alternativeConsumer.com

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Monday, December 16, 2013

The Art of Sustainable, Organic Tea


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If you’re a fellow tea lover like me, you should be concerned about where your tea comes from and make sure you’re indulging in a sustainable way. I can rest assured that the tea I am purchasing is organic and sustainable when I buy from Art of Tea. This tea company makes sure that its tea is fair trade, organic and harvested in a sustainable method.

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Art of Tea purchases their tea directly from small farmers and co-ops globally, ensuring that these farmers get a fair price for their products. The teas are also authorized from Transfair USA which ensures fair working conditions, fair wages, and a better life for the tea workers, so you can rest easy knowing that no one is being treated unethically while you enjoy your tea.

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Art of Tea also ships products in refillable tea tins, which is great if you are constantly buying tea like I am. A few other great things the company is doing: using biodegradable materials for their teabags, (more…)

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