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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 (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

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 @ or

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 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

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Monday, December 16, 2013

The Art of Sustainable, Organic Tea


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.


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.


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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