Great Eco Decor and Gifts

Body+Soul, 2007

With options ranging from jewelry to jackets and blankets to bags, here are 9 gorgeous green ideas to give as a gift or treat yourself. Offer something in every price range, you're bound to find something to make you feel good (helping the planet) and look good!

The Bee's Knees
Who
Maury Rubin, owner of the green Birdbath bakeries in New York City
What
Cayuga beeswax candles from Tremblay Apiaries
Why
These candles from the family-run New York State bee colony farm will give your loved ones a breath of fresh air -- with a hint of honey, of course. tremblayapiaries.com

Gold Metal
Who
Paulette Cole, CEO and creative director of ABC Home
What
Grounded Jewel Collection
Why
Compassionate and sustainably created jewelry can be worn with a deeper sense of purpose. This line, designed by Sarah Perlis, includes everything from hand-hammered gold bangles and earrings to conflict-free diamond rings. abchome.com

 

Back to Bed
Who
Summer Rayne Oakes, a model and environmentalist (not to mention a model environmentalist)
What
Lotus by League of Artisans' fair-trade applique bedspreads
Why
Sewn by women in a co-op in India, the quilts make a great gift in more ways than one. With every purchase, you're helping to support a family in need. lotusbyloa.com


Eco-couture
Who
Laura Turner Seydel, chairwoman of the Captain Planet Foundation
What
A Linda Loudermilk jacket
Why
There's nothing like bamboo and hemp for wearability and earth-friendliness (this Fissure Jacket was made with a combination of hemp satin and bamboo). Plus, you'll open people's minds to the new face of sustainable fashion. lindaloudermilk.com

 

Let's Lunch
Who
Elizabeth Rogers, coauthor of "The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time"
What
Cool Tote lunch bags
Why
With insulation made from reclaimed soda bottles, the totes make a practical gift for anyone who brown-bags it. cooltote.com

Chop to It
Who
Jeffrey Swartz, president and CEO of Timberland
What
Compact chopsticks from Snow Peak
Why
Instead of using disposable ones, sushi devotees on the go will covet these collapsible stainless steel and recycled birch (from old baseball bats) utensils. rei.com

 

Wrap Star
Who
Zem Joaquin, the force behind the stylish green blog ecofabulous.com
What
Fair-trade placemats from Ecoist
Why
Mexican women collected thousands of soda labels and candy wrappers to create these funky placemats, which are extremely glam -- and functional. ecoist.com

 

Bottled Up
Who
Vanessa Noel, owner of Nantucket's Hotel Green and designer of the Step Into Nature line of ecofriendly heels and flats
What
A bottle of organic wine from Robert Sinskey Vineyards
Why
When it comes to wine, you want the romance of the vineyard, not pesticides being poured into the ground. robertsinskey.com

Light Bright
Who
Eric Ryan, cofounder and chief brand architect of Method
What
The SunJar light
Why
The frosted mason jar designed by Tobias Wong contains a highly efficient solar cell and low energy LED lamps that just need daytime sun to recharge for nighttime use. It's the perfect night-light for little (and big) kids afraid of the dark. momastore.org

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