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Green Gifts

These links make it easy to give green gifts. Some sites offer green gifts, others have great gift baskets ready to ship, and some will even help you choose just the right green gifts for any occasion. There's something for every taste and budget, from the simple to the luxurious.


General




Taraluna
An abundant selection of natural, organic, and fairtrade gifts from around the world. There's something for everyone on your gift list--jewlery, home accessories, baby things, bodycare, teapots, windchimes, and more.


EcoExpress
"Natural and organic gifts that are unique, memorable and high quality. You can combine beautiful gifts with supporting the environment. Our wide assortment of earth friendly items are attractively packaged and fun!" Shop by occasion (Baby, Birthday, Get Well, Holiday, Kids, Sympathy, Thank-you, Wedding), item (Baby, Bath and Body, Candles, Chocolate, Coffee and Tea, Games and Activities, Gourmet, Kids, Music, Organic, Rainforest, Stationery, Wine) or price (from under $25 to over $200).


Viva Terra
Stylish, eco-friendly goods for every room in your home, plus food, garden, baby, and jewelry too.hoppi "All VivaTerra products reflect a commitment to:
  • ECOLOGY AND ELEGANCE: The finest goods that uniquely fuse exceptional quality and design with eco sensitivities
  • ORGANIC, SUSTAINABLE SOURCES: The purest ingredients and sustainable resources possible - selected to be the best available.
  • EARTH AND PEOPLE FRIENDLY: Partners and suppliers who share our values and work to make a positive difference in the world.
  • HANDCRAFTED BY ARTISANS: Distinctive goods of uncommon value, handcrafted by passionate designers and artisans
  • CELEBRATE LIFE: Celebrate life and human spirit by honoring traditions from cultures around the world.


greenfeet.com
Gifts for everyone in the family and for every occasion. Fragrant lavender eye pillows, imaginative frames and clocks made from recycled bicycle and auto parts, elegant dinnerware made from recycled glass, recycled record album bowls and coastersand other unusual eco-friendly gifts.

A.R.E Naturals Company
A family-run earth-friendly gift shop, with something for everyone. Choose from organic food baskets, eco accents, bed and bath, baby, and paper goods. Items are stylish and fun, such as a kitchen wall clock made of reclaimed and recycled HDPE (100% recycled detergent bottles) in the shape of a segmented slice of orange--12 segments, of course, to mark time instead of numbers.

Close the Loop
A variety of interesting gifts made from recycled materials, including bowls molded from old phonograph records, pens made from silverware, recycled wine/liquor/beer bottles melted down into a useful cheese board/serving dish, gift boxes made from old record album covers...

eco-artware.com
"Gifts that are beautiful, well made and environmentally friendly...designs by 25 (and counting) artists...All are made from recycled, reused and natural materials." Gifts span a wide variety of uses--from traditional baskets woven from recycled PVC-coated telephone wire by Zulus in South Africa to colorful intentionally mismatched wool socks.

Fresh Fruit Baskets
A nice selection of very attractive organic fruit gift baskets and boxes--some with cheese, chocolate, nuts, or other goodies. Also a fruit of the month club. This healthy and thoughtful gift will introduce family, friends and associates to the delicious taste of organic foods.

Kate's Caring Gifts
A wide array of earth friendly gifts, including a selection of the world's finest organic chocolate, natural and organic body care and organic spa products, and earth friendly decor. And a great selection of kid powered, earth friendly toys, and organic care products for baby and mommy. Gifts can be purchased separately or gathered together into fun gift sets. Get a 20% discount off your entire order by using discount code DEBRA at checkout.

Peaceful Valley Greetings
A nice selection of eco-friendly gift items that include organic clothing, handbags and accessories, jewelry, personal care products, soy candles, coffee and chocolate, glassware, and other miscellaneous items. Also recycled greeting cards and gift wrap, and prepackaged gift sets. In addition to the environmental benefits of their products, the company actively gives to environmental nonprofits through staff volunteerism, and their All Good Things program, which donates up to 20% of all purchases by made by an organization's members and supporters.

Gift Services



Fresh Unlimited
Take a look here if you want a gift that is both stylish and sustainable. You'll find gourmet food and giftware items "that are not only among the best the world has to offer but that are also made in a way that is considerate of the environment and the wellbeing of artisans and growers. It is our belief that indulging in luxury does not have to come at a cost to our health, environment or to the socio-economic welfare of artisans in underdeveloped countries. Items we have selected meet 1 or more of the following characteristics:
  • are made with organic ingredients are free from harmful chemicals and from gmo's (genetically modified organisms)
  • are purchased according to fair trade principles (preserves the socio-economic welfare of artisans in underdeveloped countries)
  • are made in a way that is considerate of the environment ie. made with renewable resources or recycled materials are handcrafted"

Organic Gift Shop
"Non-toxic, earth-friendly & organic gifts" for all occasions: birthday, wedding, new baby...you name it. These are stylish, good-looking items that are sure to please. This is a family-owned and -operated business on Orcas Island in Washington state. "We strongly believe in voting with our dollar; by buying organic, we increase demand and send a message that this is what we value. It's a vote for cleaner water, air and soil...healthier food, healthier bodies...respect for others and the planet over self interest...We use gift wrap materials made from recycled paper and other natural materials. Many gifts ship in 100% recycled brown kraft gift boxes, tied with natural twine/ribbon or raffia (the real stuff, made from leaves, not plastic). We also use 100% recycled brown kraft pinstripe wrapping paper."

Gift Wrap


Paporganics
This artist-owned company sell gift wrap (and stationary) made from organic cotton, hemp, flax, and recycled fibers. 100% biodegradable natural ribbon "made from perfectly aligned strands of cotton coated with a water-based adhesive and colored with soy-based ink." 100% recycled chlorine-free gift tissue (40% post consumer). Only one very attractive holiday design, but all-occasion designs are very suitable for holiday gifts as well. "We believe a gift from the heart and a hand-written note are among the joys in life, and our mission is to encourage these endeavors without compromising the environment or our sense of style."

Fish Lips Paper Designs
Hip and modern designs on gift wraps printed in the USA on 100% post-consumer recycled papers with non-toxic soy based inks. But they don't look recycled! The smooth semi-glass papers are covered with bright geometric designs. The designer says, "I am on a mission to show the world that you don't have to sacrifice great aesthetics or functionality, to be 'green'. In today's world, being 'green' can be both EASY and BEAUTIFUL!"

Treecycle
Scroll down the page to find unbleached recycled gift bags, wrapping tissue (100% recycled, 98% or more post-consumer fiber), and gift boxes in various styles and sizes.

Reusable Gift Bags



EcoPapel
Gift bags made from handmade recycled paper. This business "began 10 years ago to create employment for women and families who had lost their livelihood with the removal of mangrove forest for the creation of shrimp farms...The recycling of paper has reduced the quantity of garbage produced and has been important as a tool for environmental education in the city and schools...Waste paper is collected in schools, offices banks etc. At each collection point, there is a separate container, clearly indicating 'for paper only thank you'. At the workshop, it is first classified by color and all staples are removed. It is later soaked and blended, and at this point plant fibers, seeds or flowers are added to give the new paper color and texture. Then, using a series of screens the new sheets of paper are formed. These are sun dried and then rolled. The new sheets are then transformed into 80 different products including folders, bags, boxes & cards, business cards and wedding invitations."


Wrapsacks
Resusable cloth gift bags, made from 100% cotton, hand-batiked or screen-printed with biodegradable dyes. Each has a unique number, so you can track the journey of your gift bag as it is passed along gift-to-gift.

Lagniappe Gift Wrap
Beautiful reusable cloth gift bags made from 100% organic ctoon from Portugal, dyed with low-impact dyes. Ribbons are made from silk. Also other gift bags made from non-organic cotton.

Wrapping Paper


Plantable Papers
This wrapping paper is not only biodegradable, it will sprout into wildflowers when planted in the earth! Each sheet is handmade with recycled cotton and other recycled materials. It comes in six soft, beautiful colors with bit of flowers and leaves throughout.

Buy Gift Paper
Large rolls (2' x 100') of heavyweight, solid-color recycled gift wrap, in most basic colors. Note that only the gift wraps on this page of the site are recycled.

Creative Papers Online
Large sheets of handmade papers that could also be used as gift wrap. Many contain flowers and other bits of natural materials, some are recycled. A very natural, and elegant, look.

Importica
Paper gift wrap handmade from mulberry tree bark in Thailand. The bark is harvested once a year, stimulating tree growth in the process. The all occasion papers have vibrant colors from nontoxic dyes, a luxurious silky texture, and nature motifs in their designs. Site has a description of the papermaking process with photos.

Greeting Cards


Paporganics
This artist-owned company sell gift wrap (and stationary) made from organic cotton, hemp, flax, and recycled fibers. 100% biodegradable natural ribbon "made from perfectly aligned strands of cotton coated with a water-based adhesive and colored with soy-based ink." 100% recycled chlorine-free gift tissue (40% post consumer). Only one very attractive holiday design, but all-occasion designs are very suitable for holiday gifts as well. "We believe a gift from the heart and a hand-written note are among the joys in life, and our mission is to encourage these endeavors without compromising the environment or our sense of style."

Fish Lips Paper Designs
Hip and modern designs on gift wraps printed in the USA on 100% post-consumer recycled papers with non-toxic soy based inks. But they don't look recycled! The smooth semi-glass papers are covered with bright geometric designs. The designer says, "I am on a mission to show the world that you don't have to sacrifice great aesthetics or functionality, to be 'green'. In today's world, being 'green' can be both EASY and BEAUTIFUL!"

Treecycle
Scroll down the page to find unbleached recycled gift bags, wrapping tissue (100% recycled, 98% or more post-consumer fiber), and gift boxes in various styles and sizes.


'Tis a gift to be simple,
'tis a gift to be free,
'tis a gift to come down
where we ought to be,
and when we find ourselves in the place just right,
it will be in the valley of love and delight.
--Shaker song

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