November 13, 2009

2009 Green Holiday Gift Guide by Really Natural

reindeer.jpgWhether you celebrate a religious or pagan holiday, the winter festivities are rapidly approaching. During the days of shorter light and the returning of the sun, giving gifts to loved ones and friends that are both sustainable, affordable,and unique is much easier than it was just five years ago. The following is a list of our favorite natural products we have reviewed in 2009 and highly recommend to you for their quality and value. Although you can't really put a price on sustainability, we all have to live within our budgets. You can always review our monthly round-ups or past eco-friendly holiday gift guides to get even more great green gift ideas

extrema cookware.jpgGreen Home

  • Green, Eco-Friendly Non-Stick, Non-Scratch Extreme Temperature Ceramic Cookware: Finally, there is a safe, green alternative in non-stick, non-scratch cookware. Cermacor's Xtrema cookware is amazing! From saucepans to tea kettles, "Xtrema is healthier than any other cookware and we have documented scientific and laboratory testing to prove it." There are many, many benefits to Xtrema, beside avoiding teflon or aluminum.

  • First Made in the USA Filtered Stainless Steel Water Bottle by EcoUsable: n the great reusable water bottle debate, Kleen Kanteen is always criticized for being made in China, and Sigg has fessed up to having BPA in its epoxy liner all along. Finally, there is a stainless steel water bottle made in the USA, and it has a bonus feature of filtration! EcoUsable 25oz Filtered Water Bottle - Stainless Swirl is so cool! It is the absolutely best stainless steel water bottle on the market that I have found, and the filter will last for approximately 12 months.

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June 19, 2009

Customized, Reusable Sigg Water Bottles Perfect for Gifts, Camp, and Back to School

Picture 2.png Greensender, known to me for the adventures of Mini G, is now creating customized Sigg water bottles.
Greensender creates custom SIGG bottles by using a precision laser engraving process. Your design is created by etching away the top layer of color which exposes the vibrant metallic bottle underneath. The result is an exquisite and extremely durable mark that will make your SIGG bottle a prized possession, the envy of all your friends and an arrow in the quiver of environmental justice!
We all know the importance of using reusable water bottles over plastic ones, but it can be difficult to tell your reusable bottle apart from your friends' bottles. Sure, Klean Kanteens and Siggs come in different colors or designs, but even so, this does not make each one unique. For example at my daughter's school, several kids and teachers have the same Klean Kanteen. We have tried to distinguish our bottles with stickers, but they always wash off. Dents in the bottle become the identifying mark, but Greensender's bottle shop offers a better solution.

A customized Sigg water bottle makes a wonderful gift (maybe it can be a late Father's Day present?). It is also a great idea for camp or back to school, as your child's water bottle will be truly unique. My daugther LOVES her customized bottle from Greensender. They do an excellent job with the engraving, and the Sigg bottle is very durable.  Sigg bottles are made in Switzerland, not China, which is another bonus for consumers.

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January 19, 2009

It's Not Too Late to Get a Green Super Cool Calendar for 2009

supermancalendar.jpg I wish I could get away from a print calendar, as that would be truly green, but in order to coordinate my family's schedules, we need it in print. Asgard Press is making green calendars from archival vintage prints that are very cool. Take for example the Vintage Super Heroes calendar:
The images featured in this calendar are archival-quality reproductions of the covers of the actual Golden Age and Silver Age Covers of DC Comics cover art that were sold many decades ago. In some cases the images have been digitally repaired and restored where creases, tears, marks, or other damage would have otherwise distracted from the appreciation of the artwork as it appeared at that time. Some images have been cropped and/or resized to fit this format.
What makes these calendars green? They are printed on 50% consumer waste recycled paper with soy based inks. They also include vintage images that you are sure to keep beyond the calendar year, thus reducing waste. You may even want to frame the images and give them as gifts!
Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

November 12, 2008

Kiss My Face Sugar and Spice Natural Holiday Collection

vanilla_sugar_gift_pack_tn.jpg Kiss My Face has introduced a holiday collection called Sugar & Spice. Vanilla sugar and cranberry spice scent these beauty products containing no animal ingredients, artificial colors, or unnecessary chemicals. These products have not been tested on animals. Here are the products that I have tried:
  • Kiss My Face Sugar & Spice Vanilla Sugar Body Scrub & Moisturizer Gift Pack: I love the smell of these products, and the scrub is great for exfoliating. Ingredients:
    Vanilla Sugar Body Scrub: Aqua, Glyceryl Stearate, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Leaf Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Red Raspberry) Leaf Extract, Pumice, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Cassava (Tapioca) Root Extract, Glycerin, Blend of Natural Essential Oils, Xanthan Gum, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Camelia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol

    Vanilla Sugar Moisturizer:
    Aqua, Juniperis Oxycedrus (Juniper) Fruit Extract, Melissa Officianlis (Lemon Balm) Leaf, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Angelica Archangelica (Angelica) Root Extract, Althea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Root Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Protein, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Caprylic Acid, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Soja (Soybean) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Blend of Natural Essential Oils, Cassava (Tapioca) Root, Blend of Natural Essential Oils, Glycine, Zanthan Gum, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum, Tocopherol

  • Kiss My Face Sugar & Spice Holiday Lip Gloss Duo Pack: Help those chapped lips with these holiday flavors! Ingredients:
    Vanilla Sugar:
    Organic Canola Oil*, Organic Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Organic Coco Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Organic Vanilla Flavor*, Aloe Barbedensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Stevia Rebaudiana, Tocopherol(Vitamin E

    Cranberry Spice:
    Organic Canola Oil*, Organic Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Organic Coco Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Natural Flavor, Aloe Barbedensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Tocopherol(Vitamin E), Cinnamomum Zeylanicum (Cinnamon) Leaf Oil.

    • Kiss My Face Sugar & Spice Cranberry Spice Self Foaming Soap: I am not a big fan of self foaming soaps; I think they are a little strange; however, I do enjoy the scent of this soap. Often after washing my hands, I would delight in the subtle scent left on my hands. Ingredients:
      Aqua, Aloe Barbedensis*, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea Leaf Extract)*, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange Extract), Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass Extract), Decyl Glucoside, Disodium Coco-Glucoside Sulfosuccinate, Polysorbate 20, Glycerin, Natural Essential Oil Blend, Potassium Sorbate
      *Organic ingredients certified by Quality Assurance International

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September 16, 2008

H2GO Hydrogen-Powered Remote Control Cars: Be One of the First to Own One!

51647f421e7d9bb04b7a27c76d88ea9d.jpg If you have ever had a remote control car, you know that you go through batteries like crazy. Master Replicas is featuring a hydrogen-powered remote control car called the H2GO. If you are one of the first 100 people to purchase this toy, Master Replica will donate two additional H2GO models to the school of your choice! Here's how the hydrogen-powered toy works:
The compact kit comprises a refueling station, a solar panel, a hydrogen-powered RC car and a remote control. The refueling station splits water by electrolysis into its elements, oxygen and hydrogen. Oxygen is released and the hydrogen is pumped into the car, contained in a balloon in the car unit.

When the car is turned on, the hydrogen flows through another catalyst in the car causing a series of reactions that power the car. The reactions cause a flow of electrons that produce an electric current, which in turn powers the motors and back wheels.

The H2GO delivers the same performance as other R/C cars, according to their website. I have not tested this toy out, and I have not had much luck with hydrogen-powered toys. My family tried a hydrogen-powered rocket that broke after two days; however, the H2GO appears to be better constructed.
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December 5, 2007

Kikkerland Piggy LED Flashlight


Speaking of rechargeable flashlights, how about this Piggy LED Rechargeable Flashlight from Kikkerland for the kids on your list? Give the piggy a squeeze to charge it! Oink!

Available at Kikkerland Piggy.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

November 29, 2007

Astrotot: Organic with a Sense of Humor

ATFOSH-BS-ON-PH.jpgGone are the days when organic cotton meant hippy dippy. There are A LOT of folks using organic cotton for their baby clothes these days. So a parent can be discerning.

Astrotot now makes an organic line of baby clothes and kids t-shirts with a sense of humor. According to the press release for the new organic baby gear,

Astrotot prides itself on providing uniquely funny, insightful and expressive infant and toddler gift wear while supporting sustainable cotton farming practices and ecologically responsible printing methods....All designs are printed in-house using a revolutionary eco-friendly digital printing process and packaged in distinctive gift boxes made of recycled cardboard.

ATWEDG-BS-ON-PH.jpgWe haven't seen the shirts in-person, but on the website they look to be high quality. And "I Have a Wedgie" and "Fo'Shizzle" are pretty darn funny.

Be sure to select from the organic line, if that's what you're after; other shirts are sweat-shop-free American Apparel, but not organic.

Now through December 15th, Astrotot is offering free shipping on orders over $40.

At Astrotot.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

November 26, 2007

Arabella Miller Kids T-Shirts - Now Shipping to U.S.!

Good news, organic t-shirt fans. Alison at Arabella Miller just wrote to let us know she is now shipping her adorable organic cotton kids t-shirts to the U.S.

We blogged about Arabella Miller's fun graphic kids t-shirts last month. As you'll recall, they're so organic (cotton, ink, etc.) that they're soil-certified. And, just as importantly, they're (almost) as cute as the sweet little muffin you're going to put in them. At the time, we lamented that they were only available in the U.K. Well, it's a global world. Yippee!

We especially like the new long-sleeve t-shirts, pictured here, which have a cool, retro baseball shirt look. Nice.

Shipping to the U.S. costs seven pounds. Not a bad deal when you consider that overnight domestic FedEx is about the same.

Available at Arabella Miller.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

November 17, 2007

Holiday Gift Guide: Really Natural's Top Picks for 2007

You asked for it, you've got it. Here are Really Natural's top green gifts for all the folks on your list. More coming soon...

For Him
iPod Nano. Green because of the packaging you'll save by downloading music instead of purchasing CDs. Because it's recyclable. And because, well, it's actually green. Don't forget to pick up a solar iPod charger to go with it! Oh, and a gift certificate to the iTunes music store. Voila - you're done!

Pacific Shaving Oil. Big things come in small packages.

Hemp Chuck Taylors
. Limited edition Chucks, made with hemp. Now those are what we call hi(gh) tops. (Via Treehugger.) We also like the look of the waterproof and oh-so-eco-friendly new Timberland Earthkeepers boots.

Stainless steel water bottle
. BPA-free to replace those old Nalgene bottles.

An LED flashlight. Everybody needs one -- for emergencies, camping, your car. Shake for 60 seconds and get 30 minutes of light.

For Her
Maine Warmers heating or cooling animals. Like a hot water bottle you can snuggle. All natural, filled with corn. Microwave for three minutes and your toes (or back, or bed) will be nice and snuggly warm for hours.

Hotter Than I Should Be T-Shirt from World Wildlife Federation. Proceeds support efforts to reduce global warming.

Hetty Rose Handmade Vintage Kimono Shoes
. Made from vintage kimonos. Sooo awesome.

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Solar Charger. Not just for guys. This solar charge comes in hot pink. Better still, you can use it to charge your cell phone, your GPS, your iPod, or your digital camera.

21saC4QyFhL._AA115_.jpgAlice Water's new book, The Art of Simple Food. A beautiful book, providing real insight into how the Chez Panisse chef thinks about food.

Recycled Juice Container Bag. There are lots of these bags on the market. We like this one from Globally Cute.

For Babies and Kids

erba_organics_doing_good_feels_good.jpgErba Organics Baby Products. We like their shampoo and body oil.

A Handknit Hat - Make it yourself using the patterns in Itty-Bitty Hats.

Under the Nile Teething Carrot. Eat your veggies. Organic cotton. Yum.

piggyLEDflashlight.jpgKikkerland Piggy LED Rechargeable Flashlight. Squeeze the pig to charge this LED flashlight. Saving energy was never so cute. Oink, oink.

Done shopping?
baggu-feet.jpgSave a tree and send an earth-friendly message by "wrapping" your presents in a reusable shopping bag, like these ones from Baggu.

Looking for more amazing gift ideas? Check out our extensive set of holiday
shopping guides
on electronics, fashion, cooking, and more.

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Baggu Reusable Shopping Bags

Looking for a stylish, earth-friendly way to carry your groceries? Need to supplement your EZ Bags with something that goes over your shoulder? Want a creative, green way to wrap your holiday gifts?

Consider Baggu.

Called the "It bag of the future" by Teen Vogue, this stylish and ridiculously practical bag (sold in packages of 3 and 6) is one easy step in helping save the planet. Baggu ("bag" in Japanese) is machine washable, and folds up into its own pouch small enough to tuck into your handbag or pocket. Made of super-tough ripstop nylon in bright, fun colors, it's the re-usable bag that's eco-chic.

Baggu 3-Pack or 6-Pack available at Baggu.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

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