From Cheap to Chic, 10 Holiday Gifts That Respect the Earth

No matter how you celebrate this holiday season, chances are you’ll probably be giving a gift or two. We’ve compiled a few suggestions that will allow you to spread the cheer and hold your moral ground, from the obvious to outlandish.


Your iPod can run off the grid with this solar powered iPod Case Charger.


Give someone Wheels When They Need Them with a ZipCar membership.

travel mug

Great for hot and cold beverages, this tumbler will save a lot of trees and CO2 used to produce coffee cups. To emphasize your point, toss in a gold tone coffee filter to cut down on the paper ones that get pitched each day.

Tea Tumbler

Your favorite tea lover can brew on the run with this combination tumbler-infuser.

Local Harvest

Green those meals with a CSA Membership (Community Supported Agriculture). This site will find the closet farm throughout the U.S. for you to purchase from.

Smart Strip

Rid friends and family of energy vampires with the Smart Strip Power Strip.

solar charger

Power small electronics like a GPS or cell phone, with the Solio Solar Universal Charger.


Get your colleagues to ditch the plastic utensils in the office kitchen with reusable bamboo tableware that works great on the go. Utensil holders give plastic bottles a second shot at a useful life, and an opportunity to stay out of our landfills. Made out of RPET (recycled PET plastic).

Chico messenger tote

Chico has taken the reusable shopping bag one step farther with The Messenger, a super hip bag that folds into a small pouch.


Instead of a gift card to the local mall, try the gift that keeps on giving with, a Microfinance organization that serves a range of focuses from Fair Trade to women.

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