Great Gifts: Eco-Friendly Dump Truck Toy

What: Green Toys Dump Truck

Features: This award-winning, eco-designed toy truck has no metal axles and a workable dumper that encourages motor skill development.

Green Factor: Made from 100 percent recycled plastic milk containers

Bonus: Made in the USA

Find It Here: Amazon.com

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Rosegarden Palace

What: A cardboard palace

Features: Made of recycled cardboard, this super cool castle comes with non-toxic markers so it can be colored however your child wishes. Approximate size 9″ x 11″.

Green Factor: Well, first and foremost, it’s not plastic! It’s also recyclable, as well as made of recycled materials, non-toxic and lead-free.

Bonus: The Rosegarden Palace can be folded up when it’s not being used!

Find It Here: Creative Toyshop

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Recycled Sweater Stockings

What: Christmas stockings made from sweaters

Features: Bright, colorful 16 inch Christmas stockings that are personalized with a name.

Green Factor: They are made from recycled sweaters that would eventually end up in a landfill. Unlike the cheap, poorly-made-in-China stockings you’ll find at the big box stores, these one-of-a-kind gems are keepers!

Bonus: You can request a custom color palette.

Find It Here: Handmade Pretties

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Paper Sleeves Over Plastic Boxes

cd-sleeves.jpgWhat: Paper CD holders

Features: Instead of plastic jewel cases, store loose CD’s in these paper sleeves, made from recycled chip board

Green Factor: Each sleeve is 100% recycled, made up of 56% post-consumer content and is processed chlorine-free

Bonus: A pack of five sleeves costs less than $5!

Find It Here: BuyGreen

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Paper Culture

Paper CultureWhat: Paper Culture modern announcements, cards, stationary and more.

Features: Exclusive announcements, invitations, cards and stationary personalized just for you! With inspiration taken from brands like Kate Spade and Marc Jacobs, each Paper Culture design is fresh and unique, printed on high-quality card stock and backed by a 100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee

Green Factor: Paper Culture’s entire catalog is printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper that was produced using wind power. Envelopes and packaging are made from recycled material, and best of all? Paper Culture plants a tree for every order they receive!

Bonus: Save time & headaches by using their Mail & Message service–you cover the postage and leave the rest to Paper Culture. They’ll address, stamp and mail your cards on your behalf! Wow! Check their web site for more details.

Find It Here: Paper Culture

Win It: We’ve partnered with Paper Culture to give away THREE $25 voucher codes for the Paper Culture web site to THREE lucky winners!

Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter PC05 as the giveaway name and name two ‘Life Events’ that Paper Culture creates designs for. Giveaway ends 05/31/10; $25 value. Open to US residents only. Official Rules

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Fun Fleece

dog-hat.jpgWhat: Polar fleece hats

Features: Environmental Studies grad Ryan Williamson runs his business, The Mouse Works, out of his studio in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. His polar fleece winter wear is available in baby, youth and adult sizes and comes in a wide variety of bright colors and funky styles

Green Factor: Ryan’s philosophy is a green one: do all we can to lower the environmental impact of our daily lives. With that in mind, he uses only discarded fleece from factories, ships his products in recyclable material and has seriously reduced his waste output (in 2004, he was able to fit ALL of his business trash in to one paper bag!)

Bonus: Head to the site to see photos of Ryan’s studio, read about his dedication to the environment and check out what else is up for grabs (including fleece overalls and a full-length skirt that has comfort written all over it)

Find It Here: The Mouse Works

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The Titi Collection

freshtulip2.jpgWhat: Titi Collection

Features: A fashionable, functional line of clothing made exclusively for nursing mothers—blouses, hoodies and gowns are made from stretch silk and feature a built-in Italian lace bra

Green Factor: Each item is created using salvaged fabric

Bonus: As opposed to factory production, all garments are sewn by a local seamstress

Find It Here: Titi Collection

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Box Appeal

multiboxes.pngCardboard—it ain’t just for boxes anymore.

Well, okay, so it is but these fun, functional boxes from Green Lullaby are a far cry from their boring brown counterparts. Designed for younger kids, MultiBoxes are made out of 100% corrugated, mostly recycled cardboard and are great for storing, stacking and sitting. They withstand up to 110 lbs. and are outfitted with two built-in handles and a sturdy lid. The tops and sides are brightly illustrated with kid-friendly shapes, letters and numbers, and each box is treated with a non-toxic, flame-retardant coating for longevity and durability. Kid appeal, eco-friendliness and hello? Extra storage—all in ONE box.

Find It Here: Green Lullaby

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Cell Phone Style for a Song

cases.jpgMade by women at a co-operative in New Delhi, these cell phone cases are fashioned out of antique saris that would normally be burned for their gold and silver. Each beautiful case is intricately detailed and completely unique. They’re equipped with a strap that can be hooked on to your purse, backpack or belt for safe keeping and are traded fairly from India. Choose from three colors – green, brown and turquoise.

Buying one of these cell phone cases is something you can feel good about. The women who create them earn the money they desperately need to raise their families and The Rainforest Site will preserve 1145.0 sq. ft. of land for each one purchased. So for just $16, you’re not only getting a one-of-a-kind case for your cell phone, you’re saving the lungs of our planet and putting gorgeous antique saris to good use.

Find It Here: The Rainforest Site Store

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Happy Handmade Easter

il_430xn58999449.jpgIf there’s one thing we dislike about Easter time, it’s those awful baskets. You know the ones, right? Not only are they kind of um…ugly but they’re PLASTIC! This time last year we featured cool fair trade baskets handwoven in Africa (we love handmade stuff!) and this year we’re featuring these awesome handmade, hand-embroidered baskets made from reclaimed fabrics and buttons. Whimsical, adorable and reusable year after year, these one-of-a-kind baskets are a fun alternative to the plastic junk that’s available in most stores at Easter time and guess what? We’re giving one away!

Find it Here:  Devzbagz

Win It: We’re giving away a Devzbagz Easter ‘Bag’sket. Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter DB3 as the giveaway name and provide the answer to this question: What four designs does Devzbagz offer for Easter? Open to US and Canadian residents. Enter by 3/18/09. $25 value. Contest Closed. Congrats Deanna!

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The Gloves are On

sm-glove-wk-bk.gifWhen I work in my yard, I always wear gloves. This is partly because I’m kind of prissy and don’t really like getting dirty but also because gloves protect my hands from branches, thorns, stubborn weeds that can cut and of course all the bacterium that live in soil. I learned about all the aforementioned hazards the hard way…by NOT using gloves and thus, I’m now a big fan. Of course, I always wear my husband’s el cheapo grande work gloves and of course, I always swear I’m going to get myself a decent pair. The ones I have my eye on are the West County Gardener Work Gloves. Full of recycling goodness, they’re constructed with a high-tech spandex mesh fabric derived from recycled PET (polyethylene terephthalate) beverage bottles that have been ground up and spun into recycled yarn and each pair of gloves removes one 8-ounce beverage bottle from landfill. Only adding to their coolness is the fact that they also make them for kids. The Kid’s Classic glove is an exact replica of the adult Classic Glove, with all the same comfort and durability, but smaller. And cuter. My daughter, who always wants the gloves off my hands, literally, would be thrilled to have her very own and I’d be thrilled because then she could help me pull weeds!

Find It Here: West County Gloves

 Win It: We’re giving away three pair of West County Gardener gloves. The winner can choose from the Kid’s Classic and the Work Glove. Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter WC3 as the giveaway name and provide the answer to this question: What is a signature feature of the Work Glove? Open to US residents. Enter by 3/20/09. $60 value. Contest Closed. Congrats Shawn!

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Peace on Earth. Delivered.

512b0dbef0271bf5484c915843ef36e2.jpgThere is something about picking out the perfect Christmas card and sending it with a personalized note, that I really love to do around the holidays. Maybe it’s because I treasure the ones that I get from friends and family that show that extra special care. This year, I found my perfect Christmas card at Print Pattern Paper. Made by Wisconsin mother and designer Rebecca Peragine, these holiday cards are made of 100% recycled cardstock and come in five designs – comfort (pictured), snowflake, peace dove, peace tree, and peace star. Her original designs are made with found papers, usually from magazines, newspapers, and foreign text books. And yeah, sending an e-mail greeting *might* be the greenest way to say “Merry Christmas”, but sometimes a special greeting is in order. Plus, it is recycled cardstock after all. :)

Find It Here: Print Pattern Paper

Deal! Receive 15% off at Print Pattern Paper, using code “GMF08”. Expires 12/14/08.

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