by , 12/21/05

Inhabitat Green Gift Guide 2006, Inhabitat sustainable gift guide for 2006, The best green gifts available



Bambu makes a line of beautiful kitchenware from environmentally friendly, 100% organically-grown bamboo. In addition to being organic, non-toxic and foodsafe, the company highlights its fair labor policies and socially-conscious manufacturing process. We especially like these Bambu salad bowls.

$18 – $25 from Branch



Looking at the Zelle jewelry line, you don’t even notice immediately that most of the components are recycled electronic and computer parts. Liz McLean Knight, who works for an online music magazine and spends most of her time with computers, has made a beautiful line of jewelry that is appealing both because of its quirky details, and because those details don’t wholly define the pieces.

I love the Cat 5 bracelet and the Capacitor necklace, which has teal capacitors in a cascading string that look like gems at first glance. Best of all, they are very reasonably priced, at only $15 for the Cat 5 and $65 for the Capacitor necklace.

$15 from Elsewares


The Moi “wearable electronic radiant light device” is a cute gift for big and little girls alike. The LED pendant can easily transform from a necklace to a bracelet to a hair accessory. I wonder if it could double as a reading light? Powered by a 3V easily replaceable battery, its available in amber, green and brilliant white.

$29 from GNR8

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IKEA challenged 28 designers to come up with ideas for their new PS line of socially and environmentally conscious products. One of the standouts of this collection are the hand-worked vases by Hella Jongerius. Although she usually creates limited edition pieces that are quite expensive, teaming up with IKEA allowed for a combination of both mass production and hand-crafting. These (rather large) vases are a lovely example of the PS line – and they won’t be carrying them forever.

$40 from IKEA

under $100


Only a British designer could have come up with this witty mug – which transforms those irritating ringmarks that tea mugs leave into a “nice floral pattern”. Go crazy decorating your tablecloth. A tea or coffee-drinker’s dream!

$55 for set of 2, from GreenerGrassDesign


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Designed by Amanda Knox, Sara Shaughnessy and Kim Hoffmann of RedStart, this sterling silver piece doubles as both a beautiful piece of jewelry while providing a mechanism for self-defense. Disguised as a simple band when worn on one finger, the ring is actually made of three bands that unfold, providing spiky weapons for three consecutive fingers. Of course, if you prefer less intimidating jewelry, you can opt for something on one of the other sculptural lines available. But really, what better way to let someone know you love them than to help keep them safe?

$75 from RedStart


Give that special someone in your life the chic-est wine glasses she ever received. Design duo Molo, when not working on their famous softwall, make this stunning line of glassware called Float. The suspended bowl design at the bottom of the glasses serves to elevate condensation away from the table surface, making the use of a coaster unnecessary. Use for red wine, water, tea, coffee, cappuccino or beer. Whatever you serve, the liquid inside is emphasized, becoming a lens of liquid color, projecting a play of colored light onto the table surface.

$89 and up, from GreenerGrassDesign

over $100


If you thought birdwatching was for grannies, think again. The Egg Birdfeeder puts a fresh face on a backyard basic. With its almost liquid-looking glaze, available in nine bold colors, the handcrafted ceramic egg has a truly modern aesthetic, and it’s both weatherproof and squirrel-proof. This feeder would look great merely as an ornamental decoration outside your house, but of course, the added bonus is that you’ll attract all kinds of birds, and discover that they can captivate your attention for hours. This is a great gift, since it can be shared and enjoyed by everyone. And who knows, maybe you’ll decide birding is a sport worth practicing…

$125 from JSchatz.com


Perfect for those moments when really wish you were somewhere else, the Daydreams Mirror combines a work of art with a vanity mirror. Designed by Jason Miller, each Daydreams Mirror contains a tranquil nature image printed onto the reflective surface. When viewed, the printed image and reflection combine, transporting the viewer into an imaginary environment.

$429 from GNR8

Wishful Thinking

(Nicki & Kyle)

Think about the possibilities: Her name? Yours? Your names intertwined? A proposal? Say it with the Signature Vase by Tjep Design Studios created for Droog (well known for their creative suggestions of everyday objects.) If you really want to go all out, forego your typical supermarket vase for this vessel instead. Extruded from nylon, these are truly unique creations of individuality. They aren’t exactly cheap, but you can be assured that no one else on the block will have one like it.

1900 Euros at Tjep Design Studios


ECO-BOUDOIR – Sustainable Interiors & Bedroom Accessories

Eco-friendly bedroom accessories. Need we say more?

Prices vary, see website

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