Today we continue our Green Gift Guide with clever suggestions for the woman in your life: green versions of a girl’s favorite gifts including chocolate, fuzzy sweaters, and jewelry. Indulge your girlfriend, mother, sister, or best friend this holiday season….
PULL-TAB PURSE BY ESCAMA- $93
This versatile, glitzy yet practical handbag is made from over 700 aluminum pull-tabs from soda cans. The Socorro purse by Escama is a great example of turning everyday objects into clever design. Hand-crocheted and lightweight, it features a zipper closure, nylon lining, and an inside zip pocket. Making it even more green, the bags are produced by cooperatives of Brazilian craftswomen, and are individually signed by the artist who made it. A great gift for your eco-friendly yet always stylish girl friend.
DECONSTRUCTED SHAMPOO BOTTLE RING- $48
The bold and stylish O-U Ring by Studio 1a.m. is made from deconstructed shampoo bottles, encapsulated in polycarbonate, aluminum, and rubber. Different parts of bottles mean no two rings are alike! Also available as a pendant necklace.
3Form Ecoresin Bracelets – $5
Here’s the perfect gift for the archilady in your life (and we know there are a lot of you out there amongst our readers). Any designer who is into sustainable interiors is familiar with 3Form, the company that makes beautiful sustainable resin.
Now, in what we can only describe as a brilliant interdisciplinary move, 3Form has branched out into sustainable jewelry. These lovely ecoresin bracelets are only $5 a piece, and every purchase helps the environment, because 3Form donates 10% of proceeds to the Rocky Mountain Institute.
PERFECT ORGANIC BATH AND BODY- $10 and up
What girl doesn’t love super-soft, shea buttered skin? There are tons of organic bath and body lines out there, but we love Perfect Organics for their purity of product, design, and packaging. Their mission is simple: “to create wholesome organic products unrivaled in perfection, purity and effectiveness.” Their 100% pure and natural lip balms, lotions, and body washes are just the thing for your mother or sister. Try the Shea Butter, with ingredients extracted and clarified naturally, without the use of hexane/solvents or other chemicals.
LOOOLO SCARVES- $150 and up
These beautifully knit scarves are not only warm and gorgeous, they’re organic, biodegradable, and compostable. Designed by Joanna Notkin of Canadian company Looolo, the soft and snuggly accessories are made from Organic wool, ramie (in the linen family), viscose and zero impact dyes. The perfect winter gift for your always-cold girlfriend or grandmother.
Street Sign Bracelets- $24
Designer Stephen Hartlzer designs these wonderful recycled bracelets using old street signs and precision cutting and polishing. No two bracelets are the same! The bold colors and cuff style make this a perfect holiday accessory. Handmade in the USA.
TYPEWRITER KEY RING- $63
We love the simplicity of these bold, adjustable rings made from vintage typewriter keys set into sterling silver fittings. Made without the use of epoxy, the rings are durable, one-of-a-kind, and are just the personalized gift for your female coworker or sister. The original recycled typewriter jewelry is here. Choose your letter for jewelry that’s one-of-a-kind. Made with genuine, vintage typewriter keys set in 100% sterling silver fittings.
ANNA COHEN SWEATER- $255
During the cold winter months, there are few things better than a big fuzzy sweater. We love this voluminous white cowl neck sweater by Anna Cohen, made from 80% organic cotton and 20% recycled poly.
GREEN DIAMONDS & ECO-FRIENDLY JEWELRY – $200 and up
Everyone knows diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but now you can buy the exquisite gems with a clean conscience. Brilliant Earth is the leading supplier of certified conflict-free diamonds from Canada, and also donates 5% of all its profits to Diamonds for Africa, a non-profit that directly benefits local African communities harmed by the diamond industry.
An even better choice in our opinion is to go for “cultured” diamonds and completely bypass the mining thing altogether. Greenkarat is the first stop for completely sustainable fine jewelry, and uses cultured diamonds, rubies and saphires instead of mined ones, and 100% recycled platinum and gold in their jewelry. They even do custom orders!
Verē CHOCOLATE- Gift Boxes starting at $20
If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, chocolate is a close second. Verē chocolates are made from the best, sustainably grown, pesticide-free cocoa beans, and “handmade” Verē’s own state-of-the-art Manhattan factory. Most of the truffles, brownies, and bars are organic, gluten-free, and vegan, not to mention ridiculously delicious.