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20 Green Gift Ideas

2013-10-01 11:44:18

Here are 20 green gift ideas that make use of recycled materials!

  1. Recycled Sari Wraparound Skirt

    From $32.95
    Sizes: 36 in., 26 in.

    Celebrate the rich culture of India with a uniquely colorful skirt made from recycled saris. Delightfully lightweight, these skirts are handmade in Nepal using salvaged squares of fabric -- giving a second life to glorious textiles worthy of preservation.

    The sari has been the traditional wardrobe of the India subcontinent for centuries, and is made of handwoven strips of fabrics as long as 29' (9 m). Saris are typically woven with one plain end to be worn concealed within the wrap, and with decorative borders that run the length of the garment. A one to three foot wide elaboration on this decoration makes up the other end. It is this end, known as the pallu, which is worn thrown over the shoulder in some styles of draping.

    • Recycled silk & rayon
    • Fit up to 41" diameter (104.2 cm) waist
    • Handmade in and fairly traded from Nepal

    Due to the handmade and recycled nature of this product, colors and patterns will vary. Please allow us to choose for you.

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  2. Recycled Sheet Metal Watering Can

    From $16.95

    Our watering can is as colorful and eco-friendly as your garden. Made from colorful lightweight sheet metal obtained from various commercial product packaging, this ingenious implement takes what would otherwise be landfill-clogging garbage and transforms it into a work of art.

    • Recycled sheet metal
    • 9" H x 13.25" L x 6" D (22.9 x 33.6 x 15.2 cm)
    • Handmade in and fairly traded from India

    Designs vary. Please allow us to choose one for you.

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  3. Recycled Motherboard Ornaments - Set of 2

    From $7.95

    What says ever green more creatively than ornaments for your Christmas tree made from recycled motherboards? A computer-age update on traditional holiday images to prove that even outdated equipment has its uses.

    • Angel & Snowman, Peace & Dove, or Tree & Star
    • Recycled motherboard, lacquer
    • Approximately 4" H (10.2 cm)
    • Handmade in and fairly traded from India

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  4. Recycled Candy Wrapper Planter

    From $9.95

    Candy wrapper chic! Exuberant colors and an intriguing weave pattern bring sweet pizazz to your indoor plant pots. Our recycled planter is deliciously eco-friendly.

    • Recycled
    • 6" H (15.2 cm)
    • Handmade in and fairly traded from India

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  5. Recycled Candy Wrapper Birdhouse

    From $12.95

    Old treats bring new tweets to your covered patio! Vibrantly colorful candy wrappers weave together to create a splashy focal point for home interior or beneath a covered overhang to welcome feathered friends from near and far.

    • Recycled
    • 9" H x 7.25" dia. (22.9 x 18.4)
    • Handmade in and fairly traded from India

    Created by Noah's Ark, a company based in Moradabad, India that focuses on fair trade. The company works with more than 100 artisan groups, involving more than 600 people. The crafts are produced mainly in Moradabad, Saharanpur, Nagina, Jaipur, Sari Tarin, Delhi, Hapur, Firozabad, and Amritsar. Noah's Ark not only pays fair wages, they're also involved in projects for schooling the artisan's children and bringing pure drinking water to the workshops.

  6. Recycled Sari Patchwork Dress

    From $39.95
    Sizes: S, XXL, L, M, XL
    Reclaim vibrancy with kaleidoscopic patches of recycled saris stitched together into a modern look. A low-cut v-neck gives way to flowing waves of silk.

    • Recycled silk
    • Adjustable straps
    • Handmade in and fairly traded from Nepal

    Sizing in inches / cmChest (around)Length (from shoulder to hem)
    S31 / 79
    46.75 / 119
    M32.5 / 82.6
    48 / 122
    L34 / 86.4
    49 / 125
    XL35.5 / 90.2
    50 / 127
    XXL37 / 94
    51.25 / 130

    Due to their handmade and recycled nature, no two dresses will be alike. Colors and patterns will vary; please allow us to choose one for you.

  7. Radiant Garden Recycled Silk Dress

    From $36.95
    Sizes: XXL, S, L, M

    Brilliant colors and exotic patterns spark against each other to bring you a vibrant silk dress like no other. Cross-bodice accent, cap sleeves, and a lightly elasticized waist conjure the magic of a sunny day every day.

    • 100% recycled silk
    • Integrated slip
    • Hand wash separate in cold water; do not bleach
    • Handmade in and fairly traded from Nepal

    Due to the nature of recycled materials, patterns and colors vary. Please allow us to choose one for you.

    Sizing in inches / cmChestLength
    S36 / 91.544.5 / 113
    M38 / 96.545.75 / 116
    L40 / 101.547 / 119.5
    XL42 / 106.547.25 / 120
    XXL44 / 11248.5 / 123

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  8. Recycled Sari Layered Tunic

    From $28.95
    Sizes: M/L
    Our layered tunic reflects the multifaceted colors of your world, constructed from reclaimed discarded saris.

    A sash is included to provide different styling options. Tie it between the shoulder blades in back, or wear as a belt or neck scarf.

    • Silk
    • Handwash with like colors, line dry
    • Handmade in Nepal
    Fit Note
    Sizing in inches / cmChest (relaxed-stretched)Length
    M/L36 / 9129 / 73.5
    XXL/3XL42 / 10731 / 78.5
  9. Pocket of Change Recycled Silk Skirt

    From $36.95
    Sizes: S, L, M, XL

    Consider the humble pocket, a seemingly simple invention that took almost four hundred years to transform from a belt pouch into something something resembling the pockets of today. Commonplace now, it's easy to take them for granted until you need one to put keys. Thankfully our darling silk patchwork skirt gives you a perfect pair of pockets and is lovingly made in Nepal, ensuring no two are exactly the same.

    • 100% recycled silk
    • Drawstring waist
    • Hand wash separately cold, warm iron, no bleach
    • Handmade in and fairly traded from Nepal

    Sizing in inches/cmWaist (relaxed-stretched)Length
    S 29-35.5 / 73-91 31 / 78.5
    M 30.5-37.5 / 77-95 33 / 84
    L 32-39 / 80.5-99.5 34 / 86.5
    XL 33.5-41 / 84.5-104 34 / 86.5
    XXL 35-43 / 88.5-109 34 / 86.5

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  10. Recycled Plastic Anarkali Handbag

    From $32

    It's easy to stay in the know with our Recycled Plastic Anarkali Handbag, made from recycled plastic bags! The tough plasticized fabric makes this accessory perfect for everyday use and for withstanding whatever the elements bring, just like the resilient women who make them! These handbags are made from the daily Hindi Times imprinted on a material made from recycled plastic bags gathered from trash heaps in east New Delhi by Conserve India, a non-governmental organization (NGO) on the cutting edge of both environmental issues and women's fair trade. That's a lot of good baggage for one cute bag!

    • Beach, Mosaic, Classic Stripe, Bobby Black, Newsprint, or Pink Newsprint
    • 15" W x 7" T x 3.5" D (38.1 x 17.8 x 8.9 cm)
    • Handmade in and fairly traded from India

    Colors may vary slightly. Please allow us to choose for you.

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  11. Recycled Sari Backpack

    From $32.95

    Set yourself apart as head of the class in our unique backpack. Patches of recycled saris create a mesmerizing bag befit to hold the pieces that make up your colorful life. Plenty of pockets and two bottle holders make this pack as functional as it is attractive.

    • 100% recycled silk
    • Two mesh beverage holders
    • Two zippered external pockets
    • Internal pocket
    • Adjustable, padded straps
    • 15" H x 11" W x 4" D (38 x 28 x 10.2 cm)
    • Handmade in and fairly traded from Nepal

    Due to the handmade and recycled nature, colors and patterns will vary. Please allow us to choose for you.

  12. Deluxe Recycled Tire Tube Wallet

    From $16.95

    Money talks, and it makes a particularly bold statement in our stylishly eco-friendly wallet. Made entirely from recycled rubber tire tubes, this durable accessory sends an unmistakable message about ecological responsibility. And it's all kinds of pretty, to boot.

    • Made from recycled inner-tubes
    • Contains a zippered compartment
    • 3 bill slots
    • 2 smaller slots for cards
    • Sturdy snap closure
    • 7" x 4" (17.8 x 10.2 cm) folded
    • Handmade in and fairly traded from El Salvador

    Due to their recycled nature, no two wallets are alike. Though general outline and measurements of bag are consistent, patterns on rubber will vary.

  13. Recycled Tire Tube Men's Wallet

    From $24.95

    The man in your life can change a tire -- now let him wear one in his back pocket! Introducing a gentleman's accessory equal parts style and significance.

    • Made from recycled inner-tubes
    • Bi-fold construction
    • 3.5" T x 4.5" W (8.9 x 11.4 cm)
    • Handmade in and fairly traded from El Salvador

    Due to their recycled nature, no two wallets are alike. Though general outline and measurements of wallet are consistent, patterns on rubber will vary.

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  14. Recycled Sheet Metal Shelf

    From $26.95

    Lively commercial artwork makes our recycled sheet metal shelf unit pop with color and unique personality. Three trays sort your mail, trinkets, keys -- you name it. A one-of-a-kind handmade treasure from India.

    • Recycled sheet metal
    • 3 trays
    • 18.5" H x 10.25" W x 5.5" D (47 x 26 x 14 cm)
    • Made in and fairly traded from India

    Due to size or weight, this item is not available for international nor express shipping.

    Due to the nature of recycled materials, color and design vary. Please allow us to choose one for you.

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  15. Layers Upon Layers Recycled Sari Top

    From $28.95
    Sizes: S, L, M

    Fun and flirty layers of recycled silk sari bring a beguiling symphony of movement. Our pretty silk top is the pinnacle of sensuous luxury, handmade with rich color, unstoppable style, and a whole lot of love.

    • 100% recycled silk
    • Hand wash separate in cold water; do not bleach
    • Handmade in and fairly traded from Nepal
    Due to the nature of recycled materials, patterns and colors vary. Please allow us to choose one for you.

    Sizing in inches / cmChest (relaxed-stretched)Length
    S38.5 / 9823.5 / 59.5
    M40.25 / 102/td>25 / 63.5
    L42 / 106.526 / 66
    XL43.75 / 11127 / 68.5
    XXL45.5 / 115.528.25 / 72

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  16. Guatemalan Recycled Rainbow Bag

    From $29.95

    It's never been easier to scoop up the glory of a rainbow and bring it home. Soft as a cloud and brilliantly bold, here's an everyday accessory that's miles beyond the everyday!

    Handcrafted by CreArte, an organization dedicated to improving the living conditions of small Guatemalan handicraft producers. CreArte works with organized producers and local fair trade organizations to foster sustainable development and an equitable distribution of income and opportunities.

    • Made with recycled traditional Guatemalan textiles
    • Cotton-lined
    • 10" T x 12" W x 4" D (25.4 x 30.5 x 10.2 cm
    • Handmade in and fairly traded from Guatemala

    Due to the recycled nature of the product, bag will vary slightly from shown, but will be rainbow striped.

  17. Recycled Silk Patchwork Maxi Dress

    From $39.95
    Sizes: XXL, S, L, M, XL

    The beauty and variety of patchwork lends a classic quilt quality to our alluring dress. The full length dress is constructed entirely from recycled silk saris, stitched together for a lightweight and truly conversational piece tied with a neat ribbon.

    • 100% recycled silk
    • Hand wash separately cold, warm iron, no bleach
    • Fairly traded from Nepal

    Due to the nature of recycled materials, patterns and colors vary. Please allow us to choose one for you.

    Sizing in inches / cmChest (around/unstretched)Length (from shoulder to hem)
    S36 / 91.449.75 / 126
    M38 / 96.551 / 129.5
    L40 / 101.652.25 / 132.7
    XL42 / 10752.25 / 132.7
    XL44 / 11253.5 / 136

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  18. Silk Mirage Recycled Sari Sundress

    From $36.95
    Sizes: XL

    This positively pretty take on recycling surrounds you in luminous color, silky-shiny ease, and a special kind of luxury. Make a dishy entrance every time in vintage textiles that flatter you in swishy panache. Just gorgeous!

    • Authentic recycled silk saris
    • Made in and fairly traded from Nepal

    Due to their recycled nature, color and pattern will vary -- please allow us to choose for you.

    Sizing in inches / cmChest (Stretched)Length
    S38 / 96.545 / 114.5
    M39.75 / 10146 / 117
    L41.5 / 105.547.25 / 120
    XL43.25 / 11048.5 / 123
    XXL45 / 114.549.5 / 126

    In addition to the good you do buying it here, a portion of your purchase goes to GlobalGiving.org, a group that rescues Nepali girls from bonded servitude. Each girl's family is provided with a piglet or goat to reimburse the money paid for her servitude, and the girl is provided with six full years of education.

  19. Recycled Huipil Tiny Bouquet Pouch

    From $12.95

    One word: vivacious. Passionate blooms bring the vibrance of Mayan culture to your couture in an opulent banquet for the eyes...breathtaking. Perfect for a pair of theater tickets and lipstick.

    The indigenous Mayans still living in Guatemala are well known for their colorful native dress, lovingly created by hand on vintage looms. The huipil (wa-peel) is a traditional blouse carefully woven with intricate patterns incorporated into the fabric or embroidered on top. Each village has their own design and unique color combination -- many of which have remained unchanged since pre-Columbian times.

    • 100% cotton
    • Zips at top
    • 5" T x 4.75" W (12.5 x 12 cm) with a 25" L strap (63.5 cm)
    • Made in and fairly traded from Guatemala
    Due to the nature of recycled huipil, each pouch is unique. Please allow us to choose for you.
  20. Recycled Seatbelt Handbag

    From $34
    Colors: Black, Orange

    Buckle up and make a fashion-forward statement about conservation! Seatbelts removed from junkyard cars in New Delhi are used to create these one-of-a-kind handbags -- and an eye-catching basket weave design lends its own unmistakable character to ensembles galore.

    • Black or Orange Stripe
    • Made of recycled seatbelts
    • 11" (28 cm) T x 15" (31 cm) W
    • Zips securely closed
    • Handmade in and fairly traded from India

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