Green Gifts

A few last-minute suggestions for holiday gifts.

If you're still in need of holiday gift ideas for colleagues, friends, or relatives, consider giving a gift that contributes to the greater good. There are a variety of charitable organizations to donate to in the recipient's name, but you might also think about gifting something that benefits the environment. Innovative products have hit the market that will satisfy the tree-huggers on your list and might even win over some skeptics.

Get Caffeinated

If you grab a cup of coffee on the way to work in the morning, consider this: 400 million paper coffee cup sleeves are thrown away every day in the United States alone. Make a little dent with a reusable, machine-washable Cafe Sleeve. Sleeves come in six colors and can be branded with a corporate logo.

Start at $0.65

Get Smart

You know that plugged-in products drain energy but, frankly, it's a pain to go around unplugging everything that's not in use. The easy answer? The Power Smart Wall from iGo Inc. It allows you to plug in four devices—two of which will always stay on and two of which will only pull electricity when they are powered on. The result is a savings of up to 85 percent of standby power.


Get Rolling

Flexible water bottles from Vapur are ideal for travelers, athletes, the forgetful, and people who loathe hand-washing dishes. They take up virtually no room when empty, are freezer- and dishwasher-safe, offer space for identification, and can be attached to a bag with the included carabiner. And because they are flat, they take 90 percent less space to ship than their traditional counterparts.


Originally published Dec. 1, 2009

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