For Part II of our Holiday Gift Guide, Modern Enviro is headed into the kitchen. Read on for a few more of our favorite earth- and human-friendly gifts and gadgets.
Resource Revival Recycled Bike Chain Bottle Opener
Cycling is one of the most efficient ways to get around, so you deserve to cool off after a long ride. Resource Revival has come up with a great way to reuse old bike chains (minus the grease, and with a much more relaxing purpose). $10 at Amazon.
Recycled Railroad Wine Rack
Constructed from salvaged early-1900s hickory railroad tie, slices of iron rail, and two switch plate cutoffs from the Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad Company, this wine rack is more “vintage” than the wine it holds. At $995 it’s not cheap, but it’s a darned unique addition to your kitchen. Available from Railyard Studios.
Stainless Steel Drinking Glasses
Sure, steel looks sleek and modern. But it’s also unbreakable, doesn’t have any nasty chemicals like BPA (that can be an issue with plastics), won’t absorb any odors or flavors, and it’s completely recyclable. StainlessLUX makes a variety of beautiful drinkware, including a 20-ounce pub glass ($10) and 12-ounce double-walled tumblers to keep drinks cold (set of 4 for $50).
Ten Thousand Villages Tableware
Ten Thousand Villages is a fair-trade supplier of handcrafted items from around the world. Two of our favorites from their collection are the Bamboo-Handle Teapot from the Sana Hastakala workshop in Nepal, and Woven Fiber Napkin Rings from Prokritee artisans in Bangladesh.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Membership
Locally-sourced foods are often fresher, better quality options than the offerings at chain grocery stores. Just as important, these foods can be more environmentally friendly since they don’t need to be shipped over long distances. Wherever you live, you can find a CSA membership for the locavore on your list at Local Harvest.