Whether your home is a sprawling estate or a cozy little urban apartment, your indoor and outdoor spaces both reflect your respect for the natural environment. Here are a few green gift ideas to suit any eco-conscious friend or family member.
Organic Cotton & Hemp Wide-Brim Garden Hat
You spend time and energy making your garden earth-friendly and sustainable, so why shouldn’t your sun protection have the same priorities? This soft, comfortable hat from Angela’s Garden blocks 97% of the sun’s UV rays, and contains no toxic dyes. 55% hemp, 45% organic cotton; one size fits most. Natural sage color.
Suncast Stackable Recycling Bins (Set of 3)
Recycling is far easier when you keep all that stuff organized. Suncast’s durable resin recycling bins won’t rust, warp, or dent, and they can be used individually or stacked for triple the storage space with a small footprint. Bins are stackable with or without the lids, and each one measures a generous 17″ x 18″ x 24″.
Draft Stopper Foam Gasket Kit
Who says insulation isn’t a sexy gift? You’re really giving comfort and money savings! This all-in-one gasket kit targets some of the most often overlooked draft culprits (door sills and electrical outlets). Includes four door sweeps, 16 foam electrical outlet gaskets, 8 light switch plate gaskets, plus 12 electrical outlet safety caps.
Draft Stopper Foam Gasket Kit, $14.99.
Belkin Conserve Power Switch
Leave your chargers and electronics plugged in 24/7 without wasting electricity from “energy vampires”. The simple-yet-ingenious Belkin switch completely cuts power when a device isn’t needed. Switch illuminates when power is turned “on”; can be used individually or in pairs.
Belkin Conserve Power Switch, $6.89.
Sustainable Landscaping Book: “Covering Ground”
Covering Ground by Barbara W. Ellis proves that labor- and energy-intensive grass lawns aren’t the only options for beautiful landscaping. Showcases everything from flowering plants and mosses to elegant hardscaping.
DeckPower “Plug & Play” All-In-One Solar Panels
If someone on your list was really good this year, treat them to SpinRay Energy’s DeckPower PV panels. Solar power doesn’t get any easier than this: just hang the panels in a convenient spot (even an apartment balcony) and plug the cord into a standard AC outlet. Electricity flows directly into your home’s power system thanks to an integrated DC/AC inverter, without any wiring or meter modifications. Reduces power bills, and can even qualify for state and federal tax credits.