Green gift ideas

December 10th, 2012
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This holiday season, you won't have to look far for "green" gift ideas. Here are a few suggestions on items that someone can use for the rest of the year — and longer — that help reduce the use of disposable plastics and paper.

* S'well bottles. The S'well reusable beverage bottles have a sleek, elegant design and can be used for both hot and cold beverages (which is great, because I know a lot that can only be used for one or the either). They're double-walled, made of stainless steel and come in seven cool colors. By the way, Oprah loves them, too. $35. Spotted at Lanikai Home + Style. Visit www.swellbottle.com.

These Swell bottles are good for both hot or cold beverages, and fit in most car cupholders.

These S'well bottles are good for both hot or cold beverages, and fit in most car cupholders.

* ChicoBags. This is a great Secret Santa gift for anyone who goes shopping because you know he or she can definitely use it. The ChicoBag is a reusable bag that you can easily tuck back into its drawstring to put in your purse or pocket. This one caught my eye - it's part of the Solstice Collection — with a colorful, custom-designed "flower burst" print on a reusable should-style bag. $12.99. Found it at Down to Earth. Visit www.chicobag.com.

This Chico Bag has a custom-designed print from the "Solstice Collection" and can easily be tucked away in your purse or backpack.

This Chico Bag has a custom-designed print from the "Solstice Collection" and can easily be tucked away in your purse or backpack.

L.I.F.E. jackets. This is the perfect stocking stuffer at just 99 cents, but it goes a long way. These reusable coffee sleeves are handmade in Kenya by a special group of women, providing them the opportunity to provide for their families. Each jacket is screen-printed. Reduce your use of cardboard coffee sleeves — you won't need one with this reusable one. Available at Whole Foods Markets for just 99 cents if you purchase a cup of coffee. Visit www.ctcinternational.org.

The L.I.F.E. jacket helps women in Kenya support their families. You reduce your use of disposable cardboard coffee sleeves.

The L.I.F.E. jacket helps women in Kenya support their families. You reduce your use of disposable cardboard coffee sleeves.

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