10 eco-friendly holiday gift ideas for friends

November 27, 2020 by  
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Too often, the giving season feels like a mad rush to check tasks off a list. It’s all too easy (and embarrassing) to wind up giving our friends and family junk gifts that we regret buying. Our  shopping  guide makes it simple to find sustainably made, easy-to-purchase presents that you can feel good about giving over the holidays. Spent grain pancakes Everybody has to eat, and anybody sane likes a good pancake. This  spent grain mix  is low carb, high  protein , contains lots of fiber and uses recycled grains. What?! That’s right, these pancakes are called “spent” because the barley flour comes from microbrewery castoffs. You and your pancake gift recipient will feel even better about breakfast knowing that Grain4Grain donates to a food bank every time somebody purchases a box. Related: How to make soy wax candles for a cozy, autumnal home Shoes by Allbirds Buying shoes can be intimate, so this one is for your close friends.  Allbirds , best known for its sneakers, also makes boat shoes, slip-ons and flats. Choose from shoes made from wool — supposedly these New Zealand sheep have a fabulous life — or, for your  vegan bestie, choose shoes made from responsibly sourced eucalyptus fiber. As a carbon-neutral company, Allbirds puts eco-thought into all aspects of business. The laces are made from recycled plastic bottles, the insoles use castor bean oil and even the shipping boxes are made from 90% recycled cardboard. Digital thrift store gift card Some friends are easier to shop for than others. For some particular people, it’s best to let them pick out their own  gifts . Help them shop sustainably with a digital thrift store gift card from Rent the Runway or thredUP. Upcycled clutch from Jungalow Jungalow  specializes in bright colors and bold botanical patterns. The company is the brainchild of  design  blogger Justina Blakeney. Now you can get Jungalow’s super lush upholstery fabrics in a clutch purse. These clutches use upholstery scraps that wound up on the cutting room floor. Your friend can carry it as a small purse, or keep important things organized inside the clutch while tossing it in a larger bag. Darling little tassels adorn the clutch’s zipper. Girlfriend Collective activewear Through  fashion  alchemy,  Girlfriend Collective  turns old fishing nets, plastic bottles and other trash into chic leggings, bras, socks, sweatsuits and shorts. The company has already sidetracked about 4.5 million plastic water bottles bound for a dubious fate. You can find clothing for all sizes, and even a maternity section on their website. Homemade sugar scrub For a low-cost yet personal gift with a sweet scent, make your friend a sugar scrub. All you need is  sugar , coconut oil (or similar) and a few drops of essential oil. Use the essential oil straight out of the bottle, or make a special blend for your friend. Scoop the scrub into a mason jar, tie a bow around it, and it’s ready to gift. Full details on making sugar scrubs are available at  The Simple Veganista . Malala Scrunchie With a  Malala scrunchi , your friend can secure her hair while simultaneously promoting  education  for girls. When you buy these hair holders, the money goes to the Malala Fund, named for the brave and beloved Pakistani heroine and kick-ass activist Malala Yousufzai. The scrunchies are made from sustainably sourced bamboo fabric and dyed with natural plant dyes, like turmeric for yellow, indigo for blue and madder root for pink. We like the pumpkin color for fall and winter. Cruelty-free, 10-free nail polish from Pear Nova Ten what? Bad ingredients: toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, xylene, parabens, camphor, fragrances, phthalates or animal ingredients. Not sure what all those ingredients are? The bottom line is you probably don’t want them on your nails.  Pear Nova  products are 10-free, designed in  Chicago  and look much more stylish than your average drugstore nail polish. The inventive colors have fun names, such as Cleo F*ckin Patra, Rub My Temples, It’s Summer Somewhere and Rooftop ‘Til You Drop. Wine barrel Apple Watch strap In another clever example of  upcycling ,  Uncommon Goods  offers an upgrade for your Apple Watch strap. Your oenophile friend will feel good knowing that her new watch strap was once a French oak wine barrel. These straps are made in Austria and compatible with Apple Watch Series 5, 4 and 3. Eco travel kit In this pandemic  holiday  season, everybody wants things to go back to normal ASAP. Give the gift of optimism with this  eco travel kit . Your friend will smell delightful with naturally flavored lip balm, deodorant, moisturizer and perfume in grapefruit, bergamot and rose scents. She’ll nap beneath a silky eye mask and wake to note her thoughts in an artisan-crafted kite notebook. The kits come in a vegan leather case and also include earplugs, q-tips, hair ties, disposable face masks and Emergen-Cs. You can upgrade and personalize the Aria Kit with extra add-ons. Images via Grain4Grain , Katherine Gallagher / Inhabitat, thredUP , Jungalow , Girlfriend , Pixabay, HARA , Pear Nova , Uncommon Goods , and Aria Kit

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Apple’s water-resistant iPhone 7 will fight e-waste due to drowned gadgets

September 7, 2016 by  
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E-waste is a pressing modern issue: according to the EPA, over 60 million metric tons of e-waste , or electronic waste, enters landfills every single year. iPhones and Apple Watches are among the offending devices casually tossed out each year – the company has sold over a billion of the phones but few are recycled properly. Today at their event in San Francisco, Apple their new iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2. Both are water resistant. Related: Apple just unveiled a blazing fast iPhone recycling robot Apple’s Twitter account actually leaked the detail that the iPhone 7 is water resistant. According to Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller, the new enclosure on the iPhone 7 means it is water and dust resistant. Apple COO Jeff Williams spoke about the Apple Watch Series 2: a “completely re-engineered” watch. According to Williams, while the first Apple Watch was splash-proof, the Apple Watch Series 2 is actually “swim-proof.” He said users can wear it while swimming , surfing, or even during the “occasional cannonball.” Apple created new seals and adhesives to close entry points where water could leak into the device, but one area that was hard to seal was the speaker. According to Williams, they redesigned the speaker system so they can actually “use the speaker itself” to “eject water.” The watch won’t just be swim-proof for a lap every once and a while, but for those who swim daily. Apple tested the Watch in a simulator to see that it would last for those who swim over the course of several years, for “hundreds of thousands of strokes.” + Apple

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3 Ways The Apple Watch Can Help You Lead A Healthier Life

September 18, 2015 by  
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Is it time to move? If you’re not sure, taking a look at your watch should give you the answer. Apple’s wearable technology innovation, The Apple Watch, is for obvious reasons making quite a name for itself as competition in the fitness-tracking…

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Apple reveals a completely revamped Macbook

March 9, 2015 by  
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While many people were focused on the Apple Watch reveal , one of the most exciting things to come out of today’s Apple event was the newly-revamped Macbook. Rumors have been swirling for months about a new Macbook and Apple finally confirmed that a new design will be hitting shelves next month. Thinner and lighter than ever before, the new computer is designed to work in collaboration with your smartphone and has some incredible new technology that may usher in a new way of thinking about the personal computer. Read the rest of Apple reveals a completely revamped Macbook Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: apple , Apple Event March 2015 , Apple MacBook , Apple Macbook colors , Apple reinvents the Macbook , Apple reveal , Apple watch , Force Touch , Macbook 2015 , Macbook Apple , Macbook reinvented , MackBook pro , new Macbook

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Watch out! Apple’s new smart watch expected to debut this afternoon

March 9, 2015 by  
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Later today, Apple is set to launch their latest smart accessory: the Apple Watch . In a long-anticipated move, Apple steps into the wearable technology pool alongside other manufacturers like Samsung and Microsoft. Will the Apple Watch blow its competitors out of the water? Read the rest of Watch out! Apple’s new smart watch expected to debut this afternoon Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: apple , apple ceo tim cook , apple smart watch , Apple watch , iWatch , new apple products , tim cook , wearable technology

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PHOTOS: Apple Unveils The Apple Watch – Its First Wearable Device

September 9, 2014 by  
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DIY: How to Make a Bird Feeder From a Plastic Bottle!

September 9, 2014 by  
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The cooler half of the year is right around the corner (though most of us don’t want to admit it!), and all over the northern hemisphere, little feathered friends will be looking for food to help them survive the winter. You can help to supplement their diet of dried berries and seed heads by creating a simple feeder from materials you probably already have lying around the house. If you have an empty plastic jar, juice jug, or soda bottle, you can whip a feeder together in less than an hour. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of DIY: How to Make a Bird Feeder From a Plastic Bottle! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bird feeder , bird seed , birds , birdseed , chickadees , DIY bird feeder , feeder , finches , jays , make a bird feeder , make your own bird feeder , nuthatches , plastic bottle , sparrows , upcycled , upcycled feeder , urban bird feeder , urban birds , water bottle

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Want Some Earthquake-Resistant House With That Garden?

September 9, 2014 by  
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Are We on the Verge of a Smartwatch Arms Race?

March 30, 2013 by  
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Just when you thought that your phone was the only gadget you need to worry about, the battle is beginning to heat up over smart watches .  Samsung  recently revealed its plans to release a wristwatch-style computer;  Sony  released an Android-powered model last April; and rumors of an Apple producing an  “iWatch”  are running rampant. The question of whether smart watches will be as indispensable as their handheld counterparts still remains to be seen, but tech companies are eager to explore this relatively untapped market. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Apple watch , computer watch , digital watch , eco-fashion , high-tech fashion , high-tech watch , iWatch , Samsung smartwatch , Smartwatch , Sony smartwatch , wristwatch

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