Eco-Friendly Gifts Ideas for Everyone this Holiday Season

By PSU EcoMerge Capstone - 5:14 PM

If you’re wondering what to gift your friends and family this holiday season, look no further. Giving eco-friendly gifts helps share the message of sustainability to those dear to us, while supporting businesses who have made sustainability their mission. Here is a list of items that are fun, well designed, useful and cost-effective:

SOLAR POWERED LED LAMPS


These beautiful accordion-style LED lamps charge for no cost during the daytime and run anywhere from 6-8 hours at night. The energy-efficient bulbs can last up to 100,000 hours! These lamps are great for obtaining indoor lighting for parties and come in a few different colors. Buy them here.


UPCYCLED PLANT MARKERS



For gardener friends, upcycled plant markers are a great way to reuse everyday items (like the utensils shown here) with an added quirky feel. These markers are stamped with plant names and last for a long time, if not forever. Buy these ones here.
HAND POWERED PAPER SHREDDER


This hand powered paper shredder might not sound exciting, but will definitely encourage people to print out less paper if they know they’ve got a bicep workout coming their way while efficiently replacing electric-powered shredders! Buy this here.

PORTABLE ECO-FRIENDLY SPEAKERS



Who doesn’t need portable eco-friendly speakers? These ones on sale here are great for traveling, and are made from cardboard. Sized at 3 inch square cubes, the speakers fold flat and and are lightweight enough to carry in a backpack. Plug them into a MP3 player or cell phone and enjoy listening to music and podcasts wherever you are!
WATER POWERED ALARM CLOCK



A water powered alarm clock like this one from Bedol is environmentally friendly, hassle-free, and very accurate. Just fill the tank with natural tap water from your kitchen or bathroom to guarantee 8 to 12 weeks of use, while using no power! Buy this version here.

HAPPY SHOPPING! 
Sources
http://www.bedolwhatsnext.com/friendly-water-powered-clock-green-p-2785.html
http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/10-new-eco-friendly-travel-gadgets/more
http://www.sustainablebabysteps.com/eco-friendly-gifts.html

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