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Give the Gift of Green This Holiday Season with These Sustainable Products
Innovations in Sustainable Design

As sustainable design has gained in popularity, companies have responded by creating a number of products that meet the standards of conscientious shoppers. From housewares, to toys, to clothing, the market is full of sustainable products for every kind of person on your gift list. In the spirit of the 12 days of Christmas, we have highlighted a dozen gifts to help you have a green holiday.

Since 2002, NatureMill has been making the task of composting more pleasant by developing strategies to avoid the smells and the insects associated with traditional methods. The company's latest Home Composting Unit can be used indoors (although it is also designed to withstand the elements outdoors) and uses heat, mixing, and oxygen to break down food before odors develop. Simply load the top tray with compostable items and remove the resulting compost in the bottom tray at your convenience. Prices range from $249 to $399, depending on the model.

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Founded by New York visual artist Amy Adams, Perch offers a variety of aesthetically designed ceramic products, including gardening items to help you literally green your home. One of Perch's best sellers at $112, the Plant Pod is a two-part hanging planter featuring drainage holes in the interior piece and leather straps for hanging on the outer piece.

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Recognizing that growing up in an urban and sterile environment can rob children of an appreciation for nature, Japanese design firm Iichi has created products to help children cultivate more organic sensitivity. Appealing to children, as well as the inner child in every engineer, Iichi's Mokulock wooden LEGO-style bricks are handmade from maple and birch, biodegradable, and also compatible with traditional plastic LEGOs. Mokulok Wooden Bricks can be purchased through White Rabbit Japan, with a set of 50 running $31.

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Committed to environmental sustainability and responsible manufacturing, Los Angeles design firm Artecnica sponsors Design w/Conscience, a design and manufacturing program that creates products to express its principles. Tapping the talents of a variety of internationally recognized designers, Artecnica offers products such as its tranSglass carafe ($55), conceived by Studio Tord Boontje and Emma Woffenden. TranSglass is made from recycled bottles using a relatively simple process.
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Published 2013-12-13 00:00:00