CR Magazine's 2016 Sustainable Gift Guide

It's gift-giving time, and we at CR Magazine would like to wish our readers Happy Holidays! In keeping with the spirit of the season, and also remembering our dedication to corporate social responsibility, we would like to encourage you to buy gifts that are not only valued by your loved ones, but are good for the environment as well.

Below we have an overview of some of the most sustainable gifts that you can purchase, and don’t forget to reuse your wrapping paper also!

Alter Ego Fair Trade Chocolates

This chocolate is from organic trees in the Peruvian Amazon and Ecuadorian Coast, and cacao beans from the base of the Andes Mountains. Pur Projet, the cooperatives, and Alter Eco plant the trees and use organic farmland. The fair trade product is then made in Switzerland by chocolatiers.

Bambeco Adopt an Italian Olive Tree

This new program lets customer adopt an olive tree in a region of their choice, supporting artisans and the farming industry. Growers will harvest the olives from the tree and create the olive oil, sending the recipient three 16.9 oz. containers in April. 

Bedol Water Clock

The Bedol Water Clock generates its own energy with electrodes that convert ions into a current that powers the clock. Users just need to add water. A built in memory chip ensure the time is accurate.

Crate and Barrel Magnetic Wall Bar

The wood used by Crate and Barrel is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and harvested from forests that are responsibly managed and economically viable. Renewable acacia wood is one of the sustainable woods the company uses in its products.

Grow Organic Biodegradable Pots
Biodegradable pots are made out of sustainable container planters. Seeds can fill newspaper pots, expanding Jiffy peat pellets, cow pots (composted cow manure), or coconut fiber pots. They can then be planted in the ground.

Mo Cases Suitcases
These suitcases have been given many green awards. The shell of the case is made of vulcanized fiber (cellulose), recyclable, and very environmentally resistant. It’s lighter than aluminum, dust and waterproof, and it comes with organized dividing bags inside. 

Sara Bella Upcycled Recycled Handbags
Sara Bella Upcycled makes hand-crafted bags of recycled materials that are durable, washable, and functional. The company has saved more than 70,000 plastic bags from the landfill while creating the items. They can also make custom designs.

Smartglass Recycled Jewelry

This handmade jewelry features recycled glass, gold, brass and silver. All jewelry is designed by a renowned artist. In June 2006, Smartglass created a line of jewelry with Coca-Cola signature bottles.

Three by Three Desktop To-do Board

This to-do board comes with either a dry-erase or chalk surface and eliminates paper lists. The Bamboo and chalk boards can sit on the counter with a stand and are made of sustainably-harvested engineered wood from New Zealand.

Voltaic Systems’ AMP Solar Charger

The Amp Solar Phone Charger is small and portable. It has four times the power and twice the battery storage of most solar chargers in the market, and is No. 1 in the Best Solar Phone Charger List on Top Ten Reviews. It provides mobile and tablet charging without electricity. 

Wooden Widget Hoopy Bike

The Wooden Widget Hoopy Bike can be built by the user from a plan using purchased or salvageable parts and wood. It can be customized to the rider and the completed bike is only 20 lbs. and can hold up to 440 lbs.


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