The 2010 Holiday Green Gift Guide

Celebrate the holidays this year with green gifts for the office and home. Use AusPen’s 2010 Holiday Green Gift Guide to give you ideas for a greener holiday.  From non-toxic, refillable markers to Fair Trade beauty products to recycled outdoor rugs, this list is sure to give you ideas on how to remember those on your list without forgetting about Mother Earth. Looking for gift ideas that have a high return but low impact on the environment? There’s no one-stop shopping for all the family members, friends, co-workers and teachers on your list, so AusPen eco-friendly markers presents the 2010 Holiday Green Gift Guide, with 10 eco-friendly gifts under $100.  1.    AusPen refillable, non-toxic dry-erase markers: www.ecosmartworld.com A kit of AusPen eco-friendly markers and their refill inks - $69.95 Each AusPen kit includes 6 brightly colored dry-erase markers and their refill inks, designed to last and last. AusPen markers are made with certified non-toxic ink (no xylene, no strong odors), 100% recycled aluminum (no PVC plastic), and they are refillable (no more waste). 2. Energy Monitor:  amazon.com Black & Decker EM100B Energy Saver Series Power Monitor. - $38.73 Lets you monitor your current energy usage in dollars, so you don't have to be a mathematician to understand what the readings mean.  3.  Video Streaming On Demand: amazon.com or itunes.com Download TV episodes and movies, or buy a season pass – Gift cards for any amount How often does anyone really re-watch the TV episodes or movies that line their shelves?  4.    Teens Turning Green Beauty Product Collection: teensturninggreen.org Skin care products, without the chemicals - $5.99 – 21.00 Using botanicals and Fair Trade plant oils, Teens Turning Green also donate proceeds from the mango body butter to community projects in Togo, Africa.  5.   Outdoor Rugs: sweepdreams.com Colorful rugs made of 95% recycled plastic – 4x6 rugs for $49.00 Floral, ethnic, traditional and geometric designs to liven up the outdoors.  6.    EnviroBLOX: budgetartkids.com Biodegradable blocks made from cornstarch - $32.95 Just moisten and stick EnviroBLOX together for endless architectural designs. 7. Big Green Cookbook: barnesandnoble.com Hundreds of planet-pleasing recipes and tips - $25.00 Every tip and recipe in this cookbook is eco-conscious to green your cuisine.  8.  Wild Animal Adoption: worldwildlife.org A symbolic adoption of an endangered animal from WWF - $25.00-$100.00 Choose from among 20 species like tigers, elephants, and polar bears, and receive a certificate, a plush animal and a description of the work being done for your species. 9.    Organic towels and bath accessories: gaiam.com 100% organic cotton shower curtains, mats and towels - $10.00 - $59.00 Recreate the spa experience with chlorine and softener-free towels that are made with low eco-impact dyes. 10.  PVC-free toys: ecotoytown.com A variety of safe toys, plush animals and discovery kits - $10 - $100 Avoid PVC (the ‘poison plastic’) with toys made of natural materials like wood, cotton and wool, with non-toxic dyes paints and finishes.

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