Trash Me lamp

Made from recycled egg cartons, Victor Vetterlein’s Trash Me light
won’t last forever, but neither will the cheap Ikea lamps the world buys en masse. At least this one exudes style while minimizing the impact on both the planet and your wallet. Buy it for $70 at the MoMA Store.

Nest Thermostat

Nest is the iPod of thermostats, an intuitive, easy, and--dare we say it?--sexy way to save energy by regulating the temperature of your home. The new-and-improved Nest 2.0 is available here for $249.

Re-ply chair

The next best thing to never buying another chair--buying one that’s got a seat made entirely from recycled cardboard. Plus, the form holds up to design scrutiny: For the metal base, the Kickstarting designer Dan Goldstein pulled inspiration from none other than Ray and Charles Eames. Pre-order a Re-Ply chair here.

BoostTurbine 2000 Cellphone Charger

For every minute of hand-cranking, this cellphone charger delivers 30 seconds of talk time. It can also be an invaluable tool during power outages for calling 911 or sending “a few critical texts.” BoostTurbine is available directly from Eton for $60.

Hozuki LED lantern

The Hozuki, named after the plant whose fruit resemble paper lanterns, can be suspended from its hook or used like a candle with the light source tilted upward. It has three different brightness settings--at its dimmest, the battery lasts for 40 hours--and can be charged by USB. It even has a “candle mode,” allowing the LED to respond to sound or wind with a flicker, so you can enjoy the romantic setting without burning your tent down. Buy it here for $90.
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Bike Planter

For the biker who’s also a plant lover, we offer the straight-out-of-Portlandia Bike Planter, which is exactly as it sounds: a flowerpot you attach to your ride. The Atlanta-based designer Colleen Jordan creates 3-D-printed vessels to order through Etsy at $45 a pop.

Bübi Bottle

The Bübi bottle is a handy vessel that collapses into a smaller package like a toothpaste tube with every sip you take, eventually rolling up into a ball the size of your palm. Unlike similar, cheaper variations on the scrunchable theme, the Bübi is made from thick BPA-free silicone. It’s available in assorted electric colors and in two sizes: 14 ounces ($20) and 22 ounces ($30).

Maizy Desk Collection

Designed by the London-based Italian duo Spalvieri/Del Ciotto, this cheery six-piece collection of desktop gadgets for Lexon is made from polylactide (PLA), a biodegradable plastic derived from cornstarch. They range in price from $15 for the pocket calculator to $89 for the USB-rechargeable radio.

Maizy Desk Collection

After a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, the Mason Shaker, a screw top that turns a regular mason jar into a cocktail shaker, is now in pre-production. Sign up to find out when more will be available.

Broom Chair

The latest collaboration between design superstar Philippe Starck and American manufacturer Emeco, the charmingly squat Broom chair is fashioned from an innovative mix of recycled plastic, glass, and sawdust. The “reclaimed, repurposed, and recyclable” seat is available here for $195.

Biolite

An Innovation by Design Award winner, the BioLite turns wood into a hyper-efficient, clean heat source for cooking and converts that heat into electricity for charging gadgets. Each sale--it retails for $129--subsidizes a cheaper version for developing countries.

Our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide For Eco-Warriors

From a lamp made from recycled egg cartons to a reusable water bottle, our picks for sustaining the planet and good cheer.

The ecologically virtuous approach to gift giving is to buy nothing at all. But that probably won’t go over well with friends and relatives, who might equate your principled stance with Ebenezer Scrooge. So let everyone decide on their own whether to plant a tree or microfinance a business, and give one of these way-more-fun options that do minimal damage to the planet while sustaining the holiday spirit of rampant consumption.

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  • Tana632

    Hi- wonderful items but the captions for slideshow photos are obscured by the white text box at left.

  • Michael Aldridge

    These kind of products really bothers me, not in any sense are most of them eco-friendly, they are instead only designer items/fads.

    The phone charger for instance will use far more energy to manufacture than it will EVER save from charging a phone, distinctly eco-unfriendly.

    The iThermostat is another product that already exists, except this version in its designer friendly form is more expensive, less eco-friendly and I suspect less functional.

    Please people, get wise and see these products for what they are. Cool products, but NOT eco-friendly. Hopefully someday an independent standard can be developed to make this apparent to everyone.

  • Toni Webb

    The text, describing the product, is covered up by the window below.  Please fix.  Thanks