This recycled metal necklace is from Dallas-based jewelry artist Christy Robinson.
Dec. 4, 2018
Show your love for nature and our planet as you please the lassies in your life. Stores all across the Metroplex take note when you vote for the planet with your dollars. Here's some ideas to start your eco-friendly holiday shopping. All pricing listed is subject to change and is at the discretion of the individual merchants.
Bamboo Texas Cutting Board
Whole Earth Provision was founded in Texas in 1970 based on the seminal philosophy and concepts of the Whole Earth Catalog that had been recently published. It was a time of growing ecological awareness across the country – and the company’s dedication to green is reflected in the products on their shelves. Their Totally Bamboo Texas Cutting & Serving Board is a unique gift for the eco-gal in your household. Made from a renewable resource, this cutting and serving board will take food from kitchen to table in southern style. The long-lasting board measures 14 inches by 13 3/8 inches by 5/8 inches and contains no artificial pesticides, fertilizers, artificial dyes or colors. Bamboo is also naturally antimicrobial, deters odor and can be composted at the end of its life. $21.95 at Whole Earth Provision. Locations in Dallas and Southlake.
Tea Towels and Birdhouses
Trinity Haymarket has decked the halls with glee and glitter this holiday season. Each corner of the store offers a new delight. Check out their handmade flour sackcloth tea towels printed with a variety of chicken breeds. Your chick will love them. $15 each.
And don’t miss local one-of-a-kind handmade birdhouses in charming shapes and holiday colors. They are made from wood that was gathered after the Rowlett Tornado a few years ago when people tore down their houses to rebuild. From $20. Trinity will also be offering a few holiday specials. On Saturday, Dec. 15th (only), they will hand out a free goody bag with each purchase of $75 or greater, while supplies last. On Friday and Saturday, Dec. 21 – 22, they are hosting a BOGO Candle sale. Purchase any candle in the store and receive one of the same size for free. Trinity Haymarket, 1715 Market Center Blvd Dallas 75207.
National Park T-Shirt & Park Pass
Give the gift of the great outdoors when you pair a National Park T-Shirt with a year-long National Park Pass, both available at REI. The shirts are available with a variety of park choices from around the country and are made with 50 percent organically grown cotton and 50 percent recycled polyester (bluesign® approved). Super soft and tagless, your lady will love that a portion of the T-shirt price goes back to support our National Parks. $24.95 each. The National Parks Pass is good for one year and covers entrance for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas or up to 4 adults at sites that charge per person (kids 15 and under get in free). Entry to 2,000 Federal Recreation Sites. Seniors may be eligible for discounted passes. $79.99 at REI stores and REI.com.
Texas Olive Ranch Oil
Rooster Home & Hardware in Lake Highlands isn’t your daddy’s hardware store… it’s also a general store, toy store, kitchen supply and so much more. George the rooster rules the roost and will welcome you with a loud cock-a-doodle-do while you are shopping. Why not thrill your cooking partner with a selection of olive oils from Texas Olive Ranch stocked at Rooster in flavors such as Figalicious, Jalapeno Lime, Chipotle and Pepper, and Roasted Garlic. Texas Olive Ranch is nestled just outside of Carrizo Springs, Texas where more than 50,000 Arbequina, Arbosana and Koroneiki olive trees grow and prosper. The ranch presses olives at various stages of ripening, resulting in flavor that is buttery and earthy and offers a hint of a peppery aftertaste that any olive oil fan will appreciate. Starting around $14.99 per 8.5 oz. bottle at Rooster Home & Hardware, 10233 East Northwest Hwy. Suite 409, Dallas 75238.
Berkey Countertop Water Filter
Now with stores in Dallas and Plano, TreeHouse offers products for healthy living and is stocked for the holidays with many gift items at special 30 percent off pricing. The Berkey Filter is a stainless steel countertop wonder. The black filters are the secret sauce to Berkey’s purifiers. Made of tightly compressed carbon and other elements, the tiny pores on the filters allow for extra contact with water allowing them to draw out more contaminants. By removing toxic elements, parasites, bacteria and hundreds of other icky things from water without removing the beneficial minerals, the Berkey is the most effective system available. It will last up to 5 years and produce purified drinking water for pennies a gallon. Berkey is more than just a filter, it is a water purifier. One gallon unit starting at $175. In-stock Berkeys are 30 percent off through Dec. 24, while supplies last. TreeHouse, 8021 Walnut Hill Ln, Dallas, TX 75231 and 2201 Preston Road, Suite A, Plano, TX 75093.
Snappy Salads Gift Card
Launched by Dallasite Chris Dahlander, a man who grew tired of fattening food that was bad for his health and waistline, Snappy Salads has a mission to offer delicious meals that are good for you and easy to eat. The company also has a commitment to be a steward of this great Earth. Their tables are made from salvaged wood, countertops from recycled materials (porcelain, beer and wine bottles) and the lighting in the dining areas is energy efficient. Cups, utensils and take-out containers are made from compostable resources – and the straws are compostable paper. But the food is where Snappy Salads really shines. Your gift card recipient can choose from a variety of incredible salads, yummy wraps and even local soda pop made by Oak Cliff Beverage Works. Gift cards can be purchased at the Snappy Salads’ website or any of their 17 locations, including Dallas and Fort Worth. SnappySalads.com.
Vegan Recycled Metal Jewelry
If your sweetie is a vegan, vegetarian or simply an animal lover - surprise her with a necklace, bracelet or accessory from Christy Robinson Recycled Metals Jewelry. Dallas-based artist Christy Robinson has been creating her iconic pieces for over 16 years. The adorable bunnies, chicks, elephants and cows catch your eye but with inscriptions such as “NOT A NUGGET”, “CRUELTY FREE” and “VEGAN CHICK”, no doubt they are charming but the message is serious: Don’t Eat Meat! Robinson works in earth friendly recycled metals such as aluminum, sterling silver, PMC (precious metal clay), copper, lab-grown stones and ethically sourced beads and fair trade findings. All packaging is recycled and (or) recyclable. To find a dealer or order online, visit ChristyRobinsonDesign.com.
Repurposed PVC African Bracelets
Planet-loving ladies will adore this trio of bracelets made by the Ovahimba people in the Kunene region of northern Namibia and shipped locally from Pretty Things & Cool Stuff, owned by Dallas eco-aficionado Kim Young. Formerly made often in ivory, these ancestral designs are worn by the tribes in Namibia, the North Central, Kavango and Zambezi regions, saving countless elephants. Young comments, “This handcrafted set of Okavango bracelets is rooted in traditional culture with an eye-catching, contemporary twist — as well as a priceless story and mission. Wear them proudly!” Your gift will be cherished for many years and helps to support these ancient crafts made by women in Namibia. $30/set at PrettyThingsandCoolStuff.com.
Compostable Coffee Pods & Free Mug
Single cup coffee makers are convenient but they create an incredible amount of waste in our landfills – so a few makers have ditched plastic in favor of compostable pods. On our guy’s list last year, Tayst 100 percent Compostable Coffee Pods are worth repeating – and they’re available a special price for a limited time. Set your gal up with a gift box or monthly subscription to Tayst and she’ll be reminded often how much you care for her and Mother Earth. Made from a blend of bioresins and coffee chaff (bean skins) then printed with earth-friendly inks, the pods are offered in six java blends from Medium & Magnificent to Bold & Brazen (my favorite), espresso, decaf, vanilla and their new hazelnut. All beans are harvested from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms. A 30-cup assortment gift box is $22 plus $5 for domestic shipping. Monthly subscriptions also start at $22. Click this link and save 30 percent off of your first order and get a free Tayst mug, while supplies last. Tayst.com.
Earthscapes Gardens of the World Desk Calendar
Help your toots keep her dates straight with this colorful 12-month 2019 calendar from our buddies at DolphinBlue.com, an online green general store, founded by area Dallas eco-pioneer Tom Kemper. This calendar is like all products from Dolphin Blue which are carefully vetted to meet rigorous environmental standards. Features a different garden each month as well as an inspirational quote on top of the large, desk-sized 22-inches-by-17-inches blotter. Each date block size is more than 3-inches wide to jot down lots of appointments and notes. 100 percent recycled paper containing post-consumer waste and printed with soy inks. Manufactured in the USA and FSC certified. Includes desk holder with black reinforced leatherette corners. $23.58 at DolphinBlue.com.
Energy-Saving Flat Panel Heater
Does your loved one complain of being cold when everyone else is roasting? Give her the gift of warmth – her own flat panel heater. One of the personal favorites of this writer, Cozy Legs flat panel heaters gently warm legs and feet using both radiant and convection heat – and you can save money and energy when you can turn down the thermostat in the rest of the house. Cozy Legs uses just 200 watts – 87 percent less energy than a traditional 1,500 watt space heater. Silent and space-saving too. Perfect for under her desk or near her bedside because it’s approved for zero-clearance installations. An ideal gift for new moms, seniors and anyone else who chills easily. Around $50-$60 online and at stores in the area. CozyProducts.com.
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