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    Jimi, the Non-Wallet

    December 20, 12:48 PM by TreeHugger in Style

    You know we're fans of minimalism. So when Josh at Cool Hunting flagged up Jimi—"the wallet for people who hate wallets"—it went right onto our stocking stuffer list. Made from recycled/recyclable plastic, the skinny little thing holds paper

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    Eco-Celeb: Sharon Lawrence

    December 20, 12:40 PM by TreeHugger in Culture

    When not playing professional adulteress Maisy Gibbons on Desperate Housewives, Sharon Lawrence has been busy sitting on the board of ECO and campaigning to protect coral reefs. As a certified diver, she's sorry to see reefs being mined so that coral

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    Supersize-Me: Giant Fridges Are the New Ugly Trend

    December 20, 9:40 AM by TreeHugger in Culture

    In the mad, mad world of kitchen design, it looks like refrigerators are the new Viking ranges. Since giant, professional-sized stoves and ovens have become residential standards during the past the past few years, we knew oversized fridges couldn't be

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    Green:Design, an Online Reference Tool

    December 20, 9:05 AM by TreeHugger in Culture

    Who says focusing on eco-friendly product design can't make you some green? Not the minds behind Design:Green, who lead a series of workshops meant to dispel the notion that sustainable product development won't help entrepreneurs grow their

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    Be creative and score a Prius

    December 20, 8:22 AM by TreeHugger in Culture

    We’ve been going on and on about the Toyota Prius, to the point where you probably wish you had one, so you could blithly pass by our rabid enthusiasm. Well, have we got a deal or you! A free Prius, no less. And there is surprising little fine print or

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    Top Five - Personal Care

    December 20, 2:00 AM by TreeHugger in Culture

    It's very close to Christmas. Most of your gift shopping is done (unless of course if you are a guy and you haven’t even started!) but there is that elusive special someone, you just can’t find a present for. You’re thinking of falling back on the old

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    Citizen Eco-Drive Stiletto Watch

    December 19, 5:56 AM by TreeHugger in Style

    Not new, but time for a reminder. Citizen’s Eco-Drive powers these watches by light alone. Sunlight or interior man-made lighting charges a tiny, yet super efficient battery. Want to live in cave for a while? No problem. Depending on the model you chose,

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    Top Five - Helvetas' Fair Trade Eco Gifts

    December 19, 5:11 AM by TreeHugger in Culture

    The products we showcase on TreeHugger often have a North American bias. To redress the balance (if only a little) here are some great gift ideas from Helvetas. A Swiss based organisation that promotes self-reliant and sustainable development in the

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    Droog Design Turns 10

    December 17, 1:01 PM by TreeHugger in Culture

    To celebrate its first decade in existence, Droog Design, that wacky Dutch design firm famous for clever ideas such as a bookshelf made of wrapping paper and a chest of drawers taken from unwanted furniture, is having a giant, international exhibition at

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    Bamboo Knife-Fork

    December 17, 8:49 AM by TreeHugger in Style

    Obviously by now you know that we think bamboo is really neat-o. So check out the latest knife-fork set we found at The Apartment. both made from one stick, you simply pop the fork out of the knife and you've got two utensils. Very efficient. Cool. $12

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    Spoke n' Wheel LED Bike Lights

    December 16, 2:14 PM by TreeHugger in Culture

    More groovy news from the gals at Popgadget, who spotted Michael Kertesz's Bicycle Wheel, a system of LED lights applied to spokes. We've seen this done before, but this looks extra-good, so we're giving it props. By mounting a thin strip of 32

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    Eco-Tip: Nappies and Diapers

    December 16, 3:03 AM by TreeHugger in Culture

    I could get into a lot of yellowy brown, smelly stuff here. Which is better - disposable or cloth? Maybe you've heard the phrase "Lies, damned lies and statistics." Over the years data has been trotted out to support both sides of the argument.

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    Mont Bell Canoe Bear

    December 16, 1:02 AM by TreeHugger in Culture

    Unfortunately its bank forced the closure of operations for one of our previous posts, Walden Kayaks. So we’ve been out looking for an alternative provider of recycled plastic watercraft. Our search is ongoing but in the process yielded up Canoe Bear.

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    Catherine's Ipod Pitas

    December 15, 1:30 PM by TreeHugger in Style

    Jules Winnfield's wallet was the inspiration for the label-maker inscription on this Catherine's Pita Shop ipod cozy, but if you ain't that bad, she's got plenty of other sassy patches and designs that may suit your taste, like the jazzy "Horny

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    Eco-Celeb: Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    December 15, 1:23 PM by TreeHugger in Culture

    "It's only a matter of time before one of those things takes a crap in the house," Julia Louis-Dreyfus says of the pelicans and other birds circling over her house. "I'm not too keen on that, but what can I tell ya? They live here, too." And

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    How To: Pick a Green Christmas Tree

    December 15, 12:11 PM by TreeHugger in Culture

    Go chop down a tree. Really, we mean it. An artificial Christmas tree might seem like the greener option, since no real tree is being destroyed and it can be reused year after year. But they’re usually made of PVC, and our local recycling center

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    Q&A.; - Party, Party!!

    December 15, 10:49 AM by TreeHugger in Culture

    Another Curly Question from a TH reader: Heya Treehugger! So I've got a little problem. I'm throwing a big bash for New Year's and I'm expecting around 70 guests at my loft. My dilemma is in the drinkware for the New Year's toast. I don't want to

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    Salewa's Jummy Ingeo shirt

    December 15, 2:00 AM by TreeHugger in Sustainable Fashion

    Salewa, based in Germany, are claiming to be the only adventure sports manufacturer offering Ingeo. (It could have been someone else, but more on that below) Ingeo is something you're going to hear much ado about, especially in the next few years, as a


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