Ultimate Modern Gift Guide for the Holidays 2010
This guide is a curated list of green gift ideas for design-savvy folks interested in the environment.
ULTIMATE MODERN GIFT GUIDE FOR THE HOLIDAYS 2010 ~ a curated list for design-savvy folks interested in green innovation ~ JetsonGreen.com ! ! ! ! ! ! � Jetson Green, LLC � 2010 Jetson Green, LLC - all rights reserved. This guide contains affiliate links to third-party websites that Jetson Green does not control. Jetson Green is not in control of fulfillment, shipping, or returns of any products ordered via thirdparty websites. Prices are correct as of the first writing and subject to change. Jetson Green provides no guarantees, express or implied, and only provides this Guide for informational purposes. Happy holidays. If you have any questions about this guide, please contact its creator at JetsonGreen.com. 2 � Jetson Green, LLC CONTENTS PERFECT FOR THE ... ART AND FURNITURE TOOLS OF CONSERVATION ECO-FRIENDLY GADGETS VERSATILE ECO SPACES INSTRUCTIVE BOOKS GOOD MAGAZINES THE GIFT OF GIVING GIFT INDEX 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 JetsonGreen.com 3 PERFECT FOR THE ... A. THOUGHT LEADER - these colorful Moleskine-like books are made in the USA with 100% post-consumer recycled material. Build your own planner, journal, sketchbook, or notebook by picking the style, cover, size, and color. Purchase an Ecosystem for +$6.95. B. TECHNOLOGIST - the iPad is one of the most popular gadgets in the technology sector. Apple designed the product with no PVC or BFR, as well as an arsenic-free, mercury-free display and recyclable aluminum and glass enclosure. Purchase an iPad from Amazon for +$500. C. INTELLECTUAL - reports suggest that e-readers might be greener than books, especially when used by voracious readers. Certainly the newest Kindle is one of the best e-readers around, and you won't want to gift some secondrate version. Purchase a Kindle 3 from Amazon for +$139. D. CHILD PRODIGY - this hand-painted puzzle is sold by Ten Thousand Villages, a fair trade retailer, and made with medium density fiberboard from fast-growing plantation pine. With letters on one side and numbers on the other, the toy is sure to dazzle even the keenest of tikes. Purchase a Crocodile Puzzle for $34. E. ADVENTURIST - the Sherpa 50 Adventure Kit -- battery, charger, output, and solar -- is made by Goal Zero, an innovative, socially-conscious company, and will help the most rugged adverturist get about 54 cellphone hours, 30 camera hours, and 100 radio hours in the wild. Purchase an Adventure Kit from Goal Zero for $450. F. BUSY BODY - the TRX Suspension Trainer is popular because it's portable, easy to use, and relatively affordable. Skip heavy equipment and frequent trips to the gym with a home workout and neighborhood jog. Purchase a TRX from Fitness Anywhere for +$200. G. MEMORY MAKER - there's nothing overtly green about Flip Video, although there is something to be said for having a gadget that is simple, handy, and utilitarian -- use this to capture 2 hours of 720p HD memory lane video. Flip is welldesigned and sold sans unnecessary cords, CDs, and other waste. Purchase an UltraHD from Amazon for +$171. 4 � Jetson Green, LLC JetsonGreen.com 5 ART AND FURNITURE A. 111 NAVY CHAIR - made from 111 recycled plastic Coke bottles, this is the plastic version of the popular 1006 Navy Chair. Made in six colors, including Coca-Cola Red, 111 Navy is available exclusively at Design Within Reach for about half the price of the aluminum twin. Purchase 111 Navy from DWR for $230. B. RISE COLLECTION - Missouri-based Edwin Blue makes this collection of outdoor furniture -- chaises, lounge chairs, stools, side tables, and dining tables -- with recycled content steel, eco-friendly finishes, and sinker cypress or FSCcertified machiche. Request a price quote from Edwin Blue. C. INHABIT WALL TILES - these light, 3D wall coverings are made with 100% molded bamboo paper pulp and no chemical fillers or additives. Each box comes with 10 tiles, which are 18"x18"x3/4" each. Purchase a box of wall flats from Inhabit for $86. D. EAMES LOUNGE WITH OTTOMAN - true green design is timeless and what could be more timeless than an Eames Lounge Chair with Ottoman designed by Charles & Ray Eames and made by Herman Miller in the USA. Purchase an Eames Lounge with Ottoman from YLiving for +$3,315. E. SAYL CHAIR - this is a brand new task chair designed by Yves B�har and made with 100% green power by Herman Miller in the USA. Sayl is up to 93% recyclable and made with up to 21% recycled-content materials. Purchase Sayl from YLiving for $499. F. FLOR CARPET TILES - create a custom rug design using FLOR modular carpet tiles. FLOR uses renewable and recycled content and most tile styles meet or exceed low-VOC standards. Plus, the company will recycle your old FLOR tiles into something new. Purchase Flor Tiles for +/-$6.99 per tile. G. CAMPBELL LAIRD ART - Australian artist Campbell Laird is a master of water-based pigment ink printing, using no solvents and an eco-friendly UV varnish to create modern prints on cotton canvas and watercolor paper. Purchase Campbell Laird from 2modern for +$40. 6 � Jetson Green, LLC JetsonGreen.com 7 TOOLS OF CONSERVATION A. BRICOR ECOFIT - this showerhead was designed to minimize water consumption and maximize warmth from shower spray. It delivers 1.25 gpm @50 psi and is perfect for simple retrofit situations. Purchase an EcoFIT from Bricor for $25. B. POWERHOUSE DYNAMICS EMONITOR - the eMonitor is a whole-house, circuit-by-circuit energy monitor with two years of service included, allowing minute-by-minute access to electricity use, electricity cost, and carbon footprint data through an online website. Purchase an eMonitor from Energy Circle for $689. C. PHILIPS 12-W AMBIENT LED - this dimmable, 60-watt equivalent Philips Ambient LED has an output of 800 lumens, uses 12.5 watts, lasts 25,000 hours, contains no mercury, and has a warm color temperature of 2700 K and color rendering index of 80. Purchase an AmbientLED from Home Depot for +$40. D. STEALTH NIAGARA - Niagara makes an impressive ultra high-efficiency toilet that's WaterSense certified and able to deliver a powerful flush using roughly 37% less water than a standard high-efficiency toilet. Purchase Stealth from ItsEasyBeingGreen.com for $308. E. ENERGY BOOST BOX - the Whole Home Energy Boost Box includes 14 "energy saving dynamos" such as CFLs, a programmable thermostat, a watt monitor, a motion activated light, hot water reader, 100 tips, and information to take a water and energy audit. Purchase an Energy Boost Box for $220. F. CONSERVE INSIGHT - this new device from Belkin helps users understand how much it costs to run various gadgets on a monthly and yearly basis in terms of watts, dollars, and carbon dioxide emissions. Purchase Conserve Insight from Amazon for $30. 8 � Jetson Green, LLC JetsonGreen.com 9 ECO-FRIENDLY GADGETS A. AIR BREEZE WIND TURBINE - this is a tiny small wind turbine, the Air Breeze, which is rated at 200 watts in 28 mile per hour conditions. It can be used to complement a solar PV system or power lights, radios, computers, tools, or appliances. Purchase an Air Breeze from GoGreenSolar for $700. B. THERMAL LEAK DETECTOR - Black & Decker makes this TLD100 thermal leak detector with an infrared sensor that detects temperature differences of 1, 5, and 10 degrees using an auto-color feedback. The gadget can help most any DIYer find spots in need of sealing and insulation. Purchase a Thermal Leak Detector from Amazon for $42. C. WEWOOD WATCHES - these natural watches are made with wood sans artificial and toxic materials. A tree is planted by American Forests for each watch purchase. Purchase a WEWOOD Watch for $119. D. LEAF LED LAMP - this energy-efficient personal light was designed by Yves B�har of fuseproject and allows up to 100,000 hours of use. It's RoHS complaint, mercury- and lead-free, and made with 20 LEDs that consume about 8-9 watts of power. Purchase Leaf at YLighting for $323. E. BRAMMO ENERTIA - more than a gadget and available in four bold colors, the 100% electric Brammo has a 42 mile range and a top speed of just over 60 miles per hour. It's also made with recycled materials in the USA with 100% clean energy and requires no gasoline, motor oil, or other petrochemicals. Purchase Brammo Enertia for $7,995. F. MODE PREMIUM RECYCLER - this trash gadget compacts aluminum cans and plastic bottles and holds eight gallons of recyclables and five gallons of paper. In other words, Mode holds about one week's worth of recyclables in an odorfree system. Purchase Mode from Green Depot for $149. G. NATUREMILL COMPOSTER - fill this kitchen gadget with vegetables, dairy, and other food waste while it creates nutrient-rich compost. NatureMill is made of recycled materials and includes a carbon air filter and air pump to eliminate trash odors. Purchase NatureMill from Amazon for $395. 10 � Jetson Green, LLC JetsonGreen.com 11 VERSATILE ECO SPACES A. MODERN CABANA - San Francisco-based Modern Cabana makes these popular, design-forward structures. The smallest version is 10`x12' and built with FSC-certified wood, recycled denim insulation, bamboo flooring, and other durable materials. Purchase a Modern Cabana from +$11,500. B. LEED CABINS - built in New Hampshire in as little as 25 days, these container cabins can be off-grid and finished with radiant floor heating, FSC flooring, energy efficient windows and doors, LED lighting, recycled glass mosaic tiles, green insulation, and no-VOC coatings. Purchase a LEED Cabin from +$15,000. C. ORIGIN STUDIO - this factory-built space is made by Massachusetts-based Blu Homes and, at 18`x24', is a little larger than everything else on this list. An Origin shell can be used as an art room, music space, yoga studio, or home office and comes standard with a bevy of green materials and finishes. Purchase an Origin from +$82,000. D. MODERN SHED - Seattle-based Modern Shed fabricates its sheds in sizes as small as 80 square feet. Models come with a range of options, including energy-efficient windows, durable metal roofing, and a handsome, open-joint, HardiePlank exterior. Purchase a Modern Shed from +$6,900. E. STUDIO SHED - these stylish sheds are made by a Boulder-based startup and feature large overhangs, FSC-certified woods, recycled aluminum frame windows, cement board siding, and low-VOC paints. Purchase a Studio Shed from +$4,500. F. KITHAUS KPOD - California-based kitHAUS recently launched the Kpod, which is a 117 square-foot structure with bolttogether aluminum framing, SIPs, dual-glazed windows, cement board siding, and either a wood or steel clad sliding barn door. Purchase a Kpod for -$20,000. 12 � Jetson Green, LLC JetsonGreen.com 13 INSTRUCTIVE BOOKS A. SOLAR BUYER'S GUIDE - this is a great resource for anyone considering an investment in solar power. The authors discuss systems, installation, incentives, and most everything else on the topic of solar technology. Purchase Solar Buyer's Guide on Amazon for +/-$15. B. TOWARD A ZERO ENERGY HOME - In the future, all homes will produce as much energy as is consumed over the course of a year. This book is worth reading for the case studies and other helpful information relating to net zero energy homes. Purchase Zero Energy Home on Amazon for +/-$17. C. PREFAB HOUSES - off-site home fabrication is the future and it's being done with varying degrees of success in Europe and in the USA. Here's a book that will provide some inspiration for the prefab enthusiast. Purchase Prefab Houses on Amazon for +/-$45. D. GREENING MY LIFE - David Gottfried, a founder of USGBC, creator of LEED, and owner of the LEED Platinum home, has a new book out in which he shares his experience seeking a greener life and applying the principles of conservation. Purchase Green My Life for $17. E. ENERGY-WISE LANDSCAPE DESIGN - in this thoughtful, new book, Sue Reed explains how to save energy through landscape design, or, in other words, how to use landscape knowhow to save time and money. Purchase Energy-Wise on Amazon for +/-$23. 14 � Jetson Green, LLC JetsonGreen.com 15 GOOD MAGAZINES A. DWELL - there's no better modern design magazine on the market. Dwell, which publishes 10 issues per year, put prefab on the map and brings perspective to the sustainability discussion. Purchase a Dwell subscription for $20. B. MAKE - published four times per year, this geeky magazine is perfect for DIY types and folks looking to stretch their skills with the newest how-to home project. Purchase a Make subscription for $35. C. READYMADE - this magazine includes a mixture of homemade projects and lifestyle discussion that, for just over a buck per issue, will hit the spot for many readers. Purchase a ReadyMade subscription for $7. D. NATURAL HOME - this bi-monthly publication features articles on healthy living, natural products, and ecologically sound homes. It's perfect for readers seeking a better, eco-friendly home. Purchase a Natural Home subscription for $25. E. THIS OLD HOUSE - this 10-issue-per-year magazine is perfect for homeowners looking to maintain or upgrade an existing home. Whether remodeling, greening, or beautifying, TOH will not disappoint. Purchase a This Old House subscription for $16. 16 � Jetson Green, LLC JetsonGreen.com 17 THE GIFT OF GIVING A. PROJECT H DESIGN - founded by Emily Pilloton, Project H uses the power of design to motivate communities and public eduction. Initiatives focus on humanity, habitats, health, and humanity, and the non-profit has noteworthy projects around the world. Gift a Project H Design donation. B. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY - this nonprofit builds homes for families in need in an effort to eradicate poverty housing and homelessness. It's a noble endeavor and the families deserve the support. Gift a Habitat for Humanity donation. C. THE NATURE CONSERVANCY - by protecting critical water and land, The Nature Conservancy preserves plants, animals, and natural communities. It's protected 119 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of water to date. Gift a Nature Conservancy donation. D. ARCHITECTURE FOR HUMANITY - this nonprofit harnesses the power of design and design professionals to build a more sustainable future and structures for people around the world. Gift an Architecture for Humanity donation. E. SHELTERBOX - this international organization uses Shelterboxes to help communities afflicted with natural and manmade disasters. Each box includes a tent and supplies for up to 10 people to use while temporarily displaced. Gift a Shelterbox donation. 18 � Jetson Green, LLC JetsonGreen.com 19 GIFT INDEX Ecosystem Notes, $7. FLOR Tiles, $7. ReadyMade Magazine, $7. Solar Buyer's Guide, $15. This Old House Magazine, $16. Toward a Zero Energy Home, $17. Greening My Life, $17. Dwell Magazine, $20. Energy-Wise Landscape Design, $23. Natural Home Magazine, $25. EcoFIT Showerhead, $25. Conserve Insight, $30. Make Magazine, $35. Campbell Laird Art, $40. Philips AmbientLED, $40. Prefab Houses, $45. Thermal Leak Detector, $49. Chrysalis Wall Tiles, $86. WEWOOD Watch, $119. Kindle 3, $139. Mode Recycler, $150. Flip UltraHD, $171. Energy Boost Box, $220. 111 Navy Chair, $230. Stealth Niagara, $308. Leaf LED Lamp, $323. NatureMill Compost, $395. Adventure Kit Solar, $450. Sayl Chair, $499. iPad, $500. eMonitor, $689. Air Breeze Turbine, $700. Eames Lounge w/ Ottoman, $3,315. Studio Shed, $4,500. Modern Shed, $6,900. Brammo Enertia, $7,995. Modern Cabana, $11,500 LEED Cabins, $15,000. KitHAUS Kpod, $20,000. Origin Studio, $82,000. 20 � Jetson Green, LLC