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A piece of art can be a window into someone's deepest thoughts, fears, hopes, or dreams, or at the very least, brighten up a cell-like living space. So, bring a little bit of arty flair from Good Shape Design; whether you're giving a loved one the decorating 411 or making your own eco-statement, you'll never come across as too preachy passing along something this cool. Designer Wayne Pate's silk screens literally frame issues like Reforestation Now (pictured above) in a savvy, but high-concept print (which is also, btw, made from recycled paper). And with a portion of the proceeds going to Trees for the Future Foundation, you can be sure you're putting your money where your, er, eyes are.

Head Games


It's getting cold outside, but that doesn't mean there aren't fun projects to do with warm apple cider in hand. Toss the board games and panda puzzles, and instead go on a Cardboard Safari. Sold at the W Hotel Store, these quirky puzzles transform into three-dimensional moose, rhino, and deer heads. Assembly is most definitely required and that's just the fun of it. So break out your crafts boxes and decorate these puzzles, made of 100% recycled paper without any toxic materials. Also, these puzzles make the perfect gifts, especially for those who like nothing better than hunting for must-have eco-decorations.

Dog Days


If you’re like most dog lovers, your favorite pooch will have a gift (or two) waiting for him under the tree this year. On Christmas Day, surprise your friendly Fido with eco-friendly dog treats from Bark for Peace. This brand new “barkery” specializes in delicious vegan, human-grade, and allergen- and gluten-free biscuits and jerky chews that come with tasty ingredients like blueberries, coconut, and sweet potato. Bark for Peace also sells natural soaps infused with organic aloe and oats to soothe, and pure essential oils to deodorize and help repel fleas and ticks. Is your favorite pup in need of a new toy? Give him a Bark for Peace recycled wool tug rope made from old sweaters and keep your dog tugging for hours. Sounds like a regular holiday miracle.

Oh Christmas Tree


Now that the Holiday season has finally hit, it’s time for those of us who are totally Christmas-crazed to get ourselves an alternative to the usual pine tree fare. And we here at Plenty absolutely love this cooky-yet-amazingly-cool take on a traditional Christmas tree. Not only is the tree itself totally recyclable, but it (along with its packaging) is also made from at least 30 percent post-consumer-recycled cardboard. And although the cardboard doesn’t come in any fun colors per se, it does present the perfect opportunity to spend some time with fam and friends, decorating the tree and truly making it your own. Plus a percentage of the profits from your purchase are donated to the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree for America program (where every dollar helps a tree get planted in a damaged forest!). Is that in the Christmas spirit, or what?

Have a Seat


Buying baby furniture, when done right, can be an excellent exercise in futility and madness. No sooner have you found the perfect child-size chair than the clock starts ticking on how long your tiny-tot can use it. No such worries with limited edition Fijian Baby Zaishu stool. It's a multitasking decorative object that can serve as a seat, table, storage bin, and eventually a conversation piece. Hand-painted and silk screened, the zaishu is sustainably produced locally in Fiji and is intended to promote the TribeWanted project, an eco-community tourism program in Vorovoro. All proceeds from the zaishu will be contributed to the Mali District School for arts and sustainability programs. Available at Reform School.

That's a Wrap


Fun fact. Chickens have cognitive abilities, light years beyond dogs and cats, and a cuteness factor that's only recently been recognized. Jump ahead of this trend by wrapping your own baby chick in the colorful patchwork "Chicken Farm" quilt by Stree Shakti, a women's self-help group in India. Each quilt is hand-stitched and takes a little more than two weeks to complete. Also, each blanket has the hand-stitched signatures of the women who made the quilt. The Stree Shakti quilters group was created to help a sick community member, and is as sustainable as it is community-focused. The workshop utilizes on-site solar panels for electricity and a rainwater harvesting system. Also, a portion of the profits are re-invested back into the quilters' local community, from educational to nutritional initiatives. Available at  

Punk Rocks


Inspiration can sometimes come from the most unusual of places. For Lina Rennell, it came while doing cut outs of octopi, and thinking back on a lost love who "always told [her] to be punk rock." From this strange (and seemingly unrelated) set of musings, her first set of pillows was born. Each rebellious-yet-charming looking cushion is not only handmade, but also crafted using 100 percent organic hemp linen and then filled with salvaged inserts. Plus they’re crafted in four fabulously rich colors, so any one you choose will add that perfect punch to just about any couch, love seat or corner. And okay, you'll probably have to dig a little deeper into your pocket for these delightful doses of color, but we definitely think your décor will thank you for it later, You know, if it’s not too busy thanking us first.

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