This year’s recommendations feature companies that have stated environmentally responsible goals with product lines to match.
I admit to being a Klean Kanteen groupie. If you can hold off until January 2, treat yourself to their newest collection, Rise Drinkware. I was lucky enough to get advanced samples of the 16 oz. Tumbler and the 10 oz, Wine Tumbler. Made of 90% recycled stainless steel, it’s stylish, colorful, and features a splash and spill-proof BPA free flip-lid. They are worth waiting for. Klean Kanteen is a family and employee owned company and 1% of their proceeds are donated to charitable groups. Additionally, its manufacture and delivery of goods around the world is 100% carbon neutral. Go to www.KleanKanteen.com to shop and sign up for their email promotions. #TrulyKlean, #KleanKanteen
Two recommendations. The Travel Zip three-pack (small, medium, and large) is perfect for air travel: one TSA sized compliant for toiletries, another for electronics, cords, etc., and a third for money, ID, and personal items.
I can easily insert all three into my second pick, the Travel Pack. It is a perfect size for day trips and easily tucks away in my carry-on luggage. Everything about it is well designed and the fabric is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. 1% of Chico Bag’s annual sales from their rePETe line, which uses recycled materials, goes to charitable organizations.
Browse the full line of their products, including To-Go Ware at www.ChicoBg.com. @ChicoBag, @ToGoWare
Socks, socks, socks (and other things) are produced “using high quality recycled materials.” Seattle based Arvin Goods motto is, “Made for you. Worn for good.” They’ve figured out how to make quality, long wearing, and fashionable soft goods; socks primarily but headgear and other apparel as well. Their manufacturing process saves up to 50 gallons of water with each pair of socks produced and the fabric is composed of 70% – 80% recycled cotton and polyester. I can vouch for the comfort and style of the socks. Additionally, the waffle knit beanie was a perfect companion on a recent trip to Vancouver, BC. For more information go to www.Arvingoods.com. #FRIENDOFTHEPEOPLE
Their amazing array of natural skin products provides options for a perfect gift. For the holiday season, the company has introduced new organic lip balms, adding to last summer’s varieties. Two of my favorites are Mountain Mint Lip (vegan)and CandyCane Mint Chip. Readers can shop at CarefreeNatural.com and receive a 50% price reduction on their products. Additionally, at SunBlocks.com, enter the code BLOG for a 20% discount. This family owned business’ motto is “Like Water Off a Duck’s Back.” More about the products can also be found at www.SunBlocks.com.
For Reader’s and Explorers
The National Park System is our country’s crown jewel. Stephanie Payne’s book, 100 Things To See In The National Parks, is chock full of “…the most interesting, unique, and awe-inspiring things at each of the sixty-three national parks throughout the United States…” It guides readers through seven park regions: Alaska, Intermountain, Island Parks, Midwest, Northeast, Pacific West, and the Southeast. Details include what to see, where to go, when to visit, and how to get there. The pages are printed from sources and mills practicing sustainable forestry. Amazon has both the hardcover and Kindle versions. For more information logon to www.SimonandSchuster.com. #NationalParkSystem, #AdamsMedia
Thanks to the various companies for photos, samples, and information.