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Chopsticks-To-Go $11.50, Exit 9
Let's face it: we, and everyone we know, are destroying the planet with all the waste we produce. So this holiday season, why not give everyone long-lasting versions of disposable items? Starting with chopsticks. Imagine how many trees are chopped down everyday for the craven, gluttonous scarfing of California rolls alone. These chopsticks, designed by Kikkerland, are made of stainless steel, and fold up to four inches inside a plastic case that clips to your pocket.
Biodegradable Golf Tees $5.99 for 50, Grass Roots
As if we didn't hate golf courses enough for occupying space that could be public parkland, it turns out that golfers' tees are just tossed away and don't biodegrade for, like, ever. So for the tycoon in your life (boss, father-in-law), buy a pack of these corn tees to shove their profligate polluting in their ugly aristocratic faces.
Slide Pocket Ashtray $19, The Conran Shop
By some estimates, billions of cigarette butts are littered every day across the globe, dumping onto the planet toxic filters that take decades to biodegrade. So, for the smoker in your life, give this nickel ashtray that fits in their pocket: only 2 ½ inches long, 1 ½ inches wide. Then they can dump their butts in a garbage can and let the landfills sort it out.
Eco-Pad Paperless Pad
Co-workers wasting too much paper jotting down their inane thoughts? This Magic Notepad lets them write something down and then wipe it away instead of throwing it away. That saves trees. Write it down.
New York Coffee Cup $14, Exit 9
Who can have their morning Joe (the caffeinated beverage, not the TV show) unless it comes in a blue cup with Grecian fonts and trim? The iconic paper cup has been rendered ceramic, so your gift-receiver can have the classic streets of New Yawk experience at home—without killing a tree or chartering a jet to JFK.
I Am Not a Paper Cup $18, Exit 9
Or, for those who wouldn't want to be caught dead looking so self-consciously New York-y, Decor Craft has fashioned this generic-looking coffee cup out of plain porcelain, with a silicone lid. It would also allow your recipient to help with the environment without looking like a self-righteous thermos-jerk. (You think you're so great just because you get up early enough to make your own coffee, thermos jerks?)