by Sally Braley | December 11, 2012

By Sarah J.F. Braley

What are you asking for this holiday season? Here are a few green items we use, and some we think might be worth a try.

Wrap-n-matI have two kids in grade school and we try very hard to send zero-waste lunch with them. Our main help in this endeavor is the Wrap-N-Mat for sandwiches (we also have the snack ones, which are great for craisins, pretzels and the like). Available in a variety of patterns for $8.99 at, they're great for bringing lunch to work, too.

Sherpani Luna purseI just bought this nifty many-pocketed Luna bag ($59.99) from Sherpani. Wherever possible, the company uses recycled nylon, nontoxic dies, recycled aluminum and natural fibers in its products.

Solar-powered booklightThis $10 solar-powered book light from Nokero would be a fun gift for a book lover in your life, particularly one who lives in a place where the power goes out for a few days at least once a year.

Bag made out of starbucks bagsThe ultimate in recycling is to create a bag out of old bags. Check out these $8 carriers made with Starbucks coffee bags we found by GreenDesignsByLisa on Etsy.

Squirt alarm clockThis tiny alarm clock (3.5 inches tall by 4/5 inches in diameter) runs on water, using no batteries, no electricity. The Squirt Water Clock costs $26. (

Belkin WEMO outletWorried you left the coffee pot on? You can turn home electronics on or off while on the road if they're plugged into a WEMO switch ($49.99), which connects to your home's Wi-Fi.

Toms Bota shoesHow can you resist buying a pair of casual shoes from Toms? For every pair purchased, Toms gives a pair to a child in need through its One for One program. The shoes are made from sustainable and vegan materials such as hemp, organic cotton, and/or recycled polyester. Even the shoe boxes are made from 80 percent recycled post-consumer waste and are printed with soy ink. These shoes, called Botas, cost $99.

What are your favorite eco-friendly products? Let us know in the comments below or e-mail me at [email protected].