10 Green Holiday Gifts from $10 to $100 - From AusPen Eco-Friendly Markers

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Green gift-giving is on the rise this 2010 holiday season as consumers search for affordable, unique and earth-friendly gifts to leave a big impression, but small impact. These 10 green holiday gifts draw from the growing market of eco products that are non-toxic, less wasteful and made of recycled content, like the gift of a personal set of AusPen non-toxic, refillable dry-erase markers (http://www.ecosmartworld.com), the best way to keep toxins out of the air and toxic waste out of the landfill.

Looking for gift ideas that have a high return but low impact on the environment? There’s no one-stop shopping for all the family members, friends, co-workers and teachers on your list, so AusPen eco-friendly markers has highlighted 10 eco-friendly gifts from $10 - $80.

1.    AusPen refillable, non-toxic dry-erase markers: ecosmartworld.com
A kit of AusPen eco-friendly markers and their refill inks - $69.95
Each AusPen kit includes 6 brightly colored dry-erase markers and their refill inks, designed to last and last. AusPen markers are made with certified non-toxic ink (no xylene, no strong odors), 100% recycled aluminum (no PVC plastic), and they are refillable (no more waste).

2. Energy Monitor: amazon.com
Black & Decker EM100B Energy Saver Series Power Monitor. - $38.73
Lets you monitor your current energy usage in dollars, so you don't have to be a mathematician to understand what the readings mean.

3. Video Streaming On Demand: amazon.com or itunes.com
Download TV episodes and movies one at a time, or buy a season pass – Gift cards for any amount
How often does anyone really re-watch the TV episodes or movies that line their shelves?

4.    Teens Turning Green Beauty Product Collection: teensturninggreen.org
Skin care products, without the chemicals - $5.99 – 21.00
Using botanicals and Fair Trade plant oils, Teens Turning Green also donate proceeds from the mango body butter to community projects in Togo, Africa.

5. Outdoor Rugs: sweepdreams.com
Colorful rugs made of 95% recycled plastic – 4x6 rugs for $49.00
Floral, ethnic, traditional and geometric designs to liven up the outdoors.

6.    EnviroBLOX: budgetartkids.com
Biodegradable blocks made from cornstarch - $32.95
Just moisten and stick EnviroBLOX together for endless architectural designs.

7. Big Green Cookbook: barnesandnoble.com
Hundreds of planet-pleasing recipes and tips - $25.00
Every tip and recipe in this cookbook is eco-conscious to green your cuisine.

8. Wild Animal Adoption: worldwildlife.org
A symbolic adoption of an endangered animal from WWF - $25.00-$100.00
Choose from among 20 species like tigers, elephants, and polar bears, and receive a certificate, a plush animal and a description of the work being done for your species.

9.    Organic towels and bath accessories: gaiam.com
100% organic cotton shower curtains, mats and towels - $10.00 - $59.00
Recreate the spa experience with chlorine and softener-free towels that are made with low eco-impact dyes.

10. PVC-free toys: ecotoytown.com
A variety of safe toys, plush animals and discovery kits - $10 - $100
Avoid PVC (the ‘poison plastic’) with toys made of natural materials like wood, cotton and wool, with non-toxic dyes paints and finishes.

AusPen Markers are the eco-friendly alternative to disposable dry erase markers. Made from 100% recycled aluminum, AusPen markers are refillable with low-odor, non-toxic ink, and are recyclable. You never need to throw away another dry erase marker, or inhale toxic fumes.

Schools and businesses can significantly reduce their toxicity and waste while saving money.


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