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The Green Life: The Short List

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October 15, 2008

The Short List

En_bees_3 Get out of the mall and back to the party with these fun green gifts for friends and family.

FOR FOODIES Large commercial beekeepers often exterminate bee colonies at season's end and rely on chemicals and antibiotics to cultivate and harvest honey. Treat fine-food lovers to the sweet life with organic, artisanal honey, which Slow Food USA says helps preserve diverse flavors, bee colonies, and old-fashioned beekeeping practices. Savannah Bee Company raw honeycomb | $18 | savannahbee.com

En_06 FOR GADGET HEADS Small electronics account for 15 percent of a typical U.S. household's electricity bill, and Americans use as many as 1.5 billion power adapters. To help reduce fossil-fuel needs without cramping someone's gizmo style, give a solar-powered charger that can juice up mobile devices with renewable, off-the-grid energy. Solio Magnesium Edition | $170 | solio.com

En_07_2 FOR FASHIONISTAS Clothes that are gentler to the environment needn't be itchy or stodgy. Introducing a stylish someone to eco-chic fashion can help shake old stereotypes. Warm, bright winter wear made in Nepalese villages from woven scraps of saris and lined with fleece offers cozy first steps toward sustainable style. VivaTerra mittens and scarf | $29, $39 | vivaterra.com

Most surfboards use polyurethane foam, fiberglass, and polyester resins derived from fossil fuels--materials that hardly reflect the surfer ethic of respecting beaches and oceans. Boards handmade from fast-growing bamboo, epoxy, and Styrofoam (above) or plant-based biofoam (homeblownus.com) offer customizable alternatives. Bamboo Surfboards | $125 per foot | bamboosurfboardshawaii.com

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