10 for $10: Go Green Edition

April is for sure the ‘greenest’ month of the year. With the blooming trees & promise of summer in the air (hopefully), we all start thinking about our planet a little more closely, particularly on April 22nd when Earth Day comes around. Today’s gift ideas are all around the theme of living a little more sustainably, and as always, they’re under $10 (not including shipping or tax). Happy perusing!

Travel-Size Bamboo GamesTravel-Size Bamboo Games – $7.99 @ Grassroots
Green doesn’t have to equal boring. These pint-sized games are a great way to keep the kiddies occupied when on the road, and they’re all made out of bamboo; one of nature’s fastest-growing renewable resources.

Recycled Chopstick HolderRecycled Chopstick Pen / Toothbrush Cup – $9.99 @ Great Green Store
Hold on a tick though. While you might feel all warm & fuzzy about buying bamboo (see above), keep in mind it takes 25 million trees & bamboo plants to sustain the billions of throwaway chopsticks we use on an annual basis. This simple gift takes used (and thoroughly sanitized) chopsticks and refashions them into a multi-function cup; you can even use it as a drink koozie on your back porch this summer.

Yetty Bag FanYetty Bag in Fan – $4.95 @ State of Green
Everyone knows that plastic shopping bags (and plastic and general) are enviro scourges. Never forget your reusable shopping bag again with this purse & pocket-friendly bag that folds up to 7 cm x 7 cm and can be fastened with a band. Keep it in your car or your bag and say no to plastic.

Pup-PIESPup-PIES – ~ $8 each
Going green isn’t just about stuff for people – choose all-natural goodies for your pet to ensure your furry friends are staying lean & green. These cute-as-pie mini cakes are made strictly from human-grade ingredients – meaning you’ve got a healthier product that seriously cuts down on processing waste. Bonus points for the recycled / recyclable packaging. Find a local retailer by clicking the link above.

Spotless Stain Remover

Spotless Stain Remover – $5.95 @ Rocky Mountain Soap
Want to steer clear of chemicals on your clothing? Skip those stain-removing pens and use this all-natural bar instead to scrub out tricky grease spots and other stains. You can also grate it for use as a super gentle laundry detergent for sensitive skin or little tykes.

Recycled Chain Bottle OpenerRecycled Chain Bottle Opener – $9.95 @ Sustainable NYC
A must-have idea that combines two forms of sustainable thinking in one little gift: the avid cyclist on your shopping list that bikes into work everyday will love the eco-friendly recycled chain on this funky bottle opener. Just make sure you recycle those brewski bottles when you’re done.

Matchstick GardenMatchstick Gardens – $3.99 each @ Botanical Paperworks
How’s this for a cute party favour at your next shower? Each booklet contains 20 ‘matches’ that can be planted indoors or outdoors for either a beautiful wildflower garden or an edible herb garden.

Recycled Bottle Light Kit
Recycled Bottle Light Kit – $9.95 @ Indigo

Spend time with your kids on Earth Day teaching them about upcycling / reuse with this fun art kit. Simply take a used plastic bottle, and use the kit to turn it into a light + decorate it.

Believe NapkinsBelieve Napkins – $5.95 @ CB2
If you’re going to serve up cocktails and appetizers with napkins, make sure they’re eco-friendly. These cheeky napkins are as green as their colour; they’re made from 50% recycled material and 50% sustainably sourced, and use water-based inks. Makes a swell hostess gift.

Ghost Poncho

Retro Arcade Poncho – $7.95 @ Fred Flare
Eco can be chic – or geek chic as it were – as demonstrated by this quirky rain poncho perfect for festival goers looking to make a splash. It’s actually made from recycled plastic, and chances are you’ll hang onto it way longer than a makeshift garbage bag raincoat.

SANUK bonus entry: tell me in the comments, what’s your favourite frugal find?

13 Responses to “10 for $10: Go Green Edition”
  1. Joan G says:

    The Travel Size Bamboo Games would be a hit with my grandkids – it would occupy them when they are in their vehicle.

  2. Victoria Ess says:

    I’d love the Travel Size games — so cute!

  3. Annie Demill says:

    I love the matchstick gardens! What a fantastic idea

  4. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    my favourite frugal find is very old costume jewellery, wonderfully made and last much better than today’s. Big, colourful, glittery and bold are my favourite ones.

  5. Alison K says:

    SANUK bonus entry: my favourite frugal find would be the “Matchstick Gardens – $3.99 each @ Botanical Paperworks”. I’m good to go with anything that can help me to grow in my match box size garden

  6. Lori Z says:

    SANUK bonus entry: I like the Believe napkins — cute!

  7. Victoria Ess says:

    The Recycled Bottle Light Kit looks like so much fun! Definitely my favourite.

  8. Maggie says:

    Sanuk Bonus Entry–I love the matchstick garden! What a super cute idea!

  9. cookie3 says:

    My favorite frugal find is the Matchstick Gardens for $3.99 each. So cute.

  10. Susan says:

    My favourite frugal find is the mini games made from bamboo.

  11. julia g says:

    Sanuk Bonus– Love the poncho from Fred Flare!

  12. diane p says:

    My favourite frugal find is an antique wind up alarm clock.

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