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Mechanized Insects, Please Buy Me Something Green and Rent A Living Tree

Grasshopper by Mike Libby

Plaid pants aside, I really have found the perfect gift for the man who has everything. Because he most certainly has never had, doesn’t currently have and should definitely have one of the amazing creations by Mike Libby. In Libby, I have found yet another genre-bending artist who takes design, creativity and reuse to an entirely new level. Libby takes real (not live) insects and crustaceans, intact, and mechanizes them. Yep. Puts moving parts in and about and on them to make them, well, really cool. Read an article on his work from 1800recycling.com, where I learned about Libby, or check out Insect Lab and his entire collection and read more about his extensive body of work. I think he and Edouard Martinet should have a show together. In my living room.

Speaking of my living room, there is a sweet little *plastic Christmas tree in its corner, thanks to the generous offer of my neighbor. But I know some of you don’t have tree-giving neighbors and haven’t yet done the one thing everyone expects you to do: (besides go to college, get married and have kids) Put a Christmas tree in your living room. Here’s a new find, a place out of San Jose, where you can rent a living Christmas tree, and if you are so inclined, they’ll tag your tree and you can get the same one year after year. How cool is that?

Now, you’ll need presents to put under that tree. Treehugger, inhabitat, 1800recycling, The Daily Green, and uncommon goods all have fabulous green gift lists, so check them out. Jessica Bates of 1800recycling.com gives us a few tips on eco-friendly gift wrap and Green Halloween made a video on wrapping with fabric, that quite frankly, makes me think twice about ever using tape and scissors again – and I like tape and scissors.

For a gift that needs no wrapping, give a tree dedication from treepeople.org: “A Tree Dedication gift starts at $25 for one tree and the recipient will receive a personalized greeting card. Multiple trees can be dedicated, or for a gift of $100 a special certificate announcing a grove of trees will be sent to the recipient.” I want a grove of trees in my name!

For gifts that give back: often times a buy one and one will be donated scenario. How can you not?

For gifts that don’t require wrapping or the giving of stuff. This is a Jocelyn favorite.

For the kiddies: Green gifts for children from Treehouse gifts in Berkeley.

*Remember how I said that living trees and even cut-down trees are better than plastic? Well, they are, but anything second-hand trumps anything new.

-Jocelyn Broyles

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Green Gifts Under $25, Green Homemade Gifts, Green Christmas Trees and Green New Year’s Eve

Photo by Nick Dor, http://www.ndphoto.com

Somehow, the days keep rolling by and it’s now December 8. Clearly still the beginning of the month, but if you don’t have your tree yet and you haven’t started shopping yet, you’re likely feeling as though managing your month is somewhat similar to holding onto a live fish with your bare hands. In an effort to help (you and me both), I’ve compiled some great ideas for shopping, wrapping and giving.

Photo by Nick Dor, http://www.ndphoto.com

Christmas trees: Where to get a living Christmas tree, and now that you have one, how to take care of a living Christmas tree. Don’t want a tree at all? Here’s how to enjoy them in nature.

Presents, gifts, goodies, stocking-stuffers, swag: So you want to be a little more environmentally conscientious this season, but don’t really know what that means as far as gift giving? Green Your Decor gives us some insight, and now that you’re mulling over the different

ways in which gifts can be eco-friendly, try any of these amazing Green gifts under $25 from Jennifer Grayson on Huffington Post, Care2’s suggestions for handmade gifts, and Green Talk’s ideas for green wrappings, ribbons and trimmings.

After the 25th: Now that you’ve got Christmas all wrapped up, here are some tips on how to green your New Year’s Eve party from Planet Green.

-Jocelyn Broyles