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ShapeMaker Blocks

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Eco-friendly hardwood fun from Miller Goodman $85.00

These hand-printed wooden blocks from Miller Goodman are good times for all ages, from 3 and up. Made of renewable rubber wood, ShapeMaker Blocks are as beautiful to look at as they are fun to play with. They're perfect for playing with the kids on a rainy afternoon, but cool enough to leave out as a colorful graphic accent to a room. The kit includes 25 blocks as well as a bunch of ideas for......read more

Big Jug of Organic Maple Syrup

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Complete your pancake party with pure organic maple syrup from Best Made Co. $68.00

Forget Aunt Jemima's, real organic maple syrup is where it's at. Best Made Co., which has evolved from an axe-maker to a maker of all things woodsy, knows it. For its "Big Jug," the NYC-based craft company sourced US grade-A medium amber syrup from North Family Farms of New Hampshire. Produced using renewable energy, biodiesel, and sustainably-harvested firewood, this is likely the greenest......read more

Seamless & Steadfast Enamel Steel Cups

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From Best Made Co., simply the best enamelware you can find $32.00

For its newest line of products, New York City's Best Made Co. tapped the services of a legendary European manufacturer to make a steel enamelware collection using World War II era machinery. Included in the Seamless & Steadfast enamelware series are these great-looking cups, with Best Made's iconic "X" logo baked directly onto the sides and the rim and handle reinforced with a double dipping......read more

Cork Planter Bookend Set

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Cork bookends also function as desktop planters/office organizers $48.00

Talk about versatility. We can count at least four simultaneous uses for this Cork Planter Bookend Set, designed by Nicole Runde on behalf of Working Class Studio. Made entirely of durable, high-density tan cork, the containers are watertight and perfectly sized for succulents, miniature, small ferns, or any sort of herb. Meanwhile it doubles as an inventive office organizer that......read more

Flat File by Jill Allyn Peterson

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An elegant, low-impact alternative to the traditional filing cabinet $80.00

When it comes to options for file storage, the pickings are slim. You can either go bulky and ugly or cheap-looking and plastic. NYC designer Jill Allyn Peterson proposes an attractive alternative in the form of the Flat File, a super lightweight, flat-shipping filing cabinet designed with sustainability in mind. Made of laser-cut birch plywood, with organic cotton folders, the Flat File is......read more

Eco Highlighter Pencil

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The vital office and school supply -- now in biodegradable format $2.00

Since it was first developed in 1963, the highlighter pen has become an essential tool for the office and school. Unfortunately, like so many of the products that have become indispensible to modern life, the felt-tipped plastic highlighters are terrible for the environment. Enter the Eco Highlighter Pencil from Stubby Pencil Studio, a 100% biodegradable highlighter that uses no ink solvents......read more

Offcut Stool Fluoro by Tom Dixon

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Eye-popping stool constructed from discarded wood $250.00

When it comes to creative recycling, esteemed British furniture designer Tom Dixon is one of the greats. Dixon's Offcut collection of benches and stools makes fantastic use of discarded wood remnants from the furniture industry. From that series comes Offcut Stool Fluoro, a solid birch stool lacquered in the signature Tom Dixon fluoro shade. With a rounded top made from curved and irregular......read more

BoostSolar Charger by Eton

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Solar-powered backup battery delivers off-grid juice to phones or tablets $100.00

The BoostSolar Charger, new in 2013 from Eton, is a handy backup battery that gets powered up by the sun then can be used to charge smartphones and tablets while you're off the grid. On one side, the BoostSolar features a 5" solar charger; on the other, a removable 4,000mAh lithium battery. The solar panel can charge the battery in 10 hours, giving the battery enough juice to charge two iPhones......read more

The Best Beach Tennis Set Ever

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From Fredericks & Mae $140.00

Sporting their signature starry insignia, Fredericks & Mae’s handsome Beach Tennis set is a perfect way to enjoy the beach without getting wet—especially if the water's too cold. Made from baltic birch and cork, each kit comes with two paddles, a ball and drawstring carry bag—with replacement balls available upon request. Pick up one set for a friendly match between mates,......read more

Bookman USB Bike Light

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One of the best bike light options just got a whole lot better $51.00

Bookman, the savvy Swedish studio responsible for one of the smallest and lightest bike lights on the market, just improved their flagship product. The simple, minimal LED bike light gets a tech-driven update in the form of a USB port that makes it rechargeable via your computer or phone charger. The new Bookman lights run for up to 20 hours (on flash mode) on a single charge. They are now......read more

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