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THE HOLIDAYS begin this very week, and it’s time to write those shopping lists. No matter whom you are shopping for, give a little bit back to the environment and make your purchases sustainable and eco-friendly. Here are a few suggestions to get those lists going:

For those on the go:

Ensure your loved ones have what they need with a bag from Seattle-based Alchemy Goods. Big or small, the bags are made of recycled materials such as old inner tubes, seat belts and advertising banners. Some have specially sized iPad pockets. Others are made for laptops and notebooks. All are clearly labeled with what percentage of the bag is made from recycled materials. Prices range from $100 to $200. Find them at the downtown Seattle location or online at

For the home decorator:

Green-living retailer NuBe Green, in Capitol Hill and Bellevue, has a selection of candles and candelabras that makes this candle-lover drool. Renewable soy candles made by Vance Family Candles in Vancouver, Wash., come scented with a blend of oils such as fir, lavender and lilac. They cost between $10 and $20. Find them in the stores or online at

For the gardener:

Seattle’s Darcy Thompson has created Artcycled Mosaics, a collection of upcycled jewelry, garden art and home accessories. The pieces are made out of recycled materials such as broken china mosaics, repurposed into new works such as bird baths, small tables and outdoor-friendly mirrors that add a pop of color to any garden. Thompson brings her work to art shows around the Seattle area. Check her website, , for her nearest show or order online.

For the music lover:

While many of us would rather get lost in the music, unfortunately we need to keep track of time, too. Rock around the clock with a timepiece handmade in Philadelphia by artist Jeff Davis. Made out of a recycled vinyl record, this piece serves as both wall art and a functional clock. Find one online at

For the writer/artist:

Crafted by hand at the Paper Hammer Studio in Tieton, Yakima County, these books are stylish and useful. The paper inside is high-quality and recycled, great for journal-writing or sketching. The books come in a variety of colors and sizes, and range from $20 to $25. Find them in the Paper Hammer store in downtown Seattle or order online at .

For the chef:

Not your typical cutting boards, these chopping blocks are handcrafted by carpenters from salvaged wood. As each resembles the tree it came from, no two are exactly the same, adding to the charm. The boards range in size and complexity of wood design, and sell for $100 to $180 each at NuBe Green.

For the sweet tooth:

Seattle-based Theo Chocolate takes pride in its fair trade, organic cocoa beans. Put together a hand-picked basket of chocolate bars ranging from pure 85 percent dark and mint to salted almond and chili. The bars range in price from $3.25 to $5, with special packages available as well. Visit the Fremont-based factory or order online at

Paige Collins is a Seattle Times news producer.