Reduce: Melaboo Kitchenwares

Colorful, biodegradable melaboo (40% melamine, 60% bamboo) serving utensils from Base Brands’ “Reduce” line make for an environmentally friendly, useful and attractive gift.




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December 2008

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Best Green Gifts 2008

Environmentally Friendly Gift Ideas


Your environmentally-conscious friends and family will love these useful, earth-friendly green gifts. Also see our Organic Food Gifts. Check our Gift Finder for other gift ideas.

Prices and product availability are verified at publication but are subject to change. Shipping is additional. These items are offered by a third party and THE NIBBLE has no relationship with them. Purchase information is provided as a reader convenience.



Epicurean Cutting Surfaces:
Recycled Cutting Boards

From the environmentally friendly Epicurean Cutting Surfaces comes the company’s newest addition to their sophisticated line of cutting boards and accessories: The Recycled Collection. Choose from boards made of 100% recycled polyethylene milk jugs, 50% recycled corrugated cardboard or 100% recycled paper. All are dishwasher safe, knife-friendly and sustainably made in the U.S.A.

  • Recycled Collection Cutting Boards
    Cardboard, Paper, Polyethylene
    Each Available In Four Sizes.
    $11.99 To $34.99

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Epicurean Cutting Surfaces Recycled Cutting Boards

Nested Mixing Bowls

Recycline makes a line of stylish, high performance, eco-friendly products for the home—and we use them at THE NIBBLE offices. All products are made from 100% recycled plastic and 100% post-consumer paper, are recyclable and are made in the U.S.A. These 2, 3 and 4-quart nested mixing bowls liven up any kitchen, and are lighter weight/easier to carry when full than a similar set made from “20th-century materials.” They’re dishwasher-safe with a wide lip for easy pouring and an easy grip handle.

  • Nested Mixing Bowls

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Recycline Nested Mixing Bowls



“Melaboo” Kitchenwares

Base Brands recently unveiled “Reduce,” a charming line of eco-friendly housewares. The dinnerware line includes serving utensils, mixing and serving bowls, plates, measuring implements, colanders and juicers all made out of “melaboo,” a 100% biodegradable bamboo composite. The 60% bamboo, 40% melamine material will degrade in as little as 18 months under normal conditions in a landfill (though with such fun and colorful shapes, who would dream of ever throwing this collection away?). The dishwasher-safe, long-lasting tableware is perfect for camping trips, picnics—or just everyday use! And the small implements—especially the measuring spoons—make perfect stocking stuffers.

  • Melaboo Kitchenware Line
    $5.99 To $39.99

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Reduce: Melaboo Kitchenwares



“WaterWeek” Water Bottles

Another cute product from Base Brands’ “Reduce” line. Welcome to WaterWeek: five grab-and-go water bottles with their own caddy to keep them lined up in the fridge. Instead of buying a fresh water bottle each day, the idea is that you fill each of these over the weekend, place them in the fridge, and then take one with you when you leave the house each weekday. You’ll save money and the environment at the same time, by reducing the over 25 million plastic bottles that are thrown out daily. And with the convenient 16-ounce size and modern designs printed on the bottles, the lucky recipient of this gift will be happy to give up those carbon footprint-heavy water brands. Combine this with a home water filtration system, and it’s a slam dunk

  • WaterWeek 5-Bottle Set

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Reduce: WaterWeek Water Bottles



Take Back The Tap Water Bottle

Does anyone need to buy a bottle of water every day? Billions of barrels of oil are used in the production, transportation and storage of those plastic bottles in the U.S. each year and 86% of them end up in landfills. Riverkeeper, an organization that safeguards the ecological integrity of the Hudson River, sponsors a Take Back The Tap campaign that encourages people to “BYO” tap water. These 20-ounce stainless steel bottles are not only handsome, but will show the world that you “bottle your own.” The website explains how other municipalities can start a Take Back The Tap campaign.

  • Take Back The Tap Stainless Steel
    Water Bottle


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Take Back The Tap Stainless Steel Water Bottle



PURE Seltzer & Soda Maker

Americans used more than 90 billion cans and bottles of soda and sparkling water last year. You can save the environment, save gas, save money and save your back with PURE, which turns tap water into sparkling water or soda in 30 seconds, in your kitchen or at your workplace. No electricity or batteries are needed; there’s no mess or clean-up. Reusable BPA-free carbonating cartridges do the carbonating. Soda lovers can choose from 25 delicious regular and diet soda flavors and an energy drink—without high-fructose corn syrup or aspartame. PURE is a new, minimalist version of the Penguin (read our review).

  • PURE Startup Kit
    Seltzer Kit, $129.99
    Makes 120 Liters Of Seltzer
    Soda Kit, $149.99
    Makes 36 Liters Of Soda
  • Certified kosher by OU

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Pure Seltzer Maker
No lugging bottles ever again. Now you can make your own seltzer and soda at home...for pennies. Carbonate tap water in the machine and store the bottle in the refrigerator (and carry the extra bottle with you all day).



Bottle Filtration System Starter Kit

Everyone who subscribes to a water delivery service, or drags five-gallon water jugs home from Costco, can save money and their carbon footprint with the Zero Water filtration system, which uses tap water and a superior five-stage ion-exchange filter system, which cleans the tap water so it measures absolute zero on the Total Dissolved Solids Meter. The starter kit includes the 5-gallon filtration system jug, one set of filter cartridges and a glass countertop decanter base. The cartridges themselves get returned to ZeroWater for refitting, so no plastic is thrown into landfill. (Note: If your gift recipient already owns a conventional water dispenser base, you can buy the filtration jug without the base. A single-filter standard table pitcher is also available.)

  • ZeroWater Bottle Filtration System
    Starter Kit


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ZeroWater Bottle Filtration System Starter Kit



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