$12 to $180, depending on size
Ecosit’s handbags are made from pre-consumer waste—for example, misprinted food labels—that factories that would otherwise throw away. Ecoist repurposes these materials and turns them into bags that make a statement. We especially love the wristlets made from newspaper and the shoulder bags made from candy wrappers.
How about a pigskin minus the pig? This “vegan” football is made from synthetic leather and uses adhesives that are free from animal by-products. It’s the same size and weight of regulation footballs, so it’s good for training. The ball is also fair-trade-certified, meaning it was made by adults earning a livable wage and working in good conditions. The company also sells soccer and rugby balls, volleyballs, frisbees, basketballs, and apparel.
For jetsetters, this stationery made from recycled maps might be a welcome gift. The sampler pack comes with 25 sheets of standard-size paper and 85 envelopes in assorted sizes. No two sheets or envelopes are alike, and the paper is plain on one side in case the map is too dark or bold to write on. The paper can be used in printers or copy machines, too.