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Posted: November 24, 2012

Green Living: Holiday gift ideas for the home


            Green Living: Holiday gift ideas for the home
Old Wood Co. crafts vintage bourbon barrel heads from into Lazy Susan.

            Green Living: Holiday gift ideas for the home
The Austin Air HealthMate works to create a cleaner air quality in homes.

            Green Living: Holiday gift ideas for the home
The chocolate swirl bowl, sold at Verde home, is made from sustainably harvested Mindi wood.

            Green Living: Holiday gift ideas for the home
The Tequila Buffet is made out of wormy chestnut and reclaimed oak beams.

            Green Living: Holiday gift ideas for the home
Furniture made of wood from sustainable sources includes this carved stool from Verde Home.

By Lori Johnston

For the AJC

Finding the right gift this holiday season for a family member or friend who lives an eco-friendly lifestyle may be becoming a little easier because more furniture, accessories and products tout green features or benefits.

When the recipient is serious about design or wants to display unusual items made of recycled materials in the home, there’s an array of gift ideas locally and online.

Some stylish furniture and accessories are using reclaimed and recycled materials. Some products help create healthier environments in homes.

Here are seven gift ideas that could make your shopping easier:

Lazy Susan

Vintage bourbon barrel heads from Kentucky get a new use by being crafted into this revolving tray, which can come in handy when entertaining at home. Made by Old Wood Co., based in Asheville, N.C. Priced at $170 at Steve McKenzie’s in Atlanta’s Westside Design District,

Austin Air HealthMate Purifier

Air purifiers like those made by Austin Air, based in Buffalo, N.Y., help combat indoor air pollution by removing particles in the air, including dust, pollens and smoke, as well as chemicals and gases. The company touts that the purifier can decrease nighttime allergies and asthma attacks, eliminate runny noses and sneezing and reduce snoring. Priced at $539; local Austin Air retailers include Eco-Denizen in Midtown, Achoo! in Atlanta, Pure Life Healthy Homes in Tucker, Indoor Air Quality Solutions in Kennesaw and at

Re:loom Rugs

The rugs and placements created by Re:loom, a program by the Decatur-based Initiative for Affordable Housing, are made from donated fabrics that are “upcycled” and woven by homeless and low-income individuals. Prices range from $130-$250; available at

Chocolate Swirl Bowl

Accessories with an unusual, natural look include the chocolate swirl bowl made from Mindi wood, an eco-friendly option that is fast growing and sustainably harvested. Priced at $95, available at Verde Home in Atlanta,

“Rough Luxe Design: The New Love of Old”

This book by Los Angeles-based interior designer Kahi Lee has a rugged cover, photos and interviews with interior and industrial designers, entrepreneurs and others who design with a “rough luxury” aesthetic. Priced at $125; sold at Environment in Atlanta’s Westside Provisions District,

Tequila Buffet

The platter is handcrafted from beams of wormy chestnut and reclaimed oak salvaged from dismantled barns and homes in the southern Appalachian Mountains. The 1 1/2-inch thick board is a half-foot wide and 20 inches across. The platter comes with a cutting board, salt bowls, paring knife and notches to stash lime and salt. Priced at $95; available at

Carved Stool

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified wood was selected to create this hand-carved stool for a look that’s dramatically different from traditional bar stools or seating in a home. Priced at $275; available at Verde Home in Atlanta,

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