August 01, 2012
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Gurgle of Green Goods

Uncommon Goods Moss Terrarium Bottle - Bring the tranquility of the Northwest inside with this mossy microcosm of nature housed within a recycled wine bottle. Exclusively from Uncommon Goods, the handmade kit contains three varieties of moss: sheet, cushion and broom, a set of chopsticks (tool), soil and recycled glass drainage materials. Sounds of babbling brooks and chirping birds not included. $38; www.uncommongoods.com

Penguin’s Smile Free-Trade Wine Totes - Based in Sherwood, Parrot Mountain Group (PMG) works with Penguin’s Smile, a fair-trade organization in Thailand, to promote and sell these handmade wine totes here in the Willamette Valley and beyond. PMG donates all profits back to educational programs in the producers’ region. The reversible, drawstring bags come in more than 14 color and fabric patterns. Best used as a wine gift-bag meant to be reused for carrying wine or even lunch. Look for them in Willamette Valley tasting rooms. Don’t see any? Visit www.parrotmountain.org to see how your favorite winery can become part of this fair-trade opportunity.

Paddywax Eco Green Collection - Paddywax makes a variety of soy wax candles, diffusers and soaps infused with unforgettable, sophisticated aromas. The Nashville candlemaker features a collection called Eco Green, which uses recycled wine bottles as containers. Scents include: Bordeaux, Fig and Vetiver; Pomegranate and Current; Mandarin and Lavender; Thyme and Olive Leaf; Rosemary and Citrus; Verbena and Lemongrass; Bamboo and Green Tea; and Basil and Cucumber. Candles: $16 (7 ounces); diffusers: $28 (4 ounces); www.paddywax.com

Zen Table Bamboo Inlay Coasters - Members of the Fair Trade Federation, Zen Zen offers stylish coasters made of natural resin and inlaid slices of bamboo branches. Handmade in Indonesia, these coasters are chic, modern and ethically made. Designer/owner Andrea Phillips and her husband, Nyoman, live, work and craft their products in Bali with the help of employees and the community. Colors include: teal, orange, persimmon, lime, natural and black. $13.50 (set of 4); www.zendeluxe.com

StilNovoDesign Orbits Chandelier  - StilNovoDesign, located in Grass Valley, Calif., handcrafts each chandelier by skillfully weaving and welding together metal hoops recycled from discarded French oak wine barrels. The galvanized steel gives this extraordinary piece a definite urban, industrial feel. The fixture is made to order and customizable, ranging from 26 inches to a minimum diameter of approximately 18. $885; www.etsy.com/shop/StilNovoDesign

Chef Republic Organic Tote  - Need a gift for a wine-loving friend? Grab an Oregon bottle and wrap it one of these two wine totes designed by New-York food blogger Chef Republic. Made of 100-percent organic American cotton and printed with non-toxic, water-based ink, the bag is as sustainable as the Oregon wine inside, especially when your friend reuses it to bring a bottle to the next bash. Colors: White or Red. $15; www.chefrepublic.com