Don’t call the new Volt a hybrid. GM says it’s a unique electrically driven vehicle, powered by a lithium-ion battery pack and 1.4-liter gas engine range extender. On trips between 25 and 50 miles, the Volt runs on electric power alone. MSRP $41,000.
Create your own nutrient-rich compost with yard waste and food scraps in the Tumbelweed composter. Rather than churning a pile by hand, an easy turn of the Tumblewood aerates compost, making it garden ready in three weeks. $199.
Build a child’s imagination with Green Toys' environmentally friendly building set. The 18 blocks are made from 100-percent recycled plastic milk containers, saving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. $24.99
EcoForms pots are made from rice hulls and natural binding agents which are starch-based, water-soluble and biodegradable. No pollutants are used or produced at any stage of the manufacturing process. $18.95-$64.99.
Bring the green to your next Secret Santa exchange with Marcal Small Steps bathroom tissue, made from 100-percent recycled paper. No dyes or fragrances are used. A family of four can save two trees a year by switching to 100-percent recycled bath tissue.
The Amp Solar Charger from Voltaic keeps your phone or MP3 player charged on the go. Includes a battery to store power for nighttime. Comes with adapters for most popular phones and players. A phone fully charges in four to five hours. $99.
Do your part to plant a billion trees, adopt a coral reef, or help save nature with a gift to the Nature Conservancy. These eco-friendly options will help protect and preserve precious landscapes. Gift levels available from $50 to $10,000.
Let the sun shine in your home with Solatube. Custom installations bring daylight into any room, cutting electric usage and filling the space with healthy, natural light. Options like the sun shade give you control. Sold through local dealers.
The Ecofan Plus creates its own electricity to blow heat from a wood or gas stove throughout a home. The silent fan can cut fuel costs by up to 14 percent, allowing stoves to burn and pollute less. $99-$199.
Designer Yves Béhar created the Herman Miller SAYL chair based on suspension-bridge design for ergonomic comfort, using as few materials as possible. The materials used are sustainable, designed for disassembly and recyclability. $399.