In the market for earth-friendly finds? Art collector Ruth True’s carefully curated, sustainable selection of housewares, fashions, and toys (for kids and adults) will do the trick.
Color Newspaper Clutch Purse, $40
Your fashion-forward sis will immediately recognize the font and design of The New York Times Style section, which has been transformed into a striking rectangular tote. (The food page becomes a lunch sack for $28.50.)
Metalsmith Boris Bally transforms reclaimed traffic signs into five-sided serving trays with a generous seventeen-inch diameter. For the head of household, choose between Caution Children (yellow and black), Speed Limit (black and white), Stop (red), or abstract designs in various colors.
Chain Gang Necklace, $176
Ideal for the accessory obsessed, local design house Free Time Industries’s flattering necklace is made from scraps of leather. Cut into a single geometric pattern, the interconnected pieces (in black or tan) add up to one refined look.
Eco Dough, $21
Scoop up some of the edible construction material for nieces and nephews who might be tempted to put toys into their mouths. Made with flour, salt, and food-grade oils, the dough comes in colors created using blueberries, red cabbage, paprika, or sweet potatoes.
Cozy Cuff, $25
For the caffeine addict on your list, the felted wool cozies slip over to-go cups and replace wasteful cardboard sleeves. Bonus: The abstract floral design in magenta, gray, black, white, or blue doubles as a bracelet.
Nube Green, 921 East Pine Street, Capitol Hill (206-402-4515 or nubegreen.com).
Photo: Courtesy of Nube Green