• Encourage a friend or family member to bike for cleaner air with a membership to Bike Pittsburgh. Gift memberships range from $20 to $500 and include the monthly newsletter, participation in local advocacy for bike-friendly streets and discounts from local bike retailers, yoga studios and cafes. Gift memberships can be purchased via bike-pgh.org.
• Wild Purveyors in Lawrenceville offers an array of holiday gift baskets including the wild salt basket, filled with flavored salts from local plants harvested mindfully to ensure they grow back in seasons to come. Finishing salts may include dandelion, knotweed, ramp, oyster mushroom and maitake flavors. Three salts are $20; five salts are $32. (5308 Butler St. wildpurveyorsmarket.com. 412-206-WILD)
• For a stocking stuffer, the Republic of Tea has created an individual size that's compatible with single-serve brewers, in 95 percent biodegradable packaging. Flavors include ginger peach, British breakfast, pomegranate green and natural hibiscus, sold in 12 packs for about $12. A percentage of proceeds goes toward the Whole Planet Foundation, Prostate Cancer Foundation, Room to Read, Action Against Hunger, Rainforest Alliance certification and the Ethical Tea Partnership. (republicoftea.com)
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• Rowenta has created two energy-saving products, which include the Eco-Intelligence iron for $120 that concentrates steam and is 25 percent more efficient than standard irons. The Soniclean VTplus S200 is a vacuum that uses 50 percent less electricity than full-size vacuums. The $250 appliance comes with a 35-foot cord, a fragrance dispenser, a three-year warranty on the machine and a lifetime warranty on the belt. (amazon.com)
• Tula Organic Salon & Spa in Squirrel Hill offers sustainable and eco-friendly products from Aveda as well as environmentally conscious beauty services. Gift certificates can be bought in any increment for services that range from $50 to $120. (2629 Murray Ave. 412-521-2230)
• The ChicoBag Sidekick cross-body reusable tote for $5 and the reusable BPA-free LunchBox Bottle for $3.89 by Enviro-Bottle are among the sustainable gifts for sale at the East End Food Co-op. (7516 Meade St., Point Breeze. 412-242-3598)
• Pavement in Lawrenceville sells fetching, one-of-a-kind jewelry made from women's groups and cooperatives in India and Nepal. The groups practice fair-trade principles where women are paid a living wage to work at home or in small shops. Necklaces, bracelets and earrings cost less than $30. (3629 Butler St. 412-621-6400)
• Burt's Bees, a natural skin care product line, uses post-consumer recycled packaging and donates a portion of profits to The Greater Good Foundation, which protects honeybees and promotes sustainable agriculture. Products include lip balm, facial soap, moisturizers and body lotions that range from $5 to $15. The line of Burt's Bees can be found at area Whole Foods. (wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/pittsburgh)
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