Simple Riverstone Heart from Haiti

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Riverstone heart HaitiWhen you want a meaningful memento for your loved one, sometimes that pebble picked up on the shore or a piece of sculpted driftwood means more than anything bought could do. But if you haven’t happened on anything awesome on your strolls together this gorgeously simple riverstone heart could be just the thing.

It’s hand-crafted in Haiti by artisans as part of the hand-Eye Fund, supporting artisans there since the 2010 earthquake. The heart measure just 5 cm and is the perfect smooth feel-good shape to have in your pocket or on your desk to remind you of your beloved.

The riverstone heart costs $7 directly from the Greenheart Shop (free shipping on orders over $75: $5.95 flat rate shipping on other orders)

Romantic Raw Chocolate Hearts for Valentine’s Day

Golden-Spiral-Sacred-Heart-BarsIf your love is a vegan, a raw food health guru or organic devotee with a secret passion for chocolate, this is the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day!

Sacred Chocolate hearts are made from the purest raw chocolate, sweetened with healthy alternatives to cane sugar and retain all the super-food nutrients of cocoa. They come in a whole range of flavour varieties, each one hand-poured and hand-wrapped. The chocolate hearts aren’t huge, only 1.44oz each, but well worth it for a burst of pure chocolate guilt-free goodness!

I can’t think of a better gift for a romantic chocoholic – these certainly beat your average heart shaped box of ordinary candy hands down!
Raw Sacred Chocolate Amazonian Heart (1.44oz)available at $7.99 from Amazon, or order direct from Sacred Chocolate themselves.

Here’s a detailed review of the chocolate hearts if you want to know how the chocolate is packed for delivery and all the gen on the raw chocolate and health benefits.

Fairtrade Heart Bracelet of Recycled Paper Beads

Heart bracelet from recycled paper beadsSuch a pretty bracelet with its colorful beads and wire heart detail, that it hardly needs the added incentive that it’s also about as eco-friendly as it gets.

The beads are hand-made from recycled paper sealed with non-toxic lacquer, the wire is re-purposed, and the whole thing is made in a Fairtrade project by women in Kenya and Uganda. Beyond that for each bracelet purchased a donation goes to a Children’s Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya. The ultimate in feel-good green living!

It would make a great little Christmas gift, perfect as a stocking stuffer or buy it for yourself. I’m tempted!

Buy directly from Acacia Creations for $14.50.

or if you prefer buying through Amazon, the same Recycled Paper Multi-Colored Heart Bead Bracelet is available there for $23.99.

Eco-Friendly PInk Heart Musical Jewelry Box

Recycled fiber heart musical jewelry boxWhat do you give a pink princess for her birthday if you are yourself a green goddess?

Most of the pink paraphernalia on sale these days is not very eco-friendly: pink plastic, sparkly plastic, all non-bio-degradable and destined for the landfill. But if her heart yearns for a musical jewelry box, pink of course, here is a reasonably eco-friendly solution.

This gloriously tacky heart-shaped musical box is made from recycled fibers and features the Eco Snoopers – cartoon characters that I haven’t yet come across, but who apparently go on environmentally friendly adventures. Now there’s a good message for the kindergarten gang to engage with.

So it’s pink, it’s kitsch, but it’s a heart, it plays music and she’s bound to love it!

Eco Snoopers / Heart-shaped Musical Jewelry Box, Pink costs $14.99 from PECO on Amazon.

Funky Eco-friendly Heart Watch

Eco-friendly heart watchWho knew that you could get eco-friendly watches as super-cool and funky as this! Sprout is a watch company that professes to make its watches as eco-friendly as possible without promising the impossible. It says that the watches are about 80% eco-friendly, which is impressively honest!

The watches come in a huge range of fun designs, but this simple heart motif is perfect for the young at heart romantic with green sensibilities, or the eco-warrior teen with an eye for fashion.

Sprout uses corn resin in place of plastic – renewable resource and bio-degradable; mineral crystal for the watch face instead of plastic plexi-glass; mercury free batteries; bamboo for the dial; and of course recycled packaging materials.

This Sprout Women’s ST/4009WTWT Heart Theme Printed Dial White Corn-Resin Bracelet Eco-Friendly Watch costs $49.95 from Amazon

There is a glitzier version Sprout Women’s ST/5038MPWT Diamond Dial Heart Theme White Corn-Resin Bracelet Eco-Friendly Watch with conflict free diamonds and certified mother of pearl dial for $75

Or the same glitzy one with an organic cotton strap Sprout Women’s ST/5505MPWT Diamond Dial Heart Theme Organic Cotton Strap Watch for $51.99.

Sparkly Recycled Glass Heart Pins

Recycled Glass Heart PinFor the eco-warrior who still loves a dash of glitz, these heart pins made from recycled glass and pottery would make a great little gift.

Artist Nicole Whitney of Paloma Pottery collects broken glass and re-purposes it into a wonderful range of jewellery and household items. The glass almost has the look of a crystal geode with its multifaceted reflection of light.

Perfect as a stocking stuffer or  a lovely romantic gift, the heart pins come in various colours from amethyst to forest green and measure 1” by 1”. I love the extra green touch of a selection of packaging options, from zero waste, through biodegradable low-impact packaging, up to gift wrap.

Each recycled glass heart pin costs $14.50 directly from Paloma Pottery.

Carved Hearts from English Brown Oak

Carved wood hear in English brown oakThe simplicity of these heart shapes along with the gorgeous grain of the wood is what makes these hearts appeal to me.

They’d be perfect for a romantic gift to someone who loves all things natural… and sustainable of course.

This wood was harvested from an 700 year old oak tree that came down in a storm on an English country estate – the full story of the wood is on the original Etsy listing.

The heart comes with a quotation inscribed around the edge, but this can be substituted by your own message or an alternative quotation if you prefer.

Crafted by Tim Nicholls of Woodpunk Designs in England, the wooden heart costs £40 or approx $64 via Etsy.

Hand-Painted Metal Heart Decoration

painted metal heart from IndiaI love finding unusual hand-made heart decorations and this one is a definite for my collection: bright colours, delicate detail and a lovely design that looks almost like embroidery. It measures 10cm (approx 4inches) across and is available in assorted colours and designs .

The painted heart comes from India, supplied by Fairtrade organisation The Little Feet Company. They donate 30% of their profits to social projects and orphanages in Central Vietnam and have strong links with that country. They are a UK-based website but have very reasonable postage rates worldwide.

This painted metal heart costs £5.00 (approx $8) from The Little Feet Company.

Hand-painted Kenyan Soapstone Hearts

Orange soapstone heart from KenyaThese funky soapstone hearts comes in several cheerful colours and designs.Sizes range from 1″ for the minis to 4″ for the large paperweights.

They are carved and painted by Kenyan men and women in a Fairtrade project that creates employment for around 800 families in rural Kenya. Soapstone is an amazing renewable resource when properly managed. It is hand-dug from pits where it naturally occurs. The pits are refilled after excavation and then left for 5-10 years when the soapstone reforms itself. The land is owned by the local people who work the soapstone and manage the land so that it stays in good condition. Mini soapstone hearts

And from all that sustainable care come these beautiful hearts: great gifts for the eco-conscious romantic in your life.

These soapstone  hearts are sold through One World Projects and cost from $6 to$12 according to size.

Reclaimed Wood Cutting Board With Carved Heart Detail

wood heart cutting boardI’m on a roll with the wood theme now and have just discovered these wonderful chunky reclaimed wood cutting boards made by Living Wood Designs in Canada.

The one pictured here in Black cherry wood already has a wonderful simple rustic heart detail carved on it, but there is also the option of adding a more intricate carved heart design to any of Living Wood Design’s other boards and wood items.
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The heart cutting board pictured above costs $49 from Living Wood Designs at Etsy.

reclaimed wood serving board

 

 

Picture this reclaimed Maple board with the carved heart detail in one corner….

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