Holiday Must-Haves for Hip Green Girls

Whether you’re the shopper or the wishlist-maker this holiday season, coming up with gift ideas that are both green AND hip can seem like quite the challenge. Fortunately, three eco-chic young women from Teens Turning Green filled me in on the hottest, earth-friendly items they’re hoping for this season. And these items are sure to be a hit with stylish green girl consumers everywhere.


Since the holiday season marks the peak in American consumerism, consider putting your hard-earned green towards green products and brands—not only does buying green protect the future of the planet, but it also sends a powerful message to businesses everywhere. And nowadays, it’s even easier to shop green; there’s an eco-friendly option for almost every item on your holiday shopping list!


 Natalie Whalen is a member of the Teens Turning Green National Advisory Board and a Co-President of the San Francisco Bay Chapter.


On her holiday wish list this year:

JANE IREDALE, duo of Christina PureMoist Lipcolour and In the Pink Puregloss for lips

Description: For each Christina PureMoist and In The Pink gloss sold, Jane Iredale will donate $2 to Beyond Breast Cancer, a non-profit organization dedicated to breast cancer awareness.

Price: $19.00 each

What Natalie says:The best makeup for me is not only pretty, but also makes a difference for others.”


Description: A 4-piece box of chocolate glosses for luscious, lickable lips. Jane Iredale makeup evens the skin's tone while actually nourishing, soothing and protecting with natural ingredients. Jane Iredale…as nature intended.

Price: $44.00

What Natalie says: “The newest, most fun gift that smells and tastes delicious! Also, it comes with four, so I plan to get a few packages and give one to all of my friends. I find that all girls can always use more gloss.”



Description: One of a kind & limited edition jewelry. The artist creates eco-friendly pieces using many discarded, thrifted, donated, and yard sale-derived materials.

Price: Script H Ring = $28.00 / Transport Necklace = $220.00


 Erin Schrode is the spokeswoman and founding member of the Teens Turning Green campaign. She is currently pursuing studies in International Affairs as a Presidential Honors Scholar at New York University.


On her holiday wish list this year:


Description: Recycled silver charms, hemp thread, and recycled cards make this necklace sustainable, responsible, and fashionable!

Price: $26.00

What Erin says: “I love the elegant simplicity of this necklace.”



Description: Put your kitchen scraps for the compost pile in an attractive countertop kitchen composting crock. The Kitchen Compost Crock has a fully glazed interior that won't stain or absorb odor and holds up to one gallon of kitchen scraps.

Price range: $42.00-$75.00

What Erin says: “Cooking is my absolute favorite activity, so this eco-friendly compost bin is a must!” 



Description: Solio stores power from the sun or socket; freeing you to recharge your mobile phone, iPod and other handheld devices anywhere, anytime. Solio generates free and clean energy immediately. Replacing your wall and car chargers with Solio reduces your ecological footprint.

Price: $79.95

What Erin says: “I really do think this is one device that I need: a solar-powered charger that works with all of my electronics. Easy and eco. Yes!” 



Description: Beautifully crafted and 100% vegan, you can smile at your feet and feel extra-relaxed since it’s cruelty-free.

Price: $140.00

What Erin says: “I am a borderline shoe addict – and these red ones are at the top of my must-have list right now! The eco-chic flats are made from 100% PCW recycled TV screens. How cool is that?” 



Description: The ultimate travel companion for any skin type. Presented in a beautiful washbag handmade from reclaimed seatbelts, this perfect hand luggage size collection makes the ideal gift for those who like to travel in style.

Price: $148.00

What Erin says: “I am going on vacation over the holidays and this is exactly what I need! A set of five fantastic products that nourish my skin (and are free of parabens, sulfates, PEGs, TEA, DEA, propylene glycol, phthalates, GMO or silicones. Whew!) in a perfectly cute, perfectly eco seatbelt bag.”


 Morgan Gooding is a member of the Teens Turning Green College Chapter. She currently studies at UC Berkeley.


On her holiday wish list this year:


Description: The boutique line of Pocketflops is designed for luxurious portability.  They are made out of 90% recycled materials and come with a carrying case made from 100% organic cotton.

Price range: $15.00-$22.00

What Morgan says:When holiday break is over and I head back to school, I want to be able to walk to class everyday in style.”



Description: Powerful antioxidant hydration spray from Jane Iredale for using to set mineral after makeup has been applied and to hydrate skin at any time – especially in dry climates or planes.

Price: $17.50

What Morgan says:This winter I will be spending a lot of time on the ski slopes, so it would be nice to have the Jane Iredale POMMISST hydration spray. This will hydrate my skin in the dry mountains, help protect my skin from harmful UV, and quench my skin with antioxidants.” 



Description: Seven for all Mankind’s first organic denim, the Yosemite, is a non-stretch fabrication with subtle indigo fading weaved throughout the front and rear. The wash is finished with green hardware to signify Yosemite’s organic appeal. Sits low on waist and slim through the knee with a bootcut opening.

Price range: $161.00-$200.00+ 
What Morgan says:An average pair of jeans uses about 2/3 a pound of pesticides to produce. Organic jeans not only have a lesser impact on the environment and lower toxic exposure, but I also think they are softer and more comfortable.”


Teens Turning Green “is a national movement of youth transforming the world by investigating and eliminating toxic exposures in daily lives, schools and communities, advocating for change in policy and habits to protect our health, and educating peers and the community about greener alternatives.” Check out their line of eco-friendly body care products and learn more about the Teens Turning Green cause at their website,


Seasons GreeNings!


Danielle Foster is a Natural Foods Chef and Holistic Health Counselor with a knack for fabulous, easy green living. She founded Get Green Girl, a motivational workshop series ultimately teaching teen girls about self-acceptance, achieving their dreams, and making a difference in the world all while reinforcing green, environmentally-sound habits and behaviors. Visit for more info. 

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