Cool Green Stuff by Dave Evans [$14.95]
Just the thing for your favorite eco-conscious consumer pal, this mini coffee table book highlights practical, whimsical, and artistic objects, each made from recycled materials put to innovative use. Divided into sections like 'fashion', 'house' and 'outside', the sheer variety of things created from materials that could have become trash or actually were reclaimed from the local dump is amazing. From 'elephant poo poo paper' (prettier than it sounds) to a 'sun trap handbag' crafted with a solar panel in the base that gently glows when opened, allowing you to find your keys at the very bottom, these objects are both usable and sustainable. Don't miss the snazzy bottle openers made from recycled bike chains or the oddly mesmerizing 'giggles bracelet' created from the slightly creepy faces of discarded Barbie dolls.