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Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010

GIFT PICKS: For the eco-conscious

A green Christmas

Special to The Japan Times

Goat & Wolf Remake

Goat & Wolf Remake tableware series

A collaboration between Seto Ceramics and Tokyo resale shop Pass the Baton, the Goat & Wolf Remake tableware series gives new life to dishes that would otherwise be discarded due to slight imperfections in the glazing. The shop imprints these "defective" cups, plates and bowls with an original design — a whimsical pattern depicting animals frolicking amid foliage. Ranging from ¥1,344 to ¥2,048, they're stylish and more eco-friendly than brand new crockery. You can find them at Pass the Baton shops in Marunouchi Brick Square and Omotesando Hills, or on their website.

Natural Coffee Filters are available on www.yu-nakagawa.co.jp. Goat & Wolf Remake can be bought online at www.pass-the-baton.com.

Kisara coffee filters

Kisara coffee filters

Kisara's natural coffee filters are designed to work with low-tech (and recently hip) single-cup coffee drippers. Made of pure cotton, the filters can be washed and reused. It's a simple idea that can save trees. At ¥800 each, they are affordable and an ideal gift for eco-conscious coffee lovers, perhaps combined with a bag of organic coffee (¥1,200). Both available at the Kisara store in Omotesando Hills.


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