One Cool Thing: Cute Sustainable Gifts



Two years ago we featured Wendy Barnes Designs in our annual gift guide and had a super enthusiastic response from readers. Wendy creates adorable reusable straw/silverware bags (bc who wants their utensils to collect purse lint?) that are made from her original pen and ink print designs.

Since we have many new readers we wanted to share this great small shop one more time. As an added bonus, some of Wendy’s products benefit important conservation organizations, like our friends at St. Simons Land Trust in Georgia.

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