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Last-minute holiday gifts, all made possible by plastics

T1 Tact Watch
Here are some ideas for your last-minute, plastic-centric shopping. What's more, most of these products are made in the USA.

All of these last-minute holiday gifts are made possible by plastics, and most of them are manufactured in the USA.

The T1 Tact Watch Co. manufactures a military-grade tactical smartwatch that is used by the military, police, security personnel and extreme sports enthusiasts. T1 Tact Watch is an American brand, but because of a problem with counterfeit products, it can only be purchased from the company’s official website.

American Plastic Toys (Walled Lake, MI) makes all of its toys in the USA. The company, in business since 1962, makes 125 different toys and operates five facilities throughout the United States. Playthings range from simple sand pails to kitchen sets, ride-on vehicles and more.

The company says that the toys are molded from polypropylene and polyethylene, and are paint- and phthalate-free. All the resin and colorants are purchased in the United States and every toy is tested by at least one independent U.S. safety testing lab to ensure compliance with applicable safety standards.                                                                          

London-based Plumen and Batch.works partnered to make these artistic lamp shades out of recycled plastics via 3D printing.

Batch.works was created in 2016 by former architect Julien Vassieres with the goal of making affordable and eco-friendly products that leverage the creative possibilities of 3D printing. The first two designs are available in black or white; custom colors are available on demand at Plumen.com.

Green Toys Inc. (Sausalito, CA) makes a variety of children’s toys from 100% post-consumer recycled HDPE milk jugs. All of the recycled HDPE is collected by waste management companies in various cities, cleaned and shredded into flakes, after which it is reprocessed into the raw material used by Green Toys. The toys are cute and very colorful, and show creativity and a good use of PCR HDPE.

Cinemood and Cinemood 360 is a very cool pocket-sized portable movie theater that projects content onto any surface. Based in Palo Alto, CA, Cinemood was the winner of the Red Dot design award in 2017. It has a 32-GB internal memory and rechargeable five-hour battery life. Kids can look at movies from their favorite streaming services, digital books using Cinemood’s Storyteller feature and much more.

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