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A unique holiday gift idea that’s aesthetically pleasing and ethically sound.

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A unique holiday gift idea that’s aesthetically pleasing and ethically sound.

The idea came to him with a spill. Mike Del Ponte was having friends over when he went to his fridge to fetch his plastic water filter. Embarrassed by the black carbon bits that floated in the pitcher, Del Ponte tried pouring the water into a glass wine decanter. Water spilled everywhere, and as he frustratingly looked on, Del Ponte wondered why no one had created a water filter that looked nice, was made of sustainable materials, and was easy to use.

Not long after, Del Ponte and his partners Ido Leffler and Rohan Oza started Soma, a company that produces a sleek-looking and sustainable water filter. The glass carafe is hand blown, shatter-resistant and contoured to fit the hand and pour easily without a handle. Beyond Soma’s stunning design, the core of the business is sustainability. The filter is 100 percent biodegradable, made of plant-based materials, all-natural Malaysian coconut shells, and natural silk. Soma, which became a certified B Corp in September, has also partnered with charity:water, which funds clean water projects around the world; or every filter purchased, Soma makes a donation.

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Available at www.drinksoma.com and all Williams Sonoma stores, Soma costs $49 for the carafe and one filter, $99 for carafe and six filters, or $159 for carafe and 12 filters. Fresh filters can be delivered to you every two months if you sign up for a subscription.

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