How Clock is ticking! Holiday season is almost here. Such occasions call for treating loved ones with gifts. Getting someone the wrong gifts along with the packaging always ended up in landfill. Also, Christmas decorations may add to our temporary joy, but they can have detrimental long-lasting impacts on our environment. Therefore, we need to think of ways to avoid adding ecological footprints to our environment. For example, getting eco friendly and sustainable gifts could be a way to minimize waste ending up in the landfills.
Are you someone who is afraid of creating a negative environmental impact? Are you looking for ideas to buy eco-friendly presents for your friends and family? If you want to have greener celebrations this year, , you have landed on the right article. Hold tight and keep reading.
We have compiled a list of 25 Eco Friendly and Sustainable Gifts ideas for this Holiday Season!
Friends and families love hanging out. They would need a bottle to keep themselves hydrated, while traveling long-distance. So why buy a plastic bottle on every stop? You can give them stainless-steel S’well reusable bottle. These bottles are vacuum-insulated which helps in regulating the liquid temperature for 18 to 41 hours. Besides that, these are BPA-free and comply with health and safety regulations. Certainly, a viable alternative to plastic!
2. Coffee Cup
Coffee lovers always crave for coffee and would feel lethargic until they are served with it to get themselves recharged. While traveling, holding a coffee cup can create difficulty. You can ease the journey and reduce the craving of your friends, by buying them a STOJO’s collapsible reusable coffee cup, which can be squashed down to fit the needs of the user. It comes with trendy designs and a wide range of colors. A perfect present for a coffee-addict in your circle!
Are your friends and relatives throwing a big party this holiday season? Certainly they would require disposable plates because they would not want to wash dishes later. As the saying goes, ‘a friend in need is a friend indeed’. Help your friends and relatives make a sustainable choice by giving them choary’s light-weight, eco-friendly, sustainable and biodegradable plates. Good news! These plates can be used time and again, and can be put in the microwave or freezer.
If you are reading this point, you have already made up your mind to buy degradable cutlery as a gift. You probably have looked up for viable alternatives to plastic cutlery, but have not found something which is sturdy yet eco-friendly. Do not worry, we have got that covered. You need to add Compostable spoons, by Transitions2earth, in your cart. These spoons are free of toxic chemicals, would not pose health risk, and are compostable. A cherry on top is, you get to contribute towards restoring species habitats, because the manufactures take the responsibility of planting a tree for each purchase.
A party without making a use of straws is near to impossible. But do we realize that these straws can end up taking the lives of aquatic creatures if they were consumed accidentally? Well, the truth is that we don’t. But now, as you have read it, it has become your responsibility to consider this fact. You can simply purchase a pack of GOGOUP wheat grass straws as a gift. The straws are sturdy and don’t become soggy when used for hot beverages. You don’t agree? Try purchasing one.
Is your friend fond of hand-written letters and candle-lit homes? You can make your friend even happier by buying him/her scented-organic candles, made from pure soy oil. The Aira Soy candles are eco-friendly because they are not made out of petrochemicals and do not leave soot or char upon burning. The inherent lemon scent further adds to its uniqueness. These candles could be a great way to transform a wintery holiday evening to a cozy one!
Our mood is often influenced by our surroundings. Keeping plants indoor not only adds to the beauty of our surroundings but also improves health. Few people often like keeping plant pot by the side of their working desks, as they believe that it would make them efficient. You can get La Jolie Muse handmade and stylish ceramic plant pots as gifts, which would work best for indoor plants because of their sturdy and durable base.
Holiday season is incomplete without cooking. Listing as no.8 on our eco friendly and sustainable gifts are choppin board. Your friend would definitely need a cutting board in his/her kitchen to cook delicious food for his/her guests. What could be better than surprising him/her with the K Basix bamboo cutting board? The board is made of sustainably harvested wood, and wouldn’t add any toxic chemicals to your food. No matter how many vegetables you chop off, using the same board, it won’t lose its quality and texture. Durable and antimicrobial board should be the next thing you add to your cart.
After a grand gathering, each one of us collects food scraps mainly in plastic trash bags. But those trash bags often end up entangling aquatic creatures, resulting in their death due to suffocation. We can help protect life below water by using Biobag’s compostable bags for food scrap, made out of plant-based raw material. These bags are designed in a way that will dry out the moisture content of discarded food on their own. This will inhibit the growth of bacteria which produce foul smell. The bags could be an ideal choice for anyone who wants to start composting at home.
Once the guests leave, it’s the dirty kitchen and lots of dishes you are left with. The dishwashing liquids often contain toxic chemicals which are unhealthy for people with sensitive skin. You can save yourself and your friends from this misery, by purchasing Biokleen eco-friendly dishwashing soap which is plant-based. It can easily remove hard or greasy stains. Above all, they are user-friendly and do not pose any health risks.
11. Beeswax Wraps
Packaging materials account for a major part of the plastic pollution. During the holiday season, there are plenty of food items which need to be stored to prevent them from getting thrown away. This holiday season, you can give eco-friendly Etee’s food wraps to your friends. They are easy to use and are made of certified organic cotton. Afraid that they may not last long? Do not worry, you would simply need to rinse it with cold water, and it would be ready for the next 120 to 150 uses.
Looking for a lightweight yet soft and cozy sweatshirt to buy as a gift? Hanes store sells sweatshirts with a range of colors and sizes. These are comfortable and eco-friendly as they are made from a blend of cotton and recycled polyester. The shirts are highly recommended by users because these are comfortable and durable. Truly a quality product with an affordable price!
The increasing trend of fast fashion provides us with fewer choices to make ethical decisions. We continue to compete with others without considering the environmental impact of our consumer behaviour. Similar trend would be most likely followed by your friends. You can help them make ethical decisions by introducing them to prAna’s. Prana produces high-qulity, stylish, stretchable, and organic cotton-blended jeans.
14. Bamboo Socks
Some people are allergic to wool or cotton and aren’t able to find great material to keep their feet warm. You must have felt sorry for them, but now you need not to! The fine collection of +MD bamboo socks is available in the market. Made out of sustainably sourced fiber, these socks can evaporate more moisture than the typical cotton socks. What makes these socks more unique is the fact that these can be used all year round. It is because of the intrinsic properties of the bamboo fiber which helps in regulating the feet temperature.
15. Vegan Shoes
Leather and leather products account for massive slaughtering of animals and poaching of endangered species worldwide. The global trade of millions of dollars occurs every year for hides and skins of reptiles. Banning the use of exotic leather is critical to saving endangered species from the brink of extinction. Make an informed decision this year, by purchasing NAE’s vegan shoes for your loved ones. By switching to vegan shoes, you say no to animal cruelty in any form, and no to carbon and water footprint.
16. Cork Wallet
Do you want to buy a perfect gift for someone special? You probably haven’t heard of kinzd cork wallets yet. Yes! Though made out of cork fiber, they do not crack and are durable enough to withstand moisture and stains. Unlike leather wallets, they are made from sustainably harvested cork oak forest. So yes – it is one of the excellent conventional yet eco-friendly and sustainable gifts.
On #17th of our eco friendly and sustainable gifts list is coffee and cocoa facemask. If your friend is conscious about her looks, buying a coffee and cocoa face mask, of Simply Radiant Beauty, would be a perfect gift for her. The mask will not only remove dirt from the skin pores, but also would give a brighter and fresher look to her face. Every year a large quantity of food is wasted, but the food scraps can be turned into skin-care products such as the one just mentioned.
18. Organic Lip Balm
We all are fond of quality pictures – that does not mean high resolution pictures, but also the kind where we look stunning. Just like lipsticks, lip balm can add to the personality glamor. Sadly, most of the balms in the market are not toxin free. But now, we do have an option of purchasing organic, vegan, and flavoured lip-balms. Balms by Hurraw are made of natural ingredients and come in a variety of flavours. So worry not, you can choose any flavours as per the preference of your friends.
Who does not like attractive nail colors? These nail colors add to our beauty and personality. If your friend is a fashion freak, and loves applying nail polish, you can buy organic nail polish for her. The Karma organic nail polish is not just free of toxic chemicals but also comes in eco-friendly packaging. It is safe for health and for the environment.
You can play a role in minimizing plastic waste by making ethical and informed decisions. Every year millions of shampoo bottles make their way to water bodies. Efforts are underway to minimize packaging, and somehow various brands have succeeded in their attempts. You can also make an environmental friendly choice by purchasing Ethique’s shampoo bars this year. Made out of plant-based materials and packed in sustainable packaging, these bars should be part of your gift ideas list.
We all love relaxing on chilly evenings of winters and during those times pillows are our ultimate support. Living a sustainable life requires us to take into consideration the environmental impact of every single item of our daily use. Certified eco-friendly lunaoo pillows derived from bamboo and polyester could be one of the gifts you would like to purchase this year. Besides being eco-friendly, the pillows are comfortable, durable, and washable.
You can upgrade the look of your parents’ home by making it more stylish and trendy with the jute and cotton rugs. Hand-woven and contemporary designed rugs would beautify the interior look of the home. These sustainably sourced rugs come with a subtle blend of attractive designs and colors. They should be on top of your eco-friendly and sustainable gifts list.
Can there be celebrations without lightening up the home? Tell your friends that they need not to invest in outdoor decor this year, because you have got a solution for them. Buy them a set of Brightown outdoor light strings, which are easy to install. The lights would save cost on electricity bills because they are energy efficient. Highly recommended it to create a warm and relaxing atmosphere, with lots of unforgettable memories.
24. Smart Plugs
Did your friend ever discuss the need of converting his/her home to a smart home? Is he/she workaholic and wants to efficiently manage the chores? You can minimize the hustle, by purchasing Kasa smart plugs, which not only minimize the electricity expenses by reducing phantom load but can be easily controlled through app or voice recognition. Your friend does not need to go to the kitchen to make coffee, he/she can simply ask the voice-recognition devices to turn on the coffee making machine.
Last but not least on our eco friendly and sustainable gift ideas, is plantable pencils. If you wish to buy a gift for the kids of your relatives, eco-friendly stationery could be a great choice. Plantable pencils, by Sprout store, are not only fun to use but also help kids learn that they have a greater role to play as environmental champions. The pencils have seed capsules, containing seeds of a variety of herbs and flowers. So once the kids are done with the drawing, they can grow plants from the used pencils.