15 Eco-Friendly Gifts That Would Make Greta Thunberg Proud
Product waste is a problem year-round, but come the holidays, it’s even more apparent. With so many items being purchased and so much packaging being discarded, it’s a moral struggle for eco-conscious consumers, to say the least. Thankfully it’s 2019, which means we have access to an abundance of gifts that help to make the world a cleaner, healthier place. Like these 15 green picks that are chic and sustainable all at once.
1. Nimble Eco-Friendly Wireless Phone Charger
An eco-friendly phone stand? Yep—this one is made from organic hemp and recycled plastic to deliver a high-speed wireless charge without creating new waste.
2. Earth Bottles Zero Waste Kit
This kit includes everything they need to take a plastic-free pledge: six reusable produce bags, three bamboo toothbrushes, three stainless steel straws and one coffee travel mug. Their carbon footprint is getting smaller by the minute.
3. Kjaer Weis Collector’s Kit
This sustainable beauty brand creates clean products with a focus on minimizing waste. Buy this case (or any new product) and just pop one of the eco-friendly refills into place. Kjaer Weis’s refill system eliminates plastic waste in beauty products, while delivering beautiful and effective nontoxic formulas. Note: This case comes empty, but your recipient will fill it with the products of their choosing—and eliminate the need for an overflowing makeup bag in the process.
4. Bamboozle Compost Bin
For the plant mom (or dad) who wants their fiddle leaf to thrive, this chic compost bin turns food waste into nutrient-rich soil. Made from biodegradable bamboo fiber and with a carbon filter to keep odors at bay, it’s just about the chicest countertop compost solution we’ve ever seen. Oh, and it’s even dishwasher safe (hands up emoji).
5. Everlane The Re:Down Puffy Puff
Oh, Everlane, why are you so good to us? The ethical brand introduced a line of recycled down to its winter collection that’s super warm and yet oh so light. The slightly shiny outer shell is made from 13 recycled plastic water bottles and coated with safe, fluorine-free waterproofing, while the inside is stuffed with feathers from recycled down comforters and pillows to keep you warm in 20-degree weather.
6. Byta Water Bottle
A water bottle so pretty, it can double as a vase. This one is double walled and vacuum sealed to prevent sweating and maintain the temperature of your beverage for longer, whether it’s hot or cold.
7. 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste by KATHRYN Kellogg
Think of this as the zero-waste bible. It offers 101 simple life changes that make a big impact—from how to compost to plastic alternatives—in a quick, easy read.
8. Anthropologie Reusable Travel Flatware
They hopped on the reusable straw bandwagon, but plasticware has been an issue—until now. This cute travel set will come in handy for eating on the go (or when all the silverware is mid-cycle in the dishwasher).
9. Grove Collaborative 6-Cup Glass Pitcher
Much prettier than a plastic water filter, this glass pitcher filters six cups of water to remove impurities like chlorine, mercury, copper, zinc and cadmium. Now they might be more inclined to keep their “drink more water” New Year’s resolution.
10. Everlane The ReNew Transit Weekender
Your friend with the most flight miles will thoroughly appreciate this well-designed weekender. Made from 100 percent recycled polyester, it features a padded laptop sleeve, two water bottle holders, an exterior zip pocket, a luggage handle pass-through (that can also be used as a pocket) and two straps offering multiple ways to carry: crossbody, shoulder or in hand. Bonus: They can use it to tote all their holiday gifts back home.
11. AllBirds Women’s Wool Runner
These stylish kicks are made from natural fibers that use 60 percent less energy than typical synthetic shoes. Not to mention that each pair of laces is made of 100 percent post-consumer recycled polyester from one old water bottle, therefore helping to keep single-use plastics out of our landfills. Oh, and the packaging is made from 90 percent recycled cardboard. Need we say more?
12. Bee’s Wrap Assorted Set of 3
Plastic wrap can’t be recycled and it lasts for hundreds of years in a landfill. These press-and-stick wraps are handcrafted from GOTS-certified organic cotton and beeswax and can be washed and reused, eliminating the need for plastic wrap in the first place.
13. The Sunshine Series Produce Bag Set
Those tiny plastic produce bags are totally unnecessary and unrecyclable. These eco-friendly mesh bags tote veggies home from the farmers market time and time again without adding to the waste problem.
14. Opus Mind Saddle Crossbody Bag
When a former luxury leather specialist at Chanel and Dior saw the amount of waste created in the production of luxury goods, she set out to make a difference and created Opus Mind. This bag (and all of the brand’s bags) is made of upcycled Italian leather, proving that sustainable can still be super chic.
15. Guppyfriend Washing Bag
This simple bag prevents microfibers from synthetic fabrics (like fleece and polyester) from finding their way into our lakes and oceans from your washing machine. Plus, the bag’s soft surface stops fibers from shedding in the first place, making your clothes last longer.