11 Sustainable Gifts for The Earth-Minded Grad

If there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that the planet is in dire need of our help and I truly believe the class of 2020 are the heroes we need to save our future. Below, we've rounded up the top gift picks for our sustainable warriors. 

  1. 1. A bag made from recycled billboard vinyl

    Like you, every Rareform purchase is 100% unique. Since each item — be it a backpack, tote bag, luggage tag, or clutch — is made from a slice of recycled billboard, no two items are identical. Sport this backpack while you live your best life, knowing that since their inception Rareform has rescued almost 3 million pounds of billboard vinyl. 

    Rareform; shop now

  2. 2. A backpack made from recycled plastic bottles 

    Not only does this floral backpack look like a fun time, but it's also made from 24 plastic bottles. Bonus:  There's a hidden padded laptop pocket to protect your most beloved item, and a sleeve to attach your bag to any suitcase! 

    Vera Bradley, $115; shop now

  3. 3. A National Park Foundation Hydro Flask

    Save the world from one less plastic water bottle and rep your favorite National Park while you do it? Yes, pleease. Hydro Flask supports Parks For All, having donated $1.5 million since 2017. I love multi-tasking. 

    Hydro Flask, $40; shop now

  4. 4. A pack of reusable straws

    ICYMI: Plastic straws typically aren't recyclable, so they're carted off to sit in a landfill for the rest of eternity. This set of six silicone straws come in your favorite pastel shades, with the added bonus of a straw cleaner and a carrying case, so you never have to succumb to plastic straws again. 

    Ello, Target, $13; shop now

  5. 5. A pair of recycled socks

    What's better than a cute pair of socks? Walking around in a cute pair of socks while knowing you've done your part to live a more sustainable life. These are made from 100% recycled materials, and come in a variety of colors. 

    Rockay, $16, shop now

  6. 6. A recycled (and recyclable) phone case

    Available in three colors and for several phone styles, the WĀKE case from LifeProof aims to reduce the amount of virgin plastic in the world. These cases feature 85% recycled ocean-based plastic, sourced from fishing equipment (hello, how cool is that). Plus, LifeProof will repurpose old WĀKE cases and donates a dollar from each case sale to one of three water charities. Talk about a gift that keeps on giving. 

    LifeProof, $40; shop now  

  7. 7. A compostable AirPods case

    I love a customizable AirPods case — it helps me know which pods are mine, and protects my charger from scratches and scuffs. I love this customazible AirPods case bebcause when I'm done with it, it can be composted.

    Pela Case, $25; shop now

  8. 8. An at home herb kit

    Spruce up your kitchen, test out your green thumb and grow your own fresh, organic herbs in the comfort of your own home. 

    The Home Depot, $23; shop now

  9. 9. A set of reusable food bags

    Time to say buh-bye to Ziploc, my friends, and hello to reusable sandwich and snack bags! With fun patterns and a variety of sizes to choose from, you'll definitely be able to find something to suit your needs, and reduce your carbon footprint along the way.

    Full Circle, The Container Store, $8; shop now

  10. 10. This saran wrap alternative

    Ditch the one-time plastic wrapped leftovers and get on board with these reusable wax wraps, instead. With a variety of patterns and sizes to choose from, your leftovers have never been more fun. These wraps are handmade with organic cotton, sustainable beeswax, tree resin and organic coconut oil, and a starter kit is available to help you transition storage methods. 

    Superbee, $20; shop now

  11. 11. A donation in their name

    Kellyn Simpkin-Girl Holding Money

    While the class of 2020 is dedicated to the state of the world, they don't have much money to put where their mouths are. Make a charitable donation on their behalf to their favorite organization, or one that has a mission that they support. Some of my favorites include The Hysterical Womxn's Society, the ACLU, and End the Backlog

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