Five Sustainable Gifts You'll Want Underneath Your Tree This Christmas

Sustainability is a big deal in today’s retail world for both consumers and producers, and as Christmas approaches, it can be overwhelming to find a gift that is both perfect and sustainable. Here are five sustainable gifts for the environmental citizen in your life:

  1. 1. Earthlove subscription ($59.95 per quarter)

    Earthlove is a seasonal subscription box service that contains 6 to 8 full-size items ranging anywhere from skincare to snacks. Each box also contains a book and guide with tips and tricks for being more eco-friendly that season. Earthlove sends products that are non-toxic, cruelty-free, beegan/vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free, and fair-trade. The also ensure that these products contain natural ingredients and have zero-waste packaging. The box itself is made from biodegradable packaging and algae-based ink.

     

    Rates for the quarterly subscription is $59.95 per quarter. If you do an annual subscription, it is $54.95 per quarter. 

     

    However, if you aren’t looking for a subscription, Earthlove currently has two limited edition one-time boxes for sale: the Global Sustainability box, full of 10 products from across the world valued at $160, for a one-time payment of $98.95 and a men’s box, with 12 products valued at $190, for a one-time payment of $104.95. 

  2. 2. Shampoo and conditioner gift set ($60.00)

    Plaine Products gift set helps provide healthy hair and a healthier planet with refillable aluminum bottles of citrus lavender shampoo and conditioner. The products are non-toxic, cruelty-free, vegan, sulfate-free, color-safe, and a realm of other qualifications, but their main selling point is that they are free of single-use plastics. 

     

    The gift set contains a 16 oz shampoo, 16 oz conditioner, a large pump for the bottle, and a travel-size container of both the shampoo and conditioner for $60.00. 

     

    If the person truly enjoys the product, they can order a refill once they start to get low. Once they receive the refill, they can return the empty bottle with shipping covered by the company. 

  3. 3. Rothy's

    Rothy’s is a shoe company that provides five styles of shoes made from plastic water bottles. Now I know how that sounds, but you won’t be walking around with plastic bottles on your feet. Rothy’s craft the plastic water bottles into a thread that is then used to make the shoes. 

    These shoes are also machine washable, but definitely can’t be put in the dryer or direct heat, considering they’re still made of plastic after all. 

     

    The five styles range from flats to sneakers with a wide range of colors and sizes for both women and kids. This also means prices can range from $125 to $175.

  4. 4. Farmer’s market kit ($73.99)

    ZWS Farmer’s market kit includes everything you need to make your shopping trips more sustainable. 

     

    Zero Waste Store’s website lists the following items in the kit: “Natural cotton string bag with long handle (can hold up to 40lbs!), Reusable silicone sandwich bag,"We do it for mama earth" tote bag, Organic cotton mesh produce bag kit- 1 medium, 1 large, Organic cotton muslin produce kit- 1 medium, 1 large, Reusable beeswax food wraps 3 pack- small, medium, large.” 

     

    The website also states that you can get 10% off and free shipping when ordering this set.

     

    If this kit isn’t the exact thing you’re looking for, there are tons of variations of this idea with different products and prices all across the internet.

  5. 5. Zero waste starter kit ($53.00)

    Just like the farmer’s market kit, there are tons of variations of this product across many websites and stores, but almost any of them are perfect for any zero-waste beginner. 

     

    The Zero-Waste Starter Kit: The Basics from Package Free contains a 16 oz tumbler with a metal straw or 18 oz water bottle with a loop cap, a set of reusable bamboo utensils, a stainless steel straw, and a bamboo toothbrush all in a drawstring bag. 

     

    The website also offers numerous other combinations of these items if you find one of those may better suit your needs. If you’re not loving the kits, consider making your own personalized one by purchasing items individually across the web. 

Each of these gifts provides a thoughtful present for someone looking to be a bit more environmentally-friendly, and they also allow you to give someone the power to change the world one gift at a time.