Over the last few months, I've been scouring the online retailers looking for the best eco-friendly gifts to give to friends and family, to suit all occasions and budgets.
If you’re anything like me, you try to make decisions every day to boost your sustainability and reduce your environmental impact.
If, also like me, you would like to help your loved ones become more sustainable too, but don’t want to come across as ‘preachy’...I might just have the perfect solution.
Starting a conversation with your friends and family about how they need to be more sustainable and eco-friendly for the planet’s sake can be awkward.
People often don’t like being told what they’re doing is wrong. People also simply don’t like change.
However, there is one thing that all people do like...GIFTS!
The next time you’re in the market for a gift for a friend, colleague, loved one, etc., make it an eco-friendly gift.
This has multiple benefits:
Traditionally, Amazon is not what I would consider the most eco-friendly of retailers.
However, they’re making steps in the right direction (renewable energy warehouses, using less packing, using more sustainable packaging, etc.) and stocking more eco-friendly products every day.
They even have a dedicated Eco-Friendly Products section. This can only be a good thing. Getting more eco-friendly alternatives out to the masses. Providing it’s done as sustainably as possible.
They Say: Made from GOTS-certified organic cotton, our food wraps have been handcrafted using our customized process, giving you industry-leading wraps that are the highest quality, washable, reusable and fully biodegradable.
We Say: Give the gift of environmentally friendly food waste management with these beeswax wraps.
These ethically sourced, reusable wraps are made from GOTS-certified organic cotton infused with sustainably harvested beeswax, jojoba oil, and tree resin.
They keep food just as fresh as traditionally plastic food wrap without all the toxic plastic waste.
It's a great gift for anyone with school age kids, or who enjoys spending time outdoors.
They Say: Complete Popsicle Kit - Each order comes complete with 10pcs popsicle molds, 10pcs lids, 10pcs silicone rings for stability, 20pcs storage rack, and 50pcs reusable bamboo sticks, and Cleaning Brush.
We Say: Popsicles remind me of my childhood, and they no doubt do the same for many other people.
Give the gift of reminiscing with this set of 10 popsicle mold set.
Made from BPA-free 304 food-grade stainless steel, this reusable set will last years and satisfy the popsicle needs of your gift recipient, without the needless single-use plastic and wood waste.
They Say: Our Coop Home Goods Eden Pillows undergo strict, third-party lab testing and are CertiPUR-US and GREENGUARD Gold certified to ensure safety and quality. No harmful elements here! IT`S 100% SAFE FOR YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES. Vegan & Cruelty Free – no animals were harmed in the making of this awesome pillow.
We Say: This CertiPUR-US and GREENGUARD Gold certified pillow is rated 4.5 out of 5 on Amazon (from over 12,000 reviews). It would make an excellent gift for anyone wanting to add a touch of eco-friendly luxury to their bedroom.
Zero Waste Store is a fantastic place to find a wide range of sustainable brands and a community of individuals on a mission to make a positive impact on our planet.
Free shipping is available on all U.S. orders over $35. All packaging materials used are zero waste and plastic-free.
They Say: Zero waste, compostable, sustainable, and durable, this is your new go-to notebook! Features recycled paper pages and recyclable metal coil binding. 50 sheets of 100% recycled paper. Size: 8" x 5.5" Made sustainably in India.
We Say: This notebook would make a fantastic gift for any keen note-takers or sketchers in your life.
As a keen scribbler myself, I would love to receive this notebook as a gift. Hint, hint Mrs. M!
Made from bamboo, recycled paper, and recyclable metal coils, this notebook is as eco-friendly as it is beautiful.
They Say: Our Unisex Endangered Tee is a soft, sustainable, eco-friendly garment that aids in the security of earth's most precious wildlife. Crafted from recycled materials, the artistic image on the back depicts just a few of the world’s endangered species. Wear it to let everyone know exactly what’s at stake when it comes to protecting our planet.
We Say: This tee, made from a super-soft blend of US-grown organic cotton, recycled plastic bottles, and renewable Tencel modal, is a perfect gift for any eco-friendly fashionistas in your life.
My eldest daughter has one, and she rarely takes it off.
Every tee sold by Endangered Tees is packaged in 100% plastic-free & zero waste materials and 10% from each sale sold goes towards protecting endangered wildlife.
For more sustainable fashion tips, check out 23 Best Eco-Friendly Clothing Brands for Sustainable Fashion.
They Say: Using innovative technologies, Avre Life has taken plastic bottles out of oceans and landfills and given them a second life with their eco-friendly shoes. The Limitless Sneaker is just that and knows no bounds when it comes to style, comfort, and versatility. Made out of their signature 3D stretch material, the textured knit has an effortless slip-on design that is breathable and ready for all-day wear. The integrated platform sole elevates the look and compliments any style.
We Say: I bought these for Mrs. M for a recent staycation to see her parents. She loves them, and they look great on her.
If you know someone who loves sneakers but doesn’t want to add to the ever-growing problem with plastic in the world, this (or any other pair of eco-friendly shoes) could be the perfect gift for them.
These sneakers are made from recycled bottles spun into yarn. Sustainable and fashionable. Win-Win.
Zero Waste Outlet only sells products that have been hand-selected for their ability to reduce waste without sacrificing convenience.
Products are sent to you using eco-friendly packaging that can be either recycled or composted at home.
They Say: These soap & shave bars are great as an all-purpose soap. They are wonderful smelling handmade soap that also has clay added to it to reduces skin irritation when shaving. They are great in the shower or tub as a primary soap, or just use as a shave soap. Either way, you'll love the Earthy aromas coming off these handcrafted shave soaps. These wonderful shave bars do not have overpowering smells, but soft and noticeable scents that are pleasant and relaxing.
We Say: These soap bars come in four fragrance options (peppermint + lavender, oakmoss + amber, patchouli + cardamom, tobacco + bay leaf).
Multiple-use soap bars like these are a more eco-friendly option than having separate facewash, shower gel, shaving cream, etc., all in single-use plastic bottles.
They make a lovely small gift, especially when paired with the Bamboo Soap Dish.
They Say: Made using a high-quality aluminum handle that instantly makes the build quality apparent when you hold it, this brush uses replaceable scrub heads that are 100% biodegradable. It is completely plastic-free and the handle has a 10-year warranty! The bristles are made of sisal fibers that are stiff and the perfect texture to remove food, grease, or just general cleaning without scratching.
We Say: Know someone who loves cleaning AND the planet? Then this scrub brush could be the perfect gift for them.
Sure, a scrub brush is quite a niche gift...but it’s actually a very well-made product.
The handle is high-quality and made from 100% recyclable aluminum alloy 6061. It will last a lifetime if looked after correctly.
The brush is made from biodegradable bamboo.
They Say: No more plastic razors to throw away! Every year millions of plastic disposable razors are tossed out and into the landfill. The easiest solution, like a lot of wasteful products, is to go back to pre-plastic times when there was no such term as "disposable". After using this razor, you will never want to use a flimsy plastic razor again!
We Say: I recently started researching eco-friendly razors for an upcoming article, and this old-style razor keeps popping up.
It earns rave reviews for its eco-friendly credentials and close shaving abilities.
Pair with one of the Soap & Shave Bars mentioned above for the perfect eco-friendly shaving experience.
EarthHero has done all the eco-friendly legwork, so you don’t have to.
They have curated a range of high-quality products that are sourced, manufactured, and shipped in a way that protects our planet for future generations.
Only brands committed to sustainable business practices throughout the entire supply chain are allowed on the EarthHero platform.
They Say: Stay prepared no matter where you wander. The Reusable Utensil Kit from United by Blue will carry all the essentials – two stainless steel straws, one silicone straw tip, one straw cleaner, one stainless steel spork, one pair of stainless steel chopsticks! They're all wrapped up in a 100% recycled polyester carrying case with a loop for easy attachment. Plus, for every product purchased, United by Blue removes 1 pound of trash from our waterways!
We Say: This reusable utensil kit will make an excellent gift for anyone who, like me, is partial to the occasional thick smoothie or milkshake on the go.
I totally get that plastic straws need to be kept out of the ocean, but the paper alternatives offered by most takeout joints are simply not up to the task when it comes to thick drinks.
Smoothies aside, this kit is great to have in your backpack at all times. It allows you the freedom to grab any type of takeout on the go without having to use single-use utensils.
They Say: Handcrafted from FSC Certified solid oak or walnut wood, this iPhone, AirPod, or Android charging dock keeps your tech securely in place and easy to locate – all while charging it so you're ready to grab it and go. There is micro-suction tape technology for your devices to make it easy to put tech on and off the dock with just one hand. Plus, for every order, Oakywood will plant one tree!
We Say: Got someone on your sustainable gift list who loves both trees and tech? Awesome...buy them this wooden phone charger dock!
You can choose between oak or walnut. You also get to choose which type of charging cable you need. Micro-USB (Android), USB-C (Android), or Lightning Cable (iPhone).
They Say: Ethically handcrafted in Kenya with recycled brass and sustainably sourced horns using traditional techniques, these mixed material statement earrings have a natural yet eye-catching design. A Certified B Corp and women-led company, SOKO promotes artisan innovation, entrepreneurship, and independence with their tech-powered manufacturing program that connects artisans in Kenya with the global market.
We Say: If you’re looking for a gift to impress, then these statement earrings make a real...well...statement!
If these earrings aren't quite what you're looking for, then keep browsing the EarthHero website. They have a full range of ethical and sustainable jewelry to suit all budgets.
Made Trade wants to empower you to make a positive impact every time you shop for sustainable products.
They believe that we can make the world a better place to live by striving for higher ethical standards. They call it “ethically elevated”.
To help us all become more ethically elevated, Made Trade follow five rules when selecting products to sell:
Made Trade is Climate Neutral Certified and offsets its entire carbon footprint.
They Say: These dinosaur shaped rattles are handcrafted with care using organic cotton, making them safe for play. They're soft in your baby's hands and entertain while developing motor and cognitive skills.
We Say: This dino rattle is not just adorable. It’s also fair trade, sustainable, vegan, and hand-knitted with organic wool.
As sustainable gifts for babies go...this one’s a doozy!
It comes in four color options. Petrol blue, purple, teal, and orange.
They Say: Made of elephant grass. Fair Trade Partners, Nest Seal of Transparency. Handwoven in Ghana. Sit back, relax and enjoy seeing the birds come flocking to the porch area.
We Say: This range of birdhouses is handmade in Africa using elephant grass. An abundant and sustainable local resource.
The profits for this venture are reinvested to train rural farmers to become artisans and teach existing artisans new techniques and skills.
A beautiful gift that does good in Africa and will attract birds into your recipient’s own backyard. What’s not to love about that?
They Say: Meet your new favorite bath and shower companion. This unisex bamboo waffle bathrobe is designed with a honeycomb texture to make it ultra-soft, moisture-wicking and fast-drying.
We Say: I love a cozy bathrobe. I used to live in mine at College. So I had to recommend at least one in a best gift list.
This robe is ethically made from 100% organic bamboo lyocell. It’s Oeko-Tex certified and hypoallergenic.
I prefer the Slate Grey option, but it’s also available in Natural.
Buying eco-friendly gifts to help save the planet is pointless if you wrap them in non-recyclable paper full of toxic inks and coatings.
Always choose eco-friendly wrapping paper made from recycled paper that can be reused or recycled again once the gift has been opened.
Wrappily has a great range made from recycled newsprint that can be recycled up to seven times.
Finally, instead of fastening the gift wrap with plastic sticky tape, consider tying the parcel with sustainable and reusable string or twine.
According to ECOlunchbox, silicone can be considered eco-friendly because it’s “non-toxic for people and planet + oceans. When it comes to the environment, silicone is highly durable and more ocean friendly than plastic”.
Soy candles are not a good gift because, according to Happy Flame, “studies show that when soy and paraffin candles are burnt they release formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, toluene, benzene, and acetone, carcinogens that can lead to cancer and other health problems”.
The 15 sustainable gifts mentioned in the article are just the tip of the iceberg.
There are so many eco-friendly gift options available these days that you’re sure to find something fabulous AND sustainable for everyone on your list.
Some other great ideas for sustainable gifts include:
The retailers mentioned in this article are a great place to start your hunt for eco-conscious gifts. Between them, they have thousands of eco-friendly gifts ready for immediate purchase.
Where do you buy your eco-friendly gifts? What would you like to see added to the list? Drop me a line and let me know.