Do you know that feeling you get when you give someone the most perfect gift? I love trying to find things that make people feel special, appreciated and loved.
Sometimes, though, you get stumped and can’t find something just right.
This list of 10 eco-friendly gifts are things that will be appreciated by anyone on your list, and they will make you feel good as they all aid in making a small step in keeping our world green and beautiful.
Here’s my list of the very best eco-friendly gifts this year:
Bringing along your own travel mug for your morning coffee is one of the easiest ways to cut back on waste.
My two favorite travel mugs right now are the Ello Ceramic Travel Mug and the Yeti Tumbler.
I really prefer to enjoy my morning coffee from a mug, so one of my biggest issues with bringing my own travel mug is drinking from a stainless-steel cup. The Ello travel mug is double-wall ceramic which keeps drinks hot and is just as enjoyable as drinking from a mug at home. I also love the sleek look and it’s top-rack dishwasher safe. The only downside is that it’s heavy to tote around.
For that reason, if I’m heading out of the house with the kids, I prefer the Yeti Tumbler. Yeti has become the gold standard for vacuum-insulated stainless-steel drinkware. This travel mug comes with the Yeti MagSlider Lid that uses the power of magnets to keep your hot beverage on lock. It also comes it a range of cute colors and can also be run through the dishwasher.
K-cup pods are not recyclable or biodegradable, and they generate a ton of plastic waste. This Keurig reusable k-cup allows the convenience of making a single cup of coffee and also helps with environmental sustainability. Not to mention it will also save you a ton of money.
These organic cotton drawstring bags are great for storing produce or bulk goods on grocery runs. The tare weight is listed on brightly colored labels so the cashier can easily find and deduct the bag’s weight from your purchase. If you buy bulk goods or need a better way of organizing your produce without using the plastic bags available at the store, these are a great option.
Foldable Tote Bags, $8 for 2
I love these adorable animal-themed foldable tote bags. We all know that bringing your own reusable bags to the grocery store is the number one way to cut back on single-use plastics, and these microfiber pouches fold up tiny for easy storage in your car. The cute animals also serve as a good distraction for rowdy toddlers while shopping.
Dryer balls are an eco-friendly and natural alternative to both dryer sheets and liquid fabric softener. I love these wool dryer balls by Smart Sheep because they are a great natural, eco-friendly, biodegradable alternative to dryer sheets. Dryer balls are also known to dry laundry faster and make clothes softer.
This is another eco-friendly alternative that will save you money. The Smart Sheep dryer balls are sold in a pack of 6 and will last for over 1,000 loads of laundry. By comparison, a 160-count box of Bounce dryer sheets costs $5.99. This is a savings of $25.94!
This is the ultimate to-go container for adults which includes utensils, a salad dressing tube, and a reusable ice pack. For those who eat out for lunch most days, the portable-sized, stainless steel flatware is a great eco-friendly alternative to using plastic disposable cutlery each day.
If you’re really looking to go the extra mile, you can consider these reusable bamboo travel utensils.
Sip your morning coffee knowing you have started the day helping an important cause: the protection of endangered animals. Potter and animal lover JoAnn Stratakos hand carves each animal, giving them fantastic detail and texture. $5 of every mug sold goes to support wildlife conservation.
I’ve been loving the podcast Practical(ly) Zero Waste by Elsbeth Callaghan. In one episode they mention this book by Bea Johnson where she provides a practical, step-by-step guide that gives readers tools and tips to diminish their footprint and simplify their life by reducing waste. A great resource if you want to start living a less wasteful lifestyle but you’re not sure where to start.
This list wouldn’t be complete without this awesome t-shirt designed by my brother and amazing artist, Danny Spirko. Titled “Sounds of Nature,” this graphic encapsulates two of my favorite things: nature and music. This is a great gift for any outdoor lover to sport on their next hike or camping adventure. It’s also available in long sleeves and on other accessories like phone cases, water bottles, mugs, and more.
What do you think? What other eco-friendly gifts are you giving this year? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.
If you’re looking for other product recommendations, check out this post outlining my favorite hiking outfit for this year.
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