Written by Stacey Kelleher.
The holidays are upon us, and if you’re still looking for that perfect gift for the person in your life who prefers eco-friendly products, then you’ve come to the right place. New York University’s Center for Sustainable Business found that half of all sales growth among packaged consumer goods between 2013 and 2018 came from sustainable products.
The numbers don’t lie. Consumers want environmentally-friendly alternatives to the items they use every day. And manufacturers and retailers are answering the call. Today’s sustainable products are more innovative, stylish, and fun than ever!
We’ve scoured Cyberspace to narrow down the 20 best eco-friendly products just in time to cross those last few gifts off your holiday shopping list.
Eco-friendly gifts for the adults in your life
AdrianMartinus design studio is the brainchild of two Canadian brothers and skaters who wanted to find something cool to do with broken skateboards. Since 2012, they’ve honed their woodworking skills and expanded their product line to include jewelry, games, and furniture while always using repurposed materials whenever possible. $60 (CAD)
Leading sustainable sunglass designer Sunski couldn’t find a material that worked for their line, so they went ahead and created their own. SuperLight resin is made from recycled plastic that would otherwise land in a landfill. Backed by a lifetime warranty, Sunski uses no single-use plastic and donates 1% of all sales to environmental non-profits. ($71)
These merino wool and recycled polyester sweatpants are so soft and natural, Azura Bay calls them, “almost as sustainable as being naked.” Super-light, but also incredibly warm, once you put these on, you’ll have a hard time taking them off. Online retailer Azura Bay offers a variety of ethically-produced, eco-friendly brands and products for comfort you can feel good about. ($90)
Family-owned Grounds for Change is a model of eco-friendly retailing. They plant trees to offset their carbon footprint, and they are proud to be Carbon Free-Certified. They recycle nearly all of their production materials and compose their waste as well. And - their coffee is delicious! This gift box comes with 3 bags of fair trade organic coffee and three bars of organic chocolate. ($33.95)
This sturdy carryall made from fair-trade-certified cotton and eco-friendly inks is the cutest way to say goodbye to plastic bags for good. The Tote Project designs all their totes in-house and donates 10% of all gross profits to a non-profit that supports and empowers victims of human trafficking. And yes, of course, there’s a tote for cat people too! ($30)
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This yoga mat is not only beautiful to look at, but it also offers extra cushion and support to keep you grounded in tree pose. Made from 100% natural cork and rubber, you don’t have the odor or feel of plastic that come with most yoga mats. The water-based ink mandala design is perfectly symmetrical to help you stay focused. Carrying-strap included. ($74)
You can find this and many other eco-friendly products at online retailer EarthHero. Bambu was created by two Portland natives who quit their corporate jobs to find new ways to use organic, sustainably-harvested bamboo and steer consumers away from single-use plastic. Their Bambu cutting board comes in four sizes and is just part of their wide range of kitchen tools and products. ($12 - $40)
The North Face is known for incorporating innovative materials that keep athletes and explorers mobile and comfortable. The ThermoBall line of footwear and outerwear for men, women, and kids is no exception. ThermoBall’s 100% post-consumer recycled polyester insulation makes for a light and packable jacket that also happens to be incredibly warm. ($149)
These simple and sleek gold-toned earrings are designed by independent artisans in Kenya and made with upcycled brass. Based out of a Nashville showroom, Nisolo employs factory workers and artisans in Peru, Mexico, and Kenya, paying them wages and benefits well above the local standard. They are also a big proponent of “circular fashion” which repurposes clothing and shoes that might otherwise be deposited in a landfill. ($28)
For two decades, Uncommon Goods has been curating the coolest home goods, apparel, and toys around. This cheeky tie is a nod to the vinyl purist in your life. To make it even cooler, it’s made from recycled plastic bottles. If your recipient is more of an Itunes kind of guy, then there are plenty of other eco-friendly gifts to choose from at Uncommon Goods. ($40)
Green gifts for your favorite littles
More than 12 million crayons are made every day with petroleum-based wax that inevitably ends up in landfills. Crazy Crowns has been recycling used crayons for nearly 25 years and reinventing them into cool shapes like stars, earthworms, and dinosaurs. The best part is your child can recycle their own crayons too for a first-hand lesson in recycling. ($4 - $18)
The rocking horse is a staple of every childhood. And now there’s a more environmentally-conscious version of the plastic and metal versions we grew up with. This light and bright birch plywood rocking horse is made from safe, sustainable, eco-friendly materials and is ideal for kids 10 months and up. ($72)
Asheville, North Carolina-based Mini & Meep’s “It’s Snow Wonder I Love You” t-shirt will keep your kids warm and cozy on those chilly winter nights. You can feel good about bundling your little ones up in a 100% organic cotton that’s ethically grown, sewn, and produced in the USA. There are so many adorable products available, we had a hard time choosing a favorite! ($33)
Skateboarder Kyle is not just a cute companion for your child, he’s part of a collection of dolls that each come with their own story and lesson to encourage kids to care for the earth. Kyle and his friends are made of 100% organic cotton and filled with 100% post-consumer recycled plastic. Global Green Pals is a woman-owned small business that teaches kids how fun it is to be eco-friendly. ($17)
It doesn’t get any cuter than Krochet Kids’ animal beanie. And when you find out the story behind it, you’ll be even more impressed. Krochet Kids was founded in 2007 by three college friends who wanted to break the cycle of unemployment and poverty in Uganda and Peru with something as simple as yarn. Since then, they have employed hundreds of women, some of whom are profiled on their website. ($24)
Sustainable stocking stuffers
We’ve made Santa’s job a bit easier by finding these fun, budget-friendly green products to fill your stockings this year.
United by Blue removes 1 pound of pollution from waterways for every journal sold. ($18)
Made entirely from plant-based materials, this stylish and eco-friendly bamboo toothbrush is a perfect alternative to traditional plastic brushes. ($4)
Pela is the leader in sustainable phone accessories. The coral mandala case is not just pretty, it’s incredibly durable. ($37)
Final Straw’s stainless steel collapsible straws come in silver or rainbow with your choice of carrying case from a variety of fun colors. ($25)
Sheabrand’s best-selling CBD Restorative Lip Balm contains organic shea butter and beeswax to protect your lips from the elements this winter. ($13)
Eco-friendly presents from Puracy
Like the artists, designers, and retailers above, Puracy is proud to be part of the movement creating products that are not just effective, but also environmentally-conscious. From naturally-derived ingredients and formulas free of harsh chemicals, to biodegradable ingredients to glass bottles to refill pouches, every single Puracy product is safe for your family, your pets, and the environment.
Puracy plant-based home and body products also make great gifts. If you’re not sure which Puracy product is right for your family member, friend, or coworker, consider one of our value-based gifts and sets to start. You’ll get a collection of our best-selling body and hair products for a 25% savings. There’s an option for the home, for baby, and maybe even for yourself. (We won’t tell if you shop for yourself!)
This holiday season, we’re also proud to introduce our limited-edition New England Balsam Box. Each bottle of naturally-scented Balsam Fir hand soap and hand lotion is personally signed by the artist who created the hand-drawn artwork on our labels.
The scent is unmistakably festive and will last you all through the winter months. They come ready-to-gift in a natural cardboard box filled with festive recyclable paper. Fill them with our recyclable refill pouches to enjoy these beautiful bottles for years to come.
When you consider that in the United States, the amount of trash we produce between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by a staggering 25%, you’ll see the choices you make for holiday gifts and the products you use every day do matter. So even if you’ve already crossed off every gift on your list, consider shopping these eco-conscious retailers all year round for products that are good for you and the planet.
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