Sustainable Gift Guide

If you’re eco-friendly like me, you probably want to share your passion with friends and family. I get asked for my opinion about environmentally friendly gifts all the time, so I thought that with the holidays on the way it would be a good idea to share my own sustainable gift guide.  

I really do feel that people are becoming more aware of the need for more sustainable products. Everyone wants to be more active, but some people don’t know where to start.

Well, with this gift guide I’m going to share a few of my favorite sustainable products. Spread the love and the message that it’s time to say goodbye to one-use wastage.

7 Sustainable Gift Ideas

#1 – Strawsome

A half a billion plastic straws are used once, and then discarded every year in the United States alone. That’s where Strawsome comes in.

First, can I just say – that name deserves a round of applause.

Secondly, if you’re thinking “I can’t give a straw as a gift” – think again.

Strawsome is no ordinary straw. It is made of durable glass and comes in a range of fun designs – from clear glass to flashy and funky. Or if you’re one of a kind, you can create your very own design. Just use the drop-down menu on their website to choose length, decoration, color and function.

Of course, these straws are toxic-free and reusable – just like our HankyBooks!

Even better, your purchase of Strawsome products can directly impact the world:

If there’s an issue that’s close to your heart, Strawsome has a range of Straws for a Cause. Strawsome donates 33% of these sales to organizations that support conservation, fight human trafficking, conserve marine and coastal life and many other good causes.

There are 25 causes and counting for you to support!

If that’s not Strawsome, I don’t know what is.

#2 – To-Go Ware

Single-use utensils and food containers cause an enormous strain on the environment.

To-Go Ware excels in this department with a range of handy kitchen items that look great and make for great eco-friendly gifts.

For example – they have attractive bamboo utensils that you can use again and again. The benefit of bamboo is that it does not need to be replanted when harvested. These fast-growing and hardy plants will grow a new shoot from its root system, making it a more sustainable option.

Bamboo doesn’t stain, or absorb flavors into its grain. It’s a long-lasting non-petroleum based material that is lightweight, strong and beautiful to look at.

We love bamboo but To-Go Ware has a few other tricks up its sleeve including stainless steel food carriers that retain heat, are easy to clean, and will last you for years.

Unlike plastic, it won’t warp in the sun or the dishwasher. It works really well to retain heat, especially when it’s used in conjunction with one of their cotton carrier bags, crafted to fit the containers.

To-Go Ware is a go-to favorite for me, and I have a feeling you’ll agree.

#3 – ChicoBag

Over the course of a year, the average person uses up to 500 plastic shopping bags. ChicoBag is taking the fight to plastic.

Oh, and they look great!  

Their shopping bags, tote bags and bottle slings come in a range of fashionable and colorful designs.

Basically, if you need a bag for pretty much anything, there’s a ChicoBag for you. Most of their styles easily fold into an attached pouch so you can carry them easily in your purse or the console of your car.

ChicoBag products are 100% recycled and recyclable, and they go the extra mile to make sure that fairness and sustainability are built into their supply chain.

The company also initiates local park cleanups, and I love their “Pay It Forward” campaign where they donate reusable bags to fixed and low-income households, so that the reusable bag habit is accessible to all.

If more companies could recycle ChicoBag’s ideas… well, there probably wouldn’t be a need for this sustainable gift guide.

#4 – Bee’s Wrap

Goodbye plastic wrap. Hello, Bee’s Wrap!

Okay, I feel the pushback coming already.

“I can’t give a plastic wrap alternative as a gift… maybe I can use it to WRAP the gift, but that’s about it.”

I hear you, but you’re wrong.

Bee’s Wrap is more than functional – it is innovative and, importantly for a gift, it is SO CUTE.

Look at these designs.

To. Die. For.

If you need to wrap your food in a fridge, or your lunch to take away to work or a picnic, then Bee’s Wrap is the bee’s knees (sorry!).

Bee’s Wrap is made from GOTS-certified organic cotton, sustainably sourced beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin. Together, this combination of ingredients creates a malleable food wrap that can be used again and again.

All you need to do is use the warmth of your hands to shape the seal that you want. Fold some Bee’s Wrap over the top of a bowl, or whatever food you wish to preserve. Bee’s Wrap will seal and hold its shape when it cools.

That half lemon standing in your fridge. The piece of cheese that you want to keep for later. Anything and everything.

#5 – PeopleTowels

In Japan, there are hardly any paper towels in restrooms. That’s because there is a culture of people carrying their own personal towels with them.  

When over 13 Billion lbs of paper towels are sent to landfills each year in the US alone, the one-use wonder that is the paper towel is not sustainable at all.

And that’s where PeopleTowels come in. In partnership with schools, sports teams, companies and other institutions, they estimate that they have diverted as much as 5 million pounds of paper towel waste away from landfills. That’s a lot of trees saved!

PeopleTowels remind me of HankyBook a lot – it’s not just the 100% organic cotton, it’s also the versatility.

What makes PeopleTowels a great sustainable gift is the customization. They’re already popular corporate gifts and perfect for sports team branding, but anything goes.

They provide the eco-friendly canvas; you provide the visual idea that makes it a one-of-a-kind sustainable gift.

#6 – NaturaPure Wool Dryer Balls

NaturaPure Wool Dryer Balls are genius.

Toss them in the dryer, and you’ll find your clothes can dry in half the time (a great energy saver), they’ll come out with fewer wrinkles, and you may even be able to stop buying fabric softener.

Each ball is handmade from cruelty-free and ethically sourced Canadian wool. They are non-toxic and are free from harmful chemicals to make your clothes smell “baby fresh”.

Dryer balls work by keeping clothes separated in the dryer. This allows the hot air from your dryer to circulate more effectively, reducing the time and energy needed to dry your clothes by between 30% – 50%.

If your clothes come out fluffy and full of static, it means you’re over-drying them. Remember that with these dryer balls, you’ll need to set your dryer to a much shorter cycle than you’re used to.

The wool of the dryer balls absorbs moisture. As an added bonus, static is less likely to survive in this environment, so more delicate clothes don’t come out of the dryer with a fluffy halo.

Dryer balls last around 1000 loads. Assuming your cats don’t get them…

#7 – Abel Organic Fragrances

And now a sustainable gift for someone who longs for a bit of luxury.

Some fragrances smell great, but the stink that they leave behind on the environment is noxious.

Abel Organic Fragrances use all natural ingredients. They believe that indulgence doesn’t need to have a negative impact on the environment or its people and we love them for it.

Purchasing their fragrances also allows you to contribute to a number of causes. 1% of their total revenue is donated to environmental causes. They have selected not-for-profit partners for each of their fragrances.

That’s right; now you can do good for the world AND smell good to the world!

Have a fabulous eco-friendly holidays

I hope that you enjoyed my sustainable gift guide and please let me know what great items I missed out on.

And don’t forget our HankyBooks. Sustainability is nothing to sneeze at. However, if you have to sneeze, you’re going to want a soft, organic cotton HankyBook on hand.

ChicoBag is taking the fight to plastic, and I’m trying to do the same for disposable tissues. It takes half a gallon of water to produce a single tissue paper. Then consider the loss of trees. All for what is ultimately a single nose blow away from ending up in a landfill.

HankyBooks are reusable, machine washable and hella cute.

And 10% off if you use the code JOLLY10 at checkout before the end of the year!

Have a wonderful holidays!

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