Ideas for Zero Waste Gifts

Gifting can represent a challenge to your Zero Waste goals.

Your options can seem very limited when you are trying to shop for gifts throughout the year for your family and friends. But if you just take a little extra time to look, and know of some great places to shop, you can find some great gifts.

Things to keep in mind when selecting gifts:

How was the item manufactured? 

Where was the item manufactured?

What sort of packaging does it come in?

What is the lifespan of the item?

Manufacturing can create a lot of waste. However there are manufacturers out there who do care about the environment and implement more sustainable manufacturing practices. 

Simplest Options

The simplest gift idea would be to get someone the same item that you had already researched and purchased for yourself as a Zero Waste Swap, on your own personal Zero Waste Journey.

Books are one of my favorite gifts.

Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste by Bea Johnson (the original Zero Waste Guru)

Companies advertise and promote their efforts of environmentally friendly business practices.

Some of the top eco-conscious retailers are:

Patagonia -outdoor clothing and gear

Grove Collaborative– cleaning and bath products

Pela– compostable iphone cases

Preserve– wide range of eco-friendly and plant based products

Numi Tea– organic teas

Another great place to search for environmentally responsible companies is through certifications, such as B Corporation Certification, where you can search by location or industry for products and companies that fit your needs.  

Cards and Gift Wrapping

Paper greeting cards are usually recyclable. 

However, there is an issue with recycling cards that are covered in glitter or some other plastic, or other non-recyclable, decorative materials. So, pick cards that are only made from paper. 

Most wrapping paper is also recyclable. As with the greeting cards, avoid gift wraps with glitter, metallic flakes, foil, or a heavy laminate.

Most bows are also not recyclable. Make sure any decoration that you add is made from recyclable goods. 

When all else fails

Sometimes your options are very limited. Like when your nephew asks you for a very specific toy or game. My advice, don’t sweat it. If a majority of your life is waste free, and you continue to strive towards more and more of a Zero Waste Lifestyle, you are already making a huge impact on the environment.

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