Gifts for sustainability lovers, what the heck is a sustainability lover? In my head, sustainability includes these terms – green, minimalist, earth friendly, environmentally friendly and eco friendly.
These are also the people who want a meaningful or purposeful gift, they don’t just want stuff.
I’m a practical gift giver, if I give someone a gift, I want them to use it. I don’t give a gift just to give a gift.
So if you are looking for gifts for someone who says they don’t want anything or they don’t want stuff, give a purposeful, practical gift.
The best gifts for sustainability lovers are narrowed down by category and I’ll share a secret with you, even though someone says they don’t want anything, they still do.
They just don’t want junk that will never get used. They want something that is well made, serves a purpose and solves a problem.
Sustainability Around the House
Switching from dryer sheets and fabric softener to Wool Dryer Balls is one of the best things anyone can do, not only for their health but also for their wallet. They eliminate the single use cost of dryer sheets and reduce drying time by 20-40%. We’ve been using them for years and love them.
Everyone likes their home to smell nice but many air fresheners are full of toxic chemicals.
Diffusing essential oils is a non-toxic way to have a healthy, pleasant smelling home. You can also add a few drops to wool dryer balls to give your laundry a fresh scent.
I’ve been using Plant Therapy essential oils for years and love them.
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Sustainability In the Kitchen
The yellowy green flesh of a ripe avocado is always so pretty but so many times, we only use half. The other half goes in the refrigerator and then turns brown. These Avocado Food Huggers solve that problem.
Food Huggers come in all shapes and sizes and cover a variety of products and containers. Give the entire set or give singles, they make great stocking stuffers.
Stainless Steel Food Storage containers are definitely the way to go when it comes to storing leftovers. They are lighter than glass and travel more easily. We use them from everything to storing leftovers to packing school lunches.
Eco-Friendly Gift and Subscription Boxes
Another option is to gift a curated box of items that will eliminate the need for numerous single use products.
I know some people believe this is defeating the purpose and just a waste because there are bound to be products the recipient doesn’t want or already has however, they could save those and ‘pay it forward’ or gift them to a friend.
greenUP boxes have been voted as Buzzfeed’s #1 Best New Box and you can see why.
Earth Hero has a variety of curated boxes to suit many interests and hobbies.
Gifts that Support a Cause
I discovered 4Ocean years ago and was instantly attracted to their mission, removing plastic from the ocean. Every bracelet purchased helps them pull 1 pound of waste from our seas.
The bracelets are made with recycled glass and recycled plastics and come in a variety of cord colors.
Even More Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas
Earth Hero has some awesome gift ideas broken out by interest, all these products would make great gifts for eco warriors, sustainability lovers, minimalists, tree huggers, whatever you want to call us.
Classes and Experience Gifts
If there is one thing this pandemic taught me, there is no shortage of online classes one can take to explore any creative or educational interest.
CreativeBug by Joanns – crafting classes
Udemy – IT and computer classes
Skillshare – classes for creatives
There are tons more, and heck, you could even look at the Groupon or Living Social deals in your area for experience gifts like wine tasting, beer tasting, restaurant deals, museum tours, etc.
Choose a Charity or Non-Profit
When all else fails and you just can’t find a gift that you think your sustainability lover will love, make a donation in their name to their favorite charity. It’s a win/win for everyone.
If you need some help, check out this directory of charities and nonprofits.
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