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The holidays are a time for cheer, merriment, and stuff. All the stuff. Stuff that we don’t always need, either. Whether your recipient is an eco-warrior or if you just wanna make your gifting a little greener, check out these awesome eco-friendly products that’ll show your pal (and Mother Earth) that you care.
RECYCLED GOLD EARRINGS
Made from 100 per cent post consumer recycled gold, these simple yet classic earrings will look sweet on pretty much any ear. Even better, every earring is unique, just like its wearer.
Gold nugget earrings, $120 at Attic
THE TUMBLER THAT KEEPS ON GIVING
We’re getting better about carrying reusable water bottles, but what about coffee and tea cups? Canadians consume about 14 billion coffee cups every single year, and 35 per cent of those cups wind up in the landfill.
Part of the reason is convenience. The other part is that traditional tumblers just don’t keep our drinks warm. Enter the vacuum-insulated Yeti tumbler, which is practically magic. Not only do your drinks stay toasty for hours and hours, they’re also stylish as heck.
YETI Rambler, 20 oz Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Tumbler, $40 at Yeti
DRINKING STRAWS THAT DON’T FALL APART
Plastic straws are obviously bad for the environment, and paper straws disintegrate while you’re sipping your bevvy. Enter metal straws, which are the best of both worlds—friendly for the environment and they also stand up to all kinds of fizz. Gift a friend this convenient set, which also comes with an easy cleaning pipe.
Reusable Straw Set, $13 at Amazon
SUSTAINABLE LUXURY YOU’LL WANT TO WRAP YOURSELF IN
Made from the softest fabric you’ve ever had the pleasure of draping across your body (trust us), this two yard wrap is made from sustainable beech tree fabric and comes in 11 different colours. A must-have scarf alternative for anyone allergic to wool. You can even have it monogrammed – yep, you care about them that much.
The 2 Yard Wrap, $132 at Bleusalt
A HOME SPEAKER MADE FROM RECYCLED BOTTLES
It’s no secret that these home speakers are dead useful—who doesn’t want music, information and all-around entertainment with a single voice command? Unfortunately, most technology isn’t exactly environmentally friendly. That’s why we love that the fabric covering Nest Minis is made from recycled plastic bottles. Now how could you not feel good about gifting that?
Google Nest Mini, $39 at Google
A THRIFTING GIFT CARD
Just because your eco-friendly pal might not want to buy brand spanking new, doesn’t mean they can’t buy cool clothes/books/furniture/homewear/appliances/knicknacks/thingamabobs that are new to them. Why not give them the gift of choice with a gift card from Value Village?
Value Village Gift Card available in-store at Value Village
REUSABLE PRODUCE BAGS
Sure, bringing your own bags to the grocery store is all the rage, but what about those single-use plastic bags we use for produce and bulk items? They’re just as bad for the planet. Enter these convenient mesh bags, which hold everything from rice and beans to bananas and oranges. They’re lightweight, washable and durable, which makes them a great gift or stocking stuffer.
Reusable Produce Bags, $20 at Amazon
THE PERFECT LIP
Did you know that all Burt’s Bees holiday sets are packaged in beautiful post-consumer-recycled cartons and paperboard? And that their products are formulated without parabens, phthalates, petrolatum or SLS? Now you do. This Get The Look lip set will give them perfectly nourished, beautiful lips.
Burt’s Bees Get The Look Lip Set, $15 at Amazon
ADORABLE FOOD WRAPS
Leftovers will never be boring again with these adorably designed wax wraps, which are the perfect plastic wrap replacement. Nature Bee is so confident you’ll love how easy they are to use (and how fresh they keep your food!) that they even offer a 30-day, money-back guarantee. Plus, they come in a variety of shapes and sizes, which means there’s something for everyone on your list.
Beeswax Wraps Flowers and Cherries Variety Set, $20 at Nature Bee
STOP THAT MICROWASTE
Plastic was convenient back in the day, but now we’re seeing a whole slew of negative side effects from it—including ocean waste. Help your loved ones do their part to keep the waters clear of micro waste with the Guppyfriend Washing Bag. It filters out all of those tiny microfibers that are released from your clothes during the wash, so that you can responsibly throw it out later.
Guppyfriend Washing Bag, $40 at MEC
WATER ACTIVATED SKINCARE
What do you get when you combine zero water, zero waste, zero preservative skincare into a tiny, travel friendly bottle? aN-hyra’s revolutionary first product, a powder that cleanses, exfoliates, balances, soothes and brightens skin. Housed in a sustainable, reusable bottle, all you need to do is add water (and buy the recyclable refill packets when you’re done, reducing overall waste).
aN-Hyrda The Powder of Youth No 1, $66 at aN-hydra
ON THE GO CUTLERY
Let’s face it: we all do takeout, and what we’re taking out is often consumed at our desks or in the car where we don’t always have easy access to cutlery. That’s why we love this portable bamboo cutlery set, which can easily be stored in the car’s dashboard or in a laptop case. Gift one to your fast-food loving friend or a family member who complains about lugging around heavy cutlery in their lunch bag.
Natural Bamboo Cutlery Set, $20 at Amazon
WATER RESISTANT RUNNERS
If Leonardo DiCaprio publicly supports a brand with his hard earned cash, then you gotta know it’s doing something good for the environment. These Allbirds bad boys not only protect your feet from puddles (keeping toes dry and cozy), they also have a low carbon footprint and their soles are made from the world’s first carbon negative green EVA. Oh yeah, and they match with basically everything.
Women’s Wool Mizzles, $165 at Allbirds
AN ECO-FRIENDLY PHONE CASE
Our phones are life, so let’s not even pretend like we don’t want to protect them. Unfortunately many phone cases aren’t exactly made with the most eco-friendly products. Enter the Canadian company Pela, which uses 100 per cent compostable materials. Their wide-ranging cases are also hella cute, which makes them a win-win in our books.
Sky Blue Turtle Edition Eco-Friendly iPhone Case, $43 at Pela Case
We’re nuts for soap nuts, which are basically soap berry shells that contain a naturally occurring cleaning agent called saponin. When properly treated they’re a great and convenient laundry detergent replacement, with none of the harmful chemicals that pollute our water and are equally harmful to our skin.
Eco Nuts Organic Laundry Soap, $26 at Well.ca
A DAINTY SUSTAINABLE BRACELET
If you want to give a gift that’s meaningful, cute and ever-lasting, consider a piece from this Canadian jewelry company based in Oakville, Ont. Their pieces are cast using 99 per cent recycled materials, and they always use ethically sourced diamonds. Their stuff is meant to hold up for years to come, which means your loved one will also remember how generous you were for years to come.
9 Wishes bracelet, $74 at Bluboho
It’s no secret that kids have all the things. All of the plastic, not-always-educational things. If you want to give the tots in your life something that inspires their creativity while also protecting the planet they’re going to grow up inhabiting, consider these natural paints from Eartheasy. They’re made from naturally occurring materials like produce, plants and clay, and come in a lightweight powdered form—just add water and watch those tykes’ eyes light up.
Eco-Finger Paint, $16 at Eartheasy
CUTE CLEANING WIPES
Looking for a gift that keeps on giving? We love these sassy cleaning wipes, which can be used for anything from makeup removal to getting the dust out of those pesky corners. Considering how many makeup pads and mop covers we throw away every year, these make a great alternative that you can just throw in the wash for months to come.
Reusable Cleaning Wipes, $18 at Etsy Canada
BROWN BAGGING IT
Carrying your lunch to work or school in a regular old plastic bag isn’t just clunky and awkward—the bags often rip and things spill out. Enter this replica brown paper bag, which is the perfect mix of vintage and functional. Add in a leak-proof bottom and a faux leather handle and trim, and it’s a great gift for those who still want to “brown bag-it.”
Cathay Importers Eco-Friendly Reusable Brown Paper Lunch Bag, $27 at Staples
A WHOLE BOX OF GOODNESS
Why give one gift during the holidays when you can bestow your loved ones with gifts all year long via a subscription box? Causebox features hand-curated, socially conscious and eco-friendly items that make you feel good every time you use them. Heck, while you’re at it go ahead and gift one to yourself as well. After all this holiday shopping, we’d say you’ve earned it.
Causebox year-long subscription, $200 US ($50 a box) at Causebox