The holidays are a special time when we get to spread cheer for all to hear. One way of doing that is to give thoughtful, meaningful gifts that are tailored to the recipients’ needs, such as sustainable gifts that will last.
In our 2019 holiday gift guide, we have curated some of our favorite products that are sustainably made, contribute positively to the environment, and are created by passionate people who want to help save the planet.
Not all gifts need to be purchased – we always recommend giving your time and love in the form of a homemade meal, for example. But we’ve got you covered whether you’re buying a gift for an avid traveler or adventurer, a techie, a health nut or a homebody, ladies, gents or your parents.
Comment below with other gift ideas you want to share with the Collective!
For the Traveler
ECOTOURIST TERRAPASS CREDIT
Description: 10,000 lbs of carbon offsets equivalent to five average flights of 4 hours or 10,800 miles traveled by car. Options start at $4.99 per 1,000 lbs.
You can also buy a Festive Bundle for $49.89 where you give 10,000 lbs carbon offsets and a holiday certificate. That’s equivalent to taking a passenger car off the road for a year or carbon-balancing half the electricity used by an average household per year, according to the EPA.
About the company: Terrapass is a company that sells carbon offsets to individuals and businesses who want to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions. They use the money you buy the offsets with to fund renewable energy projects and methane capture projects.
The average emissions per person per year is 17.62 mT (which is equivalent to 3.7 passenger cars on the road for a year… yuck!) Calculate your carbon footprint here.
Price: $18.00 – $24.00
Description: We bought our first JOCOs on our drive from Vancouver to Canmore, BC. They are our favorite reusable mug we’ve ever purchased. JOCOs are artisan-crafted, 100% plastic-free, and certified non-toxic mugs made of non-porous borosilicate glass. They are actually easy to clean and the top has a reliable seal. Highly recommend as a gift to your coffee- or tea-loving friends.
About the company: JOCOs are “experience enhancing and eco-innovative reusable drinking vessels… Crafted from leading knowledge and materials.” They wanted to create a product that could make an immediate impact on people’s daily lives and the environment.
“Our obsession with convenience has fast created a plastic world with a disposable culture. We have become very good at removing waste from our sight but NOT from our lives. As a result we have created a natural disconnect with our daily footprints.”
– Matt Colegate, founder of JOCO
ZERO-WASTE STARTER KIT WITH ORGANIC, ECO-FRIENDLY PRODUCTS
Description: Help your friends and family reduce their impact on the planet by gifting them an eco-friendly zero-waste starter kit.
They’ll get an organic cotton grocery bag, a toothbrush and a carrying case made from biodegradable bamboo, a three-piece beeswax wrap set made with organic cotton fabric, a stainless steel straw kit, a travel mug made from biodegradable wheat straw, and a recyclable storage box.
PACIFICA COCONUT DEODORANT WIPES
Description: Pop this 30-pack of natural deodorant wipes in your bag for an always-fresh feeling post-flight or workout, and any time on-the-go. They have a mild scent and are formulated without SLS, sulfates, parabens, and petroleum.
About the company: Pacifica is a 100% vegan, cruelty-free brand founded by Brook Harvey-Taylor, a woman who is vigorously passionate about health. The company was founded in 1996 and originally sold boutique-style candles and fragrances. It has since grown to offer a full line of clean beauty products at affordable prices.
They offer a great recycling program that allows you to give your used Pacifica products another life for free AND earn 100 loyalty points every time you send a new batch in! They have partnered with Preserve to create brightly-colored toothbrushes, razors, and replacement blades. Complete a quick form on this page and they’ll give you a prepaid shipping label!
TRU EARTH ECO-STRIPS LAUNDRY DETERGENT SHEETS
Description: Tru Earth Eco-Strips are biodegradable and hypoallergenic, paraben-free, phosphate-free, free of added dyes, and more. They dissolve in hot and cold water, and can be used in both standard and HE machines.
About the company: Tru Earth was created as a solution to the negative impact laundry can have on our environment from the toxic detergents to the 700 million plastic jugs going into landfills. Tru Earth has a dramatically smaller eco-footprint than liquid and powder detergents – 94% smaller, to be exact. The packaging is made of a cardboard sleeve (the photo on Amazon is outdated), saving you on your plastic consumption.
“It is our mission to put your family first, and is why our eco-strips are hypoallergenic and paraben-free. When you use Tru Earth Eco-Strips, you will feel confident that you are taking care of your family, and their future on this planet.”
FOR THE ADVENTURER
FJÄLL RÄVEN REKANKEN BACKPACK
Description: Fjäll Räven created a spin on their classic Kanken backpack that is made entirely from polyester recycled from eleven plastic bottles. They used the SpinDye technology that reduces the amount of water, energy, and chemicals required in production.
About the company: Fjäll Räven was created out of a love of adventure and the outdoors. They understand how our actions on the individual level affect the environment.
“As an outdoor company, we’re acutely aware of this impact and we do our utmost to keep our environmental footprint as small as possible. And this is a team effort. We consider nature when we design; when we choose one material over another; and when we decide where to produce our clothing and equipment.”
GRAYL GEOPRESS 24 OZ WATER PURIFIER BOTTLE
Description: Grayl water bottles are perfect for adventurers, globe trotters, and those in survival scenarios. In under eight seconds, this bottle can “make the world’s sketchiest water sources safe and clean to drink.” Remove all waterborne pathogens, particulates like microplastics, and heavy metals. The bottle is made of BPA-free materials.
About the company: For those of you who love to explore our planet, you can do so now with the technology created by Grayl, allowing you to find drinking water in the world that has less and less freshwater.
Unfortunately, we live in an increasingly polluted world. As we work to save it, it’s important to make sure you are drinking clean water. “Waterborne viruses are found in all developing countries, infecting travelers and local populations – killing hundreds of thousands of children annually.”
“GRAYL is committed to designing and manufacturing with a sustainable mindset and in the coming months will implement a zero waste cartridge recycling program in partnership with TerraCycle®. This program will empower customers to trade-in their Purifier Cartridges at end of life and be rewarded with a discount for replacement Purifier Cartridges.”
FOR THE TECHIE
Description: The Awair Element is a smart device that tracks five air quality factors that can impact your health, comfort, and productivity. These include temperature, humidity, CO2, chemicals, and PM2.5. Get personalized tips, trends, and push notifications from their proprietary app.
About the company: Awair’s mission is to “empower you with the knowledge, motivation, and confidence to be healthy and thrive in your environment.” Founder Ronald Ro’s baby was suffering from eczema and after months of research, he discovered that it was related to the air around her.
There were no products in the market that would allow him to closely measure what was in the air and how he could help her. So, he used his engineering background to create Awair with his co-founder Kevin Cho.
APPLE AIRPODS PRO
Description: The Apple Airpods Pro were unveiled in October 2019, packing some incredible features in a smaller version of the original Pods.
The new version has active noise canceling and Transparency Mode, which allows you to hear the outside world as if you don’t have any headphones in. You can also customize the size of the ear piece.
The AirPods Pro are designed with the environment in mind. They are free of PVC, beryllium, and brominated flame retardant.
About the company: We have been following Apple’s industry-leading sustainability efforts for years now. They cover 100 percent of their operations with renewable energy, use recycled materials, and are always working to create “powerful solutions to push humanity forward…”
“We want to one-day manufacture products without mining any new materials from the earth. To reach this bold goal, Apple is constantly inventing more efficient ways to recycle materials back into our devices. We’re also replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy. And we’re going further to reduce our impact by using substances that are safe for people and the environment. It’s a big challenge. But we know we can make the best products in the world while leaving the planet better than we found it.”
For the Health Conscious
Description: GreenPan makes frying pans, saucepans, stockpots, and more. You can buy individual pans or sets in a wide range of colors. We bought the light blue set!
Newlyweds, a chef in your family, or your parents will thank you for these incredible pans. They are non-toxic are *actually* non-stick. Pair it with a note in your holiday card promising a dinner cooked by you for an added touch.
About the company: One of the first items that I chose for our new home was safe pans. After doing a good amount of research, I found that GreenPan was the best option. The toxin-free ceramic non-stick cookware is made from natural materials and without PFAS, PFOA, lead or cadmium. They never release toxic fumes when overheated like traditional non-stick pans can easily do.
The curing phase of production of the Thermolon™, a non-stick coating made from materials derived from sand, emits 60% less CO2 compared to traditional non-stick.
ONE-YEAR CALM APP SUBSCRIPTION
About the company: Calm is an app we have been using for two years now. We listen to guided meditation, nature escapes at work, and bedtime stories to improve sleep and enhance our creativity.
Their mission is to “make the world healthier and happier.” Tamara Levitt is the Head of Mindfulness at Calm, where she writes, produces, and instructs Calm’s meditation and mindfulness programming. After finding herself in a clinic for eating disorders at 18, she turned to meditation and has been a student of the practices and traditions for decades since.
FOR THE HOMEBODY
ORGANIC COTTON THROW
Description: A GOTS-certified organic cotton throw blanket with tassels that comes in a reusable bag, ready for gifting!
About the company: MakeMake Organics was founded in 2018 by Dee and Ron, whose “inspiration is to make beautiful sustainable products suitable for every room in the house and for everyday life…” They use sustainable, eco-friendly processes in every step of production and all products are made in GOTS certified factories.
“Working hand in hand with our local suppliers enables us to offer you the best quality products whilst respecting at the same time our planet for the next generations.”
PADDYWAX SOY WAX CANDLE
Description: Paddywax candles are at the top of our list of favorite candles because they are sustainably made with a soy blend wax and cotton wick, it’s non-toxic, and your purchase helps support the National Park Foundation.
You can even reuse the vessel after you’ve used the candle up by freezing it overnight to cleanly remove the wax and wick. Did we mention the scents? Ahh… so good. They’re made from “nature’s finest ingredients” and the soy wax comes from U.S. farms.
About the company: Paddywax is based in Nashville, Tennesee and has over 150 candle makers handcrafting their goods. “Every product we make is designed and sourced with intentionality,” according to their website. Each vessel is designed to be upcycled, so this is a perfect gift for your friend who loves to find creative ways of repurposing items.
BLOOMSCAPE GIFT CARD OR PLANT
Price: $35.00 – $195.00
Description: Give the gift that keeps on growing. Opt for a Bloomscape gift card so your friend/family can choose the plant that suits their needs or give them a personalized plant. Maybe the ponytail palm reminds you of your aunt’s infamous pony. Whatever you choose, know you’ll be giving them greenery to liven up their home.
About the company: Bloomscape was founded out of Justin Mast’s passion for providing easy access to plant life. Armed with five generations of industry knowledge and expertise, he created an innovative shipping method with packaging made from 100% recycled materials that allows you to receive living-room-ready plants direct to your door.
BUFFY COMFORTER, PILLOW OR SHEETS
Price: $100.00 – $260.00
Description: Buffy’s products are oh-so-fluffy, maintain a perfect temperature, and are made from environmentally conscious materials. The comforter is absolutely perfect. The cloud pillow is filled with recycled fibers and the fabric is made from eucalyptus. The sheets are naturally dyed so you don’t have to worry about sleeping in harmful chemicals.
About the company: Buffy is an eco-friendly home bedding/decor company that deeply recognizes the negative effects the fast fashion industry can have on our environment. They incorporate sustainable practices into their production methods to reduce their impact and protect our planet.
“We started with a simple goal: to help you live comfortably without making the planet uncomfortable. That’s why we make comforters, sheets, and pillows that are earth-friendly, skin-friendly, cruelty-free, and super-soft.”
GIRLFRIEND COLLECTIVE ATHLEISURE OUTFIT
Price: $10 – $126
Description: Get her an e-gift card for a specific value or for a set (legging + bra) that she can pick out herself. These ultra-cool outfits come in a wide variety of timeless colors and sizes. Their clothing can even be recycled afterward and participants will get a $15 store credit for not creating more waste on the planet.
Girlfriend Collective’s sustainable practices help to divert water bottles from landfills and the ocean by using recycled bottles to create the fabric, conserve CO2 emissions, and save water.
About the company: Girlfriend Collective goes to great lengths to incorporate sustainability and eco-friendly processes into every step of production.
GC partners with a certified recycler in Taiwan, which used to be known as “Garbage Island”, repurposes the (treated) OEKO-certified safe dye water to make paving stones, and recycles trash found in the ocean such as fishing nets into their LITE leggings. The ECONYL® fiber they produce cut out the need for raw materials like crude oil, which are traditionally used in the production of nylon.
Their sewing facility has the SA8000 certification, which puts people before profits. It is managed by a woman named Hien who used to work at the United Nations Development Program. The factory workers are paid a living wage at 125 percent of the local minimum wage, receive health care, 6-month health check-ups and more.
MATE THE LABEL SUSTAINABLE CLOTHING
Price: $25 – $500
Description: Send an e-gift card or clothing items her way. MATE is appropriate for all ages and the material is super soft. If you send her a clothing item, it’ll come in recyclable packaging that even says, “Give a damn and recycle me” on it. Pretty cool.
About the company: MATE the Label takes “a holistic approach to sustainability and consider[s] the full life-cycle of our clothing.” Made in Los Angeles, to minimize their carbon footprint as much as possible, the company only uses non-toxic, natural and certified organic materials.
With more than 8,000 synthetic chemicals used in traditional clothing manufacturing that are known to be carcinogenic, endocrine-disrupting and hazardous to our health. They strongly promote responsible fashion and encourage people to use the hashtag #dressclean. Learn more about them here!
ZENTS EAU DE TOILETTE PERFUME
Description: Zents body care is made of clean, safe ingredients – even for sensitive skin, pregnant women, and those with cancer. Their lotions, perfumes, etc. come in ten fragrances that are delicious on their own or can be mixed to create a unique blend.
I love wearing the perfume every day. It smells natural and isn’t too overwhelming. My favorite scent (in any product) is Ore! It reminds me of being in Greece with my mom after graduating from college.
About the company: Founder Cord Coen created Zents after healing from a life-changing car accident left him with extreme injuries including the loss of the ability to smell. He recovered after spending a year in India practicing pranayama and meditation, doing yoga, and receiving massage and internal herbal treatments.
Cord was inspired to pay it forward by creating products with simple, gentle aromas and made with incredible ingredients. The flower essences are Biodynamic, which takes organic to the next level and creates a regenerative ecosystem on the farm. They also use organic, sustainable shea butter purchased through women’s co-ops.
Each product is infused with the zen blend, six stress relieving flower essences including lavender (stress relief), star tulip (calm, self-guidance), dandelion (tension and toxin relief), and more.
COCOKIND BODY CARE GIFT CARD
Description: Get the winter essentials kit for $28, which has four products I love including cleanser, toner, facial oil, and a matcha moisturizing stick.
About the company: cocokind was founded by Priscilla Tsai and is based on San Francisco. They are a “clean and conscious skincare company” that creates natural, affordable products. I have been using cocokind for years now and love every product I’ve purchased! I know all of the ingredients (some of which are totally edible) and many products are USDA organic.
KNOWLEDGECOTTON APPAREL BRIEFS
Description: Super soft GOTS certified organic cotton underwear. Vegan approved by PETA.
About the company: KnowledgeCotton has been around for almost 50 years. They are built on the values of environmental practice, a passion for quality, and innovation. KnowledgeCotton focuses on reducing its impact and treating natural resources with respect and care.
“At KnowledgeCotton Apparel we produce timeless, sustainable products and promote fashion that is as clean and as natural as possible. It is our mission to provide the conscious male consumer with sustainable fashion choices – without having to make any compromises when it comes to style, comfort or quality.”
ORGANIC BAMBOO SAFETY RAZOR + BLADES KIT
Price: $14.99 + $17.99
We reduced our impact by switching to a safety razor (in place of plastic razors). Billions of plastic razors and refill blade cartridges are sent to landfills every year. This is one small individual act that becomes significant over time.
About the company: Bambaw was created by twin brothers in 2015 after seeing the devastating impact single-use plastics can have on our world. They were determined to create biodegradable, reusable, zero-waste swaps for items we use in our everyday lives. They now have a team of “waste warriors” furthering their mission of “building an ethical community of game changers. Together we share information, ideas, and enthusiasm that help move the zero-waste movement forward.”
NOTHING NEW SHOES
Price: $95.00 – $110.00
Description: Nothing New has designed an environmentally-friendly converse-like shoe for the modern human. 5.6 plastic bottles are recycled and 160 gallons of water are saved with every pair of sneakers made. They, too, have a recycling program that gives the participant a $20 dollar credit towards their next purchase.
About the company: Nothing New is going to great lengths to ensure they are “leaving the world better than they found it” through their sustainable production methods, using sewing methods that put the environment before profit, and creating high quality goods that will last.
Nothing New used post-consumer recycled plastic with Global Recycle Standard (GRS) certification to ensure the fabric isn’t causing human or ecological harm. They also use stitch construction to reduce the harmful byproducts of glue and sulfur emissions from vulcanization, albeit more expensive.
DR. BRONNER’S CASTILLE SOAP GIFT SET
Description: Your parents will fall in love with this soap, if they don’t already like it. This soap can be used for body wash, laundry, surface cleaning, dog wash, and more. The cruelty-free USDA organic and vegan ingredients are packed into 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. The gift set also comes with a loofah. 😉
About the company: Dr. Bronner’s is a family-owned company that was founded in 1948 by Emanuel Bronner, a fifth generation soapmaker. The company is a certified B-Corp that is committed to creating an equitable and sustainable supply chain through strong relationships with farmers and producers. Dr. Bronner’s is dedicated to being a force for good.
“As firm believers in treating our earth like our home, the Dr. Bronner’s team works on everything from animal welfare, to regenerative organic farming projects, and even 100% post-consumer recycled packaging as we reduce our carbon footprint, one bottle at a time.”
DOMA ORGANIC COFFEE SAMPLE SET
Description: DOMA organic coffee is simply delicious. The Illustrated Sample Set includes The Chronic, The Chronic Super Dank, and La Bicicletta. The fun and funky illustrations will certainly earn a smile from your parents when they flash back to the “good old days.” Pair this with the JOCO cup above for a perfect set!
About the company: DOMA Coffee Roasters was started by Terry Patano, an avid coffee connoisseur and third generation family-owned businessman. He and his wife Rebecca started laying the groundwork for DOMA Coffee in 1997 in their garage. Since then, they have always been committed to supporting their local and global community through philanthropy and outreach, and being stewards of creating a great place to work.
“We are passionate about coffee — and we’ve built a life around this passion. Our dedication to the craft and our commitment to sustainability connects DOMA to our customers. That dedication and passion will allow us to continue roasting quality coffees for generations to come.”