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If you need some eco-friendly gift ideas for the outdoors enthusiast or low-waster in your life (or for yourself, no shame), look no further. These products are all extremely useful and will result in a smaller footprint on the planet, and that’s a win-win.
1. Bamboo Utensils
I never leave home without these in my bag. They’re SO handy, and the perfect size. If you’re worried about cleaning: just wipe them off with a napkin before putting them back in the case and clean with soap later.
This set from To-Go Ware is holds up well to frequent use. When I worked as an outdoor guide, I used my bamboo utensils daily and they never smelled or discolored.
I highly recommend the full-size set, compared to a travel-size or spork tool. Ultimately those are too much trouble to be practical for frequent use.
2. EcoEgg – Disposable-Free Laundry
Is it lame to get someone a laundry product as a gift? Not if you know they care about minimizing their footprint (or at least that’s what I tell myself).
This is one of my all-time favorite low-waste swaps. You just throw the entire egg in the laundry each time and that’s it – no pouring in detergent or softener. The EcoEgg does everything, and it really does work.
These are available for order on Amazon, but it’s a better deal to get it directly from EcoEgg.
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3. Stasher Bags – The Ultimate Reusable Ziplock Bag
This is not a plastic free swap, but it is a great disposable swap. These bags are super handy and versatile. They’re a reusable replacement for Ziplock bags, and are also a considerable upgrade.
Stasher Bags versus Ziplock:
- Stasher is leakproop
- Made with silicone and is safe to be boiled and frozen
- Stasher works better than Ziplocks in every way, and can be washed in the dishwasher, making life easier
4. Altered Water – Water-Saving Faucet Attachment
Most of thees eco-friendly gift ideas cut landfill contribution, but what about invisible waste? We bathe, wash our cars and water our plants with clean drinking water, and it’s literally money going down the drain.
This little devise cuts water usage on your faucet by up to 98% by turning the water streaming into a mist. This is on my Christmas list and I CAN’T WAIT.
5. E-Cloth – Chemical and Plastic Free Home Cleaning
I just discovered these product and am so excited to get them for Christmas! You can clean the whole home with this box of products. Each cloth is specially engineered to clean a part of the home (glass, cook top, bathtub, etc) with just water.
The E-Cloth reduces waste by removing the need for bottled chemcial cleaner AND paper towels, and they can be washed repeatedly and reused. I’m also in love with how minimalist this set is.
6. Bamboo Toothbrush
Have you ever thought about how every plastic toothbrush you’ve ever used still exists? Bamboo is natural, grows quickly, decomposes and is naturally resistant to bacteria. It’s the perfect solution to the problem of plastic toothbrushes.
Okay, I’ll admit this isn’t the most exciting of my eco-friendly gift ideas, but a nice add-on or stocking stuff.
You can buy them at Whole Foods, Amazon, etc., or get free brushes from The Giving Brush. With shipping, they’re $3.50 each (US and EU). I’ve ordered from them multiple times. The free brushes are NOT a hoax!
7. Silicon Baking Sheet
These mats are great way to weed out another common disposable product: foil.
These sheets are reusable, and also remove the need for non-stick spray. Win-win! A lot of cooking happens in home, and I don’t remember how I ever cooked before having these.
You can find these on Amazon.
8. Machine Washable Kitchen Sponges
These are amazing to replace disposable sponges. Normal disposable sponges have a shorter life, don’t work that well to begin with and degrade as you use them. As disposable dish sponges are in use, they send bits of microplastic down the drain with them.
These work really well and can be washed repeatedly without wearing down. Mine have discolored slightly over time (stains happen), but they’re still working like new after I don’ know how many times being washed.
9. Mason Jars
Now that I’ve started carrying a mason jar around with me, I’m not sure how I ever went without one. It’s great for drinks, coffee, to-go food if you want to take part of a meal home from a restaurant – the list never ends.
For my sister’s birthday last year, I put little gifts inside (like a pair of socks, favorite snack, etc) and tied bows around the jars to make it festive.
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Hello, friend! I’m Kayla. I help people shrink their footprint on the Earth and find freedom in owning less. On Writing From Nowhere, I share ideas on living more intentionally and sustainably.