Holiday Gift Ideas for the Green Consumer

The holiday season is upon us and lets face it, it’s hard to find the balance between buying the right gift and behaving in an environmentally friendly way. We’re here to help. Below are some of our favorite brands and gift ideas for this holiday season that are low impact and useful! 

Composters 

This might not sound like the most extravagant gift in the world but things are changing. Younger generations are inspiring new trends like juicing and going plant based. This is great news! Produce consumption is already an incredibly sustainable alternative to meat but with a compost bin, you can make it even more sustainable. By turning your unwanted food scraps into compostable soil, you can continue the cycle of growing sustainable produce in your backyard or on your balcony. We really love kitchen top compost bins which are perfect for apartments or homes. Here are two of our favorites:

  1. Bamboozle Composter on sale for $41.99
  2. Living Composter (uncommon goods) for $199.99 

Reusable Water Bottles

Looking for a green gift that won’t break the bank? Everyone could use a new water bottle! Plastic waste is responsible for clogging up our landfills, filling our oceans, and polluting our ecosystem. Single use plastics can take up to a 1000 years to decompose. Nearly all single use plastics we use today are oil based. This means not only do they require fossil fuels to be made but they also emit carbon dioxide as they decompose. Everytime we can fill up our water bottles from the tap, instead of stopping at the gas station to get a plastic water bottle, we make a huge difference. Many of the reusable water bottles on the market today can hold more water and keep your drinks cool for longer. Here our a few of our favorite brands:

  1. Hydroflask 
  2. Que Bottles 
  3. S’well

Solar Powered Gadgets

Go solar! We understand that not everyone can put solar panels on their roof or drive an electric car but that doesn’t mean there aren’t options. Currently, there are many solar powered electronics on the market. Our phones are an inevitable part of our everyday lives but everytime we charge our phone at home, we are most likely using fossil fuels. Same goes for our computers or other personal devices. On the other end of the spectrum, many of our outdoor lights and portable speakers suffer from the same issue. Solar battery backpacks, mini-generators, and even solar powered hats can keep you living green and all powered up off the grid. Here our some of the most creative solar brands:

  1. Goal Zero
  2. SOLSOL
  3. BirkSun

Clothing

The fashion industry is big time polluter but not all brands are created equal in this regard. The era of fast fashion is hopefully behind us as many brands are taking the lead. There are a plethora of clothing companies taking the right steps to responsibly do business and address climate change simultaneously. What does that look like you ask? For one, using recycled and sustainable fabrics is extremely important. Some other companies have found ways to offer carbon neutral products through reforestation efforts or various carbon offsets. Building quality products, that last a long time, is another important factor. Lastly, water waste can be huge in the fashion industry. Finding companies that don’t use water intensive fabrics or find ways to reduce water waste well working with fabrics like denim is great. Here our are favorite eco-friendly clothing brands and what they are doing to address climate change: 

  1. Patagonia: Carbon neutral products, recycled materials, and one percent of all sales go to making investments in green energy. 
  2. Alternative Apparel: Organic cottons, recycled materials, low impact dyes, and unwashed clothing. 
  3. Levis: Committed to using 96 percent less water well manufacturing their jeans. 

Remember when wrapping gifts to use recyclable materials! Let us know if you have any other great holiday gift ideas @Act_Neutral

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