Sustainable Gift Guide: 30+ Eco-Friendly Gifts to Give Right Now
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Feel good about giving while softening your ecological footprint by picking up something from our list top-rated and reviewed eco-friendly gifts. We’ve curated picks that are sustainably-sourced and produced, or made from low-impact materials that won’t leave a dent on the environment. The best part: these are gifts anyone will appreciate, from fans of fashion and home decor, to tech geeks and world travelers.
Whether you’re looking for a little “green” gift or want to treat someone to an extravagant getaway, here are our favorite gifts to get online that prove that sustainable luxury is just a click away.
Bruvi Coffee Brewer
Bruvi’s brewer is a both practical and sustainable single-serve coffee machine, for your giftee who needs their daily java fix but could do with less plastic waste.
Their bio-enzyme infused coffee pods are designed to break down in a landfill much faster than regular plastic, and leaves no microplastics behind. It also just brews a damn good cup of coffee, with a unique brewing technique that makes seven different beverages with no flavor cross-contamination and exceptional precision.
National Geographic x Cariuma Sneakers
This B Corp-certified Brazilian shoe brand is known best for its eco-friendly sneakers, and their latest National Geographic collaboration is now up for pre-order.
Cariuma says their new shoes are designed to highlight two endangered species (The Green Turtle & the Madagascar Gecko) and each purchase supports the National Geographic Society in its nonprofit work.
Each shoe is built to last, made from a blend of organic cotton, sustainably sourced rubber, cork and even recycled plastics.
They come in two colorways, and Cariuma’s Pair-for-Pair commitment means that for every pair you buy, the brand will plant two trees in the Brazilian rainforest.
LARQ Water Bottle
LARQ calls itself the world’s “first self-cleaning water bottle” and portable water purification device. Launched through a Kickstarter campaign that broke the record for the largest-ever crowd-funded hydration campaign, LARQ’s signature water bottle uses a patented UV-C LED technology to kill up to 99 percent of bacteria, odors and viruses in your water — and in your water bottle. The best part: it does all of this without you ever having to replace a filter.
The minimalist bottle is double-walled to keep drinks chilled for up to 24 hours and is made from a safe, non-toxic material that is BPA and plastic-free.
LARQ says a portion of proceeds from every water bottle sold will go to 1% for the Planet to help bring safe drinking water to people around the world.
Waterless Haircare Concentrates Starter Kit
These plant-based concentrates are made with no water and chemicals, keeping sustainability in mind.
You’ll get a shampoo and conditioner with your purchase, as well as two waste tube keys which ensure you’re getting every last bit of your favorite haircare products out of the bottle.
All you have to do is squirt a small amount of shampoo or conditioner onto your hand and place it onto very wet hair to get it activated. The five blended essential oils will handle the rest, including nourishing dry hair follicles and stimulating healthy hair growth.
House of Marley Champion Wireless Earbuds
Inspired by the late Bob Marley’s commitment to love and the planet, House of Marley’s “Champion” Earbuds are the audio brand’s best product when it comes to showcasing its prowess in sound and sustainability.
The true wireless earbuds features 28 total hours of playtime with a lightweight, sweatproof design. What we like: the headphones are crafted from sustainable bamboo, natural Regrind wood fiber composite and Regrind silicone.
This set includes earbuds, wireless charging case, charging cable, 3 pairs of silicone ear gels, and a user manual.
RadRover 6 Plus Electric Fat Tire Bike
Want a gift that cuts down on carbon emissions and will save your recipient some precious time on their commute? With a robust 750-watt motor, this RadRover 6 Plus from Rad Power Bikes is just as capable of climbing steep hills as it is for powering through gnarly trails.
We like that the motor can go as far as 45 miles on one charge, making it one of the longest-range bikes we’ve tested. Beefy tires and rugged front shocks make it great for any type of terrain, and it’s got great stopping power thanks to a hydraulic breaking system.
Choose between high-step or step-thru bike options, the latter of which is a little easier to get on and off, and it fits riders from five-foot-two to six-foot-two. The bike’s tough as nails, and with a long range battery, it’s a great alternative to gas-guzzling cars or public transport.
Solgaard SHORE-TEX Lifepack
Off-set your carbon footprint when traveling by swapping your luggage for something from Solgaard’s SHORE-TEX collection, which features unisex bags and backpacks made from upcycled, ocean-bound plastic. Pulled from the water, the plastic is cleaned and processed into a yarn-like fiber, then woven into a functional fabric that’s super durable and easy to care for.
All of Solgaard’s products are shipped in water-resistant, reusable (and reversible) tote bags. Some, like the Lifepack backpack shown here, even come with a slot for a solar-powered charger (included with purchase). Further proof of the company’s commitment to sustainable manufacturing: the New York-based brand has pledged to remove 229 ocean-bound plastic bottles for every item sold.
Blueair Blue Pure 211+ Air Purifier
Everyone deserves to have clean, germ-free air in their home so you don’t have to worry about seasonal allergies on top of Covid-19. But the best air purifiers don’t have to be bulky or energy inefficent — just check out the killer, eco-friendly Blueair 211+ Air Purifier.
Not only does it have a 3-stage filtration process that captures 99.7% of airborne pollutants, the Blueair boasts high energy efficiency too, claiming to use no more power than a single light bulb.
The 360-degree air intake means you can place it anywhere in a room, and because it performs no louder than a whisper on the lowest setting (31 decibels), the 211+ is our favorite air purifier for apartments and shared spaces.
tentree x The Smokey Bear Collection
Wear your love for the National Parks on your sleeve with The Smokey Bear capsule collection from tentree. Each image in the apparel line was based on wildfire safety advertisements, and the final designs were hand-painted by tentree’s in-house designer.
Tentree is committed to sourcing the most eco-friendly materials in general, using sustainably-sourced organic cotton in their tees, so you can feel good about the shirts you’re rocking. Ten trees will also be planted from the purchase of each piece, so your gift will have a purpose.
Zeal Optics See Grass Sunglasses
Your next pair of shades might actually be plant-based: Zeal Optics’ See Grass collection is made from grass and recycled plastic bottles to create durable, stylish sunglass frames.
Not only are the frames made from plant fibers, their Ellume Polarized lenses are too. Zeal Optics says the material actually contributes to crisper, clearer vision and higher-quality colors. What can’t plants do?
All the lenses eliminate 99.9% of glare and block 100% of harmful UVA/B/C rays. The unisex frames are totally stylish too, working as well for an outdoor adventure as they do for drinks on the patio.
Buy Zeal Optics See Grass Sunglasses $179+
OUTERKNOWN S.E.A. Jeans
You already know OUTERKNOWN, the sustainable clothing brand founded by pro surfer Kelly Slater, for their board shorts made from water bottles and recycled fishing nets. Now, the Cali-based brand is branching out into slightly longer lengths as well.
This season, OUTERKNOWN is doubling down on its S.E.A. Jeans — soft, rugged everyday pants made from organic cotton and produced in a fair-trade facility that recycles 98% of water used during the production process. Snag a pair of selvedge jeans in the “Ambassador Slim Fit,” which hangs close to the body while still giving you plenty of room to move around (beach or street).
OUTERKNOWN guarantees its S.E.A. JEANS for life — if they bust or wear through early, they’ll repair, replace, or recycle them for free.
Composting doesn’t have to be overcomplicated with this minimalist, stylish-looking biomorphic composter.
As a functional worm farm, its unique design fits in with kitchen decor better than some other offerings on the market. It can also process a whopping two pounds of food scraps per week, enough to keep up with any large household.
Your gift recipient also won’t have to worry about it smelling up the their counterspace either, since it’s pretty much odorless. This composter is an easy way to provide natural fertilizer for any plant-lovers.
Conscious Step Socks
Put your best foot forward with Conscious Step sock gift boxes, which are not only sustainably sourced and packaged, but let you decide where you want to focus your giving.
Every purchase gives back to different nonprofits, with themed socks that do everything from “conserve rainforests”, to “protect endangered animals”. The soft, organic cotton socks themselves have Terry padding for extra comfort, and are Fairtrade, GOTS, and vegan-certified (even the gift box itself is made from recycled packaging).
by Humankind Bath and Body Products
by Humankind’s collection of bath and grooming products are designed to reduce single-use plastics, which means mouthwash tabs instead of bottles, and shampoo and conditioner bars that look like soap but lather up for your hair. Deodorant is packaged inside a refillable bottle (refill sticks can be ordered online) and a just-the-right-size dopp kit is made from a polyester fabric derived from recycled bottles.
What we like: the brand’s chic packaging and gender-neutral formulas are as attractive as they are effective, elevating your bathroom counter as well as your grooming routine. It’s proof that looking good and living sustainably can go hand in hand.
Forsake Halden Sneakerboot
It’s not just sneakers that are going sustainable: Forsake continues to remain Climate Neutral-certified, with net-zero emissions for their whole brand of boots, accessories and outerwear since 2020.
Developed using durable, waterproof leather, the company sources the material for these boots from tanneries that have committed to reducing their energy usage by up to 48%.
Forsake says their specially-designed “Peak-to-Pavement” traction also makes the boots rugged enough for all kinds of terrain. You won’t have to sacrifice high quality for sustainability with this pick.
You can substantially reduce the number of soda cans and seltzer bottles in your recycling bin by getting a Soda Stream.
The kitchen tool can infuse regular tap water with CO2, giving you total control over your beverage’s carbination. Using it with plain water will produce seltzer, but you can also add in one of Soda Stream’s flavor drops to make soda.
Not only will you be cutting down on your carbon footprint, but the Fizzi will also save you or your friend and family member from having to lug heavy bottles and cans through a grocery store and into your place.
Paravel Aviator Carry-On Plus
Paravel’s Avatior Carry-On Plus is an FDA-approved piece of luggage you can feel good about using. Its outer shell, zippers, lining, and handle are all made out recycled plastic and aluminum. Even better, the company’s shipping practices are carbon neutral, and it’s committed to planting one tree with every purchase.
This carry-on bag is large enough to hold enough clothes for roughly a week, but small enough to fit inside the cabin on most domestic and international flights. Our favorite touch is its three-digit lock, which ensures the luggage’s zippers stay closed during your flight.
prAna Los Feliz Flannel Shirt
Made out of organic cotton and recycled polyester, prAna’s Los Feliz Flannel is a solid staple for any man’s wardrobe.
We’ve gotten to try the shirt out, and found it surprisingly soft to the touch. The shirt wears well — not too slack or too tight — and the pecan pie color way is easy to pair with jeans, sweatpants, or chinos.
We’re fans of this particular button up, but Prana has a wide selection of “Gift With Purpose” sustainable men’s and women’s styles you should check out if you’re searching for gifts.
Nixon Staple Watch
Nixo’s Staple Watch is treamlined for sustainability and all-around comfort, made of recycled ocean plastics, which helps keep trash out of the waves. You can wear it in and out of the ocean too with its water resistant design. The super-thin design, customizable display, and plush rubber-blend band also make it easy to wear on the daily.
Durable enough for any surf session, but stylish enough for everyday wear, the Staple Watch’s versatility can’t be beat.
Telmont Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Telmont puts sustainability first and plans to be ‘Climnate Positive’ by 2030. This entails reducing greenhouse emissions to a strict minimum and capturing and repurposing green house gases from the atmosphere.
The brand has reduced the use of unneccary packaguing, reduced bottle weight and discontunued trasnparent bottles in its pledge towards sustainabilty. Maison Telmont also makes some of the most delicious wine I;ve ever tasted, including the Blanc de Blancs, a crisp summer-y sparkling wine with hints of florals and berries on the palette.
If you know someone that loves a sparkling drink but prferes to onlu shop from susatinable brands, Telmont’s Nlanc de Blancs will be sure to delight.
Stojo Reusable Food Storage Boxes
Cutting down on plastic waste is one of the most effective way to become more eco-friendly, which is why Stojo’s Food Storage Boxes and Bowls are a great gift.
The set we’re recommending comes with three 24 oz BPA-free, LFGB-certified (a safety standard stricter than the FDA) silicone containers. What makes these containers special is that when you’re done, you can fold them up like an accordion, and close the clasps for a spill-proof seal.
If you know someone who loves to batch cook, brings their lunches to work, and wants an easy way to stop going through plastic baggies, these containers are the answer.
Better Battery Co. Batteries
A set of rechargeable batteries is not only an environmentally friendly gift, it’ll actually save you money over time.
Better Battery Co.’s rechargeable batteries are the gold standard, and the set we’re recommending includes 22 AA batteries, 22 AAA batteries, two 9V batteries. The world’s first carbon neutral batteries, you’ll also get a recyclable poly mailer and instructions on how to send in your depleted batteries and have them recycled by Better Battery Co. at no extra cost.
Better Battery Co. says they’ve teamed up with Call2Recycle to ensure that nothing goes to landfill. You can give the gift of powering a household, and the gift of feeling good about your environmental footprint.
Usual Wines Mixed Pack
For wine lovers who are concerned about our food systems, feel good about getting them Usual Wines’ Mixed packs of chic, single-serve wines.
Usual Wines is an innovative and minimal intervention maker with wine-by-the-glass offerings made from their small lot, sustainably-farmed vineyards. The pack includes 12 or 24 zero sugar bottles of Usual’s Red, Rosé and Brut wines, so you can try them all.
From the dry, sparkling Brut to the bright, fruity Red, Usual makes it easy and fun to make the switch to cleaner, more sustainable wine while providing the full California wine tasting experience (minus all the additives you don’t want).
Avocado Green Mattress
Many companies promise better sleep on “eco-friendly” mattresses, but few take their commitment to sustainably as seriously as Avocado.
Their signature green mattress is made from all certified organic materials, including organic-certified wool, breathable organic cotton, and organic-certified latex from co-owned farmers’ collectives and a co-owned processing facility in India that operates under the USDA National Organic Program.
Choose from a standard cushioned mattress or a pillow top version with an extra layer of plushness. Avocado’s in-house team of designers and sleep experts crafts each mattress to support more natural, comfortable sleep with special attention paid to our body’s pressure points and stress points.
Bearaby Tree Napper Weighted Blanket
You don’t know what you’re missing until you’ve tried sleeping with a weighted blanket, and we like this sustainable one from Bearaby, made from wood pulp sourced from eucalyptus trees in a responsible, closed-loop process. The resulting “TENCEL Lyocell” fabric is softer than silk, yet keeps you cool like linen.
The blanket is available in three weights — 15, 20 and 25 pounds — to provide a comforting “hug” as you sleep. The weight blanket helps to stimulate the production of serotonin (happiness hormone), reduce cortisol (stress hormone) and give an overall sense of ease to help relax and fall asleep.
Nimble APOLLO Wireless Charging Pad
This eco-friendly charging pad is made from recycled plastic bottles, while delivering up to 15W of charging power for all your Qi-enabled devices. Place the pad flat on your desk, with an anti-slip surface made from recycled silicone. Compatible with iPhones, Androids and even AirPods, the wireless pad powers up your devices faster than a regular plug-in charger, and it’ll even work with your phone and earbuds still in their case.
Bonus: this set includes a pre-paid recycled plastic pouch so you can send your old electronics directly to Nimble’s e-waste recycling partner.
GROHE Sense Smart Water Sensor
This device under $100 could save you hundreds on your water bill by monitoring changes in temperature and humidity, and detecting leaks. A red light starts flashing and you’ll hear a buzzing noise if the GROHE senses a leak. Pair the device with your phone to get alerts straight to your device.
GROHE says 37% of homeowners in the U.S. have suffered losses from water damage. Undiscovered leaks could also lead to mold and trigger allergies and asthma.
What we like: the GROHE Sense Smart Water Sensor runs on just three AAA batteries and a WiFi connection. All GROHE products are designed with sustainability in mind.
Polo Ralph Lauren Earth Polo
Ralph Lauren is reinforcing its commitment to the environment with a new version of its Earth Polo shirt, offering up a capsule of new colors and designs. The Earth Polo is crafted from thread derived entirely from recycled plastic bottles and dyed using a water-less process. The polos are 100% recycled and 100% recyclable.
Each Earth Polo is made from an average of 12 plastic bottles, part of Ralph Lauren’s commitment to removing 170 million plastic bottles from landfills and oceans by 2025.
Cariloha Bamboo Bathrobe
Give someone the gift of rest and relaxation this season with a super cozy bathroom from Cariloha. The US-based company channels the spirit of the islands through its collection of robes, bedding and clothing made from bamboo.
A sustainable, self-replenishing plant, bamboo is the ideal material for these bathrobes, thanks to the fiber’s strength and resilience, and its odor and allergy-resistant properties. Bamboo fabric is also naturally moisture wicking, keeping your robe cleaner and fresher for longer periods of time between washes.
This unisex bathrobe is made from a bamboo viscose and a luxe Eygptian cotton/polyester blend for extra softness and comfort.
Lettuce Grow Farmstand
The ultimate gift for the sustainably-minded person on your list is one of Lettuce Grow’s farmstands, which allow you to grow fresh produce at home without taking up too much space (roughly three square feet).
The base of the farmstand is made out of ocean-bound plastic, and its watering system (you can hook it up to a hose, or refill it manually using a bucket), and uses about 95% less water than traditional gardening according to Lettuce Grow. While it’s designed to be used outdoors, Lettuce Grow also has Glow Rings, which allow you to farm indoors.
It’s an investment, but Lettuce Grow’s farmstand is an eco-friendly gift that can foster a love of gardening, reduce waste, and encourage healthier eating.
Baabuk Wool Sneakers
These wool sneakers from Swiss shoemaker Baabuk are not only super comfortable, they’re also sustainable, made from 100% sheep wool — a naturally occurring, renewable resource.
Responsibly sourced in Portugal, the wool is soft, breathable and wicks away moisture, keeping your feet cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Bonus: toss the shoes in your laundry machine and run it under the “wool” cycle for an easy way to keep your sneakers clean and odor-free.
Baabuk is a family-owned company that is B-Corp certified, meaning it meets the global non-profit’s guidelines for social and environmental performance.
True Places Emmett Folding Chair
True Places’ Emmett puts every other folding chair we’ve ever used to shame due to its innovative design, but it also keeps sustainability in mind.
The seat is easy to unfold, and provides a surprising amount of lumbar support when sitting down. There’s no padding, but the company’s TrueFlex™ fabric has just the right amount of give to feel inviting.
One of our favorite little touches about this chair is the aluminum frame, which is not only lightweight, but as True Places says, “endlessly recyclable.” Each carrying bag is also made of recycled polyester constructed from landfill and ocean-bound plastic.
These design choices may not seem like a big deal, but they make the Emmett the best choice for the campers and tailgaters on your list.
GE Lighting Cync Smart Thermostat
You can lower someone’s environmental impact and monthly electricity bill by getting them a GE Lighting Cync Smart Thermostat.
The smart device’s eco mode gradually learns your routine, so it can turn your HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) on and off when you enter and leave instead of running it all the time. This higher level of efficiency means less fuel or electricity is used.
The Cync Smart Thermostat also doesn’t need a C-wire, an extra wire used in many smart thermostats on the market to provide extra power to HVAC systems, to function, so there’s no complicated setup.
If you’re shopping for somebody who’s both ecological and techie, this is the right gift.
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