Spread Christmas cheer to your loved ones in an eco-friendly way this year
This year, be kind to the environment and put some more thought into what you are gifting to your nearest and dearest. Instead of purchasing something for the sake of it, think about where it comes from, how it was created, what type of packaging is being used, and what sort of impact it has on our planet—especially because it is so common for unnecessary waste to end up in the landfill, and even more so during the holiday season.
To give you some inspiration, we’ve gathered some of our favourite gifts that will not only do good for the earth, but also be extra meaningful for everyone on your list...
1. Compost Bin by Seed & Sprout
This chic little compost bin by Seed & Sprout makes a great gift because it is durable, it will keep smells trapped inside, and it looks aesthetically pleasing in the kitchen. Highly recommended for the novice compost as well!
2. Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask by Youth to the People
This is a jar of natural goodness. Packed with acai, prickly pear, sunflower, moringa and more, this overnight face mask from Youth to the People is ultra-hydrating and will leave skin looking and feeling as nourished as ever. One hundred percent vegan, this product contains no parabens or phthalates, and the packaging is recyclable.
3. Adopt a Marine Animal by Pacific Whale Foundation
Here is a meaningful gift that will make a difference. Adopt a marine animal for a loved one through the Pacific Whale Foundation, which works to protect various species in their natural habitat. In addition to a certificate, adopters will also receive updates on recent sightings, fun facts, conservation information, plus lots more.
4. Val Regenerative Wool Sweater by Reformation
The holidays are all about keeping cozy, and one of our favourite snuggly sweaters for daily wear comes from Reformation. Available in three colours, it is made from 100 percent traceable wool sourced from a regenerative farm (where practices include rebuilding soil organic matter and restoring degraded soil biodiversity). Not to mention, it is trendy and can be easily paired with a number of items already in your wardrobe.
5. Claire Hoops by Fair Jewelry
Here is something for the minimalist accessory lover. Handcrafted in Vancouver, these stunning earrings from Fair Jewelry are made entirely from recycled materials and are perfect for all sorts of occasions. The bonus? The glass gems can be removed, so you're really getting two pairs of earrings in one. Even better? For every order over 100 dollars, Fair Jewelry donates a dollar to the David Suzuki Foundation.
6. Vitamin C Facial Mask by Palermo Body
Rich in vitamin C, pink clay and botanical extracts, Palermo Body’s facial mask gently exfoliates dead skin while boosting collagen and overall brightness. This is a powder formula that contains 100 percent active ingredients and needs no added preservatives to stay fresh. This gift will leave them glowing!
7. Alignment Cork Yoga Mat by Urbivore
Here is something for the yoga and wellness enthusiast. We absolutely love these cork mats by Urbivore because they are antibacterial (cork has self-cleaning properties which means no sweaty odour), no trees are harmed in the process (cork is harvested every 8 to 9 years from the regenerative bark of cork oak trees so they are never cut down), and the surface is extremely durable as well as non-slip.
8. Socks That Plant Trees
Give the gift of warmth while doing good for the planet. One pair of socks equals a dollar to non-profit Trees for the Future, which will be able to plant up to 10 trees across the globe. You can't go wrong with anything that is stylish and environmentally-friendly this holiday.
9. Marvel Avengers Eco-Stationery Set by Greenre
If you have a little Marvel fan, then here is your winning gift. Kiddos will love this eco-stationery activity set from Greenre that includes biofibre pencils, a non-PVC eraser, a wooden ruler, recycled colouring pages with soy based ink, and more. Each purchase goes towards Greenre’s global reforestation efforts to plant long leaf pine trees.
10. Candles by Mala the Brand
Here is a simple way to bring warmth to the holiday season. Hand-poured in Vancouver, Mala the Brand makes 100 percent vegan candles with essential oils and biodegradable soy wax. Plus, they come delivered in a natural cotton bag and recycled packaging. A tree is planted with each purchase thanks a partnership with Trees for the Future.
11. Natural Blocks by Plan Toys
It’s 50 pieces of construction fun! Kids will love getting creative with these natural blocks by Plan Toys, which creates sustainable products in Thailand and encourages educational playtime.
12. Reusable Beeswax Wraps by Tru Earth
Out with the plastic and in with the eco-friendly. These reusable wraps from Tru Earth are fabulous for storing and packing all sorts of food, and are extremely handy to have in the kitchen. They are easy to wash, made with natural ingredients, and compostable as well. We also love that your food will stay fresh for longer because the beeswax can create air tight seals. It’s a gift that will very much be appreciated.
13. Agave + Weekly Lip Scrub by Bite Beauty
Bite Beauty’s lip scrub is a great little stocking stuffer that works like a charm. Formulated with agave, fair trade organic golden sugar, papaya enzymes and squalane, it exfoliates and conditions for long-lasting results.
14. Wheat Straw Cutlery Set by Basic Goods Trading Company
We absolutely love this wheat straw cutlery set by Basic Good Trading Company, which is the perfect gift for anyone who wants to be sustainable on the go. It includes a reusable spoon, knife and fork, as well as a matching case to keep everything together. Perfect for getaways and work!
15. Handwoven Recycled Rug by Tonlé
This beautiful handwoven rug will add a stylish touch to any home or work space. As part of Tonlé’s zero-waste process, it’s made from small scraps of fabric in partnership with weavers in Cambodia at a fair trade workshop.
16. Merry Christmas Gift Set by Lush
Lush’s gift set is basically holiday cheer in a box. It’s packed with four super-fun, 100 percent vegan bath bombs with scents including peppermint, orange, grapefruit and more. We could all use some extra relaxing and pampering, so this gift will surely get you some extra brownie points. As well, the eco-friendly reusable box is great for storing other items afterwards.