The climate crisis has brought one sure thing to the forefront: everyone is taking more steps towards shopping sustainably.
This year, instead of the random candles and baubles you typically pick up for the in-laws, the women in your book club, and your running partner, opt for a sustainable gift that is simultaneously eco-friendly and chic.
Here are nine eco-friendly gifts you won’t feel bad about buying:
We Are Knitters Recycled Yarn Cardigan
In case you have missed it, knitting is having a moment. Not only is it impressive (“Where did I get this scarf? Oh, I made it.”), it is also a surprising way to tame anxiety. The repetitive motions and chance to step away from scrolling Instagram have made knitting a popular form of #selfcare.
We Are Knitters has dozens of knitting kits to choose from, (a range that is totally appropriate for advanced knitters and for those who don’t even know what a knitting needle looks like) including those that use recycled yarn.
AITCH AITCH Salmon Skin Luggage Tag
For the splurge item on your list, opt for a little sustainable luxury. AITCH AITCH crafts its accessories from responsibly harvested salmon skin.
Unlike other exotic skins, which can be unethically sourced and use a lot of harmful chemicals in the tanning process, this woman-owned company sources its skins (a natural byproduct of the fishing industry) from sustainable fishing farms. They are then dyed and tanned using a nontoxic, non-chemical process. The Isabella luggage tag looks as good as you’ll feel buying it.
Artifact Uprising Eco-friendly Photo Prints
Artifact Uprising prints some seriously heirloom quality photobooks. Whether you want to commemorate a special family trip or just your best Instagram photos, AU’s books look damn good on any coffee table. Not only do their books make for a score-you-all-the-points personal gift, but they are also printed on 100 percent recycled paper.
For a stocking stuffer, Artifact Uprising also makes sweet little block prints that are produced with reclaimed pine. This gift also gives back: Each piece is assembled by a non-profit SKCAC, which provides jobs for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
KEVIN.MURPHY Sustainable Dry Shampoo
We are dreaming of a stocking filled with travel-friendly beauty minis. KEVIN.MUPHY, an Aussie brand founded on principles of sustainability, donates a percentage of sales from their FRESH.HAIR dry shampoo to organizations that reduce carbon emissions.
Porter Ceramic Lunch Bowl
We all have that friend who swears every year that this is finally going to be the year when they start cooking and packing lunch for work. Porter’s ceramic portable lunch bowl is a lovely little incentive — it is so pretty, it begs to be filled and taken to work every day.
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