The Ultimate Guide To Zero Waste Gifting - 21 Of Our Favorite Products
With the holidays around the corner, make more sustainable choices when gifting this year. With products for zero waste experts or novices you can find practically all of your gifting needs here.
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Holiday season is among us and birthday season is always here, check out our ultimate list of zero waste and sustainable gifts for everyone!
- Outdoor Enthusiasts
- Education For Those Ready To Do More For The Planet
- For Everyday & Around The House
- Beauty & Self-Care
Zero Waste Gifts — Outdoor Enthusiasts
1. Dry Shampoo
Know anyone who loves camping? Backpacking? Outdoor music festivals? Give the gift of clean hair with dry shampoo from Chagrin Valley. Essential oils and arrowroot powder help refresh your scalp and soak up extra oils. Feel free to get messy when applying because it is 100% planet safe and packaged in 95% recycled paperboard tubes that can withstand a cramped backpack for a while. Options for dark or light hair. (U.S. only)
2. Subpod Essentials Bundle
To your expert level zero wasters or compost enthusiasts. Worms and microbes work inside Subpod to compost food waste. One smell-free and pest-proof Subpod can compost the food of a family of 4 in just one week (~34 lbs)! This bundle includes: dual compost chambers, food-grade stainless steel aerator, X2 worm blankets. (Worms not included; U.S. only).
3. Dish Washing Block
Technically this one works for indoor and outdoor enthusiasts. For your indoor people this is a cute yet very effective block that gets your dishes clean. For your outdoor people this biodegradable cleaner saves room in their camping kits, works for dishes, laundry, stains, and anything else you might need to clean while camping. With no plastic, there will be no waste accidentally left behind at a campsite or out in nature.
4. Cork Yoga Block
To your indoor or outdoor yogi, this yoga block is made from 100% cotton & cork meaning it’s hypoallergenic, antimicrobial — we’re sweating just thinking about holding a crescent lunge — extremely lightweight, and most importantly, slip resistant. Comes in sizes regular (3.5” x 5” x 9”) and large (4" x 6" x 9"). (U.S. only)
Zero Waste Gifts — Education For Those Ready To Do More For The Planet
5. 101 Ways To Go Zero Waste Book
To your people that are always talking about sustainability, saving the planet, and going zero waste but struggling to get started. Printed on a mixture of recycled paper and forest service certified paper, this gentle guide from Kathryn Kellogg contains tips and tricks for responsible consumption and making sustainable choices.
6. Give A Sh*t Book
Do Good. Live Better. Save the Planet. This book by Ashlee Piper is perfect for your people who are feeling a little defeated, confused, or helpless in their eco-friendly journey. Full of swearing, and guidance, this practical handbook provides easy tips on more sustainable living.
7. Bamboo Notebook
To your people who love to write, journal, make lists, help them swap out regular plastic notebooks with virgin paper for this 8”x5.5” bamboo covered notebook filled with recycled paper and a recyclable metal binding that is completely compostable.
Zero Waste Gifts — For Everyday & Around The House
8. Nude Scent Studio Candles
A housewarming gift; a gift to your people who always smell amazing; or to the ones who can’t make a commitment to a candle, help them out with these vegan, phthalate, soy wax candles. With four amazing scents including Cold brew, Palo Santo Patchouli, Watermelon Sugar, or Sea Salt each handmade candle burns for up to 60 hours.
9. Nesting Dish Set
You know just the person you thought of when you read ‘nesting set’. This ceramic set of 3 handmade dishes are perfect for jewelry, crystals, or nothing at all because they’re that cute. Rimmed with a real 24K Gold glaze this set is dishwasher safe, and comes in black, white, pink, or blue. (U.S. only)
10. Unpaper Towels
After your people fall in love with these hopefully they switch to these reusable ones permanently. With plenty of colors to match their vibe, these 100% cotton flannel towels come pre-rolled and get more absorbent as they’re washed. We recommend the vintage lemon pattern!
$34 for 12 on Zero Waste Store
11. Zero Waste Kitchen Kit
A housewarming gift, an anytime gift for your people learning to care about the planet, or maybe for yourself, we won’t tell. This kit contains one vegan dish washing block, one small dish brush, 12-pack unpaper towels, a variety pack of reusable beeswax food wraps (vegan wraps can be subbed), & Stasher bags in sandwich and half gallon sizes.
12. Zero Waste Furry Friend Kit
It’s time these fluffy non-rent paying roommates started doing their part to save the planet! This kit includes: pet shampoo bar made with all natural, gentle ingredients; 2oz dog paw salve; leash dispenser roll to hold the Pet Waste Bags, 4 rolls of 15 (60) biodegradable and compostable pet waste bags.
13. Countertop Compost Bin
To zero waste warriors who are already composting or those ready to give it a try. This countertop compost bin sits on the countertop to easily store your organic scraps. The lid holds a charcoal filter so no smell will escape it until it’s ready to be added to the compost. Comes in graphite, natural, and terra cotta colors. (U.S. only)
Zero Waste Gifts — Beauty & Self-Care
14. Lavender Peppermint Soap Bar
If it’s good enough for Jane Fonda’s friends it’s good enough for yours! But seriously, bar soap is a great gift especially when it’s filled with essential oils and nourishing ingredients like this one. Consider it a seasonal addition to any bathroom or if you’re trying to get your people hooked on bar soap we support you.
15. Reusable Cotton Rounds
These cotton-flannel rounds are super cute and are enough for a lifetime. We can’t think of a better way to help people save the planet than to gift them products that work with their life. If your people already use reusable cotton rounds, consider this holder.
$17 for 20 Rounds on Zero Waste Store
$36 for Wooden Facial Rounds Container
16. Plastic-Free Hair Scrunchies
To your Eco-warriors or anyone with long hair, try these super cute, plastic free hair scrunchies. Made with fair trade materials, fair trade labor, and 6 colors to choose from, these biodegradable scrunchies are so cute you won’t want to lose them! But if you do, they’re biodegradable!
17. Upcircle Coffee Body Scrub
As Fall rolls in and the air gets colder and our skin gets a little dryer, gifting this coffee body scrub is a no brainer. This cruelty-free palm oil-free, vegan scrub is made from reused & repurposed, top-quality Arabica coffee grounds that have a myriad of benefits. It comes in Lemongrass + Coffee & Peppermint + Coffee scents and is perfect for anyone with skin. (U.S. only)
18. Like Silk Face Mask
Think of your people living in cold, frigid temps and consider gifting them this soothing face mask. This mask uses ingredients such as Blue Tansy Oil, Hyaluronate, Rose, and Chamomile to soothe, calm, extract, and hydrate skin. Bonus points for being vegan and cruelty-free! (U.S. only)
19. Dry Body Brush
To the person who’s all about self-care this Japanese-inspired sisal dry body brush has innumerable benefits like natural detoxification, exfoliation, and lymphatic drainage. Thousands of fibers, a wood handle, and a plastic free storage bag make this an easy zero waste gift.
20. Lip Therapy Balm
To your person whose main accessory is lip balm, convert them to the zero waste side with this moisturizing balm from Blue Heron. Available in tinted or non-tinted; vegan and non-vegan; and 7 different scents there’s one for everyone. Buy the complete set and everyone gets one. Each balm is packaged in post consumer waste recycled paperboard and is compostable.
21. Lip & Cheek Stain
To the friend who studied abroad one time and now does everything the “european way” consider this multi-functional, minimalist stain. Locally sourced beeswax helps it stay in place, coconut and jojoba oil hydrate skin, and red iron oxide provides a pigment that looks good on every skin tone. With buildable coverage it can be used as blush, lip stain, or wherever else you want a splash of color.