The Best Zero-Waste Gifts for Any Occasion
Help everyone in your life reduce their plastic consumption and trash creation with these zero-waste gift ideas at every price point.
Coming up with a thoughtful gift idea can be hard sometimes. That’s why we think these sustainable, zero-waste gifts are genius. Not only do they help the planet, but they’re perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, housewarmings, thank yous and more. And we have something for everyone — beauty buffs, babies, pets, gardeners and home chefs. Shop our favorite eco-friendly gift ideas that take the guesswork out of gifting — no matter the occasion.
Eliminate the plastic component in charcoal filters by opting for charcoal sticks. Morihata binchotan charcoal from Japan is considered the gold, er, charcoal standard, and is believed to remove impurities from water as effectively as conventional filters. Simply drop one in a pitcher and replace it every three months.
The nature-inspired scents of these soy-blend candles will transport you to a blissful state. And once the 12 ounces burn out, there’s no need to let the ceramic vessel fade away — it can be reused as a planter. Seeds for growing daisies, basil or aloe, plus instructions and the other necessities for your new plant to thrive, are all included in the kit.
Plastic has created a major problem in our oceans, on our seashores and on our lands. Because it will never naturally biodegrade, nearly every piece of plastic produced is still in the environment in some form. Cape Clasp partnered with the National Park Foundation to highlight 16 national parks and seashores. Made from plastic removed from the oceans as the raw material, these bracelets are worn as a daily reminder to reduce your plastic use and to protect our oceans, parks and trails.
Ethique claims to be the world's first zero-waste beauty brand, and all of its products for the face, hair and body come packaged in plastic-free materials. The brand even sells bars for deodorants, laundry and pets. We love this Hair Sampler because it lets the recipient try out five different bars to find their perfect fit, from Frizz Wrangler Shampoo to Wonderbar Conditioner.
This set of 20 facial rounds is a great way to eliminate disposable cotton balls and facial rounds from the home. These rounds are made of two layers of 100-percent cotton flannel in a fall floral print that can be washed and reused over and over again.
Take the legwork out of helping someone along the zero-waste journey with a monthly subscription box of eco-friendly products. Think of it as a starter kit. For example, the Morning Routine Box swaps out plastic for bamboo toothbrushes, reusable cotton pads and biodegradable dental floss.
A truly zero-waste gift would involve giving yoga classes or a membership, but Girlfriend Collective is a worthy option if going the clothing route. That's because their line of clothing is made from recycled water bottles, and no — the material isn't any different from your typical workout wear. Plus, the line comes not just in a variety of colors, but a variety of sizes meant to fit all body types.
You may be surprised how many yoga mats are made from PVC plastic, which contains a highly toxic chemical that's prevalent in many everyday items. Brands such as JadeYoga make their mats from natural rubber — and they plant a tree for every mat purchase.
We love this bag for a lot of reasons — its durability, design and sustainable footprint. Our favorite part is that it’s made of biodegradable and renewable PAPER that’s water-resistant and tough. Yes, paper! Plus, the jute straps and cotton liners are all made of renewable, natural sources, too — no polyester or nylon.
Good luck finding baby toys that aren't made from plastic. Enter this set of adorable organic cotton veggies that look like they're straight from the farmers market. Made and stuffed with 100-percent organic Egyptian cotton, these veggies are soft, easy to grip and washable. The natural wood veggie crate holds four veggies — a tomato, carrot, mushroom and green pea.
This adorable wooden push toy is the perfect eco-friendly gift for baby. The sweet design, smooth curves, easy grasping and fully-tuning wheels make it fun and safe for all ages. Plus, it’s made in the U.S. from sustainable hardwood with an organic oil finish.
These little mushrooms prove that cute cat toys can be safe and sustainable. Hand-made with 100-percent cruelty-free New Zealand wool and colored with azo-free eco-friendly dyes, these cat toys are packed with natural features and are plastic-free down to the thread. Plus, they're hand-felted with just warm water and vegetable soap and then sun-dried — no toxic dyes or fragrances.