The holidays are here and in full force. Overlooking the past year, I find my passion for being eco-friendly has grown tenfold. As someone who is trying to minimize the amount of “things” I own, I wanted to create a holiday gift giving guide for just that. The following present ideas are for those who really strive to live more sustainably.
I have been on the reusable straw kick for quite sometime. These have been a game changer for me because I actually prefer to use a straw for a lot of my drinks – especially coffee because it reduces staining of the teeth. However, once I learned Americans use an estimated amount of 500 million straws every day, I knew I had to do something.
In addition to plastic straws, single-use cups are equally harmful when it comes to waste. Taking the extra effort to bring your own reusable cup is totally worth it when it comes to saving the environment. Personally, the Stojo cup is on my wishlist! I love how it’s collapsable, making bringing it on-the-go so easy.
Reusable Shopping Bags
Another way to reduce plastic use, is by switching to reusable shopping bags. Think about how many plastic bags you accumulate from just one trip to the grocery store. You can eliminate so much waste by BYOB – bringing your own bag! Plus, using these sturdier alternatives actually makes carrying your groceries a lot easier.
Let me tell you how addicted I am to this website… The RealReal is an online designer consignment shop. I find whenever I am bored, I gravitate towards The RealReal just because it is fun to shop around. You can find amazing, thoughtful gifts for anyone. Plus, your eco-friendly giftee will find it all the more special it’s been reused!
Recycled Vegan Bags
A couple of months ago, I was invited to a handbag event in NYC to promote JW PEI. I was thoroughly impressed with the quality and structure of these goods crafted from recycled bottles! Not only is this a fashion-forward, luxurious gift, but it’s also incredibly eco-friendly.
Whether you want to gift a full-fledged composter for their backyard, or smaller compost bins this is an amazing gift. In order to be more sustainable, doing all you can to minimize waste is essential. Recycling food scraps reduces greenhouse gases and improves soil quality – which also minimizes your carbon footprint.
If your eco-friendly loved one is also into fashion, consider giving the gift of cashmere. Previously, I worked with W. Cashmere in the past, but I honestly believe in everything they do. All of their material is biodegradable and the cashmere itself is ethically sourced from the Pamirs Mountains.
A company I continue to admire is Everlane. They have really prospered lately and I find it truly admirable. Everlane stresses the importance of transparency – going as far as breaking down the cost and labor of their product. Plus, their product is a minimal lover’s dream. They offer timeless classics that will never go out of style, thus allowing these pieces to live on in your closet for a long time.
Please note, none of the above is sponsored in any way. However, if you do choose to shop from some of the links provided, a portion of sales will go towards funding Enclothed Cognition.