Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. It also happens to be one of the most wasteful times too. There are quite a few things that you can do to reduce your environmental impact during the holidays, but what do you get people that won’t hurt the environment?
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Christmas is upon us and finding the right gift or even stocking stuffers can be difficult. Here are 10 eco-friendly ideas for the green person in your life.
1. Wooden Toothbrushes
Over 269 million toothbrushes are used every year in the U.S. Most toothbrushes are made of plastic and can end up in the ocean. Switching to wooden toothbrushes is more sustainable and better for the environment. They also make a great stocking stuffer.
2. Wooden Hair Brushes and Combs
Brushes and combs are another item that are almost always plastic. Wooden hair brushes and combs are available and look very rustic! Some hairbrushes are made with boars hair so look for that if you or whoever you are gifting is vegan.
3. Natural Beauty Supplies
There are a lot of handmade, natural, plant-based beauty supplies out there for both men and women. If you’re looking for makeup, lotions, shaving cream, or bath bombs check out etsy! You can help support small businesses while you look for eco-friendly gifts. Other ideas included straight razors or natural makeup brushes.
4. Wooden Legos
Did you know you can get wooden legos? Now, instead of walking on little plastic knives you can have your feet destroyed by wooden legos! They’re actually pretty cool and are a great plastic-free option for the little builders in your life.
5. Glass Storage Containers
There are so many eco-friendly kitchen options but one that is often overlooked is food storage. Simple mason jars are great for storing food as well as square glass containers. Flip top bottles are a cute way to store drinks or to even serve water. Give that cook in your life some kitchen supplies that can help keep plastic out of the landfills.
6. Cast Iron
Cast iron is a great, plastic-free and long-lasting kitchen staple. Not only can they be used on the stovetop but can be used over a fire as well! They may be heavy, but they are some of the best cookware out there.
Succulents are a great gift for nature and plant lovers. Relatively easy to take care of and make a nice centerpiece for any room. Some succulents even have health benefits like aloe vera. You can get premade succulent pots or even get kits to make your own terrarium and add your own plants.
8. Mushroom Growing Kit
There’s not much you can grow during the winter but you can grow mushrooms. It’s a fascinating process for both adults and kids. A simple mushroom growing kit allows you to grow edible mushroom right at home. How many people can say that they grew their own mushrooms?
9. Bird Houses
Wooden birdhouses can help provide a home and safe roosting areas for birds. Great for the nature lover and the bird watcher. You can bring nature to you while providing a safe home for birds. You could also consider a bat box or a bee hotel if you want to help out other critters in your backyard.
10. Adopt A Wild Animal
No, no, no. Not a real animal! Some wildlife groups like Defenders of Wildlife and World Wildlife Fund have adoption kits available so that you can help support conservation efforts to protect wild animals. There are different kinds of kits you can buy but almost all of them come with a stuffed animal of the animal you have decided to adopt. You will not only be giving a gift to someone you love but also helping animals in need.
What eco-friendly item are you gifting this Christmas?