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Best Eco-Friendly Gifts of 2018

Isn’t it always better to give a gift with a story? We think so!

When you shop with companies that are truly proud of their products, they will want to tell you everything about the product–from sustainable features to eco-friendly packaging. Look for companies that make sustainability part of their mission. Don’t just stop at the words “eco”, “green” or “natural” though, try to find what actually makes their products great for the planet. Are they using organic, sustainably harvested materials, or do they meet fair labor standards? Not only does a sustainable story mean your product is probably better for the planet, but it’s also more enjoyable to share a gift you feel a connection to!

We’ve collected a list of our favorites below. These eco-friendly products come complete with amazing stories that you can share with your loved ones this holiday season! If you’re still looking for the perfect gift by the end, head over to to shop for gifts for her, for him, for kids, for baby, or even shop our top zero waste gifts!

EarthHero - Engraved Copper Shotglass Set - 4pk - 1United By Blue Engraved Copper Shot Glasses

Give a gift with phrases worth toasting to! These 100% engraved copper shot glasses feature classic adventure phrases, including: Made for the Mountains, Roam Free, Adventure Awaits, and Keep Paddling! These four shot glasses are hot-tinned on the inside to reduce corrosion, and finished with a tarnish reducing lacquer–all done by hand.

Plus, when you buy these shot glasses, you remove 1 pound of pollution from our oceans and waterways, thanks to United by Blue!

 

EarthHero - Badger Beard Grooming Kit 1Badger Beard Grooming Kit

Share the gift of self-care with your loved one! No matter what kind of facial hair they’re rocking, they’ll appreciate this all-in-one kit made by a family-owned company in the USA.

While they’re growing your beard out (think first 6 weeks), the organic beard oil uses babassu and jojoba oils to condition and nourish, reducing any itchy or patchy spots. Once their beard is an ideal length, they can use the beard balm to condition the beard, keep stray hairs in check, and add a touch of styling. They’ll appreciate a softer, tamer beard in no time, thanks to you!

 

EarthHero - Sanari Organic Candle Gift Set - 1Sanari Organic Candle Gift Set

Light up your loved one’s day with this heartwarming candle gift set. These natural candles are infused with certified organic essential oils in a vegan coconut wax blend, hand-poured in small batches in Los Angeles, California. Each set includes 3 best selling Sanari Candle scents, each with a different theme. No matter the scent, your friend will love the mini wine glasses left over once the candle melts down!

Plus, Sanari donates a portion of every purchase towards Breast Cancer Research, so your gift goes even further!

 

EarthHero - Stir It Up Bamboo Turntable 1House of Marley Stir it Up Turntable

Treat your audiophile friend to the modern version of this classic turntable.  The streamlined design is made from sustainable materials like bamboo and recyclable aluminum, with a built-in pre-amp that’s compatible with any House of Marley speaker. It features a 33/45 RPM knob, replaceable cartridge, anti-skating control, and belt-drive turntable. Plus, it’s manual, with an auto-start and stop (a big deal in the vinyl world!)

Not only is this beauty made with sustainable materials, but House of Marley plants a tree for every purchase!

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bambu Gaby Crumb Bread Board

Who doesn’t love fresh baked bread? What isn’t so fun is the mess of crumbs lining the cutting board at the end.

Our go-to gift for our baking friends, this bread board isn’t only a gorgeous addition to any kitchen–it’s super functional, too! Underneath the slotted layer, you’ll find a compartment that traps crumbs, making cleanup after a day of entertaining a breeze!

We love how bambu is transforming homes with their sustainably sourced, durable, and beautiful products, making them a no-brainer for one of our most giftable brands!

 

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4Ocean Recycled Bracelet

Fact: an estimated 16 BILLION pounds of plastic waste enters our oceans each year. 4Ocean is on a mission to stop this with their recycled bracelets. With a cord made from recycled plastics, beads made from recycled glass, and a stainless steel 4Ocean tag, this handcrafted donation bracelet doesn’t just use recycled materials–but actively removes waste from our oceans as well! For every bracelet sold, 4Ocean will remove 1 pound of waste from our seas.

Not only does each bracelet remove a pound of waste, but they also offer bracelets specific to other causes. Proceeds from this green bracelet shown, for example, allow 4Ocean to partner with the Florida Atlantic University Marine Research Lab in Sea Turtle conservation efforts. To date, thanks to your support, 4Ocean bracelets have pulled over 2,247,704 pounds of trash from our oceans and coastlines to date–and growing every day!

EarthHero - Tea Time Infuser Bottle Earl Grey 4Full Circle Home Tea Time Infuser Bottle

Have a coworker who brings tea to work daily? Treat them to a more peaceful morning with this tea infuser bottle! The BPA-free Tritan and recycled plastic strainer is ready to hold loose or bagged tea, sugar, lemons, or herbs like mint! The unique twist-to-lock lid let’s them enjoy one-handed drinking, with a removable cork grip to keep the glass bottle from slipping from their hands.

EarthHero - Natural Sunshine Bath Soak - 1Bestowed Essentials Sunshine Herbal Bath Soak

Give the gift of peace with this bath soak, made from a blend of magnesium-rich epsom salts and mineral-packed Dead Sea salt. Dried calendula petals are added for a thoughtful touch of color that nourishes the skin, while the epsom salts work to alleviate sore and achy muscles. This all natural bath soak comes in a 100% biodegradable & compostable cellophane bag, plus 10% of every product purchase goes to charities that provide clean water to those in need! Learn more about Bestowed Essentials, and how the founder runs this business from her solar powered van, here!

 

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SAOLA Cannon Vegan Sneakers

This is truly an eco-shoe to look out for! These shoes are made with outdoor-friendly materials like recycled plastic from water bottles, organic cotton, and even algae–yep algae! Their BLOOM Foam, used in both the insoles and outsoles, is made with algae biomass so it’s lightweight, durable, and awesome for soles! Plus, SAOLA donates 3% of sales to various environmental non-profits that give back to the planet. 

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Green Guru Joyride Roll Top Backpack

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Give a gift that’s truly unique. This creative backpack is made from colorful upcycled industrial fabrics and reflective street signs, so no two bags are truly alike! Plus, this combination of durable materials and functional design gives this pack the style they’ll want and the technical aspects they’ll need.

Green Guru has diverted more than 517,900 pounds of materials from US Landfills by upcycling materials into bags just like this!

For the Kids

EarthHero - Biobased Building Blocks - 1BiOBUDDi Biobased Building Blocks

Cultivate your little one’s imagination, spatial awareness, and motor skills with these biobased Building Blocks! This set of 40 colorful learning blocks are made entirely from biobased materials (not plastic!), crafted from natural sugarcane plants. The uniquely designed pieces can be stacked to build endless combinations, and easily come apart for simple clean up. Warning: while they’re much more sustainable than your average building block…. these little blocks will hurt just as much as the other guys when they’re stepped on!

EverEarth Bamboo Rocking Horse

Watch them light up when they see their new rocking horse! From its sustainable construction, to its developmental benefits, this traditional toy is a win-win. It’ll improve your kiddo’s balance and muscle development while letting them live out any old-west play scenario. Yeehaw!

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eco-dough Holiday Dough Set

This super safe, non-toxic play dough is the perfect stocking stuffer! Give the gift of creativity this holiday season with worry free playing to keep mom and kids happy. Made from all natural ingredients, this non-toxic play dough is a safe option for building, molding, and sculpting anything they can imagine! Essential oils add a light scent while keeping dough pliable for hours of creative play.

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Conscious Stories Books

Okay, we’re not gunna lie, one of our team members teared up while reading these books. Not only are the illustrations beautiful and the characters heartwarming, but every story teaches a valuable lesson that anyone can enjoy!

Each story begins with Snuggle Breathing, which helps both parents and kids to step into a space of relaxation and concentration prior to reading the short story! The story pictured, “The Circle People”, focuses on helping children find connection and belonging in the modern-day village! Each story then ends with reflective questions and activities to help your little one process the lesson they just learned!

Plus, these books don’t just teach important life and environmental lessons–they’re made of FSC-Certified paper too, harvested from sustainably grown sources! Make the last 20 minutes of every day special with Conscious Bedtime Stories!

EarthHero - PlanToys Build-a-Robot - 1PlanToys Build-A-Robot

Emotions can be hard to explain–but Build-a-Robot makes it easy. This adorable robot features 4 interchangeable heads (sad, happy, mad, and surprised) to teach emotion and offer different tactile and auditory experiences to help your kiddo grow. The legs are movable for standing or sitting so your child can choose which one best expresses the emotion they chose.

All PlanToys are made from sustainably harvested rubberwood trees that can no longer produce latex paired with surplus sawdust chips that are thermally reprocessed to form a durable wood, and finished with E-Zero non-formaldehyde glue, and non-toxic water-based dyes. From donating resources to a Children’s Museum in local Thailand, to using a portion of profits to reforest nearby cities, PlanToys is sustaining the environment, and the economy, with their innovative rubberwood toys!

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Apple Park Ballerina Mouse Gift Set

This absolutely adorable gift set combines your little one’s favorite mouse plushie with a uniquely soft teething rattle, all in one adorable barn door style package. Made from 100% organic cotton fabric that’s safe for sensitive baby skin and filled with hypoallergenic corn fiber, this sustainable set lets baby gently teeth while cuddling the night away. Say goodbye to sleepless nights, and hello to Ballerina Mouse!

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Under the Nile Red Striped Long Johns

Who doesn’t love a new pair of pajamas over the holidays! We love these red and white striped long johns from Under the Nile. They’re the perfect set to get your children in the holiday mood! The snug fit is perfect for keeping your child feeling secure as they drift off into dreamtime.

Janice and Mohamed Mosoud created Under the Nile based on a need for better, cleaner, and safer materials for their own daughters, so you can trust that Under the Nile gifts are safe and sustainable for your own children, too!

 

EarthHero - Birch Tree Bark Recycled Gift Paper 4Wrap it up!

4 million tons of wrapping paper is thrown away annually. Since most traditional wrapping paper isn’t recyclable, we’ve been on a mission to find a gift wrap that we can stand behind!

Meet: Wrappily! Based on the beautiful island of Maui, Hawaii, the Wrappily team work together with local artists to design a beautiful collection of eco-friendly gift wrap.They offer individual sheets of wrapping paper printed with a non-toxic soy-based ink on newsprint and made from recycled content that is easily recyclable at the end of life. The sheets are printed with double-sided designs on idle news press machines that otherwise would have gone unused. We love the fact that this company is woman-owned and has a closed-loop production methodology. It’s the perfect finishing touch for your eco-friendly gift (plus, it’s just so stinkin’ cute!)

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