Giving zero waste gifts to friends and family is one of the most simple ways to bring your community into the zero waste conversation in an exciting and inclusive way. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite items at every price point so no matter what your budget is, you can stick to your values when gifting this year.

UNDER $10

Bamboo Drinking Straws // $1.50

Made of organic bamboo, you get the benefits of a straw without the toxic or environmental pitfalls of plastic.

Why is this a great Zero Waste gift? Americans use over five hundred million plastic per day! Most of those straws are either non-recyclable or aren’t recycled by restaurants or consumers. For your straw loving friend, here’s a great alternative!

Refillable Dental Floss // $6.98

Made from 100% mulberry silk floss and coated in vegan candelilla wax, this refillable floss is sure to make anyone (and the planet) smile!

Why is this a great Zero Waste gift? Most plastic dental floss containers are non-recyclable, or are rarely recycled. In addition most floss is made of plastic and cannot be composted. Let’s change that!

Bamboo Toothbrush // $4.99

Made of bamboo, not plastic, this brush helps to eliminate one of the most prevalent forms of ocean plastic pollution, plus it looks insanely chic in your bathroom.

Why is this a great Zero Waste gift? 4.7 billion plastic toothbrushes are dumped into landfills and oceans every year! This cost-effective present packs a big punch!

Stainless Steel Straw // $4.95

Help your loved ones say no to single use, disposable plastic straws with this amazing, chic stainless steel option.

Why is this a great Zero Waste gift? Americans use over five hundred million plastic per day! Most of those straws are either non-recyclable or aren’t recycled by restaurants or consumers. For your straw loving friend, here’s a great alternative!

Bamboo Toilet Paper // $1.50 per roll

Naturally organic, fast growing, and sustainable, this is the perfect alternative to pesticide-ridden and bleached cotton.

Why is this a great Zero Waste gift? The toilet paper industry accounts for 15% of deforestation and each year traditional cotton TP wipes out 15 million trees. This TP is made of bamboo which grows fast, is pesticide free, and compared to trees, it absorbs 30% more CO2.

$10-$50

Airtight Stainless Steel Containers // starting at $16

Keep food fresh and #plasticfree with these airtight, stainless steel containers.

Why is this a great Zero Waste gift? Americans will toss over 5 million tons of food in total between Thanksgiving and New Years this holiday season. These containers will keep food fresh longer so you can reduce the likelihood of wasting!

Natural Bath Sponge // $19.95

Hand picked from the mediterranean sea, this natural bath sponge is fit for a mermaid, but made for humans.

Why is this a great Zero Waste gift? Traditional sponges are typically made from a plastic based material that is not recyclable. Besides being gorgeous, these natural sea sponges are 100% compostable, so if your loved one decides its time to say ciao to it, they can just bury it in the yard or cut it up and feed it to their houseplants. Nom, Nom, Nom!

Charcoal Water Filter // $12.50

This all-natural water filter is a simple and chic way to filter water for a crisp, clean taste.

Why is this a great Zero Waste gift? The energy we waste using bottled water would be enough to power 190,000 homes. This filter will keep your water tasting crisp without waste (the packaging and stick are both 100% compostable).

Organic Survival Balm for Bites, Pain and Nausea // $15

A survival balm made from ancient Thai medicinal herbs to relieve insect bites and skin blisters; to relieve nausea, aches and pains; to be used as a massage balm.

Why is this a great Zero Waste gift? This $hit WORKS! For anyone who needs a cooling balm after a long day for sore muscles or has a ton of bug bites, this balm is the organic way to relieve them all.

French Press Coffee Maker // $40

For the perfect #zerowaste cup of coffee every time.

Why is this a great Zero Waste gift? Up to 250 pounds of chemical fertilizers per acre are used in conventional, non-organic coffee farming. In addition, American’s alone consume 400 million cups of coffee daily. That’s a lot of styrofoam and paper cups ending up in landfills! Help your loved ones take control of their coffee routine by giving this gorgeous reusable french press, include a recipe for making a body scrub and a jar of bulk coffee, the perfect gift!

Organic Cotton Hair Ties // $15

For those days where you just can’t find a perfectly good, free hair tie lying around on the street. . .

Why is this a great Zero Waste gift? These hair ties are 100% organic and compostable. The hairties currently on the market are poorly manufactured and regularly break in the hair yet never break down when in the trash (polyesters take up to 1000 years to breakdown).

The Simply Co 32. oz Laundry Detergent (60 loads) // $18

Made from organic and natural ingredients, one 32oz jar of The Simply Co. laundry detergent will clean up to 60 loads of laundry depending on the size of your load!

Why is this a great Zero Waste gift? There are over 85,000 industrial chemicals out there and a majority of them are not even tested for safety and on top of that cleaning product manufacturers are not legally required to list their ingredients on their packaging. Ain’t nobody got time for that!

Glass Water Bottle 250 ML // $28

Teeny water bottle for teeny humans or teeny bags. This is perfect for throwing into a small purse or backpack.

Why is this a great Zero Waste gift? The recommended eight glasses of water a day, at U.S. tap rates equals about $.49 per year; that same amount of bottled water is about $1,400. Save money and reduce the 50 billion plastic water bottles that American’s used last year!

$50 – $100

Kjaer Weis Cream Blush // $56

Kjaer Weis is one of my go-to favorite makeup brands. This gorgeous blush is not only 100% organic, it comes in a refillable compact so no unnecessary waste is created when you run out.

Why is this a great Zero Waste gift? Makeup and lotion can contain parabens and phthalates which are linked to an increased risk of cancer. Avoid those chemicals with these products and know that you are gifting something sustainable and effective to your loved ones. This is my go-to daily blush!

 

Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation // $50

Vapour Beauty is another one of my favorite clean beauty brands. Their foundation goes on so nicely, and doesn’t feel cake-y like some others. It’s a staple in my daily routine!

Why is this a great Zero Waste gift?  In 2004 a study showed that there were over 287 synthetic chemicals in the umbilical cord blood of newborns. Those chemicals were carcinogenic, toxic to the brain, and can cause birth defects. A really easy way to protect ourselves and our loved ones is by using natural and organic beauty products. This foundation works wonders, feels great, and comes in 100% recyclable packing.

$100+

Kjaer Weis Glow Kit // $105

I LOVE this gift. A combo of Kjaer Weis refillable bronzer and highlighter to give you that “I just got back from Tulum for a yoga retreat” glow even in the middle of February.

Why is this a great Zero Waste gift? Makeup packaging is typically non-recyclable. This awesome brand offers refills of all of their products making huge strides towards eliminating single use packing in the cosmetic industry.

Pantry Set Kit Spice Set of 24 Filled Jars // $130

The ultimate kitchen spice starter pack. Each magnetic refillable jar comes fully-loaded with organic spices, and the honeycomb shape helps them fit beautiful next to each other. Perfect for culinary masters and even novice chefs.

Why is this a great Zero Waste gift? Most spices come in plastic containers and go bad and end up in landfills. With this spice rack you can always see how much you have on hand, prioritize your favorites, and get organic refills shipped to your door plastic free by the company!

Rent The Runway Unlimited // $159/month

The ultimate gift for a fashion-obsessed friend or family member. For a monthly fee, members can “rent” up to 4 designer pieces at a time, and swap out items as frequently as they wish and shipping and dry cleaning are even free (score!).

Why is this a great Zero Waste gift? Americans toss 25 billion pounds of clothing every single year! This subscription will help your friend stay stylish while reducing waste!

Happy #zerowaste shopping!

 

 

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