Eco-Friendly Gifts For Everyone

  • Grocery tote. Plastic is wasteful and doesn’t biodegrade. Bringing your own canvas bag to the store when you do your grocery shopping is one way to cut down on the amount of waste dumped into landfills each year. Many grocery stores even give you a discount for bringing your own bags in. Grocery totes make an excellent gift. They come in different sizes with different designs on them. If you want to make a more personalized gift, get a plain tote and decorate it yourself. Use fabric from old clothes and sew designs onto the tote. Permanent, felt-tipped markers can be used to draw designs and patters. Adding your own touches will give the gift more meaning to the recipient.
  • Recycled journals. These work best if you make them yourself. Unless you have access to a lot of scrap paper, it might take a while to gather the materials for this project, so give yourself plenty of time before you need to have the gift ready. To make a recycled journal gather as many sheets of used computer paper as you can find. Since you want people to be able to use the journal, make sure only one side is printed on. Usually a stack about an inch thick works fine. Fold each page in half horizontally, crease and tear the page in half. Stack the pages together, making sure the blank side is up. Now, get some colored construction paper or something you can use as a cover, decorate it and bind the pages together. Personalize the journal however you want.
  • Gardening kit. Slow food and organic food are two eco-friendly movements that are growing in popularity. What better way to share the experience of eating than to give a gardening kit. These can either be bought premade or you can assemble them yourself. If you want to assemble one yourself, it’s important to think about the needs of the recipient. Herbs and spices are excellent to include if the person lives in an apartment with limited space. A window planter can serve as a both a basket for the gift and to plant the seeds in. Many Starbucks locations offer free used coffee grinds which can be included for compost. Other things to consider putting in your package are gloves, a small shovel, watering can and clippers.
  • Potpourri. Potpourri makes an excellent gift and can be handmade using seasonal plants and flowers. This is another one that takes some time to make, so it’s a good idea to plan ahead for this one. Rose pedals, cedar wood, pine needles, rosemary, lemon and lavender all make excellent scents. Experiment with different combinations of your favorite scents.
  • Hemp products. Hemp is often organic and isn’t bleached, making it a much healthier and eco-friendly alternative to cotton. Clothing made from hemp is just as comfortable as cotton, and much more sustainable. You can find everything from T-shirts and pants to bags and journals made from hemp. Giving hemp gifts shows your commitment to personal health as well as the health of the environment.