Sustainable Corporate Gifting: Making Each Present Count, Not Cost the Earth!

Sustainable Corporate Gifting: Making Each Present Count, Not Cost the Earth!

What if the joy of gifting didn't need to cost the earth? In fact, it doesn’t have to! With the right choices, we can cut down on waste and give gifts that are cherished, not just tossed aside. A considerable part of the waste problem stems from unused items that ultimately find their way to the landfill. Yet, the root cause often lies in how the gift was made. Did it originate from local materials? Are the materials renewable?

In a world increasingly conscious of its ecological footprint, striking a balance between expressing appreciation through gifts and maintaining a clean planet becomes vital. According to Earth911, the U.S. produces approximately 4.6 million pounds of wrapping paper each year, with nearly half ending up in landfills. So, how can you give meaningful gifts while still preserving our environment? It's all about opting for eco-friendly products.

When curating your earth-friendly corporate gifting checklist, it’s critical to question if the selected items are:

  • Low-impact
  • Sustainably-sourced and produced
  • Reusable
  • Biodegradable
  • High-quality

The path towards eco-friendly gifting is crucial, whether you're buying for a friend, an acquaintance, or a coworker. However, when corporations incorporate sustainable gifting into their practices, the benefits are magnified.

According to a study by IBM and the National Retail Federation, about 70% of consumers in the U.S. and Canada deem a brand's commitment to sustainability or eco-friendliness as important. In a bid to assist your brand in gaining advocates, we have created a list of eco-friendly corporate gifts for mindful and sustainable gifting in 2023.

Let’s delve right into this planet-preserving mission and start exploring this eco-friendly gift guide!

Sustainable corporate gifting and eco-conscious living have seen a surge in popularity over recent years. Today's consumers and employees expect more from companies—they want them to go beyond profit-making and demonstrate a commitment to causes like environmental conservation. Businesses can embody these values and inspire their associates with unique, sustainable company merchandise. Discover our top 15 green corporate gift ideas that we absolutely adore!

Although finding the ideal sustainable gift for your loved ones can be challenging, sourcing corporate gifts that align with a robust ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) strategy can be even trickier. Amid escalating environmental crises, companies are not only trying to reduce their own carbon footprint but are also encouraging their employees to embrace a greener lifestyle. Considering employees are increasingly likely to favor companies with strong environmental policies, corporate social responsibility appears to be the progressive path.

Whether you're seeking guidance to pick green gifts for your team, or you've just been put in charge of corporate gifting and need to wow your demanding boss, our compilation of sustainable Corporate Gift Ideas For 2023 will surely help you navigate ahead.

1. Stone Paper Notebook – Verte Mode

A hardcover notebook made from building waste, no trees and no chemicals! Meet the world’s first climate-positive notebook made from recycled stone. No deforestation, no wasted water, no harmful chemicals. Grainless pages mean an unmatched, silky-smooth writing experience. It is also waterproof, tear-resistant and wrinkle-free. Some call it “magical”, we’re not disputing it. Suitable for tough outdoor environments or kicking back in a Parisian café working on ideas for your next novel.

2. Sustainable Cork Vegan Backpack UMO Black – Verte Mode

Urban cork backpack made of the finest Portuguese cork with adjustable reinforced cork straps and top handle. Under the folding top with a magnetic closure, you will find the main drawstring pocket. Inside the main compartment you will find a smaller zipped pocket and phone pocket. Interior of backpack is cotton lined. The uniqueness and unusualness of cork perfectly complements and enlivens any outfit. Made from the highest quality materials.

3. Smart Self-Cleaning Water Bottle - 16oz – Verte Mode

The Smart Self-Cleaning Water Bottle - 16oz provides a full day of hydration with a temperature display and hydration reminder. It features a built-in rechargeable battery and UVC LED Sterilization technology that purifies your water. With a stainless-steel build and a vacuum-sealed insulated interior, the bottle keeps beverages hot or cold for up to 12-24 hours. Other features include a USB rechargeable, an inductive lid and overall sustainable design that ensures convenience and eco-friendly functionality.

4. Sustainable Earth Backpack for School, Work, and Everday Use – Verte Mode

The best backpack for college, outdoor activities, traveling, work, and more! Our Earth Backpack is sustainably and ethically made. Spacious and durable, made with heavy-duty 14 oz organic cotton canvas and features one large exterior pocket, one small interior pocket, and a laptop compartment.

5. Reusable Stainless Steel Straws- Spanish Gold Marble – Verte Mode

Each pack contains two reusable silver/bent stainless steel straws and a cleaning brush inside a sleek case that you won't find anywhere else. All products are eco-friendly and make it easy for you to be, too. The straws are stainless steel and BPA-free, and the case is printed with plant-based dyes. Both will last a lifetime because we practice what we preach.

6. Sustainable Handmade Blank Notebook – Verte Mode

A sketchbook is a trusted confidant and a place where dreams begin. As you fill these handmade letterpress notebooks with your dreams, you also help students stay in school and to pursue their dreams. 10% of proceeds are donated to the I Have a Dream Foundation , a unique program that provides mentors to children in under-resourced schools and helps students from elementary through high school to stay in school as well as providing tuition assistance for college.

 7. Women: Lead, Rise, Inspire, & Empower – Verte Mode

Women: Build, Create, Lead, Rise, Inspire, & Empower. Really feeling how awesome women are extra these days. 10% of proceeds are donated to She Should Run, a group that helps women to run for political office. Did you know that when women run for office, they win at the same rate that men do? Just not enough women actually run. Our super sturdy, 100% recycled cotton canvas tote is made in the U.S.

8. Handwoven Pencil Holder | Desk Organizer | Woven Basket – Verte Mode

Good things come in small packages. These uniquely-patterned baskets are the mini version of the Bidayuh Storage Basket. They make beautiful stationery and houseplants holders. Crafted by artisans of the indigenous Bidayuh people, each basket has a unique, intricate pattern that reflects their rich heritage.

9. Sustainable Long Katagi Vest – Verte Mode

Katagi is the long version of Kataginu. The Kataginu is a traditional vest with broad, wing-like shoulders, worn with hakama, or trousers, to form a kamishimo, or complementary outfit. It is made with the zero waste pattern making technique and it uses only best of quality materials.

10. Upcycled Comfortable Beanie- Mustard – Verte Mode

We can't say what brand this lux Italian yarn was leftover by, but let me tell you-- it's a fancy one. We were stoked to get our hands on this luxurious, fine Italian wool blend. You'll notice the difference immediately-- A Better Beanie is soft, yet structured, warm yet comfortable, a durable, cozy staple you'll wear for a long, long time. Made with high quality, deadstock Italian yarns at our factory in Turkey, the wool beanie is the perfect knit hat to keep you cozy and help curb climate change by keeping waste out of landfills. 

11. Organic Impossibly Good Trail Mix | 3.7oz — 3-Pack Shār Gift Box – Verte Mode

Our impossibly good trail mix is organic, plant-based, paleo-friendly, non-GMO, gluten-free, and preservative-free. We partner with family farms and growers who share our commitments to the planet, to give you ridiculously tasty snacks. They specialize in small-batch production and are committed to ethical practices in their work.

 12. Organic Fair Trade Whole Coffee Beans-1 lb Breakfast Blend – Verte Mode

Breakfast is equal parts Medium and Light. It is sweet and mellow with plenty of caffeine to start your day. 100% organic and fair trade coffee grown in Chiapas, Mexico. Our darkest roast. This bold coffee has notes of dark chocolate and spice, with a smoky finish. 5 pounds whole bean.

13. Reusable Glass Coffee Cup with Cork Band – Verte Mode

Verte Mode Reusable Glass Cup with Cork Band offers two sizes, 8oz and 12oz, both perfect for your coffee, tea or any hot beverages. The single-wall, tempered-glass construction and cork band provide a secure, comfortable grip, even when the drink is very hot, while the silicone push-on lid helps reduce spillage with a small opening for sipping.

14. Essential Oils Natural Bohemian Candle – Verte Mode

Herbal lavandin and woody vanilla notes mingle to create an elevated, yet familiar scent. Best burned alongside your warm bath, yoga practice or simply through your Work From Home day.

15. Sustainable ENJOY A WARM HUG Ceramic Mug – Verte Mode

Works for hot or cold drinks. Featuring a smooth gloss body and a nature baked bottom. Safe for use in the microwave; hand wash only. Classy giveaway for office parties, or to have on hand in the break room at work.

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