SUSTAINABLE LIVING

Eco-Friendly Gift Guide for a Green Holiday Season

This holiday season sustainability should be on top of our To-do lists. When it comes to finding the perfect last minute gift for a friend, colleague, or significant other, eco-friendly products are readily available, and less expensive than you might think. Don’t forget to use eco-friendly packaging or reuse your last years packaging materials. Our list of eco-friendly products and gifts were curated by our Vertemode team and will hopefully lead you to the perfect gift that will make the recipient excited to see your name in their mailbox. Happy gifting!

1. BLAVOR Solar-Powered Phone Charger $28.99

This wireless, solar-powered charger also features a compass and flashlight, making it a must-have for any camping trip. SHOP

2. UNCOMMON GOODS Living Composter uncommongoods.com $199.00

Composting has never looked so chic! Minimalist and modern, this model is perfect for a busy household — it can process more than two pounds of food a week. SHOP

3. UNCOMMON GOODS Funny Produce Bags $15.00

These reusable produce bags actually keep your fruits fresh for longer than the single use plastic ones the store supplies — just subtract the bag’s weight as you check out. SHOP

4. OUTERKNOWN Luelia Sweatshirt $98.00

Loungewear is practically our uniform right now, and this sweatshirt (and matching sweatpants) from Outerknown tops our list for the ultimate cozy day at home. It’s made responsibly from 99 percent organic cotton with the sweetest shirred sleeve detail, and it’s also perfect for running errands around town. SHOP

5. UNCOMMON GOODS Reusable Bowl Covers $40.00

No need to dirty plastic containers or throw your leftovers out — these breathable cloth covers will preserve everything from fruit salad to bread dough. SHOP

6. SÉZANE Irma Necklace $65

This minimalist gold-plated brass necklace from Sézane is the ultimate in understated and sophisticated. A perfect everyday necklace, you can even add one of the brand’s sweet charms to make it a more custom gift. The necklace is made ethically and shipped in recycled packaging, so this is a gift you’ll feel good about. SHOP

7. S’WELL Stainless Steel Water Bottle $34.99

This pretty S’well water bottle not only sidesteps the need for single-use plastic water bottles, it also keeps your drink cold for up to 24 hours. SHOP

8.  OUI THE PEOPLE The Tone It Around Shave Set $90

A beautiful and simple zero waste swap, this safety razor set from Oui The People is a thoughtful way to help your loved ones reduce their carbon footprint. This razor is perfect for those with sensitive skin, the blades are recyclable, and the handle will last for years to come. SHOP

10. GREEN TOYS BPA-Free Fire Truck$22.45

Can you believe that this fire truck is made completely from recycled plastic milk containers? Neither will the kids who get to play with it. SHOP

11. ABLE Hammered Stacking Ring $15

Tiny gifts can make a big impact, and this gorgeous stacking ring fits the bill. Made by hand in Nashville, TN, this affordable and sweet ring will be an everyday favorite. ABLE is dedicated to empowering women in the US, and the brand partners with artisans in Ethiopia, Mexico, Brazil, and India to provide sustainable employment around the world. SHOP

12. NORDIC BY NATURE Reusable Sandwich Bags $14.99

These dishwasher-safe bags come in a ton of fun colors and patterns. SHOP

13. AMOUR VERT 3 Masks Bundle in Bouquet Embroidered $40.00

These non-toxic and sustainably-made masks are back! Designed with various deadstock fabrics for variety in comfort and fit. Woven masks include a pocket for a filter; knits masks do not include a pocket but are pleated and have multiple layers. Each purchase ensures an essential worker in the City of San Francisco will receive a non-medical grade mask. SHOP

14. PATAGONIA Better Sweater Jacket $139.00

This jacket is a little pricier than some of the other items on this list, but that’s because in addition to the Fair Trade Certified company’s use of sustainable materials, it comes with a lifetime warranty. SHOP

15. MADE BY DWC Venice Beached Candle $30

This hand-poured soy wax candle features notes of cucumber, honeydew, and citrus that eases the long winter (and is perfect for a self-care at-home spa day). MADE by DWC is a social enterprise that offers sustainable employment and career training for women transitioning out of homelessness in Los Angeles. SHOP

16. BURT’S BEES Beeswax Lip Balm $5.47

The perfect stocking stuffer, this lip balm was awarded a Good Housekeeping Sustainable Packaging Award in 2019, thanks to the company’s recycling program with TerraCycleSHOP

17. DRIFTAWAY COFFEE Coffee Subscription $44

For a carbon-neutral cuppa that’s sure to surprise its recipient, Driftaway Coffee makes gifting easy. Choose your grind (or whole bean), size, frequency, and even opt for a variety pack of freshly-roasted coffee on your preferred schedule. Driftaway is also transparent about pricing, so you can hold the brand accountable to pay its farmers fairly. SHOP

18. WATERPIK EcoFlow® Hand Held Shower Head $37.99

Why not get yourself a gift while you’re at it? A low-flow shower head like this one can seriously cut down on your water consumption. SHOP NOW

19. THIRD ROCK Compost Bin $34.99

A little composting bin like this one makes it easy for anyone to get into minimizing the amount of garbage they send to the landfill. SHOP

20. VEHHE Stainless Steel Straws $3.69

Water, iced coffee, sweet tea — whatever their drink of choice is, they can drink it with a metal straw. Plus, this set comes with a nifty cleaning tool. SHOP

21. ASOS DESIGN Recycled Polyester Touch Screen Gloves $6.50

You’ll never believe that these soft, knit gloves from Asos are made out of plastic bottles and textile waste (and that you can text while wearing them!). SHOP

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