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Finding the best eco-friendly gifts for your loved ones can be a tricky dance. A lot of this search will depend on whether you’re looking for gifts that will help them live a more sustainable life—or if you’re looking for more indulgent gifts that happen to be sustainably produced, sourced, and distributed. Lucky for you, we’ve compiled 19 eco-friendly gift ideas for both of these scenarios.
Whether you’re looking for a reusable product that will help your sustainable friend go waste-free, or you’re just looking for a fabulous gift from an eco-friendly brand, all of the gifts we feature below come from Climate Neutral Certified brands.
Not to mention, many of them are Cradle to Cradle certified, belong to the 1% for the Planet network, contribute to specialized environmental campaigns, and pursue more sustainability goals. Plus, many of them are under $100, so your wallet will love them just as much as the planet and your sustainable friends.
Here are the best gifts for all the eco-friendly people on your list, no matter what budget you’re working with.
Eco-Friendly Gifts for All Sustainability Lovers
First, let’s take a look at the best sustainable gifts that do it all. These gift ideas are versatile enough to be a hit with any sustainably-minded friend, coworker, or family member.
The Lorax Line-Art Tote – $20
The Lorax Line-Art Tote
The sustainability lovers in your life probably have a massive collection of reusable totes already. But do they have one with this sustainability legend on it? This tote with a line-art sketch of The Lorax on it will stir up some feels in your eco-conscious friend.
Plus, Ten Tree will plant—you guessed it—ten trees for every one of these totes you buy. On top of being Certified Climate Neutral like all of the brands featured in this roundup, Ten Tree is also a Certified B-Corp to boot.
Zero-Waste Bento Bag – $25
Zero-Waste Bento Bag
Two Days Off
But if you want to avoid adding to their mountain of totes, you can shake it up a bit with the Bento Bag from Two Days Off. These bags are versatile thanks to their genius design—they can be anything from bread baskets to lunch boxes, produce bags to toiletry holders. And Two Days Off makes them from fabric scraps they salvage from their clothing production, so they’re saving good linen from the trash and putting it to clever use.
Every Day is Earth Day T-Shirt – $35
Every Day is Earth Day T-Shirt
If you’re searching for a gift for someone who’s a vocal messenger for change, then consider this graphic tee—or anything, really—from the clothing brand CHNGE. CHNGE is 100% carbon neutral. Plus, they only use 100% GOTS certified organic cotton to create their clothing, which saves 500 gallons of water per shirt when compared to the production of a traditional cotton t-shirt. So, whether you choose one of their graphic tees with a message or their more subdued tie-dyed sweat suits, you’ll be making a statement regardless.
Vin Zero Waste One Bottle Wine Tote – $62
Vin Zero Waste One Bottle Wine Tote
Want to get them something they’ll really use? This wine tote from Made Trade is a perfect gift for your friends who are both eco-conscious and frequent dinner party guests. The tall and sturdy shape of the tote means they can avoid waste in the form of specialty liquor store bags—but they can also avoid the awkward trip with a bottle of wine rattling around a traditionally-sized reusable tote. Better yet, three small side pockets make snug homes for wine openers, cheese boards, or cell phones.
You can get the tote through Made Trade, a Certified Climate Neutral website that sells goods from similarly sustainable vendors. Aplat, the tote’s creator, only uses 100% GOTS certified organic cotton to create their bags in small batches.
The Clean Suite – $83
The Clean Suite
We all have that one friend who’s constantly looking for eco-friendly cleaning products that balance sustainability and effectiveness. This Clean Suite starter kit can set them up for success. It comes with everything they need to starting using Blueland’s sustainable cleaning subscriptions for their:
- Foaming hand soap
- Laundry detergent
- Powder dish soap
- Dishwasher detergent
- Multi-surface cleaner
- Bathroom cleaner
- Glass and mirror cleaner
They’ll get reusable containers, storage tins and a month’s supply of all the products. The set has earned rave customer reviews (4.5 out of 5 stars with 125 reviews), and many reviewers shared that the products work just as well as the chemical-based products they used before.
Blueland is also about as sustainable as a brand can get. They are not only Climate Neutral Certified, they are also a Certified B Corp and have their Cradle to Cradle certification.
The REBO Bottle – €89 (about $104)
Sometimes it’s easier to motivate yourself to fight climate change than it is to actually stay hydrated on a regular basis. That’s what the REBO smart water bottle aims to fix—it’s equipped with technology and a corresponding app to track how much water you drink throughout the day.
As a user reaches their hydration goals with the bottle, REBO tallies the amount of plastic they’re saving by forgoing plastic water bottles. The Gold Standard certifies the tallies that REBO records and converts them into credits; then, corporate sponsors buy up these credits to fund plastic pollution clean-up efforts by Parley Global Cleanup Network. So, the more someone hydrates with REBO, the cleaner the oceans will be—and not just because they’re avoiding plastic water bottles altogether.
Planet Kind Yoga Kit – $148
Planet Kind Yoga Kit
It’s no shock that many yogis are keen on living sustainably. Unfortunately, typical yoga gear and many popular companies that sell it can often contribute to climate change more than their customers might know. If your favorite yogi is looking to upgrade their practice—but wants to stay sustainable in the process—this Planet Kind Yoga Kit could be just the thing for them. This kit contains:
- A cork yoga mat
- A hemp carry strap
- 2 cork blocks
- A cotton strap
- A carry-all yoga bag
Cork is one of the most eco-friendly materials available—harvesting it doesn’t require cutting down trees, and a harvested cork tree absorbs even more CO2 than an unharvested cork tree.
Not to mention, cork provides amazing grip for sweaty yoga hands, so this pack offers up an optimal sustainability and performance for a balanced practice.
Sustainable Gifts for Her
Maybe after perusing the more versatile sustainable gifts above, you’re realizing that you want something more specific. After all, whoever you’re shopping for certainly has their own preferences and interests aside from being a climate warrior. If you’re looking for an eco-friendly gift that is more feminine in nature, here are four sustainable products that are top-of-the-line gift ideas.
Undaria Algae Body Oil – $18
Undaria Algae Body Oil
Want to help your favorite climate activist pamper themselves a bit? This body oil from OSEA is a must. It’s created by soaking hand-harvested Undaria seaweed in oils to form an antioxidant-rich product that makes skin glow. Over 1,500 customer reviews give it an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars, and many insist that it does indeed live up to the hype.
Perhaps more importantly for our purposes, OSEA is a sustainable company to the core: They’re a Certified Climate Neutral and vegan brand, and they’ve been active lobbyists for safer skincare for 20 years. Even as far back as 2002, OSEA was the first company to sign the Environmental Working Group’s The Compact for Global Production of Safe Health and Beauty Products.
Tikos National Parks Bracelets – $19.99
Tikos National Parks Bracelet
Cape Clasp is a Certified Climate Neutral brand that focuses on cleaning up the world’s oceans. They also contribute to the 1% for the Planet campaign, but go above and beyond even those contributions by donating 15% of their net income to ocean and marine nonprofits. Their Tikos National Park bracelets are made of 100% recycled plastic pulled from the oceans, and they each celebrate specific protected lands throughout the US.
If you’re looking for something special for a friend whose heart is tied to the Cape Cod shore, you’re searching for a gift for your partner who would rather be in Zion National Park at any given moment, or you’re just dealing with an all-around National Parks fanatic, these Tikos cuffs make thoughtful gifts that also help clean up oceans in the process.
Ginevra Upcycled Drop Earrings
These gorgeous earrings are another brilliant sustainable gift from Made Trade. The base hoop is made out of recycled sterling silver or 14k filled gold hardware. And those gorgeous, gem-like charms? Those are actually upcycled remnants of discarded plastic bottles, if you can believe it!
META, a mother and daughter duo from Virginia, recovers bottles from their local coffee shops and turns them into gorgeous jewelry that you’d never be able to recognize as plastic. Their earrings come in multiple colors, but these green beauties would make an especially festive and eco-friendly Christmas present.
The Ultimate Low-Waste Starter Pack – $78.40
The Ultimate Low-Waste Starter Pack
The Earthling Co.
Maybe you’re looking for an eco-friendly gift that’s also remarkably practical. If you’re looking for something your sustainable friend will use every day, look no further than this low-waste starter pack from The Earthling Co. In fact, this kit comes with so much good stuff, they’ll likely end up using your gift multiple times a day. Here are the details on what it offers:
- Shampoo bar
- Conditioner bar
- Wooden soap lift
- Soap bar
- Facial soap bar
- Soap saver bag
- Solid dish soap
- Dish brush
Each of these products has earned at least 4.5 out of 5 stars from thousands of happy customer reviews. Even better, you’ll get to customize scents for the kit’s shampoo bar, conditioner bar, and facial soap bar.
On top of being a Certified Climate Neutral company, The Earthling Co. also participates in the 1% for the Planet campaign, and their products alone have diverted around 900,000 wasted plastic bottles from use. Odds are, the person who you’re shopping for will be thrilled to make that number even bigger with this gift.
Sustainable Gifts for Him
You might be looking for sustainable gifts that are more on the masculine side of things. That could mean you’re looking for sustainable adventure gear—or it could just mean you’re looking for some solid comfy-day-at-home gear. Either way, we’ve compiled four options that he’s sure to appreciate:
Everyday Tote Bag – $29.95
Everyday Tote Bag
Whether he needs a new gym bag, a better reusable grocery tote, or a carry-all for back-to-office life, this sharp looking tote is a great, affordable gift idea. For one, it’s massive, so it’s made to carry even the largest of hauls—and its expandable mesh cord top helps ensure all of its contents are snug and secure.
Beyond the single-use waste the bag itself will help divert, you’ll also be making change by shopping with 686, the Certified Climate Neutral brand that created the bag. They infuse climate consciousness into every step of their production process. They’re Climate Neutral, but they also create products like reusable water bottles, bags, and hydration systems that help their customers live more sustainably. And when they’re done making those products, they create more products so they can use up all of the scrap material they created through production.
Sustainable Performance Polo – $62
Sustainable Performance Polo
If you’re looking for something equal parts practical, sustainable, and stylish, then this performance polo from Mantra could be your perfect gift. Mantra uses recycled materials and produces its clothing in the US to reduce its emissions. They also contribute to the 1% for the Planet campaign on top of earning Climate Neutral certification. And customer reviews indicate they make a mean shirt—one reviewer shared that they recommend this shirt to everyone they know.
Men’s Sateen Robe – $68.60
Men’s Sateen Robe
This sateen robe is just as comfy as it looks—but it’s also deceivingly sustainable. Customer reviews describe it as “so silky soft” and “very luxurious,” and the soft material in question is 100% vegan organic bamboo. Bamboo is an ideal sustainable material because it grows extremely quickly, regenerates from its own roots, and requires much less water than cotton.
Even more, ettitude, the company who makes this “luxurious” robe, is a Certified Climate Neutral brand that uses a closed-loop production system to recycle 98% of the water it uses. They’ve also earned more climate credentials than we can list out, like Forest Stewardship Council certification, 1% for the Planet membership, ECOCERT certification, and Global Recycled Standard, to name just a few.
Night Hike Adventure Flask – $85
Night Hike Adventure Flask
At first glance, the Adventure Flask might look like just another reusable water bottle. But it is much more than what initially meets the eye. Stored inside is a kitchen counter’s worth of gear, including:
- A thermal core
- A cocktail shaker
- A pour-over coffee setup
- A removable mug
With all of this portable gear, you can make on-the-go cold brew, fresh coffee, tea, infused waters, and cocktails. But Hibear is more than just camping fancy gear, they’re also a Certified Climate Neutral brand and part of the 1% to the Planet initiative.
Sustainable Gifts for Kids
Finally, if you’re looking for the perfect present for a climate change activist in the making, there are plenty of gifts for your specific search, too. Whether you’re looking for something for a baby, toddler, elementary schooler, or teen, these are some top eco-friendly gift ideas for your favorite green-minded kids.
Stuffed Whale – $22
Little Lentil Clothing
This adorable stuffed whale is made from 100% GOTS cotton and belongs to an endangered species collection created to foster kids’ love for the animal kingdom. And on top of being Certified Climate Neutral, the company who created these cozy critters, Little Lentil Clothing, has a program they call their “Send-Back Program.” You can send them used baby and kids clothing from any brand, and you’ll receive 25% off your next order from them. You can also look for pre-loved clothing and gifts through their “Loved Again” section.
Toddler Tower – $185
Franklin and Emily
Shopping for a little one who’s always eager to participate in whatever the adults are up to a few feet above them? This toddler tower can give them a boost. And as they grow, the height of their tower can adjust accordingly. They’ll love that they can help cook, reach the sink on their own, and stand tall throughout the home. Parents will appreciate the sleek design and the sustainable specs—like the tower’s CARB2-certified birch plywood and Franklin and Emily’s Climate Neutral certification.
Green Back-To-School Kit – $50
Green Back-To-School Kit
This kit from Kindhumans brings everything a kid could need for their first day back to school into one, sustainable package. A backpack made from recycled water bottles is the centerpiece of the kit, but you’ll also get the following gear, too:
- Non-toxic glue
- A metal pencil sharpener
- A 4-pack of recycled plastic highlighters
- A journal
- A 6-pack of pencils
You’ll also be able to customize your kit according to the preferences of the young scholar you’re shopping for. The backpack comes in 6 patterns and the journal comes in 5 colors that you’ll be able to choose from.
Because Kindhumans gives back to a cause of your choice, you can customize the impact this gift makes, too. No matter which cause you choose, though, shopping with Kindhumans will always be an eco-friendly move. They’ve earned Climate Neutral certification, they contribute to the 1% for the Planet movement, and they’re a Certified B Corp.
Self-Care Bundle for Teens – $48
Self-Care Bundle for Teens
Last up, if you’re scratching your head over what to gift a sustainably minded teen, look to Blume’s all-in-one self care kit. The kit includes Blume’s acne treatment, facial cleanser, and natural deodorant—all made specifically for teen girls. Blume is not only on a mission to empower teen girls, they’re also a company that’s keenly focused on sustainability. They’re certified as both a Climate Neutral and Plastic Neutral company.
Eco-Friendly Gift Buying Guide
Want to start your own search for the perfect eco-friendly gifts for your community? We’ve got some pointers on where to begin.
First, we recommend starting with the list of recently certified Climate Neutral brands like we did. This list will help you get a solid idea of which companies are committed to offsetting their footprint and pulling their weight in addressing climate change.
From there, you should decide whether or not you want to find a gift that’s specifically meant to help your people live a more sustainable life. Do you want to gift them a starter kit for going waste-free? Or do you want to gift them upcycled earrings? This distinction will help you narrow down your search further.
You can then explore each brands’ offerings, investigate materials they use to create the product, and compare customer reviews. We also recommend comparing additional climate credentials of any brands you’re choosing between. These can include—but certainly aren’t limited to—1% for the Planet participation, Cradle-to-Cradle certification, B-Corp certification, and Plastic Neutral certification.
From there, go with your gut! You know the person you’re shopping for best, so beyond the credentials, materials lists, and customer reviews, you’ll know when you’ve found the perfect eco-friendly gift for them.
Our Research Process
To start our research into the best sustainable gifts, we did a broad overview of Certified Climate Neutral brands within the gear + lifestyle, fashion + apparel, everyday essentials, and health + beauty categories. In this broad search, we considered over 150 companies (156, to be exact). Here’s a sample of the brands we looked at:
- 22 Degrees
- All Good
- Ana Luisa
- Another Tomorrow
- BE Ultimate
- BLDG Active
- Bruna The Label
- Cape Clasp
- Charlie Banana
- Checkerspot Inc.
- Chico Bag/To-Go Ware
- Earth Caps
- East Fork
- Franklin + Emily
- Goodwell Co.
- Haven Athletic
- Head of Marble
- Hennepin Made
Based on additional climate credentials, relevance, price, customer reviews, and overall quality, we narrowed down our picks for the best eco-friendly gifts into the categories you see above. In an effort to provide accessible options for every budget, we prioritized more affordable gifts over pricier options.