‘Tis the season for gifting and that means brainstorming the perfect present for every person on your list. As the holidays draw near, don’t forget that gift giving can be an eco-friendly affair. Here are 6 ideas to consider this year that will bring smiles to your loved ones and the planet.
Buy From A B-Corp
B-Corps are legally bound to consider the decisions made company-wide and how they impact their workers, consumers, suppliers, community and the environment. Supporting this type of company means your dollars go toward business that balance purpose and profit. Consider Athleta or Hill City for fitness apparel, Olukai for shoes or Bombas for socks.
Gift An Experience
Forget the wrapping paper, boxes and tape by gifting your friends and family an experience. Planning out a thoughtful adventure or meaningful get-together for a future date can often prove more meaningful than a material item. You can share all the details in a homemade video captured on your cell phone to make it an even greener experience!
Make Sustainability Easy
Looking to inspire an environmentally friendly approach beyond the holiday season? Consider making sustainability easy for everyone on your list by gifting items like Hydro Flask reusable water bottles or stainless steel straws from SipWell. Gifts that inspire long term eco-friendly efforts have never been so fun!
Pay It Forward
Think outside the box and gift your favorite people the power to make a difference this holiday. GlobalGiving is a 501(c)(3) designed to make the powering of giving stretch further by partnering with more than 3,000 high-impact projects around the world. From building houses for the homeless to supplying school books, helping to save the environment and female empowerment — there is a cause for all interests.
There is power for our planet in recycling and even bigger power in purchasing products made from recycled goods, but packaging plays a large role in consumption, too. Companies like Rothy’s, washable shoes made from plastic water bottles with biodegradable packaging, and Electric’s latest collab with pro surfer John John Florence, which features sunglasses made from castor beans and a recycled fiber cleaning bag. Upcycling has never been this chic!
Support Small Biz
Unlike large corporations, small businesses often have more flexibility to control their environmental footprint — everything from using sustainable packaging to working from home. Small businesses like Paris Laundry, a clean beauty boutique with an emphasis on non-toxic products, and Game Day Feels, an Ohio-based company creating accessories from baseball glove lace, prove that supporting community, making an impact and purchasing quality goods are not mutually exclusive.