From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, household waste increases by more than 25%. Along with endless amounts of food waste, a staggering 4 million tons of gift wrap and shopping bags are dumped into landfills throughout the season. As you shop for your friends and family this holiday, give a gift that escaped the fate of a landfill.
We’ve gathered a wide selection of sustainable gifts for everyone on your list made from materials formerly known as plastic bottles, milk jugs, tires and even wetsuits! Whether you’re looking for a gift for your eco-friendly friend or trying to minimize your footprint this holiday season, browse our roundup of eco-friendly gift ideas to find something for everyone on your list!
Gift Sustainably This Holiday Season
Ethically made in Portugal, The Cherry Sweatshirt from Beaumont Organic features a comfortable funnel neck and relaxed, yet stylish fit. Crafted with 100% organic cotton, this sweater is made from “end of roll” fabric which would have otherwise landed in the landfill.
Step into the holiday spirit with these festive socks made from 100% recycled cotton blend yarns. Available in a wide variety of spunky colors and fun designs for any day of the year, these eco-friendly socks are made in the USA with a zero-waste philosophy.
Hand assembled and knitted with 100% recycled fiber, these flats are a stylish, yet comfortable option available in a variety of styles for the fashionista on-the-go. Constructed with an earth-friendly, carbon-free rubber sole made from recycled water bottles, Rothy’s are made on high-tech 3D knitting machines, reducing waste and environmental impact.
Handmade in India and perfect for those with a plethora of makeup products, this pouch is made from upcycled silk from assorted saris. Helping to create a better standard of living for the Indian women and their communities, every bag is vibrant and unique.
Available in men’s and women’s varieties, TREDAGAIN sandals are the first in the world made with 100% recycled tires sourced in the United States. This eco-friendly gift idea includes a hand-stitched leather strap and hand-sewn cushion lining for extra comfort.
A perfect sustainable gift for the entertainer, each of these flowy pieces are an elegant addition to the table to impress dinner guests. Available in a variety of shapes and sizes, these pieces are all made from 100% recycled glass.
Handwoven with upcycled materials, these colorful mug rugs are perfect for after dinner coffee, tea parties and more. Protect your table and the environment with fabric coasters made from donated clothing and home textile fabrics.
Crafted with 100% recycled glass from old soda bottles, broken pieces are cleaned, melted down and mouthblown by hand by skilled artisans. Every glass varies in color offering unique, artful charm to every sip.
An interesting addition to the dinner table, these chic bowls are crafted from reclaimed mango wood. Each piece is uniquely hand-carved by skilled artisans and comes complete with coordinating serving utensils. Perfect for indoor or outdoor dining, the smooth, food-safe lacquer finish makes for an easy after-party cleanup.
Available in a variety of funky styles and sizes, treat your pet to comfort this holiday season with a bed that matches their personality. Easy to clean and stitched with furniture-grade craftsmanship, the bed is filled with eco-friendly PlanetFill filler made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. Every pet bed purchase helps in providing a bed to a shelter pet in need through the company’s Warm Bellies Initiative.
Planet Dog, a founding member of the Pet Sustainability Coalition (PSC), is dedicated to reducing their “carbon paw-print.” Made in the USA, this durable, bouncy and non-toxic ball is composed of leftover materials to eliminate waste. The recycling logo, along with the words “reduce. reuse. rewoof.”, make puppy play time a constant reminder to recycle!
Treat your pup to sophisticated dining with a high-class upcycled wine barrel feeder. Handmade in Williamsburg, VA, this semicircle-shaped serving tray raises your dog’s dinner to a comfortable height to prevent neck or back strain and is a wonderful eco-friendly gift idea.
Made in California, this yoga mat keeps wetsuits out of landfills and puts them into your yoga routine. Made from recycled neoprene, a closed cell foam, these mats won’t accumulate dust or bacteria from your yoga studio’s floor. Namaste!
Mile High Workshop, a small batch manufacturer in Denver, crafts each bag with unique style. Made from upcycled vinyl left over from sporting events, conferences and city functions around Denver, CO, this bag is durable enough to hold all of your workout accessories.
Designed to accommodate the most active of lifestyles, Teeki’s eco-conscious activewear line features yoga pants that make a statement. Available in a variety of prints and styles to fit your mood, all of Teeki’s fabrics are made out of recycled plastic water bottles that are then spun, cut, printed and handsewn.
Your craft brew loving friends can now master brew their own foamy beverages! Available in eight different varieties ranging from an American Pale Ale to a Chocolate Milk Stout, brew sets come complete with all of the equipment needed to brew a one-gallon batch of beer at home, including a glass carboy composed of over 50% recycled glass.
Stay organized at the office or in the workshop with this handmade desk accessory made out of recycled steel and salvaged tool parts. Pieces are all unique and may differ in appearance, but always exude a slightly worn, vintage charm. Created by a metalsmith based in Salt Lake City, UT, this spring-loaded accessory will certainly strike up conversation, and might make you want to say “hammer time!”.
Shaped by hand with glass feet attached, the gallon wine jug is made from 50% recycled glass. Available as a DIY seed kit or fully planted, this eco-friendly gift idea will add life to any space. A portion of terrarium sales are donated to The Horticultural Society of New York.
Made with recycled paper pulp and embedded with seeds by a family run company in Brooklyn, NY, these coins are a perfect stocking stuffer for the avid garden-to-table chef. Completely biodegradable, plant the coins and watch them grow into a healthy garden.
Made from recycled iron, place this fish in the pot when boiling rice, stews, broths or any liquid-based meal to wipe out iron deficiency, which affects 3.5 billion people across the world. Buy one fish for yourself, and one will be donated to a family in need.
Mix up tasty cocktails or add some natural flavor to your dish with this hand-crafted lime squeezer. Made from high quality reclaimed teak wood and brass fittings, this tool adds sustainable flair to your cooking and would pair perfectly gifted alongside a set of margarita glasses.
This colorful, durable tote bag, is made out of just a few of the billions of drink pouches that are dumped into American landfills each year. TerraCycle diverts this waste by collecting Kool-Aid, Capri Sun and Honest Kids drink pouches from volunteering schools, and donating two cents to a charity or non-profit for each pouch collected. Various -sized totes, pencil cases, lunch sacks and messenger bags are available to complete your collection.
Manufactured using recycled milk containers in the USA, this VPA, phthalate and PVC-free toy fire station playset perfect for ages two and up. Easy to clean and dishwasher safe, kids can even play on-the-go with the built-in handle. It is even packaged with recycled materials and printed with soy inks.
Made in California, this Henley tee is constructed with Recover 50/50 cotton/poly jersey that is spun from upcycled textile waste. The cotton fiber is made from regenerated old clothing and cutting scraps and the polyester is made from post-consumer recycled PET bottles.
The original natural dough and a sustainable gift the kids will love, Eco-Dough provides a natural alternative to the chemical-based original. Let your imagination run wild with plant, fruit and vegetable extracts combined with essential oils to create a pliable dough ready to be molded.
Go Green This Holiday Season
We hope these sustainable gift ideas help to ease your holiday shopping and lessen the impact of holiday waste on the environment. The Budget Dumpster team wishes you a happy, eco-friendly holiday!