Yay Holiday Gifties!
Do I start my Christmas shopping in the summer because I’m nuts or because I really, really just want to get it over with? Yes. Unfortunately, I usually don’t finish my Christmas shopping until the week before Christmas, but it’s not for lack of trying. My goal each year is to find gifts that are unique, useful, fun, and eco-friendly. Sadly, finding eco-friendly gifts at the mall is nearly impossible to do so I put a lot of research into finding things online that fit my criteria.
Here is my list of some awesome online finds for your eco-friendly holiday shopping:
Free of PVC, latex, and harmful plasticizers; these yoga mats are made from biodegradable, non-Amazon harvested, natural tree rubber with non-toxic foaming agents and non-AZO dyes, and come in a variety of colours. They are absolutely perfect for the environmentally conscious yoga enthusiast in your life. $64.00
Made from recycled soda bottles, this waterproof, lightweight, and UV resistant backpack will charge your electronics while you wear it. This is an amazing, future friendly gift for anyone who regularly hikes or camps, or just wants to reduce their carbon footprint while they’re on the go. $129
These bottles are made from non-leaching, non-toxic stainless steel and they come in the most spectacular designs and colours you’ve ever seen on a water bottle. On top of that, they’ll keep your drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12. $35 – $45
The Berkey water filters will filter out chlorine, lead, as well as viruses and pathogenic bacteria without using any harsh chemicals or electricity and can provide clean drinking water from almost any source, making them especially great in emergency situations. The Royal Berkey has a 3 gallon storage capacity so it’s perfect for large families or very active people who consume a lot of water. There are also smaller options like the Travel Berkey or Big Berkey. I’ve been using a Berkey water filter for a few years now, and I love it; very easy to use and you really notice the taste difference between Berkey water and tap water. $283 (Royal Berkey)
Made from recycled polyester and organic cotton, Tentree clothes are eco-friendly and ethically made, and for every item you buy they plant ten trees in an area of the world that desperately needs new growth. On top of that, these clothes are well crafted and fit wonderfully. (I own three tops and a hat!) $77.99
This Tentree bag is made from 100% organic cotton and comes in black and dark green. Since it’s a Tentree product, it is ethically made and each purchase will plant ten trees. $99.99
These sunglasses are handmade from sustainably sourced bamboo, are water & rust resistant, and they float, making them perfect for a winter getaway to… Cancun perhaps? $60
These handmade raw chocolate bars are organic, gluten-free, vegan, fairly traded, and highly delicious! Giddy YoYo uses simple, high-quality ingredients to create a chocolate bar that is actually good for you. The mint chocolate bar contains organic raw Arriba Nacional cacao paste, organic raw unrefined cane juice crystals, organic raw Arriba Nacional cacao butter, and organic peppermint essential oil. This is a perfect stocking stuffer for a healthy-conscious friend or family member that loves chocolate. They come in a variety of flavors like maca, raspberry, spirulina, sweet vanilla, and many more. $5.49 per bar or $100 for a box of 20
These organic, sweatshop-free boots are handmade in Europe by longtime shoe artisans and made from hemp. Hemp is breathable and naturally anti-fungal and requires no breaking-in period. These boots are great for every day wear in dryer climates (not weather-proof).
$159 – $169
I hope this helps with your holiday shopping, and if you know of any other non-toxic products that should be here please let me know in the comments 🙂
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