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9 Best Recycled and Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas

 

The holiday season is just around the corner and gift giving is something on everyone’s minds. If you want to save yourself from the stress of searching for unique gifts to give, you might want to check out recycled and eco-friendly gifts. Recycled gifts aren’t only sustainable; they can be practical and useful. 

 

The green movement has been around for some time now. There is indeed a growing consciousness among consumers when it comes to making choices that not only protect but also preserve the environment. By opting for recyclable gift ideas, you contribute to reducing waste in the environment. As a bonus, you can come up with unique ideas that will surprise the intended recipient. 

 

Here is a quick list of the best eco-friendly gift ideas you can get this year. 

 

Produce or Canvas Grocery Bags

Nothing screams reusable and eco-friendly more than produce bags. It is practical and functional. You can find them in a variety of prints and designs, depending on where you choose to get them. This is a great gift for anyone who loves to frequent the farmer’s market. Yes, I get that it seems silly to buy reusable canvas bags as a gift, but if your not aware many U.S. states are now charging to get plastic bags. So this is a gift that will always keep giving. 

Cork or Seagrass Planter

Got someone who loves plants and greens around their home? This can be a perfect gift for them. This planter combines bold and original design with contemporary luxury style, enough to beautify any space. This planter is a form of botanical celebration as it can highlight any plant you put on it. 

Be inspired by the desire to bring nature in. At the same time, the use of recyclable material adds a rustic touch to any interior space. 

Liquor Bottle Candles

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This is easily one of the most adorable items on this list. Wine and champagne bottles are already lovely by themselves; recycle them by placing a wax and wick, and voila! You have a gorgeous recycled art piece candle. 


If your recipient is more of a gin or vodka-type, then you should totally give him/her this vodka and gin bottle candles. There are plenty of designs and styles to choose from to suit the recipient. 

 

Living Composter

 

Composting has never been this adorable. A biomorphic, odorless, and scientifically designed composter is the perfect addition to any kitchen countertop. It can process food scraps and turn them into a valuable fertilizer for your herbs, house plants, or pots.

 

Simply drop your fruits and vegetable peelings, grains, and tea bags into the top opening food waste container and the worms-in-residence will take care of the rest. Worms not included (obviously).

 

Cork Yoga Mat

 

Unlike your traditional yoga mats that are made of rubber, a cork yoga mat is made with recycled cork. If you can find ones made with oak tree bark, which is even better since they are sustainably harvested. 

 

Cork yoga mat is growing in popularity now and rightfully so. Many people, especially serious yoga enthusiasts, love them. The earthy texture and soft but supportive feel provides a unique feel. Also, cork has antimicrobial properties that helps repel mold and mildew. Hence, this mat will not smell. This is a great gift for eco-minded yogis. 

 

Silicone Straws

 

While the idea behind recyclable stainless steel straws is good, they can be pretty hazardous as they pose serious injury risk. It is best to replace them with a safer alternative – silicone straws. They are very common these days and easy to buy, especially if you opt to ditch plastic straws for good. 

 

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Also, these straws are available in cute color options. They are also dishwasher safe and come with a carrying case and cleaning tools. 

 

Stainless Steel Water Bottle 

 

Stainless steel water bottles are selling like pancakes right now, especially among the younger crowd. They are super functional and convenient. Also, they will not only keep your beverage warm or cold for a longer period of time, they can also add to your personal style. There are many manufacturers of stainless steel water bottles with eclectic designs to suit your personality.  

 

Solar-Powered Phone Charger

 

A solar-powered phone charger can make a great gift this holiday season if you are buying for someone who is techy and also loves the outdoors. There are many brands that manufacture solar-powered phone chargers; do your research to find the best ones to give more bang for your buck. 

 

For better multi-purpose capacity, choose a solar powered phone charger with compass and flashlight. 

 

Organic Kitchen Herb Gardening Kit

 

If your recipient has a green-thumb, then this gift is absolutely perfect. The kit comes with everything you need to start a mini herb garden in your yard or even in your kitchen. This includes growing pots, seed packets, soil discs, plant markers, herb grinder, and a comprehensive instruction booklet. This kit is great even for beginners.

 

These are just a few of the unique yet practical gift ideas for those who like to give sustainable gifts. The best part about these gift ideas is that they are great all-year round, not just during the holiday season.