We are in the year 2022, and today, more than ever, we should opt and advocate for sustainable living. Sustainable shopping has become more than a trend; it’s a lifestyle followed by those who are concerned for our environment.
When giving gifts to our loved ones, we often forget about the amount of waste accumulated because of the excess wrapping papers and decorative elements like bows and ribbons.
Here is where environment-friendly gifts make an entry that is a lot more affordable and, at the same time, one step forward to being more responsible towards the environment. Eco-friendly gifts are the go-to option for many people these days, with the inclination towards purchasing more sustainable products rising to about 79%.
Let’s look at some eco-friendly gift ideas that are both stylish and out-of-the-box.
- Reusable coffee cups
Coffee is something that we all consume daily. What better idea than to gift some reusable coffee cups? Not only do they save money, but it is safer for the environment as they reduce a considerable amount of our plastic footprint as well.
The single-use coffee cups are made of paper; however, composting becomes impossible because their packaging still includes plastic lamination. There are plenty of eco-friendly materials to select from when it comes to reusable cups, stainless steel, ceramic sippers, or ones with tempered glass, and they look stylish too!
- Organic soaps
By now, you must have heard of several skincare brands that are entirely sustainable. This means they do not make use of any harmful chemicals in the concoction of their products and are organic. When gifting someone who likes chemical-free products, you could opt for some beautifully packed organic soaps. There are many options for the fragrances of these soaps, ranging from orange to lavender to rose.
As per an analysis done by Mordor Intelligence, the organic soap market is said to increase by a CAGR of 7.2% by 2025.
- Plant-based scented candles
Who doesn’t like to indulge in luxurious candles with an incredible fragrance from time to time? It is incredibly relaxing, and the sight of flickering flames is soothing too. But what we often miss out on while buying conventional scented candles like the tea lights or taper candles is how the melted wax, colours or even the perfume will harm the environment when they melt.
Therefore plant-based candles are better as they are not made of paraffin or animal waste. Not only do they burn for a long time, but they are concocted with natural plant-based ingredients. Your loved ones are sure to appreciate them more than traditional candles.
- Eco-friendly yoga mats
For all those friends who are fitness enthusiasts, a yoga mat is the most thoughtful gift you can give. Most of the time, they are seen stretching and exercising over this mat. What is even better is that a yoga mat is one of the most thoughtful eco-friendly gifts you can opt for. Free of any chemical additives, your friends can exercise without worrying too much about inhaling any harmful substances.
- DIY zero-waste travel kits
Travelling is part and parcel of life, whether work trips or vacations. If you have a friend who is making a switch to a more sustainable lifestyle, gifting them a DIY zero-waste travel kit might be the best gift ever.
Wondering where to begin? Go for items like a bamboo toothbrush, an organic soap, a handkerchief and an organic lip butter – have them all put into a sustainable packing bag – say jute bag with a drawstring. Not only does it reduce a lot of plastic waste, but it also makes for a beautiful gift packaging alternative too.
Going green with eco-friendly gift ideas is the first step to being more considerate towards our environment and giving a special gift to your loved ones. There are plenty of options that are also quite useful in our everyday lives and qualify to be thoughtful gifts. Make your choice and shift to environmentally friendly gifts that are the need of the hour.