Maybe you’re the kind of person who is learning how to be more mindful of the environment and incorporate those practices into your daily routine. Maybe it’s the vegan animal lover in your life who’s always looking for new products to help make small yet beneficial impacts. From zero-waste gifts you can give to little ones to a monthly vegan beauty box subscription, here are the nine best gifts for conscious consumers.
1. Sustainable Kids’ Clothing Membership
Subscription boxes are all the rage right now, but many people are concerned about how sustainable they can be. With enough research and word of mouth, you’ll find that there are plenty of eco-friendly and conscious options out there.
If you’re looking for a fun yet practical gift for little ones, get a parent a closed-loop sustainable kids’ clothing membership. These monthly memberships give little ones clothing that is vintage and upcycled. They can borrow clothing as much as they want and return them within a year once the little ones have outgrown the clothing.
2. Vegan Skin Care Products
Becoming a vegan isn’t just about not eating meat. It’s also about incorporating the entire humane lifestyle into your daily routine. That means purposely not using any products that are harmful to animals, have been tested on animals, or are manufactured from animals or their byproducts. Contrary to popular belief, there are plenty of vegan beauty products that are inexpensive. That means you can give your vegan friend a high-quality vegan facial cleanser or a vegan-friendly exfoliation scrub, all at prices you’ll both love.
3. Cruelty-Free Beauty Subscription
If you love monthly box subscriptions, wait until you get a cruelty-free beauty box subscription. Instead of wasting time and energy trying to figure out which cruelty-free mascara or shampoo product you want to try, this kind of beauty subscription sends cruelty-free beauty products right to your door.
You’ll get a new box every month. Sometimes they’ll be products from cruelty-free brand names you know and love. Other times it will be from exciting and up-and-coming cruelty-free brands with innovative products. It’s the perfect gift for anyone looking for beauty products that give back.
4. Apparel that Gives Back
If you’re going to wear clothing anyway, why not wear apparel that gives back in some way to the community and our Earth? There are plenty of conscious and sustainable clothing brands out there. Some brands give back through community service, such as an initiative that for every shirt sold, they’ll pick up one pound of trash. Others are made from sustainable ingredients, such as flip-flops made from old tires. Do the research and see which sustainable apparel brands work best for your style.
5. Upcycled Backpack
Help offset your carbon footprint when traveling by getting an upcycled backpack. These kinds of backpacks are made from recycled materials like plastic that were originally going to waste away in landfills or the ocean. The plastic is then processed and turned into a yarn-like fiber. It’s woven into a functional fabric that becomes your upcycled backpack. Use it for your daily work commute or that big trip you have coming up.
6. Eco-Friendly Desk Organizer
With more and more people working from home, the more we need to organize our desks. We need to cultivate our work-from-home space. Get an eco-friendly desk organizer for the conscious consumer in your life. Try a desk organizer made from reclaimed wood. You can get it engraved with a reminder to live sustainably.
7. Give a Tree
Sometimes, the last thing a person needs is yet another mug or t-shirt. Instead, give them a gift that gives back to the Earth directly. Look for companies that can plant a tree in someone’s name. You’ll put a smile on their face by giving a tree in their name.
Whenever these companies plant trees, they’re helping reforest areas that are affected by environmental disasters. It helps boost the liveliness of local communities. Give the gift of protecting a holistic ecosystem and restoring nature biodiversity.
8. Sustainable Phone Cases
If you’re going to get a phone case, make sure that it’s a sustainable phone case. With sustainable phone cases, there are plenty of eco-friendly phone cases out there that help the planet in different ways. For example, some phone cases are made from compostable plastic. Others are made from wood that is certified and sustainably sourced. Many of these brands also give back to communities by donating to social justice organizations.
9. Portable Water Purification Device
According to Runner’s World, there are plenty of portable water filters that are great for hiking, camping, or simply daily use. Giving someone a portable water purification device is a great way to help them drink more water and be more conscious about single-use water bottles.
With a portable water filtration system, you won’t have to worry about drinking water from a lake or river anymore when you go hiking. Just want to filter your sink’s tap water to get a drink? Use a portable water purification device, and you’ll be good to drink that water from your kitchen faucet.