5 Sustainable Gift Ideas
We all have a friend or family member who can’t bear to be inside and at every opportunity is itching to get outdoors!
I find these people really fun to buy for when it’s their Birthday because most of the nature lovers I know, automatically appreciate a more sustainable gift that doesn’t use unnecessary or excessive resources.
Here are some ideas to say ‘I love you’ to the recipient as well as the environment:
Stainless steel water bottle
Depending on where you live in the world, the summer can be a heady mix of magnificent sunsets, beautiful blue skies at night, chilly nights, and searing heat during the day. Dehydration is a common problem during the summer heat. A stainless steel water bottle shows that you not only care about the receiver but also the environment. These bottles a good solution to the problems associated with single-use bottles, and you don’t need to worry about anything leaching into the water.
Stainless steel bottles are customizable, durable, and easy to carry out as you wade through the countryside on a walk. They also fit nicely and easily on bikes or backpacks, making them the ideal gift for backpackers, campers, and bike riders during the summer.
Reusable zip bags
Outdoor fun activities are synonymous with the summer holidays. From camping to hiking, boat riding, and soaking up the sun, there are dozens of summer attractions to give you the adrenaline rush. High activity means more food to generate energy. A multipurpose reusable bag made from silicone is a gift that the recipient will wonder how they ever lived without.
For those planning for camping and hiking activities, a reusable will come in handy for packing a few foodstuffs. You can stash snacks for the family or even ready-made meals. They also come with a zip; therefore, you can conveniently carry liquids in the bags. These stasher bags are made of silicone and environmentally-friendly. When the trip is over, you can use the bags around the house since they are easy to wash and can also be microwaved.
Custom-made reusable shopping bags
Summer holidays are about being free, having fun, and creating memories. And now that many places across the globe have banned, or charge for, carrier bags, we all need to be building up our own collections of reusable bags. A custom-made reusable shopping bags, with your friend’s special interests in mind (a favourite quote, cartoon or superhero for example) can help them start an awesome collection. Or of your friend is more practical than artsy, look for ones made from old parachute fabric that wrap up inside themselves and are easy to carry around.
Highly durable products reduce the strain on our natural resources and are eco-friendly.
From starfish necklaces to cowrie shell necklaces, wooden earrings, and bracelets, summer offers a wide variety of eco-friendly jewelry gifts for your spouse, siblings, or children. Give the jewelry a personal feel by including remembrance initials or even decoration. While some of us are currently in self-isolation, this is the ideal time to learn some DIY jewelry ideas and make your own. You’ll not only be impressing them but also conserving the environment in the process, if you can repurpose materials. Alternatively, you can visit eco- for a variety of eco-friendly jewelry and gifts.
Organic hat or cap
Nothing screams summer more than a cap or hat. It is a great way to protect yourself against the searing summer heat. With many stories about sweatshop and fashion, be sure to look for something sustainable such as organic cotton or recycled materials. And check to see where it was made so you can avoid sweatshops.