The world is waking up to the need to preserve our beautiful planet, and if you’re looking for eco-conscious gifts for the environmentalist, look no further than this comprehensive list. There’s all sorts of gifts that they will not only love, but use as well, including a sleek worm farm, pencils made from newspapers, and tees for bees and the need to keep them safe. Some of these gifts even contribute directly to protecting some of our most beautiful endangered animals.
Protect Mother Earth DIY Embroidery Kit
Creativity and eco-awareness often go hand in hand, which makes this embroidery kit the perfect gift for environmentalists. Soothing and absorbing, this kit contains everything needed to create a beautiful ‘Protect Mother Earth’ picture, which would look beautiful in a frame. Alternatively, you could embroider it onto a bag or t-shirt.
Whatever type of yoga they practice, make sure it’s more environmentally friendly by giving them this Yoloha Unity mat. Made from recycled, antimicrobial materials, this cork and rubber mat has been made 2 inches wider for more space, and is non-slip so it’s perfect for even hot yoga.
Save the planet as well as leftovers with this set of clever and attractive bowl covers. Made from 100% breathable cotton, these covers are elasticated for a snug fit and can be washed and used again and again, doing away with the need for harmful plastics and cling wrap.
Shampoo and conditioner bottles add to the plastic waste that is devastating our planet, but there is another way. The Ethique Eco-Friendly Vegan Hair Sampler comes with 3 shampoo and 2 conditioner bars that are made with beautifully natural, biodegradable ingredients, and come in compostable packaging to reduce plastic waste.
Taking a cold drink to go is a treat many of us look forward to, but they often come with single use plastic straws. The FinalStraw is a collapsible stainless steel straw that can be used over and over again, and folds into a little case along with its equally collapsible cleaning brush.
Whether they’re new to eco products or have been saving the planet for years, a Grove Subscription will help them clean their home with a clear conscience. With non-toxic, sustainable, and cruelty-free products for every job, Grove will deliver their products to their door on a flexible, monthly basis.
There’s not a single person who wouldn’t benefit from spending time in nature, and these socks say it so well! Made from cotton and nylon with 2% Spandex, these socks have a cute, all-over tree design, and a speech bubble which says ‘I F***ing Love it Out Here’!
Help them reduce waste in the bathroom with a pot of Fresh Mint Toothpaste Bits. With enough tablets to last for four months, and refills sent automatically, users just bite and then brush with a little water to release the vegan-friendly, naturally whitening formula that also helps to reduce sensitivity.
Made without the use of parabens, phthalates, petrolatum or SLS, Burt’s Bees lip balm will keep their lips soft and healthy, even in the coldest of conditions. Using beeswax and vitamin E, the twin pack of balms are flavored with a hint of peppermint essential oil for a fresh feel.
Made with at least 50% recycled polyethylene terephthalate – or plastic bottles – this Timberland Men’s boot is a more eco-friendly alternative to all-leather footwear. Waterproof and with anti-fatigue technology, these sturdy boots leave a brilliant ‘Nature Needs Heroes’ message with every footprint in snow or mud.
Whether they’re going on a picnic or just want to keep something covered in the fridge, these beeswax food wraps will do an excellent job. Far better than single use plastic wrap or aluminum foil, these pretty wraps can be washed and used over and over again.
Plastic bags at the grocery store contribute so much to the destruction of our planet, but we still need something to pack our shopping in. These sturdy, eco-friendly tote bags have a structured design so they won’t fall over, and three bags can hold the equivalent of 8-10 standard shopping bags.
Help to fight the destruction of bees with this sweet wooden bee house. Designed to attract solitary bees who are drawn to holes in wood, this interactive house will provide them with a safe nesting space, while the layers can be gently removed for easy viewing.
Food safe and completely plastic-free, these 100% non-toxic silicone bags will remove the need for single-use plastic bags. Perfect for storing in the fridge, these incredibly robust bags can also be used in the microwave, dishwasher, oven and freezer, and are even sous vide ready.
These socks are made from Fairtrade, vegan, and GOTS Certified cotton, and are printed all over in soy-based inks with a tiny hammerhead shark design. But the planet-saving benefits don’t stop there, because each sale also sees at least $1 donated to Oceana to help preserve the world’s marine life.
Make spontaneous cook-outs a cinch with this eco-friendly instant barbeque. Made from bamboo and cardboard, this nifty little pack is simple to set up, and uses lava stones instead of charcoal. Lightweight and fully biodegradable, the surface stays hot for around an hour, giving plenty of time for cooking.
Cute and compassionate go hand in hand with this delightful t-shirt that comes with an important message. There are several designs to choose from, but each one has been carefully chosen to highlight the importance of looking after our majestic sea turtles, and the beautiful oceans they live in.
Keep hands soft and nourished with L’Occitane Butter Hand Cream. Made with organic shea butter, organic spring honey, and sweet almond oil, this luxurious cream will penetrate the skin and add moisture to dry, chapped hands with a beautiful, delicate scent.
The Lifepack Backpack is not only incredibly smart to look at, but it’s made from recycled plastic that has been pulled from our oceans – 5lbs of it, in fact. Ideal for both work and play, the backpack has two separate compartments, and even comes with the ability to charge devices on the go.
Organic gardening is much more commonplace than it used to be, but when it first came about in the sixties, it wasn’t as well-received or perceived. This book tells the fascinating story of Alan Chadwick and his ground-breaking work in the field of organic farming and growing.
Spread the message about bee conservation with this pretty white t-shirt. Printed on the front in black, this tee features a big bee graphic, and says what we should all be trying to do underneath – Save The Bees. It’s the perfect gift for environmentalists who like to look cool.
Deal with strong ‘foody’ smells the gentle way with Rub-a-Way. Shaped like a traditional bar of soap, this stainless steel version will remove strong odors from hands without the need for suds and chemicals, leaving skin soft and fragrant. Plus, as it’s made from steel, you will never need to replace it.
Elephants are beautiful creatures, but their numbers are dwindling rapidly thanks to illegal wildlife trafficking. Help to save these gentle giants while giving gifts with a pair of these cute socks. $1 from every sale of these cute socks will go to Conservation International, which work to keep elephants safe.