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20 Ideas for Sustainable Holiday Gifts

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In a September study published in Science about the growth of plastic waste, an international team of researchers estimated that 19 to 23 million metric tons — or 11% of plastic waste generated — ended up in aquatic ecosystems in 2016. And even with countries pledging to help cut waste or better manage it, the amount of plastic pollution is likely to double in the next 10 years. Plastic pollution is a global problem, but the United States plays an outsized role. In 2016 the United States was responsible for more plastic waste than any other country, a new study in Science Advances found. Here are some ways to gift good. (As seen in this blog post by CleanChoice Energy).
  1. A smart thermostat to help control energy use—saving both money and the planet. Learn more about the benefits of smart thermostats!
  2. Eco-friendly clothing and apparel, such as Adidas shoes made from recycled ocean plastic or clothing from tentree—a sustainable clothing company that plants ten trees for every item sold!
  3. A National Parks pass. Give your loved one the gift of nature!
  4. A sustainable cookbook with plant-based, waste-free, or other eco-friendly recipes. Did you know that plant-based eating has significant environmental benefits?
  5. A 4ocean bracelet. 4ocean removes one pound of trash from the ocean for every bracelet purchased!
  6. Solar-powered products from MPOWERDsuch as string lights, lanterns, and even phone chargers!
  7. A Pela phone case. Pela offers 100% compostable phone cases, AirPods cases, smart watch bands, and more!
  8. A puzzle made from recycled materials, from brands such as eeBoo or Cobble Hill. It’s a great gift for any age!
  9. Live plants, such assucculents or other decorative house plants. Help your loved one green their home with these air-purifying house plants!
  10. An electric scooter, bike, or even car. If you have a big holiday budget and want to go all-out with gift-giving this year, consider buying your loved one an electric or hybrid car or electric rideable to help them reduce their carbon footprint!
  11. A donation to an environmental organization in their name. Check out these 20 great organizations you can support!
  12. Trees planted in their name. The Arbor Day Foundation will plant trees in honor of your loved one and even print them a certificate!
  13. Reusable products to help your loved ones reduce waste. Check out our blog postwith several great ideas!
  14. Zero Waste Starter Kit from Zero Waste MVMT. This bundle is the ultimate beginner’s kit for living waste-free!
  15. Blueland waste-free cleaning products. Blueland offers reusable spray bottles and cleaning solution tablets that dissolve in water for simple, cost-effective, and waste-free cleaning!
  16. Products from Certified B Corporations, such as Stasher reusable bags, Bee’s Wrap beeswax wrap, Swell reusable water bottles, or any of these other amazing B Corps!
  17. A gift card to an eco-friendly brand. Check out our blog post to find environmentally conscious brands!
  18. Greeting cards made from plantable seed paper. Send your loved ones cards from Bloomin or tentree that they can plant to grow beautiful flowers!
  19. Holiday offsets to support the sustainable care of forests. This holiday season, give your loved one a gift that will heal our planet for future generations. Use code HOLIDAY for 20% off your gift to help replenish our forests!
  20. Our walking tours are sustainable so give the gift of a great NYC or Brooklyn Food Tour! 10% off gift cards for the holidays.
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