The world is heating up, and people are taking more notice. 4 million people went on strike with Greta Thunberg. The environmentalist movement is becoming mainstream.
In order to create a healthier planet we must focus on all our actions. We must ensure that systemically what we do is healthy for ourselves and for the environment. From small to large decisions, to promoting new ideas, and building new innovations, we must look at the whole picture. When you give someone a gift, that’s an opportunity to express your environmental commitment – and also a chance to teach the giftee more about sustainable practices.
Whether you are an environmentalist, or if the person you want to gift to is an earth-enthusiast, we have some great gift ideas. Below we will discuss what to avoid gifting as well as what to gift from an environmental perspective. Every month or so we will update the article with new ideas, so come back often.
What not to gift an environmentalist: When it comes to the environment, it’s more about what we stop doing than what more we can do.
First, if your gift idea is made of any sort of fabric, you need to be aware of the impact of these fabrics:
- Conventional cotton growers spend 3 billion dollars a year of harmful pesticides, and that’s before counting dozens of other chemicals used during harvesting, processing production and treatment.
- Organic cotton is not sustainable for 7.5 billion people. Cotton requires so much water!
- Alternative fabrics can be great for the environment – or worse than cotton – because not all bamboo fabrics are created equal (give a try to the CleanBamboo fabric by Ettitude.)
If you are gifting a food item, try to avoid plastic packaging, large distances of food miles, and meat and dairy. If you focus on local, package free and vegan options, you are on to the win, because each day, a person who eats a vegan diet saves 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 sq ft of forested land, 20 lbs CO2 equivalent, and one animal’s life. Check out our vegan gift guide for more ideas!
In order to avoid harmful packaging – check out our guide: eco-friendly packaging: refuse, reuse and recycle.
Top Eco-Friendly Gifts: Ettitude Picks for 2019 Holidays Season
So obvious, so simple, but so good for the world – and you! House plants improve the quality of oxygen in your home and can help to achieve a healthier environment to live in!
These make for a great little stocking stuffer! Bamboo toothbrushes are biodegradable, which makes them a no-brainer in comparison to the plastic ones.
Reusable water bottle
Plastic water bottles are terrible for the environment – so reusable bottles are growing in popularity, and everyone wants one of these. They’re practical, sustainable and with so many options anybody can look good carrying one of these around! Who doesn’t want to stay hydrated while helping the planet too?
CSA Subscription or Food Co-Op Credit
Every year, the world wastes 1.3 billion tons and nearly $990 billion dollars of food. Community Supported Agriculture means bypassing the wasteful middle agent (the large distributors and supermarket chains) and working directly with local farmers. Local food Co-Ops also carry high standards for the environment and have an ethical approach to commerce. Explore for your local Co-Op options to find out more!