Gift giving can be stressful, especially for the adults on your list since they might not be so up front with what they want or need. The kids eco-friendly stocking guide has lots of ideas, but for adults, I have taken it a step further. If you are like me and want to reduce waste during the holidays, why not choose to give an eco-friendly or zero waste item that can replace something they currently use. Introducing your family and friends to these easy swaps can promote eco-conscious changes in the long run and even promote local makers that create some of these products.
1. Bamboo toothbrush and flosspot
In my experience, one of the easiest places to start when swapping products is with your hygiene routine. My family love our bamboo toothbrushes and have recently switched to using the silk flosspot from KMH Touches.
2. Cloth kitchen items
Having a paperless kitchen was a goal I worked towards and met a couple of years back. Swapping out paper towel for cloths and paper napkins for cloth napkins are a good place to start. Teebags is a local company in Halifax I came across that sews all types of cloth products for your kitchen. My favorite is the cheese bandana that can be wrapped around blocks of cheese to keep them fresh.
3. Beeswax wraps
Replacing single use food wraps is easy with beeswax food wraps. You can get them in any size and they are so versatile. Bees Louise is my favorite local maker of beeswax wraps.
4. Reusable bags
With many businesses eliminating the use of plastic bags, having reusable bags in the car is becoming the norm. Taking it a step further, bringing your own mesh and cloth bags eliminate the use of plastic bags for things like vegetables, fruits and baked goods. Humble Homesteaders is a fun local etsy shop that makes cloth and mesh bags, as well as other zero waste products.
5. Reusable menstrual products
This may seem like an odd gift to give someone, but more and more people are seeking out alternatives to store-bought pads and tampons. While menstrual cups are one option, my favorite thing to use are cloth pads (probably because I cloth diapered my kids and have a cute pattern addiction). Cloth pads like those made by Lily Pads Reusable Products are so soft and easy to care for, they are a perfect gift for anyone interested in the switch.
6. Bath and shower products
If you visit any holiday craft sale or market you will surely see many handmade soaps and bath products. They make great eco-friendly gifts for anyone on your list. It is fun to give bath bombs or bath salts to the ladies on my list who deserve a little relaxing self-care. I love the Christmas ornament bath salts from Fresh Baked Bubbles because they have all the benefits of a full size bath bomb in a cute ornament that can be reused.
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