Nature Inspired Baby Names For Boys And Girls

Earthy And Organic Names For Babies That Are Inspired By Nature

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Are you searching for the perfect “down to Earth” baby name? You’ve come to the right place!

Our list of nature inspired baby names for both boys and girls will add some character to your little one’s identity that they’ll embrace well into adulthood.


Are Nature Inspired Baby Names Popular?

More and more members of society are embracing eco-friendly living and minimalism, so it’s no surprise that expecting parents are leaning more toward earthy baby names to compliment a green lifestyle choice.

Earthy and organic baby names are also beautiful and rugged. They have a warmth about them that make a person approachable yet stand out amongst a crowd of cookie cutter names.

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What Are Earthy Baby Names?

Earthy names represent many aspects of our environment—from the animals that inhabit our eco-systems to unique plants, landscapes and even gemstones that never cease to captivate the human eye.

When it comes to nature inspired baby names, unfortunately not all will have a cool ”meaning” and exotic origin—but that’s ok, earthy names are meant to be ”in the now” and minimalistic.

Below are our hand selected earthy baby names for both boys and girls to inspire you on your baby name search.

We wish you luck, and if you would like to share a name you’ve chosen (whether it’s from this list or another place), please let us know in the comments!

Earthy Baby Girl Names

Amber (English) fossilized tree resin

Aspen (English) a quaking tree

Autumn (English) fall season

Brooke (English) small stream

Celestine (English) a mineral

Daisy (English) flower; the day’s eye

Dawn (English) sunrise

Gemma (English) gemstone

Hazel (English) the hazel tree

Holly (English) plant with red berries

Iris (English) delicate blooming flower

Ivy (English) climbing vine plant

Jade (English) green stone

Layke (English) from the lake

Lilly (English) lily flower

Meadow (American) field of grass

Olivia (English) from the olive tree

Poppy (Latin) from the flower

Rose (English) woody perennial plant

Sage (English) herb or prophet

Savanna (English) tropical grasslands

Season (English) a period of the year

Sky (Scandinavian) atmosphere

Violet (English) fragrant blue flower

Willow (English) the Willow tree


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Earthy Baby Boy Names

Arlo (English) a hill

Bear (American) bear-like

Briar (English) a thorny plant

Canyon (English) a large ravine

Clay (English) fine grained earth

Everest (English) Dweller on the Eure River

Ferris (English) he who is from France

Fields (English) lives near a clearing

Fisher (English) fisherman

Forrest (English) the woods

Fox (English) Wild animal, cunning

Halston (English) hallow stone

Harlan (English & German) rocky land

Hawk (English) like the bird

Jaden (English) from Jade; green stone

Jasper (English) a speckled stone

Knox (English) a small hill

Logan (Scottish) little hollow; basin

Ocean (Greek) the sea

Oliver (English) from the olive tree

Onyx (English) black gemstone

Parker (English) park keeper

Reed (English) a reed or red-haired

Ridge (English) mountain range

Rivers (English) the river

Rockwell (English) rock spring

Silas (Latin) man of the forest

Spruce (English) evergreen tree

Wolf (English) wild animal

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All-Natural DIY Cleaning Recipes For The Kitchen

A Collection Of My Favorite DIY Cleaning Recipes For A Non-Toxic Kitchen

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As a society, we keep our homes as clean as possible to keep everyone in our family healthy, but ironically use unhealthy and even toxic household cleaners to achieve what we think is a healthy home.

Next in line to the bathroom, the kitchen is the most utilized space in the home—and because of that, it requires constant cleaning.

Unfortunately, because of the pandemic, many people are quick to purchase the “strong” multi-purpose cleaners and hand soaps, when instead they could be using safe, home-made alternatives that kill germs just as effectively without any harmful side effects.

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While it’s important to keep our loved ones safe from dangers like viruses, it’s equally important to shield them from indoor dangers like cleaning products, which may contain dangerous carcinogens.

Even certain brands that present their cleaning products as “eco-friendly” are simply just green washing—passing off products as non-toxic even though the ingredient label insists otherwise.

That’s why I prefer home-made cleaning products. They’re safe, non-toxic and don’t smell like death.


With that said, below are my all-time favorite natural cleaning recipes for the kitchen that I’ve been using for a couple of years now—and I must say that they work extremely well and make worthy rivals to toxic store bought cleaning formulas.

You can certainly adjust the measurements to meet your workloads, and I hope that you will love these as much as I do.

DIY ALL PURPOSE CLEANER

This all-natural purpose cleaner will work on any surface of your home (except marble, stone and granite due to the acidity of the formula). Simply mix all of the ingredients in a [glass] spray bottle and use a cleaning cloth of your choice.

  • 1 And 1/4 Cups Of Water
  • 1/2 Cup Of White Vinegar
  • 10 Drops Of Preferred Essential Oil (Optional)

DIY GARBAGE DISPOSAL CLEANER

This home-made cleaning solution is perfect for when the garbage disposal develops a funky smell. Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl until it forms into a fizzy, paste-like consistency, then pour your mixture into the disposal and allow it to rest in there for around 5 minutes.

Turn on the water and allow the garbage disposal to run for at least 30 seconds. You can also throw in a couple of ice cubes or lemon wedges as the water pours down the disposal as well.

  • 1/4 Cup Of Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Cup Of Lemon Juice (Or White Vinegar)

DIY DISINFECTING CLEANER

This home-made disinfecting cleaning solution is a wonderful and effective alternative to commercial disinfectant sprays. It’s perfect to use on doorknobs, kitchen counters, kitchen sinks and refrigerator shelves.

Simply pour all of the ingredients into a [glass] spray bottle and mix. Spray freely and wait ten full minutes before wiping. It’s important to note that this particular vinegar-based cleaning solution is not suitable for granite, stone or marble.

  • 1/4 Cups Of Water
  • 1/4 Cup Rubbing Alcohol (Or Vodka)
  • 1/4 Cup White Vinegar
  • 10 Drops Of Preferred Essential Oil (Optional)

DIY DISHWASHER TABLETS

Home-made dishwasher tablets are a less expensive and much safer alternative to store bought dishwashing pods and liquids. For this DIY recipe, you will need a mixing bowl and a few [silicone] ice cubes trays.

Simply mix together the Baking Soda and Borax in a bowl of your choice, and follow by slowly adding in the vinegar. Mix all of the ingredients together until they form a crumble-like consistency and then stuff the mixture into your ice cube trays.

After you’ve filled your trays, place them outside in the sun to dry/harden (they’ll still be a little crumbly and that’s ok). Allow for 24 hours to pass until you remove them and store them into a tightly sealed [glass] container.

If you see white residue on your plates, simply pour some white vinegar or lemon juice into the rinse aid compartment of your dishwasher for a shiny rinse.

  • 2 Cups Of Baking Soda
  • 2 Cups Of Borax
  • 1/2 Cup Of White Vinegar
  • 25 Drops Of Lemon Essential Oil

DIY OVEN GLASS STOVE TOP CLEANER

This is my favorite way to clean grime and residue from my glass stove top (and it works pretty well for the inside of the oven and outdoor grill as well). Simply mix the ingredients together in a bowl of your choice and create a paste. Spread it onto your glass stove top in a circular motion with a rag and leave on for 15-20 minutes.

Later, wipe off with a warm, damp cloth. A little elbow grease may be necessary, but this recipe gets the job done and leaves your glass stove top really shiny. I don’t recommend cleaning your glass stove top while it’s warm/hot because it can cause damage to the glass.

  • 1 Of Cup Of Warm Water
  • 1 Cup Of Baking Soda
  • 2 Tablespoons Of Organic Liquid Castile Soap (Dawn Will Work Great If You Don’t Have Castile)

DIY MICROWAVE CLEANER

This non-toxic method is an awesome way to clean your microwave as effortlessly as possible. Simply mix the ingredients in a glass bowl and microwave the contents for 4-5 minutes.

Not only will the steam help break apart all that food gunk, it will also deodorize and eliminate stinky lingering odors. When you’re done microwaving the contents, simply wipe everything with a damp cloth. You can wipe dry or unplug the microwave and leave the door open to air dry.

  • 1 Cup Of Water
  • 1/4 Cup Of Lemon Juice (You Can Add Or Subtract This Amount To Achieve Desired Strength Of Scent)

DIY CITRUS HAND SOAP

For this recipe, you can use any reusable soap dispenser—kids especially will love one with a foaming pump. Simply add the ingredients into a water-filled soap dispenser and shake it all up!

Although you can add just about any essential oil into this soap recipe, citrus is recommended for the kitchen because it neutralizes odors—especially if you’ve been working with fish, onion and garlic.

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GroVia My Choice Trainers Review

A Guide To The GroVia Cloth Diaper Trainers For Sustainable Potty Training

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My 3 year old just recently mastered potty training, but unfortunately, nighttime accidents sometimes still occur.

For a while we’ve had her in disposable nighttime diapers, but eventually I decided that investing in a few cloth diaper trainers was a better alternative.

Disposable diapers, no matter how ‘sustainable’ or ‘biodegradable’ they are, still contribute to landfill waste. Unless something is compostable and is actually placed into a compost bin with the necessary components to help break it down, it’s just going to sit on top of trash along with everything else.

Then there’s the money issue—as a society, we’re literally buying a product that we throw away the very same day. It makes much more sense to invest in a few cloth diapers to save money and reduce waste.

So after researching a bunch of different cloth diaper brands, I decided to order a few from a cloth diaper company called GroVia, who specializes in a modern and eco-friendly diapering system, and sell the Grovia My Choice trainers.

The GroVia My Choice cloth diaper trainer is similar to a pocket diaper, but differs in that it features a unique pull up design with interchangeable Side-Flex panels. It has a hidden layer of hemp/cotton blend with a pocket for adding extra absorbency and an exclusive GroCool™ lining. 

First Impressions Of The GroVia My Choice Trainers

I ended up ordering 3 pairs of the GroVia My Choice Trainers—plus two additional organic cotton inserts (boosters) for extra nighttime protection.

When they arrived in the mail, my initial reaction to seeing these reusable trainers for the first time was “wow—these are really good quality training pants”.

The colors are warm and earthy, the fabric is well sewn together and soft to the touch, and they contain snap buttons in several key areas which allow for alterations as baby grows.

The GroVia cloth diaper trainers also contain an inner pocket with an absorbent layer of cotton/hemp blend, where you can add an insert for extra absorbency.

Features Of The GroVia My Choice Trainer

  • Convenient pull-up design
  • Contain a hidden layer of hemp/cotton blend for absorption
  • Contains a pocket for inserts / soaker pads
  • Waterproof outer layer and absorbent inner layer
  • Available upgrade: Interchangeable Side-Flex panels for a custom fit in a variety of stylish colors for mixing and matching (must be purchased separately)

Do The GroVia Trainers Have A Comfortable Fit?

The Grovia reusable training pants come in one size and they run small—if your child is over 25 pounds, they will be really tight around the waist, and it will be difficult for your child to pull them up. This is why GroVia sells the interchangeable Side-Flex panels, which offer a roomier fit.

That’s why you’ll also see a lot of reviews by other moms saying that these trainers have a “weird fit”, and they’re correct. But in my opinion, they’re a bit snug to prevent leaks, and so that you can use these for younger babies and adjust as baby grows.

My 3 year old is really slender (under 30 pounds) and these trainers are a bit snug. Hence, I definitely recommend purchasing at least one set of their side-flex plus panels which attach via snap buttons to the side of the trainers and comfortably expand the fit.

My daughter sleeps comfortably in these trainers with added organic inserts, and she loves that she can choose which color she wants to wear.

GroVia My Choice Trainers

Do The GroVia My Trainers Leak?

From my experience, these cloth trainers have not leaked yet. I find them to be very absorbent and the waterproof outer shell does its job. In fact, when I first got them, I ran to the sink and filled one with water, just to see how well they retain liquid without an insert—and sure enough, no water escaped through the outer shell. The absorbent hidden layer of cotton/hemp blend helps catch the liquid as well—and it gets more absorbent with every wash.

*If baby is laying sideways, pee could leak out of the sides, so for nighttime, an insert is recommended for younger babies*.

How Many Cloth Trainers Do I Need?

This all depends on how advanced your child is in their potty training. If your child is doing pretty well and only has occasional leaks, then I would recommend about 10-12 trainers—it all depends on how often you prefer to do laundry. Don’t forget that you might also need inserts. I would purchase at least 2-4 inserts to experiment with and then adjust as you go.

Personally, My daughter uses hers at nightime only, and rarely has accidents anymore, so for us, 3 cloth trainers and 2 inserts was all I needed to purchase. The GroVia trainers are also durable and excellent quality, and I will be able to hand them down to an expecting family member later down the road.

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Final Thoughts On The GroVia My Choice Training Pants

The Grovia My Choice Trainers are a great way to help your little one transition from diapers to using the potty like a big kid.

Your little one is also at a stage in their life where making choices is a big deal for them! The GroVia trainers are available in many colors, so watching your child pick and choose which cloth trainer they want to wear is really fun!

The only downside to these trainers is the small fit, and may not be suitable for husky toddlers; but as mentioned above, the Side-Flex panels will generously expand the fit, and you can always return the product if it’s not the right fit for your child.

Reusable cloth training pants are environmentally friendly, non-toxic and help save money that can be better spent on other necessities.

So if you’re tired of spending money on disposable nighttime diapers and want a more sustainable way to potty train your little one, then I definitely recommend giving the Grovia My Choice Trainers a try!

GroVia My Choice Trainers

I hope you found this GroVia My Choice Trainers review helpful, and I will leave you with a slide show of their cute color options!

And if you’d like to read more about cloth diapers, Don’t miss my article on Best Cloth Diaper Brands which includes an ultimate guide to cloth diapers.

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The Best Minecraft Alternatives For Kids

Fun And Free Downloadable Apps For Kids That Are Just Like MineCraft

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When I was a kid, my classmates and I were obsessed with Mario, Zelda and Mike Tyson’s Punch Out, lol. Now I’m raising children who are obsessed with pickaxes and cement blocks.

How times have changed.

When my son turned 7, he came home from school one day and asked if I can download an online game for him called ”MineCraft”.

Now, I had heard about MineCraft, but I had never played it myself, so I had no idea what this online virtual game was all about, let alone if it was safe for a 7 year old child to play—and I definitely did not want to pay for an app that I wasn’t sure he was going to enjoy.

However, while at the app store, I noticed free apps with similar aesthetics to MineCraft—and I ended up downloading a gaming app called MultiCraft and other Minecraft “clones” that both of my kids enjoy to this day—even more than traditional video games.

What Are Build And Craft Games All About?

As I’ve watched [in awe] my son play MultiCraft [in particular] for the past year, I’ve come to the conclusion that MultiCraft and similar apps are basically virtual LEGOs with endless possibilities.

Though these games allow you to choose between survival and craft mode, my son seems to enjoy the latter—he enjoys creating homes and building structures that never cease to amaze me. And I think it’s really neat that he’s found this love for engineering and architecture that I didn’t know he had.

In fact, one of my son’s favorite things to build in MultiCraft are treehouses.

These kid-friendly building apps also do not have any missions like MineCraft offers. And while there is a chat option to communicate with other players, my son doesn’t have a need to use it, and the kids that are on chat mode simply ask for help or tips on building stuff—it’s very rated G.

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What Are The Benefits Of Build And Craft Apps?

I have noticed several benefits to allowing my child play with building apps that consist of the following:

A Better Understanding Of Math And Engineering

I have noticed that since my son started playing MultiCraft, he’s more aware of and quick to point out geometric shapes everywhere we go. He’s also problem solving and figuring out how to make things fit together.

Developed Interest In Science (Particularly Geology)

MultiCraft has taught him all about different rocks and mining elements like obsidian, coal, iron, quartz, etc., and it’s really neat that he likes to research and learn more about these when he’s not on the app.

Fosters Creativity

As I’ve mentioned earlier in this post, my son’s newfound engineering and design skills have surprised me on many levels. He’s able to express his creativity in a safe and controlled virtual environment, and the pride that he has in his creations are priceless.

Helps Him Destress And Unwind

Building apps are a great way for your child to relax and unwind after a long day at school. When my son comes home from school, we allow him around 30 minutes of iPad time—which he really looks forward to.

These kid-friendly building apps are really great outlets, and I think that they are awesome alternatives to not only Minecraft, but traditional video games as well.

Some of these recommended apps are even made for players as young as 4 years of age, while most others are recommended for ages 9 and older (this is based on difficulty level, but I find that even my 3 year old can navigate those pretty well).


Without further ado, below are some of our family’s favorite Minecraft game alternatives for young children that your kiddo(s) will really enjoy.

MultiCraft: Mine And Build

Developer: MultiCraft Studio

Age: 9+ (but, my 4 year old plays this too cause its so easy!)

Tagline: “World of unlimited opportunities.”

MultiCraft is the very first buidling app that I downloaded for my son and I honestly could not tell the difference between the actual MineCraft game and this free [copycat] version because the aesthetics are so identical.

This virtual building game contains almost the exact same features like: mobs, animals and building tools.

Like MineCraft, MultiCraft can be played in both survival and creative mode, and the only difference is lack of the infamous creepers. You do, however, get to spawn animals and villagers.

This game is for age 9 and up, but in my opinion it’s easy enough for a child as young as 3-4.

DINOCRAFT: Survive & Craft

Developer: Survival, Explore and Craft Games, LLC

Age: 9+

Tagline: “Dive into the world of prehistoric times with dinosaurs nearby. ”

In this app, your child is basically a caveman (or cavewoman) that can either build or play in survival mode.

This app is no different than all the other Minecraft alternatives with the exception of some really cool dinosaurs walking around.

Hence, if your child is into dinosaurs as well as virtual building, then this is a great app to download. This app is easy-going, easy to navigate, and the prehistoric theme is really cute.

BOOMCRAFT: Adventure & Building

Developer: Big8 Labs LTD

Age: 4+

Tagline: “An endless environment for building all your perfect buildings.”

Out of all the Minecraft clones, BoomCraft is perhaps the most basic and “little kid” friendly. It’s strictly all about building and doesn’t involve any mobs or weird creatures that try to raid your home.

BoomCraft is a very easy-going virtual game for kids, and easy enough for my 3 year old to navigate.

So if you’re looking for the most “rated G” building app out there, this is the MineCraft clone that you want to download.

KAWAII WORLD: Craft & Build

Developer: Bohdan Khylko

Age: 9+

Tagline: “a world of unlimited opportunities”.

Kawaii World may look feminine due to the pink color scheme, but both girls and boys, really enjoy playing this app.

This particular app begins with a pre-built house that your child can furnish and decorate, or you can venture out and build a whole new one.

Kawaii World gives your child the option of playing in both survival and builder mode, and your child can spawn a lot of really cute animals, villagers and traders.

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Best Reusable Toddler Snack Containers: Plastic Free And Sustainable

The Best Non-Toxic Reusable Snack Containers For Busy Toddlers

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When my children were toddlers, there were several essential items (besides diapers) that I absolutely had to have with us during outings at all times: a change of clothes, reusable sippy cups and snack containers.

Reusable snack containers are a wonderful feeding tool for older babies and toddlers that is often overlooked when parents shop for feeding supplies.

Snack containers are great for both indoor snack time as well as travel. It’s a great way for little ones to feed themselves in between main meals, and offers a chance for them to strengthen motor skills.

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WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING TODDLER SNACK CONTAINERS

When I’m out and about, I often see a majority of parents hand their little ones snacks in single-use plastic snack bags—which are neither healthy for the little one, nor the environment.

I also see a lot of reusable plastic snack containers, but those also contain chemicals that can leach onto food—even though they’re labeled as “BPA” free, companies always find loop-holes in manufacturing, and unfortunately, trade BPA in for other estrogen mimicking chemicals to create their product.

That’s why when it comes to snack containers—I prefer silicone, plant-based, cloth and stainless steel containers. And luckily, some of the best toddler snack containers are made from these types of material(s).

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Below are my top picks for the best plastic-free snack cups for toddlers that are perfect for both indoor snack time as well as outdoor adventures.

Some of these recommended toddler snack cups are multifunctional and can be used interchangeably as beverage containers as well.

Another feature that I really love about some of these eco-friendly snack containers is a soft flap lid that prevents spills, yet is gentle enough to allow little hands fo reach in and grab a healthy amount of food.

You’ll find that some come in the form of reusable pouches, resealable bags and collapsible cups—giving you several zero-waste options to choose from.

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BEST ZERO-WASTE SNACK CONTAINERS FOR TODDLERS!

BRAVE JUSTICE KIDS CO COLLAPSIBLE SILICONE SNACK CUP

Brave Justice Kids Co

The Brave Kids Justice Co silicone snack cups for toddlers have two unique features: a collapsible frame and a textured [easy-grip] handle—making these cups very convenient for travel. It’s also important to point out that these plastic-free snack cups are also especially great for older babies who are teething because the textured handle can double as a teether.

ZIP TOP REUSABLE SILICONE SNACK CONTAINERS

Zip Top

The Zip Top silicone snack bags for toddlers are an awesome alternative to disposable plastic snack bags! These reusable silicone bags stay open and zip shut—making it easy for your little one to grab food while preventing spills! These bags also come in assorted colors and each contains a different animal.

MUSHIE SPILL-PROOF SILICONE SNACK CUP

Mushie

The Mushie cup is the perfect self feeding container for toddlers on the go. It contains two easy grip handles and a flappy lid to prevent spills. I also really love the earthy colors that this cup is available in!

HAAKAA REUSABLE SILICONE POUCHES

Haakaa

For a delicious snack on the go in the form of rice cereal, yogurt or smoothie, the Haakaa reusable silicone pouch is the perfect container! This reusable snack pouch is made from food grade silicone, and has a slow flow which helps your baby or toddler get just the right amount of food to prevent choking.

PLAADESIGN REUSABLE SILICONE SNACK CUP

PlaaDesign

This spill-proof snack cup for toddlers is made from silicone and is incredibly easy for little ones to hold and grab out of. The silicone flaps keep food from spilling out while the inside contains measurements that allow for a precise fill!

STASHER REUSABLE SILICONE SNACK BAG

Stasher

The Stasher reusable silicone snack bags are the perfect size for little hands. These zero waste snack bags contain a ‘pinch loc’ seal and can even be written on. You can find these cute little reusable snack containers at The Natural Baby Co! They’re also great for mom’s snacks too!

HOFISH REUSABLE SILICONE SNACK CUP

Hofish

The Hofish collapsible silicone snack cup for toddlers is multifunctional and comes equipped with a lanyard, which is perfect for travel! This plastic-free cup can be used as both a snack container as well as a sippy cup, and also includes a lid as well as a reusable straw.

BUMKINS REUSABLE CLOTH SNACK BAG

Bumkins

The Bumkins cloth snack bag is an awesome alternative to single-use zip-lock bags. These reusable snack bags for kids can be washed and used over and over and again. I love the cute designs and the fact that older kids can fill these up with healthy snacks too!

CARROT’S DEN

Carrot’s Den

These super soft acorn-shaped toddler snack containers come in a pack of two and contain removable flappy lids and two easy grip handles—making these silicone cups multifunctional. Place water in one container and crackers in the other.

SPROUTWARE PLANT-BASED SNACK CUPS

These eco-friendly and non-toxic toddler snack containers by Sproutware come in a set of 3, and are made from a BPA and PVC free plant-based plastic.  These snack cups are stackable and safe for baby, as well as the planet!

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Best Eco-Friendly Gifts For Babies And Toddlers

Sustainable And Environmentally Friendly Gifts For Parents Raising Babies And Toddlers

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There’s a saying that children don’t always listen, but they never fail to imitate.

That’s why living a sustainable lifestyle is key to instilling an eco-conscious mindset in your children—it’s the best gift you can give them.

The holidays are approaching, and many parents are opting to shop for plastic-free Christmas gifts this year.

Whether I shop for my own two children, or someone else’s, my goal is to always purchase something that’s both sustainable as well as environmentally friendly—it doesn’t matter if it’s clothing, toys or even dinnerware.

Mostly everything these days is available in eco-friendly alternatives and the purchases are worth every penny.

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Why Are Eco-Friendly Gifts For Kids A Better Buy?

Whether it’s an eco-friendly toy or sustainable clothing, eco-friendly gifts for kids are simply a healthier option for both children and the environment.

Many children’s products these days are mass produced and infused with chemicals like BPA and toxic adhesives that shouldn’t make contact with anyone’s skin—let alone babies and young children.

But when you opt for products made from natural and sustainable resources, you’re ensuring that your child’s health won’t be compromised.

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What Are Some Examples Of Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas For Babies And Toddlers?

Eco-friendly gift options for babies and toddlers can consist of anything that’s made of natural or organic material with non-toxic components and can be easily recycled or composted. They are ethically and sustainably sourced, and do not leave a negative impact on our environment.

Wooden toys, reusable diapers, plant-based dinnerware and sustainable clothing are all great examples of eco-friendly gift options for young children.

Below are our top picks for non-toxic and environmentally friendly gift ideas for babies and toddlers that will spark joy for both the one little ones and their parents!

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Eco-Friendly Christmas Gift Picks For Babies And Toddlers

WOODEN MONTESSORI Style Activity Cube

This 20 in 1 Montessori style wooden activity cube by Boobo Toys is extremely well built and provides sustainable learning fun for your curious little toddler. Each component is ethically and sustainably sourced, and each purchase plants a tree! There are a ton of wooden activity cubes on the market, but not all are ethically or sustainably manufactured—that’s why the Beebo Toys activity cube is our top pick for an eco-friendly gift for toddlers.

RYLEE + CRU SUSTAINABLE CLOTHING

The Rylee + Cru is a sustainable clothing brand that makes their clothing with natural cotton—perfect eco-friendly gifts for babies, toddlers and young children. We love the soft earthy-clay colors and tiny patterns that add a little charm! See more of this clothing line at The Natural Baby Co!

WOODEN MONTESSORI CLIMBING GYM

WoodenLikes

An indoor climbing gym is a fun and healthy way to get your little one moving and strengthening those core muscles—especially during winter. The Woodenlikes wooden climbing set comes with 3 components that can be rearranged in various ways. With rounded corners and non-toxic adhesives, this fun indoor gym is a fantastic Christmas gift for active toddlers!

MONTESSORI SCOOPING SET

Warckon

This wooden Montessori scooping set by Warckon is an awesome gift for toddlers who love playing with sensory bins. It’s an eco-friendly and sustainable gift option that will assist toddlers with hands-on play as they dig and scoop!


VEER CRUISER

Veer

Wagon-stroller hybrids are trending, and they’re incredibly convenient for many occasions: travel, hiking, leisurely strolls. I always see moms picking up their older children from school with the younger tots in these wagons and the little ones look like they’re having a blast! With that said, if you’re considering a tactical wagon, Veer is the best of the best when it comes to aesthetics, quality construction and storage (it folds super flat).

WOODEN SENSORY BUSY BOARD

This adorable and eco-friendly busy board by BusssyJoy safely entertains your toddler while strengthening their gross motor skills! This Montessori style board is also completely sustainable and made from eco plywood—which is actually high quality natural wheat straw. It’s aesthetically pleasing to the eye, and comes in two color palettes—perfect for both genders!

PORTABLE COTTON TENT

Tiny Land

The Tiny Land cotton canvas tent is a very fun and charming gift idea for toddlers and preschoolers. It’s a place where the little ones can have some quiet time and enjoy a picture book. We love that it’s a gender neutral color and comes equipped with twinkle lights and and floor mat.

FLIP TODDLER ROCKER

Wishbone Design Studio

Made from sustainably harvested birch wood, this toddler ride-on by Wishbone Design Studio can be converted from a gentle rocker to a ride-on toy with a simple flip! It’s perfect for babies as young as 1 all the way up to age 5–making this non-toxic toy incredibly sustainable!

Non-Toxic Plush Dolls

Tikiri Toys

Organic and non-toxic dolls make fantastic eco-friendly gifts for children—especially if it’s their first doll. Babies and toddlers are always snuggling or mouthing their favorite toy, so it’s important that their dolls are as organic as possible. The Tikiri Toys dolls are one of our favorite non-toxic doll brands, and they have many cute styles to choose from. To learn more about eco-friendly dolls, see our article here.

LITTLE PITTERPAT Walking Shoes

Little Pitterpat

These cute hand-made crib shoes by Little Pitterpat make the perfect gift for first time walkers. They have durable outer soles that equip your little one with traction and stability, and come in various fun boho and earthy designs! See all of the adorable options at The Natural Baby Company!

ECO STACKING CUPS

Toy Safari

Babies and young toddlers love playing with stacking cups—and the Toy Safari “eco” stacking cups are the perfect plastic alternative! These eco-friendly stacking cups are non-toxic and made from biodegradable wheat straw—making these an awesome sustainable gift for kids!

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WOODEN WOODPECKER BABY WALKER

PlanToys

This baby walker by PlanToys makes a fantastic eco-friendly gift for babies and toddlers—it features a ‘click-clack’ sound when it’s pushed, and features two adorable woodpeckers whose heads move up and down with every step. This walker is also made from sustainably harvested rubberwood trees paired with surplus sawdust chips that are thermally reprocessed to form a durable wood, and finished with E-Zero non-formaldehyde glue, and non-toxic water-based dyes. 

BAMBOO DINNERWARE SET

Whether they’re babies or older toddlers, this bamboo dinnerware set by Bamboo Bamboo is an awesome eco-friendly gift idea! Each component is made from sustainable bamboo and eco-friendly silicone—perfect for a baby’s sensitive gums and teeth!

NATURAL BEECHWOOD TEETHERS

Walnut Tree Infant Love

These adorable wooden teethers by Walnut Tree Infant Love are made from natural and organic beechwood that’s non-toxic and fun for baby to chew on! It’s the perfect gift for parents of a teething baby that needs natural gum relief. For more information on natural baby teethers, see our article here.

GROVIA ALL-IN-ONE CLOTH DIAPERS

Grovia

Reusable cloth diapers are an awesome zero-waste alternative to single use disposable diapers. And the Grovia cloth diapers are some of the best around! It’s a great way to save money, reduce plastic waste and keep your baby’s skin healthy! You can choose from organic cotton, hemp/cotton blend and more! See all the options at The Natural Baby Co!

MONTESSORI WOODEN TOY SET

Promise Babe

This 5-piece Montessori style wooden toy set by Promise Babe is made from sustainable beech wood. Every toy in this eco-friendly gift set is non-toxic and completely safe for your little one to chew on. We love all of the diverse pieces from the rattles to teethers and everything in between!

WOODEN BABY PLAY GYM

Mallify

Baby play gyms are a wonderful opportunity to entertain baby while building their motor skills and strengthening their eyes muscles. But many baby gyms are made from plastic and contain hanging toys that aren’t made from eco-friendly material. Wooden playgyms like the one by Mallify are made with non-toxic wood, and contain fun wooden hanging toys suitable for chewing! It’s a sustainable gift for babies!

TODDLER’S FIRST COLORING BOOK

Honeysticks

The Toddler’s First Coloring Book from Honeysticks is hand-made in New Zealand from 100% recycled paper and features 40 large pages with simple images to spark creativity and play. It’s a fun eco-friendly gift that your little one will love!

WOODEN SWING SET

EcoTribe

For little ones who love to swing, this eco-friendly wooden swing by EcoTribe makes the perfect sustainable gift! It’s made from natural birch wood and equipped with cotton rope. It can be hung in a doorway, porch, or on a tree branch when the weather is ideal! It’s super unique and a great plastic alternative when it comes to swings, and there are several animals to choose from.

PATAGONIA OUTERWEAR

Patagonia makes amazing outerwear made from recycled material that looks incredibly cute. From recycled down jackets to fleece vests, these make awesome sustainable fashion gifts for kids. See all the available styles at The Natural Baby Co.

ACACIA HARDWOOD TODDLER STOOL

Sea Island Imports

Sea Island Imports make the coolest little stools from sustainable acacia hardwood. They have a ton of fun designs and these little chairs make awesome little “rustic” additions to your child’s playroom. These are really great to give as a sustainable gift for a young toddler as well as a preschooler.

HAND-MADE WICKER PRAM

Cackoo

This hand-made wicker doll pram by Cackoo is made from willow and water-based paint. It’s a charming gift for little ones who enjoy playing with dolls and have been wanting a doll stroller. We love the boho style of this doll carriage and little girls will love this as a gift!

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Best Eco-Friendly Gifts For Men

The Best Sustainable Gifts Him

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If you’re shopping for eco-friendly gifts for him, then you’ve come to the right place!

Christmas and other occasions that require gift giving can be pretty wasteful to begin with, so it’s important that we switch our mindset from passive to conscious when it comes to shopping.

There are plenty of really thoughtful and unique plastic-free gifts that are just as trendy, if not cooler, than conventional products. And men love cool stuff.

Are Men Interested In Sustainability?

You bet!

All men are minimalists at heart. They prefer quality over quantity and need over want, which falls perfectly in line with environmentally friendly gift options.

Eco-friendly gifts consist of items that don’t have a negative impact on our environment; they’re reusable, recyclable, compostable and non-toxic.

Sustainable gifts are also more durable and don’t need frequent replacement, which is a product quality that men really like.

Hence, I’ve put together a uniue list of hand-picked eco-friendly gifts for him that we think he’ll really love. They vary from sustainable fashion to environmentally friendly outdoor gear—a little something for everyone on your list.

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MAN GIFT BOX

Man Gift Box

For the outdoorsman who loves camping and lighting fires, the ”Man Gift Box” is full of all the eco-friendly essentials for a fun camping experience. This gift box comes equipped with an insulated tumbler, natural coffee grit soap, masculine scented candle, Rambo style knife and a fire starting survival kit. It’s a nice gift set for an outdoor enthusiast!

Back To The Future Knitted Slippers

By Seay

The man in your life can keep his feet warm and cozy this winter in some hand-knitted Marty McFly’s! Made from yarn and recyclable EVA rubber soles, these nostalgic adult booties by Seay are a rare find and make an awesome Christmas gift for the man who has everything!

COMPOSTABLE PHONE CASE

Pela Case

If the man in your life is in need of a new phone case, consider getting him a compostable phone case by Pela! Compostable phone cases are much better for your health and the environment because they’re non-toxic and will eventually biodegrade (instead of sitting around in landfills)—making these a really cool plastic-free gift for men in need of phone accessories!

DARN TOUGH SOCKS

Darn Tough

The consensus amongst many men that we interviewed (and confirmed via Reddit) is that they want HIGH QUALITY socks. And the best recommended socks based on durability and comfort are DARN TOUGH socks, which come in many styles and will last an insanely long time. It’s a Christmas gift that men will actually put to use.

SAOLA SUSTAINABLE SHOES

Saola Shoes

If the man in your life is in need of some new shoes, consider getting him a pair of sustainable shoes from Saola! Saola shoes are made from recycled and bio-based materials and are really stylish and comfortable. These shoes make a truly awesome eco-friendly gift for men.

UNITED BY BLUE RECYCLED DUFFLE BAG

United By Blue

The 55L Carry-On Duffle by United by Blue is the perfect companion for any travel plans—even the gym! This sustainable duffle bag is made of recycled materials and features a comfortable shoulder strap plus a plethora of interior and exterior pockets. And, for every product purchased, United by Blue removes 1 pound of trash from our waterways! It’s an awesome sustainable gift for men!

BAMBOO BOXERS

Bamboo Cool

Bamboo boxers are incredibly soft, durable and maintain their color through numerous washes. If the man in your life hasn’t experienced the luxury of bamboo viscose boxers yet, then he is in for a treat! These bamboo boxers by Bamboo Cool are an awesome choice when it comes to sustainable boxers and make a great eco-friendly Christmas gift!

STEEL SMART CREDIT CARD CASE

Steel Smart

Help the man in your life protect his contactless credit cards from electronic pickpockets with this stainless steel card holder by Steel Smart. It will last way longer than a traditional wallet and has a sleeker design for easier storage. It’s a really cool sustainable gift for men.

COMPOSTABLE APPLE WATCH BAND

Pela Case

If the man in your life owns an Apple Watch, give him an eco-friendly upgrade with the Compostable Apple Watch Band from Pela Case! This watch band is made from Flaxstic-– an innovative material comprised of a compostable bioplastic elastomer and flax straw materials, which will biodegrade when you decide you no longer want it. It’s an awesome plastic-free gift for men!

ORGANIC BAMBOO T-SHIRTS

Big Boy Bamboo

For the man who needs a few new t-shirts in his closet, consider opting for ultra soft, sustainable and hypoallergenic tees made from organic bamboo viscose. Big Boy Bamboo is your one stop eco-friendly shop for men’s organic bamboo t-shirts at affordable prices, and carries an impressive size range for regular as well as big and tall men (up to size 8XL). These t-shirts make excellent sustainable gifts for men!

Reusable Portable Utensils

Topbooc

Help the man in your life minimize his dependence on single-use cutlery whenever he eats out with this best-selling reusable utensil kit by Topbooc. Reusable utensils are also incredibly handy to have when you’re traveling or dining out and it’s a must-have eco-friendly gift for men!

WOOD BOW TIE SET

Elountik

One of the coolest eco-friendly gifts for men are wooden fashion accessories—like bow ties. Elountik bow ties are hand-made from ethically sourced wood. They’re stylish, unique and totally biodegradable! So if you’re shopping for a bow tie enthusiast, this sustainable bow tie set is perfect!

ORGANIC ZERO WASTE BEARD GROOMING KIT

Viking Revolution

For the bearded man in your life, this zero waste beard grooming kit by Viking Revolution comes with all-organic beard care essentials in a cool reusable metal storage tin. It’s the perfect zero waste gift for the man who prefers natural beard care.

GreenWorks Cordless Electric Push Mower

GreenWorks

If the man in your life needs a new lawn mower, consider an electric option that requires no gas—which means no emissions. The GreenWorks electric lawn mower is a top selling rechargeable eco-friendly mower that runs for 45 minutes (fully charged) and comes with an interchangeable lithium ion battery. It’s an awesome eco-friendly gift for men who love doing yard work.

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EXTRA LARGE WALNUT WOOD CUTTING BOARD

Virginia Boys Kitchen

Men who love to cook deserve a high quality cutting board—one that doesn’t dull your knife and isn’t pretreated with any toxic chemicals. The VBK extra large cutting board is made from durable and sustainable walnut wood, is pretreated with coconut oil and contains juice grooves. It’s an awesome eco-friendly gift for home cooks.

HOODED LONG SLEEVE HEMP TOP

Tentree

Everyone needs that special comfy top in their closet, and this comfortable hoodie by Tentree is it. This sustainable long sleeve hoodie from tentree is made from a blend of hemp and recycled polyester— and for every product sold, tentree plants 10 trees! This top makes both a stylish and environmentally friendly gift for men!

STAINLESS STEEL BLENDER BOTTLE

BlenderBottle

If you’re shopping for a gym enthusiast, this stainless steel protein shaker bottle will make a nice solid zero waste gift for him. The stainless steel BlenderBottle is odor and stain resistant and highly durable—so he won’t need to replace it as frequently as he does with the plastic variety (which develops an odor over time).

CAST IRON SKILLET SET

Utopia Kitchen

Women aren’t the only ones who should get cookware for Christmas—a lot of men enjoy cooking as well. And if they’re a bachelor or moving into their own place, they are definitely going to need some good quality cookware—and cast iron skillets last a long time. This cast iron skillet set by Utopia Kitchen is a great zero-waste gift for men and will last a lifetime.

WALNUT WOOD POLARIZED SUNGLASSES

WoodOnly

Wooden sunglasses are an eco-friendly alternative to traditional plastic frames. These polarized sunglasses by WoodOnly are made from ethically sourced walnut wood, and for every purchase, a tree is planted. These sunglasses are a fun, stylish and sustainable gift for men!

SHAMPOO BARS FOR MEN

Cowboy Shampoo Bar

These hand-made shampoo bars by Apple Valley Natural Soap are incredibly luxurious yet have that subtle masculine scent that men enjoy. Shampoo bars are way more eco-friendly than plastic bottles, save space and are multi-functional (they can be used on your beard and body too!). The man in your life will love this zero waste gift!

NOMADIX RECYCLED TOWEL

Nomadix

The eco-conscious man in your life will love this recycled towel inspired by the beauty of the Smoky Mountains. This towel is made from recycled plastic bottles that have been transformed into a sand-resistant, slip-resistant, and pet-hair resistant fabric. It’s a really cool eco-friendly gift that keeps plastic bottles out of the landfill.

KLEAN KANTEEN INSULATED THERMOS

Klean Kanteen

This insulated stainless steel TKPro thermos by Klean Kanteen keeps your drinks hot for way longer than the competition. It’s the perfect zero waste gift for men who love camping, hiking or simply going on an adventure—they’re even great for work!

ELECTRIC BIKE

Ecotric

Electric bikes are perfect for commuters who live in a crowded metropolitan area, outdoor enthusiasts who need a little help riding up trails, and for those who simply want to get outside and ride around for fun. So for the guy who’s been hinting about wanting an e-bike, consider a top rated one like the Ecotric.

VEGAN LEATHER MEDITATION SEAT

Alexia

Many men practice mindfulness and enjoy meditating—but it’s not always comfortable. Sitting in an erect position for a long period of time can cause leg and back pain, but with the Alexia vegan leather meditation chair, you’ll be able to meditate comfortably. It’s a great gift for men who enjoy yoga and meditation.

The Best Sustainable Gifts For Her

20 Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas For The Sustainable Sweetheart In Your Life

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As consumers, everything we buy has an impact on both our health and the environment. That’s why the shift from passive to conscious shopping has become the new standard.

Now more than ever, people are choosing to buy eco-friendly goods over conventional items—and that’s especially true when it comes to purchasing gift items.

What Are Sustainable Gifts ?

Sustainable gifts are items (or experiences) that are made from environmentally friendly material(s) and can either be reused, recycled, composted, or kept for a lifetime. They don’t contribute to resource depletion, and they most certainly do not require the use of toxic chemicals.

What Are The Benefits Of Purchasing Sustainable Gifts?

Sustainable products are better quality, they help workers in poverty-stricken areas earn fair wages, they produce low waste when it comes to the production process and and they’re much better for your health.


So whether you’re shopping for your wife, mom, daughter, grandmother or best friend, rest assured that there are many sustainable gift options for her that are low-waste and don’t have a negative impact on our environment—especially if you pair them with zero waste gift wrapping!

Our list of eco-friendly gifts for her consists of items that are reusable, compostable, recyclable and non-toxic! From sustainable fashion to ethical beauty products, we’ve listed something special for each and every eco-conscious woman in your life!

20 Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas For The Woman In Your life

Customizable Vegan Makeup

Billion Dollar Beauty

Women everywhere are ditching mainstream makeup brands and opting for Billion Dollar Beauty—a customizable vegan makeup brand that creates cruelty-free makeup and sells it in a way that minimizes waste. You simply purchase a starter box and fill it with magnetic makeup pans of your choice (eye shadows, blush, gloss). This minimizes the need to buy bulky cosmetics and saves a ton a space on your vanity.

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A Zero Waste Starter Kit / Subscription Box

GreenUp

The award-winning GreenUp subscription box is another fun and awesome zero-waste kit full of unique sustainable products. With the GreenUp box, you will get the best green, plastic-free, zero-waste, and clean products on a quarterly basis, and you can cancel anytime!

REUSABLE BAMBOO FACIAL ROUNDS

Eira

These reusable bamboo facial rounds by Eira are a great alternative to disposables. And this zero waste beauty gift set comes with a cotton mesh bag and bamboo holder for storage.

Rattan Boho Earrings

Meekoo

The free spirited fashionista in your life will love these boho-chíc rattan dangle earrings by Meekoo. They’re lightweight and made from sustainable rattan—a fast growing plant that needs little intervention to regrow. As a result, wicker earrings make awesome sustainable fashion gifts for women.

Certified Vegan Socks With A Purpose

Conscious Step

Every pair of of these fair-trade and vegan certified organic socks gives back to a nonprofit organization that’s dedicated to do good in the world. “This set of Socks that Prevent Breast Cancer Gift Box 3pk donates $1 per pair ($3 total) to Keep A Breast and their work to educate young people on breast cancer prevention”. 

ONNO ORGANIC HEMP T-SHIRT

ONNO

This ethically made classic hemp t-shirt by ONNO is ultra soft, durable and hypoallergenic. It’s the perfect gift for women who love supporting sustainable fashion brands. There are many colors to choose from, and it makes a wonderful eco-friendly gift that she will love!

REUSABLE GLASS BOBA CUP

ZenEasy

These days, boba drinks and healthy homemade protein smoothies are trending—so get the woman in your life this gorgeous glass boba tumbler with bamboo lid and reusable stainless steel straws by ZenEasy. This eco-friendly gift set also comes with a handy carrying pouch that she’ll love.

Ethically Crafted Skincare

Linne

LINNÉ is an ethically crafted skincare line formulated exclusively from superlatively sourced plants and minerals. These hard-working yet gentle products effectively address a range of skin concerns, including but not limited to acne, dehydration, inflammation, hyperpigmentation, sensitivity and premature aging. So if she loves good quality skincare, this brand offers many giftable starter kits in various sizes!

RECHARGEABLE HAIR EPILATOR

Braun

If she hates shaving, consider getting her a rechargeable hair epilator, like the one above by Braun (which has great reviews!) and works like waxing—without the mess. This zero-waste beauty gift is a great way to avoid buying razors and shaving cream!

REUSABLE WINE TUMBLER SET

Barluxia

Sure, you can get her one wine tumbler, or you can get her a gift set with reusable diamond shaped ice cubes, reusable straws, lids and a charming wooden storage crate by Barluxia. This eco-friendly gift for her is a hit!

Portable Utensil Kit

Topbooc

For the woman who’s always out and about, consider getting her a stylish portable utensil set to help her avoid single use cutlery when she’s eating out. Topbooc stainless steel portable utensils are available in many colors and come with a stylish carrying case.

Ethical Jewelry By Juliet&Oliver

Juliet&Oliver

Juliet&Oliver is a full-service, ethical and eco-friendly jewelry studio which specializes in nickel free fine jewelry emanating from morally-conscious pure resourcing. In other words, this gorgeous jewelry is both hypoallergenic and environmentally friendly.

SAOLA Sustainable Shoes

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For the woman who has everything, why not get her a pair of sustainable shoes made from recycled and bio-based materials! Saola Shoes makes really comfortable eco-friendly shoes from recycled plastic, plant material and other unconventional material like algae. These casual shoes make awesome eco-friendly gifts for women!

AJNA ORGANIC YOGA MAT

Ajna

When it comes to Yoga, mats made from non-toxic organic material are way better for both your health and the environment. The AJNA Eco Yoga Mat is made from organic jute and is sweat stain resistant. These yoga mats are also ethically made and each purchase plants a tree! It’s the perfect eco-friendly gift for yoga enthusiasts!

5-WAY ORGANIC COTTON KNIT PONCHO

Viverano

This luxuriously soft organic cotton poncho by Viverano can be worn in 5 different ways and is perfect for in-between seasons. It’s great for the home and outings and makes a fabulous sustainable fashion gift that’s both cozy and stylish.

Metal Wine Cork Holder

Epic Products, Inc

Give the wine lover in your life a fun wine cork holder that’s shaped like a purse! This hand-made metal wine cork holder by Epic Products, Inc makes the perfect zero-waste gift because it’s stylish, and after it fills up, you can compost your corks or take them to Whole Foods, where they can be recycled.

French Press Coffee Maker

Barista Warrior

A french press is one of the most eco-friendly ways to make coffee! They contain reusable filters and don’t need electricity to work—just add hot water. And because women love their coffee, a french press like the one above by Barista Warrior is an awesome and appreciated sustainable gift for her.

Vegan Beauty Subscription Box

VeganCuts

Women love unboxing assorted beauty products—especially if they’re vegan and cruelty-free. With the VeganCuts beauty subscription box, you’ll get 4+ full-size assorted vegan beauty products! And if you don’t want to commit to a long-term subscription, just do one month’s worth—which is basically a one time purchase!

Bamboo Hairbrush Set

Boodboo

The majority of hairbrushes out there are made from plastic and need to be replaced frequently. Bamboo hairbrushes like the one by Boodboo are sustainable, durable and great for the scalp. It’s a wonderful sustainable gift idea for any woman.

Stylish Cork Purse

Tikea

Purses are essential wardrobe staples, and the bigger they are, the better. Cork purses are a great buy because cork is basically vegan leather, making it extremely durable and it will last a long time. Some cork purses, like the one by Tikea, even come with fun geometric patterns—making it a fun eco-friendly gift for women.

Solid BeeS Wax Lotion Bars

Honey House Naturals

Body lotion can be so wasteful because it’s packed in plastic, but solid moisturizing bars are a wonderful alternative. Honey House Naturals makes ultra moisturizing bees wax lotion bars infused with essential oils and butters for an all-natural and zero waste personal care experience.

ZERO WASTE CHEF COOKBOOK

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Whether she’s a home chef or simply trying to minimize food waste, this cookbook by the Zero Waste Chef has all the best ways to do it! Anne-Marie Bonneau shows you how to use food scraps to create some pretty delicious meals to minimize food waste—making this book an awesome zero-waste gift!

Organic Skin Care Gift Set By Apple Valley Natural Soap

Apple Valley Natural Soap

Apple Valley Natural Soap makes the best hand-made organic skincare products—including decadent shampoo bars! Their gift boxes sell pretty quickly, so snag one today! And don’t be shy, get some shampoo bar samples for yourself while you’re there!

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Best Eco-Friendly Gifts Of 2021

The Most Sustainable Holiday Gifts For Your Zero-Waste Friends And Loved Ones

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The 2021 holiday season is all about sustainable gift giving!

Times are changing, and consumers are more willing to pay for environmentally friendly products that not only help save money in the long run, but also help minimize plastic pollution and lower their carbon footprint. Simply put, more folks are going ‘green’ to help save the planet!

That’s why this holiday season, eco-friendly gifts and zero-waste gift wrapping are going to be a huge trend. And thankfully, there are a ton of eco-conscious brands that make some really cool zero-waste and environmentally friendly products which help jumpstart and facilitate a greener lifestyle.

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An eco-friendly gift can be anything that’s organic, non-toxic, reusable, upcycled, recyclable, compostable or helps minimize pollution and save energy—stuff that’s great for both you and the planet.

You also don’t have to limit your gift options to just reusable straws and mesh produce bags—there are a lot of eco-friendly gift options that are alternatives to trendy mainstream products—just made more ethically and sustainably (like clothing, jewelry, home decor, beauty products and more) and that’s because people are finding new ways to make everyday items more green.

To help you find that perfect sustainable Christmas gift for a friend or loved one, we put together a thoughtful list of environmentally friendly gift options that help lower one’s carbon footprint, save money in the long run, and improve one’s overall health and wellbeing.

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Wooden World Wall Map

Enjoy The Wood

For the travel enthusiast in your life, consider this unique 3D wooden [wall] map that comes equipped with push pins so that you can document your travel journey. Not only is this map hand-made from sustainable birch wood, it’s also incredibly beautiful and looks fabulous in any room of the house! A Glow in the dark version is also available on their direct website.

GreenUP Subscription Box

GreenUP Box

With the GreenUP subscription box, your loved ones can unbox an assortment of zero-waste goodies every quarter! And if you love the thought of this eco-friendly essentials box, but don’t want to commit to recurring payments, you can do a one time purchase! We personally love this box and thinks it’s one of the best zero-waste subscription boxes on the market!

Indoor Hydroponic Garden

Aerogarden

With this ‘smart’ indoor hydroponic garden, you can grow 6 different herbs (included) completely without soil—just water. This hydroponic system is especially great for beginner gardeners because the control panel notifies you when it’s time to add water and nutrients (included), and the LED light turns on and off automatically. This is a very sustainable gift and great way to save money on herbs!

Reusable Glass Spray Bottle Set

Freaking Essential

These days it’s all about natural hand-made cleaning solutions and having a non-toxic home. These cute reusable glass cleaning bottles with silicone sleeves by Freaking Essential help you accomplish your DIY cleaning goals! They even come packaged in a giftable and compostable cardboard box and include a silicone funnel plus label sheets.

Indoor ‘Smart’ Compost Bin

Vitamix

You don’t need a huge outdoor compost bin to compost! The Vitamix 068051 Food Cycler sits comfortably on your kitchen counter and turns food scraps (including chicken bones) into fertilizer in just hours! Countertop compost bins are a great way to divert food waste from heading to the landfill and makes a fantastic gift for someone who wants to have a more sustainable kitchen.

Coconut Bowl Set

Jungle Culture

It doesn’t get any better than eating out of organic dinnerware. These reclaimed coconut bowls by Jungle Culture and wooden utensils are ethically sourced and hand-carved by local artisans in Vietnam. They are absolutely stunning and make perfect eco-friendly gifts for really just about anyone.

Luxury Bamboo Towel Set

Mosobam

We use towels on a regular basis, which means that we can never have too many. And if you’re considering giving someone a new towel set, go for bamboo fabric! Bamboo towels have a luxurious, soft feel. They’re also more durable and absorbent than cotton. Mosobam makes beautiful bamboo towel sets which includes two jumbo sized towels. It’s the perfect addition to anyone’s sustainable bathroom.

Foldable Reusable Cotton Grocery Bags

Eco Friends

For a more eco-friendly shopping experience, consider these reusable cotton bags by Eco Friends. These reusable bags make excellent zero-waste gifts because they’re fairly large, can fold into a small soda-can sized shape (with a snap button that secures it in place), and can be washed and reused endless times.

Beeswax Wrap Kit

HoneyAlley

Anyone will appreciate beeswax wraps as a gift because it’s a fantastic plastic alternative to cling wrap and is foreign to a lot of people—so they’ll be intrigued! This beeswax kit by HoneyAlley contains 7 wraps in various sizes and comes in a cute giftable package.

Luxury Shampoo Bars

Apple Valley Natural Soap

Shampoo bars are an eco-friendly alternative to bottled shampoo and make excellent gifts for both men and women. To make a great impression, choose hand-made shampoo bars from Apple Valley Natural Soap—a family owned brand that makes beautifully scented shampoo bars for both genders that leaves hair so conditioned, you won’t need a conditioner. You can buy several and arrange them in a gift basket.

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Zero Waste Lunch Kit

EarthHero

Help a friend or loved one save both money and the environment with this zero waste lunch kit, put together by Earth Hero. This eco-friendly kit contains all the essentials that are needed for a zero-waste meal when you’re on the go! We love zero-waste kits as gift options because a lot of the time, people don’t know where to start when it comes to sustainable living, and zero-waste kits are a great introduction to sustainable products.

Tankless Water Heater

EcoSmart

Help a loved one save 50% on water heating costs with the EcoSmart tankless water heater. This tank alternative delivers endless hot water, while at the same time saving space, time, money, and allowing you to reduce your overall energy and water use. It’s a great gift for someone who wants a more energy efficient home.

Travel Utensil Set

Topbooc

You’d be surprised how many people have invested in portable utensil kits this year! Consumers have purchased reusable travel utensils not only to eliminate their dependence on single-use plastic cutlery, but to also protect their health when eating out! Travel cutlery comes in all types of eco-friendly forms, but we really love this stainless steel reusable utensil kit by Toobooc (and it’s offered in many more colors).

Portable Mini Washing Machine

Laundry Alternative

Get the camping enthusiast in your life a portable ‘mini’ washing machine. This portable washer by Laundry Alternative is great to use at camp sites, small apartments and for times when the power goes out. It does not require electricity and a small load of clothing can be cleaned in 2 min.

Natural Scrub Brush Set

Hello Nature

This natural scrub brush set by Hello Nature is a wonderful eco-friendly alternative to traditional kitchen sponges that pollute our oceans with micro-plastic and have to be replaced on a regular basis. This natural brush set contains bamboo handles and durable plant-based scrubbing fibers.

Compostable Phone Case

Pela Case

Compostable phone cases are rising in popularity not only because they’re plant-based and great for the environment, but because they’re made with non-toxic material that won’t harm you (unlike mainstream phone cases). Pela cases are one of the best biodegradable phone case brands on the market, and donate 1% of all proceeds to environmental nonprofit charities.

Zero-Waste Dental Kit

Leafico

The bathroom produces a lot of plastic waste—especially when it comes to our dental routine. This zero-waste dental kit by Leafico comes equipped with bamboo toothbrushes, biodegradable floss and a stainless steel tongue scraper. It’s a great gift for anyone who’s been curious about bamboo dental products.

BEE HOUSE

Beaks And Paws

Save the bees and pollinate your garden with this charming hand-crafted bee house by Beaks And Paws. It’s the perfect eco-friendly gift for a gardener and helps attract a wide array of insects that help pollinate your flower and vegetable garden!

Zero-Waste Laundry Kit

EarthHero

We spend a lot of time in the laundry room, and doing laundry uses up a lot of energy, produces quite a bit of micro-plastics, and detergent itself is made from harmful chemicals. This zero-waste laundry kit contains all the essentials for a non-toxic laundry routine. The bundle includes plant-based laundry strips, a Cora Ball that traps micro-plastics, a laundry stain removal stick, wool dryer balls and a natural mesh bag—making an awesome zero-waste gift.

Reusable Tumbler

Beast

The Beast is by far my favorite reusable insulated tumbler because it’s massive, and allows me to ditch single use water bottles and helps me save money on coffee by NOT stopping at that one popular coffee shop. This reusable tumbler also comes in a giftable box and comes in a variety of colors to choose from.

Cork Lunch Bag

VonNova

Cork is the new vegan leather, and items made from cork, such as this lunch tote by VonNova will last an incredibly long time. This eco-friendly lunch bag is perfect for both men and women and also comes with a free stainless steel spork!

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