12 Stylish and Practical Eco-Friendly Gifts for A Zero-Waste Life

Presenting a loved one with a thoughtful gift is one of life’s most rewarding pleasures. But these days, it’s important to stay mindful of the environmental impact of each and every one of our purchases, whether we’re buying for ourselves or for others. Luckily, eco-friendly giftss are having a real moment right now, so it’s easier than ever to find the perfect product that says: “I care about the environment–almost as much as I care about you!” Check out this list of the best eco-friendly gifts that are stylish, useful, and appropriate for any occasion!

Best Eco-Friendly Gifts

Incipio Organicore Cases

These organic smartphone cases are actually made out of plants. That doesn’t mean they’re flimsy, though–they can protect your phone when dropped from heights up to six feet. These cases are organic, biodegradable and compostable. Plus, they come in five trendy shades to suit just about anybody’s taste. They’re currently designed exclusively for the Samsung Galaxy S20, but hopefully, if the product gets popular enough, they’ll be available for alternative smartphone models in the future, too!

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GravityLight Portable Self-Powered LED Lamp

Most lights need some form of electricity or battery to function. But this self-powered lamp generates light using nothing more than the force of gravity. Amazing, right? Each light is attached to an empty bag which you can fill with anything that weighs enough to power the unit–a dumbbell, a bag of rice, rocks, whatever you have handy. It will glow for up to twenty minutes while the bag slowly drops.

While these lights aren’t quite as bright as those we’re accustomed to in the common household, they are a perfect tool to keep handy in case of power outages, or in spaces that aren’t wired for electricity, like basements and garages. They’re also portable, so you can take them on camping trips and other outdoor excursions for easy, reliable light.

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Water Filter Pitcher

For a gift that’s chic, practical, and eco friendly, consider the Soma 10-cup filter pitcher. This product is made from BPA-free plastic with a white oak handle, so it’s stylish and sustainable. It filters out elements like copper, chlorine, and mercury from your tap water, and stores ten cups of water while somehow still managing to be compact enough to fit easily in your refrigerator. This gift will ensure you get your suggested eight glasses daily while reducing your carbon footprint. What’s not to love?

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USB-Rechargeable Batteries

Disposable batteries are terrible for the environment. When they pile up in landfills, they release dangerous chemical elements into the atmosphere, leading to pollution in our soil, water sources, and air. That’s why rechargeable batteries like these should become a staple in every eco-friendly household. The Pale Blue brand sells batteries in four commonly used sizes: 9V, AA, AAA, and D. They stand apart from other rechargeable battery brands by charging up super fast and lasting for ages.

These batteries discharge when they’re not being actively used, conserving energy and guaranteeing long battery life. Once a battery is drained, it can be recharged a thousand times, which means a single pack of four batteries can replace more than 4,000 of their disposable counterparts! So in addition to saving the environment, this is a gift that will save you a hefty chunk of change, too.

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FinalStraw 2.0 Portable Collapsible Straw

Traditional plastic straws have become officially uncool. Many cafes and bars have stopped offering them to customers entirely, replacing them with biodegradable alternatives or simply requiring us to sip from the rim of our glasses. Straws do serve more than a merely cosmetic function, though; they can help to prevent staining of the teeth, and avoid spillage when we’re on the go. So why not stay prepared for any circumstance and arm yourself with a portable, reusable straw? 

These stainless steel straws are collapsible and come in a super convenient key-chain carrying case, so you can take them with you everywhere you go. Plus, they come in lots of fun, bright colors, so you can buy a family-pack and never question which straw belongs to which person in your household. This is an eco-friendly gift your friends will rave about!

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MSR TrailShot Pocket-Sized Water Filter

This portable one-handed pumping mechanism filter makes a wonderful gift for the outdoorsy adventurer in your life. It’s lightweight and compact, functioning simultaneously as a filter and water bottle, so it’s ideal for cyclists, hikers, campers and trail runners. It’s also a great tool to have on hand for emergency preparedness, as it will eliminate harmful elements from any water source without the use of iodine or chlorine.

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Durable Aluminum Racing Toy Car

It’s never too early to encourage kids towards environmental consciousness. The Enduro Racer is by far one of the coolest toy cars on the market today, and not just because it’s made from 100% sustainable materials. It’s designed to perform like a dream, with sophisticated steering and suspension to rival any modern sports car. It’s also highly durable, ready to withstand almost any form of abuse a child could put it through. 

The Enduro Racer doesn’t just have to be for kids, either. This item would make a great gift for any environmentally conscious adults who love sports cars. Use it as a desktop paperweight, or let your inner child free and race it through your house. Go ahead, we won’t judge you!

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Bongo Bamboo Retro Bluetooth Speakers

These speakers have such a sleek and trendy retro design, they’d make a great gift even if they weren’t eco friendly. But the fact that they’re made from renewable bamboo is more than just icing on the cake–the material has superior acoustic properties and it’s lightweight, so you can take the party with you wherever you go! It will connect via Bluetooth to almost any device imaginable, and emits powerful but high-quality, balanced sound. You’ll be shocked at how much volume this small accessory can produce.

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Bios Biodegradable Cremation Urn for Humans

Without a doubt, one of the most challenging gifts to select is a condolence gift for a friend who has recently lost a loved one. It’s hard to know what to say to offer comfort and compassion in these times, let alone how to express your sympathies through an inanimate object. 

The Bios biodegradable urn will fit the bill by turning a painful loss into a beautiful completion arc in the circle of life. By placing the ashes of a loved one in the urn and planting it, you can foster the rebirth of their spirit in the form of a tree. The urn itself will decompose over time, leaving no trace, but at the point of purchase, it will come loaded up with everything needed to create a living memorial (except the ashes, of course). It makes the planting process as simple as can be with clear, user-friendly instructions. The kit comes with pine seeds, but these can easily be substituted if you prefer a different plant species.

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Dropps Stain & Odor Laundry Detergent Pacs

There are those among us who would prefer a practical gift over a stylish tchotchke any day. These eco-friendly detergent pods will make easy work of any laundry load, designed to clean and refresh, remove stains, and preserve color. It’s lightly scented with pure essential oils, and everything in this container, including the detergent itself and the box, is fully biodegradable. These natural, non-toxic detergent pods are compatible with any washing machine, so there’s no good reason not to use them in place of your regular detergent.

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Reusable Coffee Cup

One of the simplest ways to reduce your carbon footprint is to stop using disposable cups for coffee and tea drinks. This sustainable coffee cup is as eco friendly as can be, made from BPA-free, non-toxic materials. The cup itself is tempered glass, which is extra durable, with a sustainably sourced cork band to shield your hands from extreme heat or cold. The splashproof, ergonomic lid offers a smooth sip and is ideal for travel. My favorite feature is that this model, unlike most travel mugs, is microwave safe, so you can keep sipping on your favorite beverage all day long. This is a foolproof eco-friendly gift!

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Fresh Air Odor-Free Kitchen Compost Bin

Composting is a great way to repurpose waste in your home, converting trash into fertilizer for your houseplants or garden. But let’s face it: composting can be pretty gross sometimes. This compost bin removes all of the ick factors from the process. It opens at the push of a button, so there’s no need to get your hands dirty. Even better, it’s designed with your sensitive nostrils in mind, allowing for increased airflow inside the bin that will slow the rate of decomposition and prevent foul odors from filling your kitchen. Made of recycled steel and BPA-free recycled plastic, the entire mechanism can be cleaned in the dishwasher, so even the most squeamish neat-freaks couldn’t object.

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