Sometimes finding a sustainable gift that does good for the planet can feel impossible. To help, we’ve gathered 5 sustainable gifting ideas to embrace in 2022, so you can give guilt-free this season!
- Gift a plant instead of cut flowers.
Plants are not only a simple way to bring life into any space, but they are the gift that keeps on giving! While most flowers last 1-2 weeks, houseplants will last months (if not years!) with proper upkeep. Visit your local florist for seasonal recommendations and care information.
Tip: Succulents and other low-maintenance plants are great for friends with little to no green thumb abilities!
- Gift an experience instead of a thing.
Instead of buying things for the sake of buying, opt for giving an experience, instead! Something as simple as a day out hiking together, exploring your city, or taking a cooking class is not only more sustainable but also creates a much more memorable experience. Choose to do something they love instead of collecting items that will end up in a landfill one day.
Tip: Get creative! Browse your local Eventbrite and Groupon pages to see what one-of-a-kind experiences are happening near you.
- Bake instead of buy.
Surprise that special someone with homemade sweets, granola, or even a fresh loaf of bread! Cooking is truly a labor of love and generates little waste that is ultimately compostable. Personalize the dish to their palate and create something sweet that they are sure to remember!
Tip: Not a baker? No problem! Shop from local bakeries, coffee shops, and restaurants to create a delicious assortment that is sure to make an impression.
- Replace wrapping paper with a reusable basket.
Reduce waste and elevate your gift by using reusable baskets and containers instead of wrapping paper. Thrift stores usually have a large and eclectic mix of baskets and bowls that are perfect for gifting. This not only adds to the gift but turns into something they will use again instead of adding additional waste.
Tip: If you opt for traditional wrapping, try using materials found around your home. Items like newspaper, foliage, fabric, or kraft paper add a unique touch while reusing materials!
- Shop sustainable products.
If you choose to shop, try going for sustainably made products. Fairtrade, vintage, and products made from recycled materials are all great options for more sustainable gifting!
Tip: Labels are key. Check the labels on your products for the correct ‘Fair Trade’ and ‘Recyclable’ certifications. Many products are falsely advertised as “all-natural” or “eco-friendly” without any real data to back them up!
This year, gifting sustainably shouldn’t have to be a challenge. Choosing products and methods that make a positive impact is key for a more sustainable future for us all.
ECO Storage products are all made from up to 99% recycled materials, creating storage that gives a second life to plastics. For more sustainability and organization inspiration, follow us on Facebook and Instagram! Click here to explore more ECO Storage products.