‘Tis the season to give and receive, and amidst all the wrapping paper, plastic toys and packages from Amazon, you may be thinking: How can I make the holidays more sustainable for my friends and family this year? When ticking items off your wishlist, a few questions to ask include:
- How was this product made, and by whom?
- What packaging does it arrive in?
What does the end of the gift’s lifecycle look like?
Another way to keep gifts low- or zero-waste is to consider whether the recipient will actually use them. With that in mind, we’ve curated finds for the special people in your life.
FOR YOUR IN-LAWS
Impress your mother-in-law with a cozy Alpaca wool throw made from natural alpaca fibers sourced in Peruvian Andes. Soothing colorways that will keep her warm and match her decor. Another fail-safe trick for your partner’s parent? You can’t go wrong with one of our robes.
For him, grab a pair of Bombas socks in a fun pattern – for each pair you buy, a pair is donated to homeless shelters and other people in need.
FOR YOUR KID’S TEACHER
Make your child’s classroom more sustainable (and organized) with a set of reusable Stasher bags. A reusable water bottle or tumbler keeps single-use plastic bottles from going in the landfill, and helps your favorite teacher stay hydrated while running after little ones. We like Mira’s sleek designs. If you’d prefer giving a gift card to a local restaurant or store, ask if you can email the amount instead of picking up a plastic gift card.
FOR YOUR HUSBAND
Reduce his shoes’ carbon footprint! Put a new spin on the classic slipper by selecting an upcycled pair from Allbirds, made from reused scraps from the brand’s signature wool shoes.
FOR THE NEW MOM
Support new parents, literally. Made from performance fabric of recycled materials, Cub Wrap is an award-winning hands-free baby wrap that blends flexibility and functionality so parents can keep their babies close while on the go.
Don’t forget to pamper mom too! Browse the clean beauty products at Paris Laundry, which stocks cult favorites like RMS Beauty and vets all products to be guaranteed nontoxic and high-performing. The Everywhere Oil and Release Magnesium Salt Soak are house brand favorites.
At Leena & Lu, our natural antibacterial and reusable makeup remover pads and headband are made with the remnants of cotton from our pajamas. Each purchase with help us donate more undergarments made from pattern cuttings of our organic Pima cotton to children in need in our native Peru. Pick up some more for stocking stuffers and for yourself!
Let us know how you shop sustainably this season on Instagram @leenaandlu or by sending us a letter to Santa at firstname.lastname@example.org.