The Best Sustainable Gifts to Give to Your Eco-Conscious Friends

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Welcome to the Hunker Holiday Gift Guide. From joyful decor picks to gifts that give back, these items are sure to delight everyone on your list.

Of course, we should always shop sustainably, but it's extra important to do so throughout the holidays. It is during this joyful season that people tend to produce more waste than any other time of the year, so every eco-friendly purchase can help offset that damage. If we've convinced you to gift green, you're in luck — this guide is dedicated to covetable items that treat the planet kindly. From DIY candle kits to a recycled blanket, these are the best sustainable gifts you can buy in 2020.

1. Allbirds Trino Tubers, $16

Between using renewable materials and buying offsets, Allbirds has managed to make its breathable, non-slip tube socks carbon neutral. What's even better is the innovative combination of eucalyptus fiber and ZQ Merino wool that's soft and moisture-wicking.

2. Baggu Standard Reusable Bags (set of 3), $36

Say goodbye to plastic grocery bags with this Baggu pack of three recycled, ripstop nylon totes. They're incredibly light and easily foldable into little pouches, so you can bring them with you wherever you go.

3. Bamboozle Bamboo Nesting Bowls (set of 7), $74

Bamboozle turns fast-growing, low-impact bamboo into sleek, simple kitchen goods like this set of colorful, sturdy nesting bowls. With seven sizes that range from 4-inch to 11-inch, you'll always have the appropriate one on-hand.

4. Boll & Branch Women's Flannel Robe, $95

With a commitment to organic cotton, fair trade manufacturing, and shipping by boat, Boll & Branch has saved over 590 million gallons of water and 21,000 metric tons of carbon emissions. Its velvety flannel robe is equally impressive, especially in this festive red plaid.

5. Blueland The Everyday Clean, $69

Your favorite clean freak will appreciate the opportunity to cut out single-use plastic with this bundle of six reusable containers and non-toxic cleaning formulas. It includes natural, eco-friendly sprays and soaps that will become instant essentials.

6. Coyuchi Full Circle Recycled Blanket, from $148

To craft this cozy, woven blanket, organic bedding brand Coyuchi uses recycled cotton from its "2nd Home" program, which allows customers to send back old linens for a discount on their next order. That's why it's called the "full circle" blanket.

7. Kessy Beldi Moroccan Recycled Bottle Glasses and Carafes, from $32

Each piece of Kessy Beldi's classic Moroccan teaware collection is mouth-blown from recycled glass in a factory in Marrakech. The signature raised edge both adds a playful element and a helpful grip when drinking hot beverages.

8. MINNA Shapes + Lines Sustainable Mask, $15

MINNA and its artisan partners in Mitla, Mexico use production waste from gorgeous scarves and towels to fabricate these stylish face masks. Plus, the company donates a mask to an organization in need for every mask purchased.

9. Peg and Awl Reclaimed Wood Rolling Pin, from $56

Whether you go for reclaimed oak or walnut, this smooth, wooden rolling pin is a winner. It's gently tapered, which bakers believe is the ideal shape for pressing out dough evenly and with precision.

10. Raven + Lily Upcycled Horn Bowls (set of 3), $85

These stunning serving bowls are handmade from upcycled blonde and dark horn by artisans in Kenya. The small, medium, and large nest together for convenient storage, but shine best sitting side by side and filled with snacks or trinkets.

11. Siblings Scent No 01 Candle Kit, $22

To create your own candle with this Siblings kit, all you have to do is microwave the eco-friendly wax in its plant-based packaging, center a wick in your favorite vessel, and pour. This No 01 fragrance is a blend of delicate rose, citrusy bergamot, and earthy oakmoss.

12. Terrain Reclaimed Teak Cutting Board, from $58

Reclaimed teak wood makes this circular cutting board look rugged and rustic. Its rounded handle and distinct, wavy grain are beautiful enough to move from the kitchen to the table.


Morgan Goldberg is a writer based in Los Angeles. She likes pasta, hiking, and crossword puzzles.

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