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Christmas Gift Guide: Environmentalist Edition

I don’t know about you, but I am in full-fledged Christmas mode this time of year; I’ve made my list and checked it twice and am getting more and more excited to give my friends and family the gifts I’ve picked out for them!

Today I’ve decided to help you also get a head start on your Christmas shopping with this handy gift guide, geared towards your eco-friendly friends. In the past, I’ve done travel-themed gift guides and even a beach bum themed gift guide, so today I wanted to change things up and share some neat “green gifts” that you can put under the tree this year.

Beauty

Niu Body Face Serum

Niu Body was founded by two boss babes who wanted to redefine natural and organic skincare and provide approachable products with an affordable price tag. All of Niu Body’s products are 100% vegan, cruelty-free, and made right here in Toronto. (My personal favorite from them is the “Glow Serum”, it leaves your skin feeling smooth, bright, and healthy!)

Lovacado Face Masks

Using avocado oil as the main ingredient, Lovacado creates all-natural beauty products that are designed to nourish you from the outside in. These products are made in Canada and are paraben free and non-GMO.

Urban Alchemist Body Butter

Urban Alchemist is “skincare for the modern hippy”. They are a Toronto based all natural skin care line that focuses on small-batch products that you can feel good about putting on your body. Their products are 100% natural, fair trade, organic, locally sourced, free from parabens, synthetic preservatives, and harmful fragrances.

Fashion

416 Champion Apparel

416 champion is a clothing company based out of Toronto that makes ethical, sustainable, and eco-minded apparel that represents the heart of the 6ix. Their clothing is all ethically made in Canada in the United States using organic cotton and sustainable fabric, with a primary focus on hemp and bamboo blends.

F*ck Plastic Shirt

Conversation Ocean is a company that designs apparel and stickers to raise awareness about a variety of different causes, one of them being the tremendous amount of plastic pollution in our oceans. These “F*ck Plastic” shirts deliver a strong message that any environmentalist would be proud to boast.

“See the World, Save the World” Shirt

Of course, I have to put a quick plug in here for my own sustainable t-shirts that raise awareness about ocean conservation. My mission when I started Airplanes & Avocados was to see the world while saving it at the same time, that’s where the inspiration for this slogan came about. My t-shirts are designed locally, in a city just west of Toronto, and 10% of every sale is donated to marine conservation organizations.

Cape Clasp Bracelet

Pat, the founder of Cape Clasp, is a down to earth guy trying to make waves in ocean conservation through his marine-inspired bracelets. Not only are Cape Clasp bracelets functional and stylish, but a portion of all profits are donated to various marine organizations around the world.

Vegteebles Shirts

This local, Toronto based company believes that what you put on your body is just as important as what you put into it. Their cute, vegetable pun t-shirts are made from pesticide-free, organic cotton that’s sourced in the U.S. and designed ethically and locally in Toronto.

Norton Point Sunnies

The Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts-based company produces a sunglasses line made from recovered high-density polyethylene (HDPE) ocean plastics, with matching soft cases made from upcycled wetsuit material. These stylish sunnies also making a huge impact with every purchase; Norton Point removes one pound of plastic from the sea for each pair sold, then donates five percent of its net profits to global ocean cleanup.

Food

ChocoSol Traders Chocolate

Another Toronto based company, ChocoSol Traders is committed to producing ecological, nutritious, and delicious bean-to-bar chocolate. The main ingredient in all of their chocolate: cacao, is organically grown and sourced directly from Indigenous communities in Mexico.

Soup Girl Pre-Assembled Soups

Jennifer started soup girl as a way to combine her passions for healthy eating and food sustainability. Her delicious, healthy, vegetarian, dry soup mixes come preassembled in mason jars to minimize waste while maximizing flavor.

Fitzy’s Chocolate

Fitzy’s is a Canadian company specializing in vegan artisan chocolate. Their chocolates come in full-size bars or small, sample size squares. (My favorite is their vegan salted caramel!)

Home

Hydroflask

This is literally the best thing that I have ever bought for myself. I have both the water bottle and coffee tumbler and they have been life-changing. A Hydroflask is a perfect gift for any of your environmentalist friends; they will appreciate being able to reduce their environmental impact while saving money, and drinking their beverages at the perfect temperature!

Reusable Glass Straws

Every year 8 billion tonnes of plastic is dumped into our oceans and one of the most overlooked plastic dangers is straws. Simply Straws is looking to change that by offering an eco-friendly alternative: reusable glass straws. Everything that Simply Straws does, they do with the environment in mind; they power their offices with clean energy and ship their products in compostable packaging.

EcoSphere

This might be one of the coolest green gifts that I have ever seen. The EcoSpere is a completely self-contained and self-sustaining ecosystem encased in glass. Each EcoSphere contains active micro-organisms, small shrimp, algae, and bacteria existing in filtered sea water. Because the EcoSphere is a self-sustaining ecosystem it never has to bed fed or watered, simply provide it with a source of indirect light and enjoy this aesthetic blend of art and science, beauty and balance.

The Sustainable Cookbook

This book will give your family and friends the guidelines to follow when shopping for food and storing it properly in order to ensure maximum sustainability. This book is full of tips on food preparation and cooking techniques to steer your household towards a sustainable future.

Pencils You Can Plant

Sprout pencils let you help the environment by turning your writing utensils into plants. Sprout pencils are made from sustainably harvested FSC certified wood and have a water-activated seed in their tips. Once you’ve finished using your pencil, you plant it, water it, and watch it grow!

Reuseable K-Cup Filter’s

Any coffee loving environmentalist will appreciate a way to make their morning cup of joe a little more sustainable. Traditional plastic K-cups wreak havoc on the environment, so these reusable ones are the perfect solution.

The Omnivores Dilemma

This is one of the most eye-opening books I’ve ever read that really makes you think about the food that we eat. Any environmentalist, vegan or not, will get a lot out of this book and come away with a new understanding of our modern agricultural production and its impact on the environment.

Tech

Solar Powered Phone Charger

This portable back up battery is entirely powered by the sun. You can put this battery in direct sunlight for a few hours to charge it and then have it on hand the next time your phone dies.

Bamboo Speaker

This all-natural iPhone speaker is made from bamboo and act as a sound amplifier for your smartphone. Because these hollowed speakers are made from all-natural bamboo, no two speakers are alike, so you’ll really be giving a one of a kind gift!

Water Powered Alarm Clock

The Drop Bedol Water Alarm Clock runs only on water – no batteries or plugs necessary! The cute piece is even shaped like a drop of water. All you have to do is unscrew the base and fill it with tap water. The alarm clock features a daily or hourly alarm and can be set to a 12-hour or 24-hour clock.

Eco-Friendly Phone Case

Pelacase makes eco-friendly, plastic-free iPhone cases from plant-based materials. They’re produced through low impact manufacturing and can even be composted!

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1 Comment

  • Reply Rosie November 18, 2017 at 7:26 am

    This is a great gift guide, the EcoSphere looks seriously cool. I love the idea that it’s self-sustaining because I am awful at remembering to water/feed plants, so maybe that would be some nice windowsill art that I can get away with neglecting but enjoy looking at.

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