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Low-Waste Holiday Gift Guide

October 29, 2020 4 min read

Low-Waste Holiday Gift Guide

Low-Waste Gift Guide

As the holiday season approaches, we are bombarded with reminders to show our loved ones how much they mean to us in the form of gifts. Simultaneously, consumers feel the burden of anthropogenic climate change and want to do their part to help the Earth. 

So, what’s the solution? Give sustainable, eco-friendly gifts instead of random odds and ends that will likely become unnecessary clutter or make their way into landfills.

This holiday season, give the gift of a better future for our planet and all who inhabit it. Low-waste gifts will show your loved ones just how much you care while helping them decrease the number of chemicals and plastics in their daily routines. Plus, certain gifts — like reusable water bottles and straws — can help them decrease their use of single-use plastics and carbon footprint. Whether your loved ones are only beginning their low-waste journey, or they’re seasoned pros, we believe our products can find a special place in anyone’s home.

Low and Zero Waste Gifts

shampoo and conditioner bars

Gifts for the Hair Care Obsessed

Our shampoo and conditioner bars are a no-brainer. These are by far our best-selling products and for good reason. Free of plastic packaging, SLS, fillers, silicones, and capable of lasting 75+ washes, these bars are unmatched. Our shampoo bars leave hair fresh and clean, without stripping it of its natural nourishment the way traditional shampoos do.

Pair your shampoo and conditioner bars with our plastic-free bamboo comb. The wide-toothed design gently glides through tangles without creating breakage. The comb comes plastic free and can be composted at the end of its life.

low waste kitchen essentials

Zero Waste Gift Ideas for the Kitchen Lover

We offer plenty of options that help eliminate plastic usage in the kitchen. Our solid dish soap is free of plastic packaging, dyes and artificial fragrance, and leaves dishes squeaky clean. Small but mighty, our bar can replace approximately two to three bottles of traditional dish soap and keep countless plastic bottles out of landfills. If you prefer not to use the tin or wish to reuse the tin from a prior purchase, check out our completely package-free solid dish soap refill!

We recommend pairing our solid dish soap with our bamboo dish brush or our small-but-mighty dish scrubber

Check out the kitchen section of our website for more details and ideas!

Daily antioxidant serum

Gifts for the Skin Care Savvy

Our Daily Antioxidant Serum is an incredible multi-tasking skin care product. With ingredients like vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and astaxanthin, it helps to brighten, hydrate, and protect the skin. We also have body wash bars and a Hair & Body Oil to keep your friend looking and feeling their best while enjoying more sustainable living. We even offer reusable bamboo cotton rounds that are much more environmentally friendly than disposable rounds. 

Compostable lip balm

Stocking Stuffers

In the colder and drier months, we all need a good lip balm. Luckily, unlike the wasteful packaging of most traditional lip balms, The Earthling Co.’s peppermint lip balm is packaged 100 percent plastic-free and BPA-free and is 100 percent biodegradable! It also contains organic ingredients and sustainably sourced beeswax. Our lip balm will leave lips super soft and — dare we say — mistletoe ready.

A bamboo toothbrush may not strike you as the most exciting gift. But how about a toothbrush that, unlike its traditional counterparts, won’t sit in a landfill for 1,000 years? We think that is something to be excited about! Our bamboo toothbrush is plastic packaging-free and backyard compostable. Just remove the castor bean oil bristles!

Body wash bars are a useful staple in any home. Lucky for you, our body wash bars double as hand soaps bars and are gently crafted with plant-based ingredients and scented delicately with essential oils. Our body wash bars come in a variety of delightful variations. With so many scents and levels of exfoliation to choose from, there’s a soap bar for everyone! They are one of the best zero-waste gifts since everyone uses soap. And helping your friend make the switch from soap that comes in plastic bottles is an excellent gift to Mother Earth. 

body wash bars

Gifts for your Choosy Loved One

We all have someone in our lives who is near impossible to shop for. If you’re just not sure what low-waste goodies to give a friend, let them decide with a bundle! Our Earthling Starter Kit is the perfect way to give your friend or family member the chance to test out a few different products. Our starter kit includes a shampoo bar, conditioner bar, soap dish and a soap saver bag. 

You could also put together your own gift box containing an assortment of our eco-friendly and zero-waste products. Assemble a hair and body kit, or stock them up on kitchen essentials, like our dish scrubber, dish brush and wooden soap dish. With a bit of creativity, you can surely create the perfect gift for even the most challenging recipient. Our Best-Sellers Bundle is a good choice, too!

Finding the Best Reusable Low-Waste Gifts

Shopping for reusable and low-waste gifts can be tricky. We offer a wide selection of these products right here at The Earthling Co., but if you choose to shop elsewhere, there are a few things to keep in mind. For the friend who is always at work or on the go, check out bamboo utensils. Unlike disposable plastic utensils, they are reusable. And once they’ve reached the end of their usable life, they are biodegradable. 

Stainless steel water bottles are an excellent choice for anyone who is struggling to stay adequately hydrated, and these sustainable products are way better than plastic bottles. Giving a friend or family member glass food storage containers or glass jars is also an excellent way to help them with going zero waste. If you are on your own zero-waste journey, the holiday season is also a wonderful time to share your favorite products with loved ones and inspire them to reduce their waste.