'Tis the Season! 10 Environmentally-conscious gifts for your friends and family this holiday season

With the Holiday’s right around the corner, it is time to start finding gifts for your friends and family. Why not make a difference with your gift? Check out the items below for creative, fun, and beautiful ways to spread the holiday cheer with the environment in mind. 

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Also, with Black Friday approaching, make a goal to try and avoid purchasing fast-fashion and unnecessary goods just because they are a good deal. Instead, try something like #OptOutside and Blue Friday. REI promotes people to get outside, #OptOutside, on Friday to explore and enjoy the outdoors. Similarly, United by Blue is promoting Blue Friday as a day to pick up trash from a local park or beach, even if its for just an hour. Try these fun and enjoyable ways to work off the mashed potatoes and pie from the day before!

Back to the Holidays. These are my top 10 items (in no particular order) that will bring happiness and joy to your loved ones, without degrading the environment. 

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#1. Indulge your skin

with these natural skincare products made from sustainably harvested plants, packaged in reusable glass containers, and made in an amazing mobile ‘Wilderness Lab’ that is solar powered. 



#2. Update your doorstep

with these beautiful and durable doormats made from recycled lobster rope. Handmade in Maine, the lobster epicenter. 




#3. Reimagine packing

with these vibrant backpacks, duffels, and accessories made out of recycled vinyl billboards. 





#4. Brighten your kitchen

with these beautiful napkins and hand towels printed on sustainable textiles, such as hemp, produced in the US. 



#5. Switch out 

your old outfit staples with these colorful and patterned t-shirts and apparel made out of 100% hemp or a combination of organic cotton and hemp. Promoting a Hemp 2020 campaign to try and get every person in a hemp tee by 2020. 



#6. Lessen your plastic use

by switching to reusable water bottles, mugs, to-go containers, cups, and straws. Plus, bonus feature of being vacuum sealed to keep your beverages and food hot or cold for hours.



#7. Support local agriculture

while promoting healthy eating by giving the gift of a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share. Check out this link and put in the zip code of your friend or family member to see if there is a CSA in their area. 



#8. Reimagine running

with footwear by Adidas & Parley for the Oceans that is made from plastic collected from the ocean and coastal areas. Through purchasing their footwear, you can support efforts to reduce oceanic plastic pollution. 



#9. Ditch the plastic bag

and spice up your sandwiches and snacks with these beautiful and reusable bags and wraps. 



#10. Taste the difference

with these delicious, sustainably harvested mushrooms forged and grown on a family operated farm in Jamaica, Vermont. The dehydrated mushrooms come wrapped in biodegradable packaging and Terrafunga is a partner of 1% For The Planet.