Gifts that Give Back to the Earth

Earth Day falls on April 22nd each year, since it started back in 1970 following an environmental wave (in response to a major oil spill.) On April 22, 1970, millions of Americans rallied in the streets to voice their support for the environment. Since then, Earth Day has served as a national day to pull everyone’s focus to earth-friendly actions we can all do. And how small steps to help the Earth do add up. This green gift list includes gift ideas that do just that.

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Sustainably Smart

Anything that reduces the number of one-use water bottles is a sustainable win, and this pretty carafe uses plant-based filters to deliver clean water


Sweat happens to the best of us, so this fast-drying microfiber mat keeps your focus on your yoga moves (rather worrying about slipping.) 




More than just a beach bag, this handwoven Moroccan straw bag is the sustainably stylish way to hit up the market — and skip those plastic bags. 




In the world of reusable bottles, non-toxic stainless steel is designed to last  — and these design-forward bottles work with hot or cold drinks (which is pretty swell.) 




Because three is better than one, especially when reusable shopping bags are this cute and the perfect size for a quick trip to the market. 




These fair-trade, New Zealand wool dryer balls are the sustainable alternative to dryer sheets for fluffing your laundry in less time. 




Here's one more use for the classic mason jar — turn it into a stylish French press for your morning coffee. 




What's a-buzz in the kitchen? Beeswax storage flats that make a sustainable chic alternative to tin foil and plastic wrap. 





Skip takeout food — with its disposable containers —  and go for a hip Tiffin set to brown bag your lunch for work.



This faux python pouch represents the best of both worlds — all the style without the environmental conflict. 




Canning is cool again, and these European Weck jars are a beautiful way to turn summer strawberries into a year's supply of jam. 




Growlers are not just for craft brews — you can also use this shiny stainless 64-oz bottle for pressed juice, kombucha, or other homemade drinks. 




This timekeeper is made of eco-friendly teak and bamboo, and its modern style elevates eco to the next level. 


Drink up, and then collapse this water bottle so it stores flat when you're on the go. 


You can feel good about curling up next to this tabletop fireplace, which gives you all the ambience without the soot. 


Let the sun turn your cookout into the most sustainable one on the block. 


Imagine how many razor blades end up in a landfill, and then you'll see why this razor blade sharpener — a simple solution — adds up as a big sustainable solution. 


Tap into a stylish way to stay hydrated and keep plastic bottles out of landfills (where 22 billion bottles end up each year.)  




One more eco reason to grill up dinner: you can barbecue under solar-powered light. 


This collar stay punch proves he doesn't need to sacrifice style to be kinder to the environment. 


Recycled or Reclaimed

Wine bottles find a second life as stylish glasses for the eco-conscious hostess. 




Bamboo frames makes these polarized sunglasses eco-friendly and unexpectedly rad. Plus, if the shades fall while you're in the water, they'll actually float. 




The humble sock turns into a sustainable fashion statement with these stylish, upcycled threads. 




It's easy to sing the praises of birdhouses made from recycled plastic bottles — that attract songbirds.  



Think beyond off-the-grid camping trips for this LED rechargeable lantern — as it's also the perfect nightlight for the loo. 



Rather than toss those wine corks at the end of the night, you can save them to make your own handy trivet — filled with memories of good times. 


Uncork a stylish watch that gets renewable right — plus keeps you from checking time on the ultimate distraction (your phone.) 


No plastic, no busy patterns, no cheesy motifs — just one rad shower curtain made of recycled sailcloth fabric. 


These recycled glass globes are bursting with color — because recycling goes beyond cardboard brown. 


Powered by the sun, and inflated by cool design, these solar lanterns are the complete package. 


Pick up a recycled rubber doormat for the home, and save yourself some cleaning — since about 80 percent of dirt comes in off our feet. 


Store your go-to wine bottles on a reclaimed snow ski rack — and give your living room a lift on style. 


If hockey is his sport, this game-used hockey puck bottle opener will be a gift gamechanger. 


She'll love decorating with these recycled glass globes. And these accents for the home show how recycled can mean vibrant colors (not just cardboard brown). 


Earth Minded

This vegetarian cookbook shares how to be closer to nature with vegetarian recipes that require few ingredients or effort — since what we eat does impact the Earth. 


Finally, chocolate you don't have to feel guilty about! These yummy chocolate bars are ethically-sourced and donate to help wildlife organizations of endangered animals featured on their wrappers. 




These modern wood blocks will stand the test of time for durability — and keep children's imaginations building up. 




Modern illustrator Julia Rothman shares fun-to-read educational guides to entertain your curiosity on nature and what farm life is all about.  


Anyone who tends to a garden needs a solid set of pruners — and these classic pruners are made to last. 




Earth-minded bamboo makes this foxy baby blanket a real catch. 




A wicking system brings water right up to the plants' roots, so you can grow herbs in a pretty mason jar, right on your windowsill. 




Tough on stains, easy on the Earth, free of harsh chemicals, and cute packaging to boot — this laundry powder is full of good sense for your clothes. 





Fill your living space with rainbows (thank you, sun) and watch everyone's mood brighten. 



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Author Ashley English dives deep into modern homesteading, so you can have a guide to do anything from pickling cucumbers to raising a flock of chickens. 


Connect back with Earth, since gardens give us food, and you can even create a garden in a fun, modular box design. 


Producing these natural beeswax crayons makes a smaller impact on the Earth, and their jumbo size is perfect for little drawers. 




Bring nature indoors with a tiny forest of Redwoods that are mighty eye-catching. 


Harness the power of the sun to keep your phone from running out of battery. 


When you're just starting out in gardening, start small — like a growbox that gives you everything you need to grow strawberries right outside your window. 


Want to dig deeper to find gifts that connect with the Earth? Then be sure to check out these unique gifts for green thumbs, the best outdoorsy gifts, and gifts for your favorite gardener

By: Jen L'Italien  |  Mar 24, 2017


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