Make a difference this holiday season with these eco-friendly gifts

Sustainability is a buzzword right now, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t continue to stand for a conscious effort to preserve and protect natural environments and resources.

If you’re out of gift ideas for the upcoming holiday season, or want to switch things up for your loved ones, check out these items that pack an eco-friendly punch.

Patagonia Recycled Cashmere collection

The women’s recycled cashmere crew. Photo: Patagonia

For the quality-minded person in your life, think about gifting Patagonia’s recycled cashmere collection. Luxurious fabrics meet sustainable manufacturing in one stylish package.

Demand for cashmere has severely outpaced supply, leading to overgrazing of cashmere goats, resulting in desertification of the delicate grasslands in Mongolia, according to Patagonia. By using scraps of the material from the factory and incorporating it into new clothing, Patagonia is working to lessen the demand for virgin cashmere.

Avasol sunscreen

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Not only is the sunscreen made form pure, organic ingredients, (including natural oils, waxes and minerals), the package itself is bio-based and refillable.

Avasol also participates in 1% for the Planet, an organization that helps individuals and businesses make the greatest impact possible, and donate funds to vetted, trusted non-profits.

Reusable silverware/utensils

Made in the USA helps combat pollution put off by shipping product across the world. Photo: Keep Wild Co.

There are lots of reusable utensil options out there, but this option from Kimi Werner, expert spear fished and free diver, really stands out from the crowd.

The “Bring It” Utensil Kit comes in a hand-crafted leather pouch, and features a fork, spoon, knife, straw, straw cleaner, chopsticks, and a cloth napkin, so that wherever you go and whatever you eat, you’re covered.

Reusable water bottle

Corkcicle’s Waterman canteen collection is perfect for athletes looking to stay hydrated. Photo: Corkcicle

The benefits of using a reusable, insulated water bottle are pretty obvious at this point, but consider this gift for anyone you know that continues to rely on plastic water bottles.

Parents, grandparents, or anyone unaware of the single-use plastic epidemic could benefit from one of these. There are plenty of sizes and colorways to choose from, so customization is easy and great for gift-giving.

Outerknown’s Project Nomadic

The Found Journey tee is a great gift for the surfer in your life. Photo: Outerknown

Outerknown’s brand mantra, “Sustainability for All,” speaks to their dedication to producing an ethically-sourced, environmentally-minded product.

With their new Project Nomadic line, Outerknown is speaking to the core surf audience, while continuing to make a quality product (at a more affordable price).

Donate to a National Park, charity, or non-profit

Got a cousin who loves Arches National Park? Donate to the park in their name. Photo: Alina Aigner/Unsplash

Giving a gift doesn’t always mean products need to be exchanged. Donating to your friends’ and family’s favorite national park, charity or non-profit is a personal, heartfelt way to show you care about causes they support.

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