Go Green With Your Gift Giving With These 7 Eco-Friendly Gifts
You can make a lot of impact with the gifts you give to others by choosing environmentally friendly items for the people on your gift list. Green gift giving isn’t just for the holiday season. You can opt for green gifts all year long for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and any other occasion. In fact, eco-friendly options exist for kid, adult, family and even business gifts. A great place to do your shopping for green gifts is the Etsy online marketplace, which specializes in handmade items from people and small businesses from all over the world. Many, but not all, of the items listed for sale on Etsy are eco-friendly products made from re-purposed and recycled materials. If you prefer to buy gadgets or other products either made from recycled materials or designed to be fully recyclable when no longer in use, then you might have some difficulty with that on Etsy but other retailers do offer such items. Take a peek below at seven of the hottest eco-friendly items you can give as gifts this year.
1. Bottle Cap Earrings
A fun re-purposed green gift for women is a set of bottle cap jewelry. A variety of Etsy sellers have bottle cap earrings, bottle cap necklaces and bottle cap bracelets available for purchase. Most of the bottle cap jewelry relies on the drink logo and nothing else is done to enhance or change that in anyway. However, some sellers are modifying the bottle caps by flattening them or adding other designs or fabric to them. Most of the jewelry does feature beer bottle caps, but you can find some that use more child-friendly soda bottle caps.
2. Aluminum Can Art
Both soda cans and beer cans are used by Etsy sellers to create numerous types of art, trinket and geeky gift options. This is a great choice for office gifts as well as those hard to shop for people on your list. Some of the more unique green offerings of aluminum can art include a Bud Light cans train set, Coca-Cola can angel ornaments, magnets, mirror frame and a SODABOT pseudo robot.
3. Wine Bottle Light
A cool gift idea for the office or home is a re-purposed wine bottle light. The lights are available in different styles, including just a single bottle or several bottles, such as a bar hanging light. While many of the bottles are simple and make use of the color or design already on the wine bottle, you can also find embellished bottles where the seller has added paint, stones or other designs to the bottle exterior. You can even find some designed as night lights for children.
4. Sweater Toys
Kids of all ages will love the recycled sweater toys that are available from Etsy. They can even be given as pet toys. A wide variety of shapes and fabrics are available, just be sure to check fabric type against any allergies that the gift recipient may have. Giving a child one of these sweater toys ensures that they will have something unlike that of any of their friends.
5. ATP Earth Drive
If someone on your gift list is into gadgets and electronics, then a portable USB may be the perfect gift. Instead of buying a traditional plastic USB thumb drive, go ecogeek with an ATP Earth Drive. It is made from biodegradable and recyclable materials, which makes it completely recyclable. As a bonus, the company donates a portion of sales towards planting trees with the American Forests organization. Amazon.com, Wal-Mart and a variety of other retailers sell the ATP Earth Drive.
6. GreenSmart Backpacks, Messenger Bags and Sleeves & Cases for Laptops and Tablets
The GreenSmart company makes a variety of different items for carrying around all of your technology in an environmentally friendly way. All of the products made by the company are at least partially derived from recycled plastic bottles. The other materials used in the making of the products average less energy and petroleum byproducts than their conventional counterparts. Additionally, 10 percent of GreenSmart profits are donated to environmentally friendly organizations. The green geek on your list will love these sturdy cases for their gadgets.
7. Reclaimed Rope Door Mat
You can help Maine lobstermen keep old float ropes out of landfills by buying a reclaimed marine rope door mat rug. The lobstermen are converting to heavier ropes as North Atlantic Right Whales tend to get caught up in these float ropes, which are practically indestructible. Sold by Gaiam, the door mats are mildew resistant, durable, and keep the ropes out of landfills.
Regardless of who you have left on your gift list, you are certain to find a great eco-friendly gift for each person that you still need to shop for this year.