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Shopping for sustainable gift ideas for the women in your life is hard enough, but if you're not used to shopping online, it might feel even harder than usual. As I write this, the shelter in place order is still in full effect, so you're most likely shopping online for at least the next month.
If the woman in your life is interested in sustainability, she will love any of these sustainable gift ideas. I know I wouldn't mind getting a few more T-shirts from Marine Layer! (That's a hint for my husband.)
The only thing better than finding a T-shirt that fits perfectly is finding a perfect T-shirt that's made sustainably. I'm always looking for sustainable fashion finds, and the below companies offer sustainable gift ideas for the greenish (Marine Layer) or deep green (thredUP.)
Sustainable gift idea #1: Marine Layer
This black T-shirt by Marine Layer is the best one I have. I absolutely need six more so I have one for every day of the week. Then I'll wash and repeat. It's not too tight, and not too lose. It's just right.
These shirts are made with 50% TENCEL™ Modal from recycled beechwood.
Marin Layer also sells a line called ReSpun. ReSpun is a line of fully recycled T-shirts made from shirts customers send back to be recycled.
Sustainable gift idea #2: thredUP subscription box
I love thredUP because all their clothes are second-hand, so the prices are much more reasonable than paying retail prices. This is a great sustainable gift idea for her if she's already embracing recommerce and doesn't mind wearing used clothes. As a gift idea, it could go wrong if she's absolutely against wearing used clothes. If she's a “new or nothing” kind of girl, stick to new clothes from brands like Marine Layer. If she's a little more advanced in the sustainable living world, a thredUP gift box should be appreciated.
Sustainable home products
Sustainable living is a trend that's not going away any time soon. Below are a few of my favorite sustainable products that anyone will appreciate.
Sustainable gift idea #3: SodaStream
I've written about why SodaStream is a sustainable product before, but it's worth repeating. When you buy carbonated water and soda in cans or plastic bottles, that packaging creates waste, and so does transporting it. It's easy to make carbonated water at home using filtered water you already have from your tap. When the carbonation cartridge is empty, simply order a new one from SodaStream and send the old one back in the same box. It's a healthy and sustainable gift idea she will use for years!
Buy the SodaStream
Sustainable gift idea #4: Coffee Maker
Do you know what my favorite sustainable product is? It's my coffee maker! If I went to a coffee shop and got a disposable coffee cup twice per day, I'd use 730 disposable coffee cups per year. That's crazy. Even one per day is 365 disposable cups that end up in a landfill to live forever and ever. So a coffee maker is definitely a sustainable product.
I had my first coffee maker for 21 years. It sounds odd that one appliance lasted that long, but it did. It still works, but last Christmas my husband and I decided we needed an upgrade.
So we landed on a Cuisineart Coffee maker, and I have to say, this thing is perfect. We set it up every evening to turn on at 5:15 am, so by the time my husband is out of the shower the coffee is ready to go. And then he brings me a cup because I simply can not function without it. So if you're looking for a sustainable gift for the coffee drinker in your life, this is it!
Sustainable gift idea #5: Smart Oven
This Breville Smart Oven is life-changing! I use this multiple times per day and almost never use my regular natural gas oven anymore.
My husband got me this for Christmas because the whole family loves crispy french fries, but we try to cook most food at home. But let's face it, most homemade french fries can't even compare to the crispy fries from a restaurant. Until now! The fries I make in this smart oven are crispy perfection, with only a tiny bit of oil.
Did I mention this thing is life-changing? I also use it to heat food, bake cookies, make toast. It's even a dehydrator!
Buy this smart oven!
If you're going electric and phasing out natural gas for the sake of the planet, this little electric oven makes it simple and inexpensive.
Read: Home electrification: Why cities are phasing out natural gas to learn more about why home electrification is essential for slowing climate change.
Sustainable gift idea #6: Sewing Machine
The world has changed a lot since the pandemic hit. Before the shelter in place orders, I used my sewing machine to hem drapes and make cute little purses with my 7-year-old daughter. But as the world was growing desperate for face masks, I was sewing my own. The sewing machine that used to make me feel like a 1950's housewife made me feel like a super sewing life-saver last week.
Buy a Brother Sewing Machine*
Sustainable gift idea #7: Avocado Pillow
This is the pillow I sleep on every night. I've tried every kind of pillow, and finally, I found the perfect fit. Do you want to know the trick? It arrives super stuffed. I mean, stuffed with fluff to the brim. That's not how I like my pillows. I like them barely stuffed. So guess what the Avocado Pillow has? A zipper! That's right. It has a zipper and I took out half the fluff. I saved the rest and one of these days I'm definitely going to make a second pillow using my nifty Brother sewing machine. Do I procrastinate sewing? Sometimes.
Buy the Avocado Pillow*
Subscribe to a carbon offsetting service
If you're looking for a sustainable gift idea for a woman that already has everything, a subscription to a carbon offsetting service will be loved!
Sustainable gift idea #8: Project Wren
Project Wren is the carbon offsetting service I use. They have several carbon offsetting projects to choose from. I chose to protect trees in the Amazon because I love old forests. Take a look and find a project that supports a cause close to her heart.