25 Eco-Friendly Products That Double as Great Gifts

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It’s no exaggeration to say that our single-use plastic consumption has gotten wayyyyy out of control. A 2021 study found that a whopping 85% (at least) of plastic waste goes to landfills, and less than 6% goes on to be recycled. It’s hard to imagine this huge wasteland, but we’re all feeling — and seeing — the impacts of our poor consumption choices every day. The impacts of climate change are happening every day, whether it’s through rising temperatures, higher sea levels, huge rain storms, or disrupted agricultural plots that impact our farmers. Suffice it to say that when you see an eco-friendly product and a non-eco-friendly product, you should opt for the former.

If you’re on the hunt for some great Earth Day gifts or just want to find the best gifts for mom that are also eco-friendly products, you’ll be happy to see we gathered up 30 stellar options from a bunch of different beloved brands. Here, you’ll find everything from cute composting pots to celeb-loved earth-conscious sneakers that could inspire you or your giftee to pick up a more eco-conscious way of shopping and living.

Buying smarter is by no means the only way to make a difference, but it’s a good first step to take. Plus, who knows? Becoming more aware of your single-use waste today could help you plan everything from cooking more vegan brands or seeking out eco-friendly phone cases in the future.

Read on below for the best eco-friendly products that make great gifts for you and others.

If you or your giftee are interested in some eco-friendly products that are easy to implement into your daily schedule, start with a simple compost bin. All it takes is diverting plant-based kitchen scraps here instead of the trash can and boom, you’re done.

Composting can help provide nutrients to the soil as the scraps organically break down, as opposed to giving off methane gas that’s produced when wasted food goes into a landfill.

We all know just how important bees are in pollinating plants, but their population is declining rapidly. This gift set helps fund hives and comes with some on-brand items like honey and wildflower seeds your giftee can grow in their backyard. It’ll inspire their passion project and perhaps a new meaningful hobby.

What do Olivia Wilde, Sophie Turner, and Kristen Bell have in common? Aside from being great actresses, it’s their love of LOCI sneakers. These sporty shoes are handcrafted in eco-conscious factories, made from responsibly sourced materials, and are completely vegan.

Gift these to mom for a fashionable addition to her comfy shoes collection or to your sister who loves to emulate her favorite celeb’s off-duty style.

Reima is one of the best baby clothes brands around. The Finland-based company uses sustainable practices like recycling and implementing eco-friendly materials into its super-cute clothes. This adorable rain jacket would be perfect for your adorable niece or nephew.

These nourishing biodegradable sheet masks will give your giftee glowing skin without contributing to landfills. It’s made with naturally moisturizing ingredients like avocado extract and it’s packed with skin-soothing ingredients like ceramides and hyaluronic acid.

If your giftee is a wine lover, give them an eco-friendly product that’ll make sipping on one (or three) glasses of vino a less painful experience the morning after. These wine purifiers, made from recycled materials, remove histamines and sulfites that often cause hangovers. They’re a unique gift idea for the quirky friends on your list.

Made in Cali, these deliciously scented reed diffusers are some of the most giftable eco-friendly products out there. The luxe appearance combined with the soothing earthy aroma makes for a great housewarming gift. What’s more, the recyclable bottle and lid are shipped in recyclable packaging. A major win.

These eco-friendly bamboo sheets are made from Ettitude’s signature CleanBamboo are silky smooth, and are a super luxurious gift to give somebody in need of some relaxation.

Per the brand, these breathable sheets are “free from harmful chemicals and free from plastics.”

Related: 17 Buttery-Soft Bamboo Sheets for the Best Snooze of Your Life

Gift your favorite pup a durable new collar made from eco-friendly cactus leather. Your pup will love it for its comfort, and you’ll love it for its quick-connect D-ring that makes attaching leashes a breeze.

This three-pack of glass storage jars are the kind of eco-friendly products that can be used however your giftee chooses. They can use them to store ingredients, as flower vases, to show off toiletries, the possibilities are endless.

Gift your friend who loves to cook this salsa kit that’ll help inspire their love of planting, too. It includes all of the ingredients to make a yummy salsa, plus organic grow kits for easy gardening.

Related: The 7 Best Self-Watering Planters for Beginners and Experienced Horticulturalists Alike

Donning plants made by plants, this compostable iPhone case is a cute little gift for yourself or for the flower-lover in your life who always seems to be on their phone.

This is the kind of spring cleaning gift any of your family members will love. Blueland streamlines green cleaning by using reusable bottles and dissolvable tablets — just fill up the bottles with water, pop one tablet in to dissolve, and you’re ready to clean your surfaces, bathroom, and glass. After initially testing this product upon its launch in 2019, we’ve become long-term fans of Blueland’s waste-free products, easy-on-the-nose scents, and effective, thorough cleans.

For those starting fresh, their Clean Essentials Kit comes with four “Forever Bottles,” along with their corresponding light-as-air, water-soluble cleaning tablets. Each tablet contains a blend of naturally derived and synthetic ingredients that are certified safe by the environmental agency Cradle to Cradle, and they were also tested by the agency’s third-party assessors.

More: Effective Natural Cleaning Products That Have No Mystery Ingredients

If you’re ready to gift yourself or a loved one a new eco-friendly mattress, think about spending your money smartly on a brand like Avocado Green Mattress. They pledge to reduce emissions, and even recycle your old mattress as responsibly as possible for you.

Avocado’s flagship hybrid mattress has a lot more going for it than just its green credentials, but it includes GOTS-certified cotton and wool, GOLS-certified latex, and climate-neutral certification. Avocado has omitted memory foam, petroleum-based adhesives, and any potentially toxic materials that could wind up sitting in landfills.

Our team’s tester specifically recommends this mattress for people who prefer a medium-firm bed. (Opt for the pillowtop if you want it a little softer.) Its innerspring/latex-foam layering provides sufficient pushback to give sleepers of all types a more supportive night’s rest.

If you’re looking for an eco-friendly product that will get used by your giftee every day, this is it. Available in a variety of sizes, these silicone Stasher bags are great for packing up sandwiches and snacks on the go.

We are longtime fans of this eco-friendly product, and in our testing, we were impressed by its durability… even after countless washes. Stasher bags are great for holding munchies and cold foods, but they can handle hot temperatures just as well.

Misfits Market is a subscription service that works with certified organic farms to resell excess produce that isn’t fit for supermarket shelves. It’s a stellar gift option for your granola friends or kiddos who have recently moved out on their own, and could use the help with groceries.

This could mean anything from veggies that fail to meet USDA cosmetic and sizing requirements to certain types of produce that just don’t sell as much as others. The brand estimates that you can save roughly 40% on your groceries by opting for their marked-down, seasonal selection.

We’ve tested out this service (subsequently buying several of our own boxes) and were pleasantly surprised by the high quality and variety of the produce within it. While we were sent random, in-season produce, there is now plenty of box customization available on the Misfits Market site, making it a more sustainable competitor to mainstream grocery delivery services.

Your friend who’s always off hiking or camping could use this durable cutlery set. In fact, anyone could make use of this, especially those who commute or spend time in the office. The cutlery set is easy to pop into purses and take on the go.

Disposable flatware is often a double whammy of single-use plastic wrapped up in even more plastic, and they’re a huge part of our plastics problem. According to the Plastic Pollution Coalition, “more than 100 million pieces of plastic utensils are used by Americans every day.”

We love using BAGGU’s vibrant reusable bags because their lightweight shapes can be easily folded up into the smallest of compartments and stashed into a pocket (or any other bag that we carry regularly). These cute options are great for friends who frequent the farmer’s market or who are always up and on the go from place to place.

This is the kind of gift all of your neat-freak friends will love. The Spaghetti Scrub cookware scrubbers work astonishingly well, and are much less wasteful than having to throw away a cheap plastic scrubbing wand every few weeks. It’s comprised of cotton strips and pulverized, dried corn cobs, giving its noodle-like strands a coarse — but not too rough — texture.

In our team’s testing, we found that these can even be thrown into the washing machine in order to keep using them for months on end. In fact, the product advertises that it can be used for 4 to 6 months.

You can never go wrong gifting somebody a Hydro Flask water bottle. They’re known and loved by everyone, especially VSCO girls, for making high-quality insulated drinking vessels. This one is touted for keeping drinks ice-cold all day long.

Many beauty and skincare brands have a long way to go before they can be considered carbon-neutral, but By Humankind is doing its part by making eco-friendly products meant to leave no wasteful trace — like their shampoo bars.

These vegan, all-natural shampoo bars are a chic home gift that friends and family will appreciate.

These reusable dishcloths from Grove Collaborative come in a pair of super cute, complementary designs that’ll make a cute addition to your giftee’s home.

Designate one for surfaces and the other for floors to keep things sanitary. The brand even says that these can be microwaved or thrown on the top shelf of a dishwasher to thoroughly clean them.

If your or somebody you love commutes to work on the daily, gift them this collapsible sandwich box and make their bag a little less bulky for the journey home.

Like glass, the silicone is microwave- and dishwasher-safe, and like plastic Tupperware, it’s lightweight. However, the Stojo’s flexible, leakproof, and stain-resistant design really makes it the superior choice for wherever your travels take you during lunch hour.

If you’re looking for an eco-friendly product to gift somebody who’s always down to try something new, try these toothpaste bits that have our editor’s seal of approval.

“Bite Toothpaste Bits are a chewable chemical- and plastic-free cleaning option for brushers who are bored of their usual routine,” wrote former editor Zarah Kavarna.

Tell your giftee to kiss their K-Cups goodbye. Steeped Coffee’s robust flavors (made in partnership with Counter Culture coffee) are as enjoyable as they are simple to use. You can steep this ground coffee in hot water, just like a tea bag.

When we tried Steeped Coffee for ourselves, our tester gave the whole experience top marks: “The process is simple, cleanup is easy, and the package is completely portable, so you can make it pretty much anywhere you have access to hot water.”

Their guilt-free, sustainable packaging also has us hooked. The outer package is made of compostable and renewable materials, while the actual sachet is completely biodegradable.