The holidays are a beautiful time of year – and incredibly useless as well. According to a study by Stanford University, Americans throw away 25 percent more trash during the holiday season, with an additional 25 million tons of garbage. Factor in the amount of supplies and fossil fuels used to produce and distribute gifts, and the planet takes a very hard carbon kick during the most amazing time of the year. To help combat waste this season, consider strengthening your lights with renewable energy sources, wrapping them with recycled materials, and making frequent purchases. Here’s how to help with your purchase; We’ve put together a list of eco-conscious, sustainable holiday gift ideas, so you can feel good about your gift.
The Nature Conservancy Donation
When most people think of gifting, they often think of tangible and material objects. Instead of giving your loved one another “thing” to add to their collection, consider making a charitable donation in his or her name. The Nature Conservancy is a global environmental nonprofit whose mission is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. Your donation will be put towards efforts to combat climate change, protect land and water, provide food and water sustainability, and build healthy cities. Options include outright donation Or signing up for membership.
Sierra Club Membership
The Sierra Club is the largest and most effective grassroots environmental movement in the country. With the support of its 3.8 million members, the Sierra Club works to protect the world’s precious resources and wild places. Give your loved one a gift, which helps protect non-profit wild places and endangered species, keeps our air and water clean, ensures a clean energy future, curbs climate change, and politicians And maintains pressure on corporations to ensure safe and healthy communities.
With daylight hours reduced, a headlamp is the right way to maintain the adventure. Weighing just 2.4 ounces, the Biolite’s headlamp 330 is ultra-lightweight and applies redness to the forehead, making it ideal for running, hiking, and high-output activities. Complete with a rechargeable battery, the lamp can last 40 hours at low power and 3.5 at high. As a company committed to the planet, Biolite is a climate neutral certified company and is continuously working to reduce its emissions.
Zero carbon coffee
Who can not use more coffee? As another climate neutral-certified company, Zero Carbon Coffee works to reduce emissions by making its supply chain carbon-neutral – and providing carbon offsets for each bag of coffee produced. Available in a single bag, a trio sampler, or a membership option, the coffees are equally tasty as they are durable which includes a rotating selection from the US, Africa and the Pacific.
Smartwool Cabin Crew Socks
Sox are a classic holiday gift bait, but Smartwool’s cabin crew Sox are anything but average. Featuring subtle recess prints, medium-thickness crew socks provide a supportive arch brace and full-sock cushion. Made from 72 percent merino wool, 27 percent nylon and 1 percent elastane in the US, Smartwool’s socks keep you warm whether you’re trekking in the cold or next to the fire. Born with a desire to help people spend more time, Smartwool is committed to using sustainable practices to ensure that generations to come can enjoy the beauty and resources of our planet.
Big ticket item
Osprey Talon 22 Pack
The Talon 22 Pack of Osprey is a dynamic pack, designed for dynamic body movements, ideal for the hiker, biker, or peak-bagging addict in your life. Featuring the most advanced back panel of the Osprey by far, this pack offers a close-up body, which is effortlessly comfortable. Sustainable features include the use of bluesine-approved fabrics made from recycled, high-tensile nylon and a back panel injection-molding process that reduces plastic waste to net zero.
Patagonia Nano Puff
The Nano Puff has been one of Patagonia’s most popular jackets, for good reason. The Fair Trade Certified-seam jacket is small, warm, lightweight, water-resistant, and windproof-characteristics, serving any outdoor adventure well. Considering the environment, the Nano Puff is made from Primaloft Gold Insulation Eco (100 percent polyester which is a minimum of 5 percent consumer recycled), and wrapped in 100 percent recycled polyester shell and lining.
Picture Equation Wetsuit
When the temperature of the water falls, the radicals of the sea demand a solid WhatsApp. While traditional neoprene vasetas are often made from a toxic manufacturing process, picture wetsuits are made with naturalrapren, which is made from 85 percent natural rubber from the Hewi tree. Additionally, Piquet’s suits include a polyester lining and shell fabric bonded with a solvent-free Aqua-A glue, resulting in a high-performance walset (in some stylish designs) on the planet.
Nemo Equipment Reef Sleeping Bag
Winter thrills have been called upon for a warm sleeping bag to keep you warm during the wintry night. Available in 15- and 30-degree options, the Nemo Equipments Riff Sleeping Bag features an ultrite spun shape to save space, including thermo-gills for ventilation, a blanket fold for temperature control, an integrated pillow pocket, and a Waterproof-breathable feet. The bag comes with a convenient luggage sack and packs small ones while still making you delicious. As part of Nemo Equipment’s commitment to sustainability, the Riff Sleeping Bag is made from PFC-free Responsible Down (Standard Certified 800FP) which is the ultimate.