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Earth Day is a day to give thanks to the planet. So many us are concerned about how we treat the earth, and with good reason! The alarming data surrounding climate change and diminishing resources have forced the average person to consider their own footprint as well as their ability to change.
And while three-quarters of Americans are concerned about the environment, far fewer say they make an effort to live in a conscious way all of the time. Only one person out of five says they consistently try to do things to preserve the earth. Here’s a chance to do good for Mother Earth with gift ideas that will motivate your giftees to get their green act together for Earth Day or any day!
With over 80 billion plastic bottles being disposed of around the world every year just from shampoo & conditioner alone, things like environmentally-conscious packaging are increasingly important.
New Zealand startup Ethique (French for “ethical”) makes sustainable beauty products from shampoo to lotion to a self-tanner that comes in bar form and in fun scents like lime and ginger and sweet orange and vanilla. The bars last two to five times longer than the bottled version, dissolve completely, and come in eco-friendly packaging. Even the sleeves the products arrive in are 100% dissolvable and compostable, so there’s zero consumer waste. Overall, Ethique has prevented the manufacture and disposal of more than 350,000 plastic containers worldwide.
Ethique Products / $11 and up
OXO Compost Bin
You might think composting is just for folks with large, sprawling houses, but anyone can do it, even if you live in a studio apartment! With the OXO Compost Bin you can reduce the waste you send to landfills, while taking up barely any room on your counter or even in your fridge. Toss in banana peels, coffee grounds, and food scraps then, once it’s full drop off the contents. Farmer’s markets usually accept compost.
The grey or white bin is also easy to keep clean since the lid is removable and it’s dishwasher safe. Plus, the inside is smooth and doesn’t have any crevices, which prevents a buildup of mold and bacteria.
OXO Compost Bin / $19.95
Cirbic Shower Timer
We’re all guilty of the occasional long, luxurious shower. But how do you remember to keep your showers short? Place Cirbic Shower Timer in your tub! This shower timer helps you keep an eye on how long you spend under the hot water. It can help you monitor yourself, so if your goal is to cut down on water and heating energy, this will definitely help you out! It also shows the time, date, day of week, and gives you the temperature in Fahrenheit or Celsius. The waterproof seal ensures that the inside never gets fogged up or lets moisture droplets inside the casing.
Cirbic Shower Timer / $32.98
Belkin F7C009 Conserve Socket Energy Saving Outlet
Save energy and reduce utility costs with the Belkin F7C009 Conserve Socket Energy Saving Outlet. A device left plugged in but not in use can still draw power and affect your home’s overall energy usage. The Conserve Socket lets you decide when to turn off power to your devices. It automatically shuts off power after the time interval you select, helping you to use energy more wisely. This energy-saving power switch draws zero energy when the switch is flipped off.
Belkin F7C009 Conserve Socket Energy Saving Outlet / $9.99
“Life Without Plastic: The Practical Step-by-Step Guide to Avoiding Plastic to Keep Your Family and the Planet Healthy”
It’s the little things in life that are the easiest to change. And when you add them up, they can make a big difference! “Life Without Plastic: The Practical Step-by-Step Guide to Avoiding Plastic to Keep Your Family and the Planet Healthy,” is a book to do just that! It will teach you everything you need to know about cutting back on your plastic pollution. The chapters guide you from your morning routine to the time you go to bed. Noticing the items you use and purchase when it comes to meals, beauty products and others, can give you an idea of what habits you might need to alter and how to make those changes.
“Life Without Plastic: The Practical Step-by-Step Guide to Avoiding Plastic to Keep Your Family and the Planet Healthy” / $14.95 / $9.95 Kindle
House of Marley Exodus Headphones
The media website CNET called these the “Best new headphones of CES [Consumer Electronics Show 2019. And even though they’re made from unconventional materials, you still get quality sound. The casing on these cool-looking wireless headphones is made from wood that is FSC-certified, meaning that the trees cut down to produce the wood are guaranteed to be replaced and regenerated sustainably. The stainless steel used creates less environmental impact and is more durable. It can even be recycled! Not only is aluminum one of the most eco-consciously produced metals, there’s no limit to how many times it can be recycled.
The House of Marley also creates turntables built from natural bamboo and outdoor speakers made using organic cork. Also, all of their packaging is produced from 100 percent recycled paper. Each year, House of Marley makes a meaningful contribution to the “One Tree Planted” organization. Since 2017, House of Marley has contributed in the planting of 146,000 trees.
House of Marley Exodus Headphones / $149.99
Gracie’s Goods Paper Lanterns
To celebrate Earth Day, or any celebration, use these 100% biodegradable airborne lanterns. Propelled by hot air generated by the flame inside. They’re just so beautiful to watch as they rise upward. Release a bunch for an eye-catching effect!
Gracie’s Goods Paper Lanterns / $20
Triumph Plant Pre-seeded Gift Wrap Paper
When it comes time to wrap your Earth Day gifts, use a giftwrap that keeps on giving….This one has the ability to bloom into colorful wild flowers! While most wrapping ends up as waste in landfills, this eco-friendly giftwrap is made from 100 percent recycled paper and embedded with hundreds of wildflower seeds. Each box contains four large flowering seeded giftwrap sheets, six gift cards, and a bundle of natural raffia.
Triumph Plant Pre-seeded Gift Wrap Paper / $14.99