Looking for practical, affordable and eco-friendly gifts? This is our list of 13 awesome gift recommendations. These are all items that are useful for everyday life, as well as for travel and camping adventures alike. We are not sponsored by these companies, we selected these items purely based on personal satisfaction and they all come with excellent ratings and customer reviews. Keeping it environmentally friendly makes giving even better!
1. Luci Solar Lights
We love these little lights, they are perfect for a backyard party, camping trip, backpacking tour or indoor use. These solar powered lights are a simple solution with great design. The light is inflatable and easy to store, shatterproof, waterproof and comes in different light variations from warm eggshell to bright white or in different colors. It is powered by the sun and charge takes about 8h of direct sunlight, it also can be charged under cloudy skies or incandescent light if needed. Once charged fully, it will stay lit for about 6-12h.
2. Reusable Water Bottle
Reusable water bottles are a must have in any household, but especially in the Eco-Friendly Van-Home. There are plenty of different brands out there of course, however, we have come to love this 20 oz bottle in particular due to its great quality. It holds beverages cold for 12h and hot liquids stay hot for up to 10 hours. We especially love this eco-friendly brand for their philosophy and sustainability and because for every item sold, Tree Tribe is planting 10 new trees. Yes that’s right, not just 1 tree, but 10 trees! What a wonderful concept! Of course the bottles are made of high quality food-grade stainless steel with a silicone/bamboo lid which is a leak-proof construction. The bottle comes with a lifetime warranty, if it ever would break it will be replaced by Tree Tribe at no cost! Check out their site for more colors and designs and other eco-friendly gear.
3. Stainless Steel Bento Box
A great gift for those who like to bring their own lunch to work or on the road when traveling. The box has four different compartments to separate different foods and its flavors, condiments and snacks. It even comes with an ideas guide for bento box recipes. The box is made of stainless steel, non-toxic & non-leaching and are BPA-free, phthalates-free, PVC-free, vinyl-free and lead-free.
4. Beeswax food wrapper
These simple eco-friendly food wrappers are a great gift for any household. These wrappers replace the use of aluminum or plastic foil. Made with beeswax, certified cotton, organic jojoba oil and tree resin, these wrappers can be reused over and over to wrap anything from cheese, fruits, bread, cover bowls and pots and keeping food fresh.
5. Organic cotton food and produce bags
Reducing plastic waste is much easier when using these reusable and washable cotton bags for grocery shopping. We use these when buying from bulk bins and open produce stands at the farmers market or store and they are holding up great. A simple gift with a big positive impact on the environment.
6. Lunchskins reusable snack and sandwich bags
We love these little bags. They are great to pack a sandwich, nuts, fruits, veggie sticks, crackers and other snacks. The bags are dishwasher safe and made of a quick drying water resistant fabric that is toxin free and complies with FDA standards for food safety. They are convenient pocket with a flap, closed with velcro and come in many different colors and patterns.
7. Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Liquid Soap
We love this soap, as it is not only gentle and moisturizing on the skin, but can be used for shaving, laundry and household as well. And best of all, it comes in different fragrances with added essential oils. Peppermint helps clear the mind, lavender is relaxing, citrus is refreshing and rose is soothing. The soap is made from certified fare trade organic and vegan ingredients, free of synthetics or preservatives, it’s certified cruelty-free and produced without animal testing, 100% biodegradable.
8. Shampoo Bars
This Eco-friendly, cruelty-free shampoo bars is more sustainable and eco-friendly than buying bottled shampoo since there is no plastic waste. These bars by Ethique are made with Rosemary, Juniper, Basil, Lime, Lemon and Orange extracts and oils to balance oil production, clean the scalp and freshen up the hair, This shampoo bar is 100% soap free, pH balanced and safe for color-treated hair. It’s said to be equivalent to three bottles of liquid shampoo.
9. Reuseable Grill Mats
These grill mats are a really cool gift for bbq junkies. They are made of 100% PFOA-Free silicone material, dishwasher safe and heat resistant up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. The non-stick ability allows grilling without the use of oil and eliminates the use of aluminum foil as well.
10. Grill/Steam/Bake Multi Cooker
This special pan made for both indoor oven use or outdoor open fire grilling has a non-stick surface and eliminates the use of aluminum foil. We love this pan as it is very versatile and the vegetables we steam-grill over the open fire always come out juicy and flavorful. A great gift for any gourmet BBQ fan.
11. Travel Coffee And Tea Mug
Most people love their coffee or tea in the morning, what better way to take it on the go than with a travel mug that actually keeps the beverage hot for up to 8 hours and has a leak-proof lid.
12. Solar charger for phone/ipad/gadgets
A great solution for using the sun to charge a phone, ipod or other USB-powered gadget. This power bank is small and handy, waterproof, shockproof and dustproof and comes with 2 USB slots to charge 2 phones or gadgets at the same time. It is made of eco-friendly material and comes with an integrated flashlight and emergency light and a hook to attach it to a backpack or bag so it can charge wherever you go.
13. Energizer Recharge Value Charger with 4 AA NiMH Rechargeable Batteries Included
Batteries are extremely toxic and definitely bad for the environment. Help your friends and family to form eco-conscious habits by giving a rechargeable battery and charger pack. This little handy charger pack can charge four AA and AAA batteries that can be reused and charged hundreds and hundreds of times. A great gift for any household.
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