The phrase “ethical Christmas” can summon many concepts to the mind. Sustainability, eco-friendly, fair trade, justice are among many concepts that relate to ethics. When you are shopping for ethical holiday gifts and stocking stuffers, there is a lot to consider. We put together this guide to help you find some great products made by companies concerned about the well-being of the Earth and it’s inhabitants.
The Best Eco-Friendly Stocking Stuffers of 2016
1. Gearbest BEWELL ZS Wooden Watch Men Quartz with Luminous Hands
Bewell makes some of the highest rated wooden watches available for a great price, too. This model is available for $30.99 on Amazon and rates 4.3 stars from over 100 reviewers. This model is water resistant up to 30 meters. Bewell makes a number of different models, so find the one that fits your loved one best.
2. LunchSkins Reusable Sandwich Bag
The eco-conscious people in your life can rest well knowing these fabric bags can replace over 500 plastic bags in their lifetimes. LunchSkins come in a variety of patters and sizes and cost from around $6 to about $12 depending on the model. Lunch never looked so good.
3. Pilgrim Imports Peace Dove Fair Trade Ornament
When you see the Fair Trade label, you can feel pretty confident about the sustainability of the product. This beatiful ornament is hand-crafted, made from metals including plated nickel, copper, and brass. It comes with a recycled gift box and a silver ribbon. At $19.90, this peace dove is a great buy.
4. Sustainable Teak Measuring Cup and Spoon Gift Set
These are made from natural teak wood and the measuring cup and spoon set includes 1/8, 1/4, 1/3 and 1/2 cup measurements, and 1 table, 1 tea, 1/2 and 1/4 tea spoon measurements. These beautiful and durable items are handcrafted by artisan from excess material left form logging companies, so no new trees are cut down to make them. Click here for more info.
5. Efergy Showertime Shower Timer & Alarm
Make sure your loved ones don’t spend anymore time in the shower than they want with this Efergy shower timer. The average shower flows at about 2.1 gallons a minute, so every second counts. At $18.95, this is a fantastic stocking stuffer for your eco-friendly friends and family.
What to Consider When Trying to Buy Ethical Gifts
There are many aspects to sustainability and ethical shopping. There are even varying degrees of sustainability. A product may not be 100% perfect but still 100 times better than another. We have to make tradeoffs and sacrifices in order to gift responsibly. Here are some things to consider when trying to find
- Materials – what is the product made from?
- Transportation – where is the product made and how far did it have to travel to get here?
- Life cycle – where will the product end up and how will that affect the environment?
- Benefits – will it help you mitigate your eco-footprint?
Every year more people have their eyes open to the harm we are causing the environment and the living things within it. Sustainable shopping is becoming more popular as it becomes more necessary. Buy eco-friendly gifts for your environmentally-conscious friends and your are giving twice.