|Don't forget the reusable gift wrap.|
This post is part of the December Green Moms Carnival hosted by Citizen Green. Click over to Citizen Green on December 10 for more green gift ideas.
Initially, [disposable] products were a tough sell – at least to the generation that had come up through the Depression…The ethos of reuse was so deeply ingrained that in the mid-1950s when vending machines began dispensing coffee in plastic cups, people saved and reused them. They had to learn—and be taught – to throw away…We learned to throw away so well that today half of all plastics produced go into single-use applications.
-- Plastic: A Toxic Love Story
For the students or workers who pack a daily lunch. Also can be used for picnics, outings and adventures.
Perfect for packing a lunch or storing food in the fridge, or for any non-food use you would normally grab a Ziploc baggy for (travel toiletry bag, small toy storage, etc.). Read about some of my favorites here.
Cloth napkins are so classy. I would love to receive an attractive set purchased from a thrift store, antique store, or Etsy.
There is a water bottle out there for any taste these days: stylish, lightweight, plastic-free. Personally, I love my Klean Kanteen bottles. Or for the coffee/tea lover, consider an insulated travel mug or cup.
Who wouldn't want to own this stylish set of reusable shopping bags? And anyone could use one of these ultra-compact bags to stash in a purse or glove compartment.
To the home chef in your life, give the Misto and he'll never have to buy a can of Pam again.
Stainless steel straws
Got a friend who loves to sip her favorite beverage through a straw? Give her a set of stainless steel straws (available in a several lengths and diameters) from Etsy store The Mulled Mind.
Reusable gift wrap
Wrap your gift in a reusable gift bag or fabric and your wrapping material becomes a gift as well.