The holidays are a time to slow down, nurture loved ones and celebrate connection. In this season of giving, we offer gratitude and forgiveness, as well as more tangible gifts! These traditions of generosity and warmth are wonderful AND gifting can also be stressful, feeling like another task to hastily check off your to do list. What does this person really need? How can my gift be thoughtful? Is this present in alignment with my values?
Have no fear! The Green Materialist has you covered. Below are some of our favorite gift ideas for showing your care for the planet and its inhabitants.
Soft, elegant and versatile, a Boll & Branch throw adds warmth and style to any room. It meets the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), one of the most rigorous textile standards in the world. The textile industry is one of industry’s biggest polluters. GOTS addresses the entire supply chain, making sure that the fibers are not only organic, but that stringent social and ecological criteria are met or exceeded.
You spend a third of your life in bed. If you eat organic, why not sleep organic, too? Choosing organic bedding is critical because of our intimate contact with these materials. Organic cotton, hemp and linen sheets from Rawganique are a foundational luxury and a long-lasting investment. Give a wool comforter or mattress pad from Savvy Rest or Earthsake. Your pets are vulnerable, as well, and Savvy Rest has them covered with organic dog and cat beds!
S’well Water Bottle $25-$50
Stay hydrated without using plastic! Plastic water bottles require tons of energy and water to produce, and litter our environment. They are also lined with endocrine disrupting phthalates such as BPA, which leach into the water. S'well water bottles are made of stainless steel and come in a variety of artfully designed styles. Think of them as functional sculpture! Give your loved one the means to carry this precious resource in a beautiful object that is good for human health, as well as the planet.
Water that tastes good and is free from heavy metals and chemicals is a beautiful thing! Portable water filters can help. They provide a great way to easily filter out contaminants such as heavy metals and store water for immediate use. SOMA’s Glass Carafe is an upgrade from its all-plastic counterpart. Its smooth hourglass shape looks good on the table and feels refined. The filter casing is made from plant-based sugar cane, and the filter media is made from certified sustainable, activated coconut shell carbon. According to SOMA, their filters remove mercury, chlorine, copper, and zinc.
Gone are the days of ugly compact fluorescent light bulbs with their telltale swirl design and unattractive greenish glow. Did you know Edison bulbs, the vintage filament style so popular in everything from midcentury to industrial decor, are available as an LED? They can be dimmable, too! Swapping one 60 watt incandescent bulb for an LED can save $152 over its lifetime.
Bees’ Wrap $6-$21
Made with organic cotton, beeswax and jojoba oil, Bee’s Wrap is a sustainable, reusable alternative to plastic wrap and aluminum foil, and makes an excellent stocking stuffer or small Chanukah gift. The wraps come in a variety of sizes to help preserve cut fruits and vegetables, cheeses and bread, or cover dishes. Simply wash your wraps with cool water and gentle soap and let air dry, and they will last for about a year. At the end of their useful life, they can be composted or used as a fire starter!
If you want to invest in a healthy home, there’s nothing better than a device like Awair. Awair measures temperature, as well as levels of humidity, carbon dioxide, toxic chemicals and dust in your air. It gives you personalized recommendations, proven to improve the health and safety of your home. It can be connected to a smart device and used to activate non-smart devices, too.
IQAir Atem Desk $399
IQAir’s Atem medical grade filter is portable, so you can take it on the road- to an office, hotel or even room to room in your home. This air purifier includes both a HEPA filter and hyperhepa filter. IQAir third-party certifies their filters for their ability to filter down particles as small as 0.003 microns. To put this into perspective, 0.003 microns is 10x smaller than a virus!
Plants - prices vary
The simplest route to better air quality is adding plants with abundance! Top species for cleaning the air are English Ivy, Bamboo Palm, Chinese Evergreen, Gerbera Daisy, Dragon Tree, Pot Mum, Peace Lily, Spider Plant and Dracaena. Complete your gift with a handmade pot from The Wares at Home. Many of their vessels are crafted using recycled clay, and hanging pots are finished with vegetable tanned leather straps, keeping toxic chromium out of our waterways.
Wishing you happy, healthy holidays!
Katie and Rachelle