Give the Gift of Sustainability: A Black Friday Gift Guide

hands holding gift wrapped in cloth with sprig sticking out‘Tis the season to start buying gifts for your loved ones. Finding meaningful and memorable gifts can be very challenging {and stressful}. Trying to figure out and organize what everyone wants, and where to get the best price makes me quiver with anxiety

In recent years, something that has made gift giving more fun, and much less stressful has been picking a theme for my shopping list. One year the theme was “entertainment” which included giving gifts like board games, Audible subscriptions, dinner and a movie gift certificates, and concert tickets. Last year’s theme was “relaxation”, so I gave massage and spa service gift cards, plush robes, slippers, acupressure mats, and weighted blankets.

The theme for this year is giving the gift of sustainability. A common frustration is the feeling that you can’t make much of a difference when it comes to the problems of the modern world. Life is busy, we have our own needs and desires to tend to, time and bandwidth for volunteering is limited, and some problems just seem too big {or too much of a “hassle”} to bother with on an individual level. I think sustainability falls into that category, and we can make a big difference even with small lifestyle changes

It’s easy to say that we want to be more environmentally conscious, but are we committed to it? Sustainability is like voting, in the sense that it can only work or make its intended impact when we do our part collectively. 

We have to make some really important lifestyle changes, because recycling isn’t enough. The world produces more than 400 million tons of plastic every year, but only about 8.7% of plastic is recycled. The rest ends up in landfills, littered, or is incinerated. Over time, plastic breaks down into what is called “microplastics”, which are absorbed into the air, contaminates our food and water sources, and builds up in our bodies. This leads to an increased risk of chronic inflammation, oxidative stress, and potential DNA damage among other serious health problems.  

Sustainability is about meeting the existing and developing needs of the world while reducing waste, and without depleting natural resources for the future. It’s about consciously consuming materials that don’t cause harm to the environment and can be easily regenerated, while conserving resources for future generations.

Inspire and motivate your people to live more sustainably with these thoughtful gifts that have both purpose and impact.

Reusable Grocery Bags

Many grocery retailers are exploring the idea of going “bagless” as a major effort to create less single use plastic waste. If you shop at Costco or Aldi, you’re already used to bringing your own bags. These reusable shopping bags are great gifts to encourage everyone you know to do the same.

Reusable Grocery Shopping Box Bags

canvas box bagsBest Canvas Shopping Bags

reusable grocery bags filled with produceReusable Mesh Produce Bags

mesh produce bagsPersonal Care

Cotton balls or rounds, plastic toothbrushes and flossers might seem like small potatoes when it comes to sustainability, but think of how much waste comes from everyone using and disposing of these things. These items are perfect stocking stuffers!

Reusable Bamboo Makeup Remover Pads

cotton roundsAdult Bamboo Toothbrushes

bamboo toothbrushesChildren’s Bamboo Toothbrushes

bamboo toothbrushesAdult Dental Flossers

flossersChild Dental Flossers

kids flossersHousehold

Household items are full of chemicals that are terrible for the environment. Single use packaging and other items cause unnecessary waste that we can absolutely reduce.

Products made of bamboo are especially sustainable because bamboo is a fast growing crop that requires no pesticides or fertilizers. It also regenerates from its roots so it doesn’t need to be replanted. Eucalyptus is another sustainable product source. It can be grown quickly without pesticides in dry, rocky terrain with little irrigation, and the trees are cut instead of being uprooted, so there is no need to plant new trees.

Eco Laundry Detergent Sheets

laundry detergent sheetsOrganic Wool Dryer Balls speed up dry time and cut energy costs.

dryer ballsBeeswax Wraps

wax food wraps

Reusable Bamboo Paper Towels

reusable paper towels100% Eucalyptus Sheet Set, cooling, moisture wicking and hypoallergenic.

sheet setPlastic-Free Food Storage Containers

food containersBamboo Cheese Cutting Board & Knife Gift Set

cutting board and knife setComposting

Small Indoor Hanging Compost Bin

hanging compost binDual Chamber Tumbling Composter

compost tumblerBooks

Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life

Zero Waste Home bookComposting for Beginners

Composting for BeginnersWhat gift of sustainability will you be giving this year?


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Kimberly Smith is a Mindset & Resilience Coach and the founder of Encompass Life Coaching. She is a native New Yorker, proud Houstonian, truth seeker, mental health and DEIJ advocate, mother, yogi, and dachshund lover. Kimberly was born in Phoenix, Arizona, raised in upstate New York, lived in Florida where her daughter Amelia {June 2014} was born, and now proudly calls Houston her home. She is degreed in Sociology and Psychology, is an internationally certified life and career coach, and previously spent over a decade in corporate talent acquisition and staffing helping professionals level up and pivot their careers. Now as an entrepreneur, through coaching services, speaking, and writing, Kimberly helps ambitious women, mothers, and entrepreneurs stop stressing and focus, so they can flourish within their careers, families, businesses, and relationships. Kimberly’s clients move through self-doubt, build a positive and resilient mindset while increasing energy and confidence, and crushing their personal and professional goals. Kimberly is a servant leader passionate about dissolving the stigma around mental health, advocating for diversity, equity, inclusion and justice, and is dedicated to empowering others to live more authentic lives full of passion, purpose, courage, freedom and adventure. In her free time, Kimberly can be found sweating it out in a hot yoga class, running the White Oak Bayou trail, enjoying live music, exploring Houston markets, museums, and restaurants, or snuggling up on the couch to watch documentaries with her two dachshunds Winnie & Doyal. You can connect with Kimberly on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or grab Kimberly’s free Mindset & Affirmations bundle at encompasscoachingservices.com.

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