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Zero Waste Gift Guide

Think Zero Home’s big list of Low and Zero Waste Gifts!

For Friends & Family (adults) - in a covid or post covid world

Revamping our holiday and gift buying traditions with sustainability in mind could be the answer. Sustainability means mindful use of the planet’s limited resources, including such aspects as:

  • Transparent, responsible production to reduce carbon emissions and waste

  • Replacing single-use and non-degradable products with long-lasting items

  • Choosing slow fashion over fast fashion

  • Using eco-friendly, organic materials

  • Supporting local businesses, social enterprises, and charities

Here are some ideas to get you going!

Experiential & DIY Gifts

  • Take an online or in person class together (what do they like to do?) Cooking classes online are very popular for example (Great for Co-workers); maybe take an art class?

  • Art tour – go to a museum and book a guided tour; visit art galleries

  • Wine tasting – virtual or in person

  • Anna does this with a group of friends using the monthly wine tasting club Glasses Up!

  • Go for dinner together- Or give a gift certificate

  • Theatre tickets or membership

  • Membership to a cultural institution in town that is of interest to the receiver

  • Digital subscription – movies, app store, audible, Spotify, etc.

  • The cost of these subscriptions add up - Helping with these costs is always a welcome gift

  • There are many streaming services out there.

  • Homemade baked goods (wrap them up in cloth, saved glass jars, etc.)

  • Try baking a festive loaf of challah bread

  • Whip up a batch of edible gift snacks

  • Massage, hair, nails, facial, etc. gift certificate - there are even services that come to your home for a massage or to do beauty treatments.

  • DIY item – make a homemade gift, here are a number of ideas:

  • Ideas include artwork, jewelry, an ornament, baked goods

  • Jar filled with love (Great for Co-workers!)

  • Soap- Try super easy melt and pour holiday peppermint soap, or super easy melt and pour plain soap

  • Try your hand at making moisturizer

  • Zero Waste Products

  • $- Last Swab: Last Swab is a sustainable and sanitary alternative to standard cotton swabs and Q-Tips. After use, the Last Swab only needs to be cleaned with soap and water and is meant to last a long time. Last Object is the name of the company with several products - a reusable cotton swab, hanky, cotton round and masks so that it is the last time you buy those products! Use code ThinkZero for 10% off your order.

  • $- Package Free Shop- Mayan Loofah: These loofahs are sourced from a family farm in Guatemala and grown using traditional methods- they are 100% free of pesticides and herbicides.

  • $$- Duebest Reusable Wooden Cutlery Set: Duebest’s reusable cutlery set is made of teak wood by artisans in Bali and is certified Fair Trade. Duebest - provides beautiful reusable cutlery; they are introducing new products such as silicon lids to replace saran wrap. Use code ThinkZero for 10% off your order.

  • $- Nalgene 32 oz Water Bottle: Nalgene’s 32 oz water bottle has a wide mouth and is made from BPA free plastic. The bottle comes in 19 different colors and its wide mouth makes it very easy to fill with ice and to clean.

  • Plaine Products - provides a refillable system for personal care products (i.e. shampoo, conditioner, hand soap, etc.). You get new product on a set schedule and you send back your old bottles for reuse. Use code ThinkZero for 20% off your order. The website also has travel sets.

  • Friendsheep Wool - provides wool drier balls that eliminates drier sheets - these are great stocking stuffers. Use code ThinkZero for 10% off your order.

  • Stasher - provides silicon reusable bags to take the place of ziplock. These are great gifts for those who like to eat on the g