Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Dreaming of a Green Christmas: 9 Gift Ideas for the Eco-Conscious

I love reusable products.
Have you seen the people who fit a whole year's waste into a mason jar? Talk about serious goals. I love making small swaps to reduce our household waste.

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Reusables make AMAZING gifts because they are something that people sometimes struggle to buy themselves (upfront investment), but will be used all year long... for years and years!

Here's a list of my favorite green items:

Silicone Straws: Unlike their hard, stainless steel counterpart, silicone straws are soft and safe for little (and big!) teeth. They're bendy, easy to clean, and completely safe to chew on! These are one of my favorite "green" switches.

Wool Dryer Balls: I haven't used dryer sheets in years. I actually haven't used anything. BUT dryer balls are amazing for softening up clothes and speeding dry time, which in turn saves energy. I would LOVE to receive these. It's one thing you can't have too many of!

Wetbags: Not just for cloth diapers! Wetbags are awesome for storing dirty clothes, wet bathing suits, used kitchen towels...the possibilities are endless, really. There's even small, food safe varieties that are amazing alternatives to ziploc bags!

Reusable Grocery Bags: We do most of our shopping at Aldi, so plastic bags are out for this household. Many states are even putting a ban on grocery bags, which I think is amazing. Reusable grocery bags hold so much more, and they can even double as a gift bag!

Unpaper Towels: Another favorite switch for me was going to real towels in the kitchen instead of paper towels. I'm going to be real honest and say it was actually the wanna-be chef in me watching the Food Network that made me switch to using real towels while cooking. Whatever works, right? You can get fancy and buy unpaper towels, decorate your own flour sacks, or just go for the fancy ones they have at Target!

Cloth Wipes: Another, whether-you-cloth-diaper-or-not item. Cloth wipes are amazing for wiping up messes and little faces. My favorites are Grovia or Bumgenius. I love the terry fabric because it's super grabby, but still soft.

Cloth Diapers: I put this WAY down the list but... it probably would be my number one gift for myself. I've been known to tell my husband to skip the flowers on special occasions and use it to buy a new diaper instead. Any cloth diaper mama would LOVE to receive a new diaper "for her baby."

Menstrual Cup: Okay, maybe I'm getting into crazy-land here, but I definitely feel like the biggest inhibitor of cup converts is the initial price. They would make a great gift for someone who has been wanting to make the switch. Here is the deal though: they are not one-size-fits-all. It would be a safe bet to go for a medium height and firmness, like a Lena or Ruby Cup. Check out Put A Cup In It for more information on buying a good cup for the "average" woman. And for the love of all things, DO NOT buy a Diva cup. They are one of the worst cups for beginners, being too hard and too tall for the average. I am partial to Ruby myself. They donate one cup for every one bought.

Cloth Pads: Let me tell you how long it took me to buy cloth pads... oh wait, I NEVER actually did. I was finally sent some from a certain company I adore. It's one of those things that you want, but you just cannot suck up to buy for yourself!

I could probably title this "Kaitlin's Gift Guide" because I would love any of these gifts!
Are you shopping green this year?  What are your favorite reusables?

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