Wish List: Sustainable Gifts
This year, give a gift that will last—or repurpose one that didn't. Read on for our favorite sustainable gifts.
Soda from scratch. Sodastream. $50 and up
Class up your tap water with Sodastream's under-30-seconds at-home fizzing process, and join a community of at-home sodamakers who are collectively saving 16 bottles of trash a second.
Digital sketchbook. Clibe. Free
The Moleskine of a new generation, Clibe's free sketchbook app eliminates the need for paper (both from the forest and your wallet). Note and doodle with abandon, then export your favorite holiday recipes to your iPad family, share plans for your new living room arrangement with your S.O., or prove to doubting relatives that you really are "working on a novel."
On-the-go Brita. Hydros. $29.99
Advance your water filtering strategy beyond the fridge and the spigot with Hydros' all-in-one water bottle and filter, a perfect compromise between drinking sludge from the tap and financing the disposable water bottle industry.
Advanced placement cheese board. Uncommon Goods. $48
Embrace the weirdness of modern recycling head-on with this cheese board "reclaimed" from an Illinois elementary school's used chalkboards. Deal with it: The educational aids of American children are now being reborn as a hors d'oeurves delivery mechanisms for the bourgeois party circuit. It's better than trashing all that slate.
Soap for you and the Gulf. Bird Project. $24
Inject some warm fuzzies into your morning sud routine: Every time you shower with Bird Project soap, you slowly free a white bird carved from Louisiana clay from its black soap encasing, and help fund the big-time oil spill cleanup that continues on the Gulf Coast.
The evolved lunchbox. Plastica. $36
Lock down your snacking game with Plastica's stackable bento box, an advanced take on the school lunchbox. Pick a personalized color scheme to express the anxious individuality of the kid inside, then satisfy your evolved adult palate by stocking your box with a balanced three-part meal to go.
Eco alcohol delivery system. Walnut. $22
Your bike is designed to help you power yourself across the city—why shouldn't it be streamlined to accommodate your more sedentary activities, too? This six pack cinch hangs straight from your frame, helping facilitate the active pursuit of drunkenness.
Repurposed glass glasses. Beldi. $5 and up
Glasses from glass: So crazy it just might work. Toast to sustainable design with Beldi's hand-blown recycled glass glasses that don't look recycled.
Eco keyboard. Impecca. $59.99
This year, rethink the cramped cubicle as a finely-curated office space. Start by bringing zen to your desk with a 100-percent biodegradable keyboard hand carved from the largest member of the grass family.
Sky-powered iPhone. Mobius. $80
Ditch the omniprescent white USB cables. Power your iPhone via the Universe with Mobius' solar iPhone charger.
Scribbling throwback. Moxie. $3.25
Embrace your inner Luddite! Take a break from emoting into chat boxes, flirting via text, and yelling at your phone robot to communicate some ideas by putting pencil to paper.
Photos without the frame. Plywerk. $14-$300
Preserve your photog friends' greatest shots—and the environment—with Plywork's sustainably-harvested maple and bamboo photo mounting.
Mismatched-on-purpose socks. Solmate. $16.99
Save yourself another desperate traipse through the hamper by investing in a pair of deliberately mismatched socks. Symmetrical dressers can buy two pairs and switch them to make a perfect coupling.
Recycled cardboard cat teepee. Uncommon Goods. $28
Lock down your cat lady apartment's feline smell situation while appealing to your pet's eco-hipster aesthetic: For those times when a nonrecycled odor-absorbing cardboard cat teepee just won't do.
Wormy compost kit. Uncommon Goods. $109.95
Is your lifestyle producing a large volume of waste that you are unequipped to convert into liquid fertilizer with your clumsy human digestive system alone? Introduce a colony of worms to your kitchen to help transition your leftovers into compost (new squiggly friends not included).
Have you gotten started on your holiday shopping list yet? This year, choose a present that you can feel good about giving. We've picked out the best sustainable items from our holiday wish list—from a reclaimed chalk board cheese board to a treeless digital sketchbook to a solar-powered iPhone charger—and topped them with a green bow. Check out our go-to list for awesome sustainable presents for everyone on your list.
Also, don't forget to take a look at our full holiday wish list for more gift ideas for living, working, wearing, going, and playing.
This post is in partnership with Starbucks