Did you ever think of giving gifts for zero wasters?
Yes, even minimalists crave for some goodies. Though they do not go after expensive flashy gifts. Rather they look for stuff that they can use and reuse.
That is why it becomes difficult to source gifts for them. If you have struggled in finding the best gifts for your minimalist friends. Then, read further to know what gifts will be best for them.
7 Gifts for Zero Wasters That Will Blow Your Mind
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1. Zero Waste Gifts for Him
Do you know someone who wishes to reduce plastic usage while outdoors/traveling? Then, do not look beyond this set of cutlery.
This will be an ideal gift for them.
It is a bamboo travel utensil set that comes with its fabric carrying case. The kit is sustainable, eco-friendly, reusable, and portable.
Though the best part is that it looks classy and unique.
It can fit with ease in a briefcase, backpacking bag, or even a small bag. It is good to carry for everyday work and even for camping trips.
It contains a fork, spoon, knife, straw, and chopsticks. So, you no longer have to look for utensils or use a spoon as catch-all cutlery.
The product lasts long as is easy to clean as well.
2. Greeting Cards as Gifts for Zero Wasters
Would you like to gift a greeting card that boasts of a 1000-year-old tradition?
The base paper of these handmade cards is Lokta paper. This paper is native to Nepal and made from Daphne bush.
The papermaking process does not kill the plant. Rather, the cut part regenerates in some time.
The process involves cooking the tree’s inner barks. Then, comes mashing and spreading the pulp on boxed screens with hands.
The spread mash, when left under the Himalayan Sun dries and hardens to form the Lokta paper. Nepali paper is its popular name. It is even used in the official government documents of Nepal.
The pack includes 15/25 card sheets of 4 x 6 inches in cornflower color. The stack of cards comes in an elegant Envelope Deluxe Box Set.
You can include gift vouchers in these cards to use as organic bridal shower gifts.
3. Plastic-Free Food Wraps
Did I tell you that I love the honey bees? Running an apiary is next on my bucket list.
That is why I am learning sustainable farming these days. Along with vegetables, I am also growing flowers that attract bees.
All that these buzzing creatures make is gold. Beeswax is one of their offerings that finds numerous uses.
It is a regular component of organic skincare products. Also, being a wax, it provides a barrier to humidity. That is why it serves as an excellent replacement for plastic food wraps.
An artist from Indiana creates such beeswax lined cloth wraps for carrying food.
This food wrap is a square one of 12-inches length. Beeswax, jojoba, and rosin layer it. Thus, you can pack your food with it. Plus, the cute bumblebees print of the cloth will please the kids.
4. Canva Tote Bag With a Funny Caption
I am a big fan of handmade cloth totes. I have been hoarding them since the day I discovered them.
They are not made from plastic or its substitutes. They do not even have any animal hide or fur.
This is a large cotton tote bag. It measures about 17 – inches x 15 – inches x 6 – inches.
Its material is heavy-duty cotton canvas. Thus, it can work as a grocery bag.
The handmade artist from Colorado has added a funny caption on it. She uses natural colors using a screen print transfer method.
If you are gifting this bag to someone who appreciates sustainable reusable products. Then, let them know that they should not bleach or iron it. Machine wash on delicate and then laid flat to dry in open will work the best.
5. Zero Waste Toys
Most of the children’s toys do not find use after the kids grow. Because of that you either end up donating the toys or throwing them away.
Since plastic is the most common material used for making toys. Thus, toys contribute to soil and water pollution by ending up in landfills.
Moreover, letting children play with plastic might freak out a green living parent.
If you echo the same thoughts. Then, you will love this set of play food.
The approximate dimensions of the fruits and vegetables in the set are:
- Banana with its detachable peel – 6-inches x 1.75-inches
- Strawberry – 1.5-inches x 1.25-inches
- Broccoli – 2.5-inches x 2.5-inches
- Carrot – 6-inches x 1-inches
- Green Beans – 4.75-inches x 0.75-inches
- Watermelon – 2.5-inches x 2.25-inches
- Orange – 1-inches x 2-inches
- Apple – 1-inches x 2-inches
- Red Onion – 2.5-inches diameter
- Tomato – 2.675-inches diameter
- Kiwi – 1.5-inches x 0.5-inches
The size of these toys is appropriate for the children to hold. Hence, they help in their motor development. Also, they educate kids to identify nutritious foods.
Handmade artist from California creates these using felt, foam and polyfill. The felt that they use comes from recycled bottles.
The artist uses a sewing machine and hand stitching to create these toys.
You can hand wash or use a washing machine to clean these toys. Since these handmade toys last long. Hence, they are wonderful as zero waste gift ideas for children.
The artist provides a disclaimer for these toys. She recommends them for children above 3 years of age under parental supervision.
6. Zero Waste Gifts for Her
I gave up on commercial cosmetics years ago. Since then, coconut oil and a few clays complete my entire beauty routine.
Being a minimalist. My makeup routine is zilch. Though at times I make some eyeliner with burnt almonds and castor oil.
If you have not tried making your eyeliner and mascara. Then, try this handmade one by an artist from Mexico.
It is a water-resistant mascara known as Miranda de Theia. The artist uses a blend of castor and mamey to make it.
Both the ingredients strengthen and lengthen the eyelashes. The mascara also has beeswax to give a hold to the eyelashes.
The handmade artist sources the beeswax from native communities in Mexico.
There is no use of paraben, animal products, petroleum or mineral oil. Thus, the Zero wasters will love using this eye makeup.
7. Zero Waste Gifts for Home
If you are looking for plastic-free gifts for someone. Then, have a look at these handmade nylon scrubbers.
They are hand crocheted using colorful nylon threads. They are strong, hence perfect as reusable gifts.
You can use them to scrub your kitchen utensils. They are a gentle, but firm cleaning medium. Thus, they do not scratch glass surfaces.
Apart from utensils, you can also clean bathtubs, sinks, and windows with them. It will be hard to believe, but you can even scrub veggies with these scrubs.
You get a set of 2 round scrubbies per order. Each of them is about 3.5 – 4 inches wide, and 1-inch thick.
They are washable in the washing machine as well as the dishwasher.
Gifting is a beautiful art. That is one of the ways you get to express your love.
Thoughtful gifts bring joy to both the receiver and the givers.
But when it comes to gifting people who resist owning stuff. Then, it becomes difficult to decide what to gift them.
This article curates 7 of the best products that are high on utility. Moreover, they are plastic-free.
Pick one of them and make your zero waster friends happy.
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