9 tips for eco-friendly Black Friday, Cyber Monday shopping

November 27, 2019 by  
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Shopping is an ubiquitous part of American culture that peaks during the holiday season in spurts of deal-hunting and gift-giving. Anyone who has made efforts to go zero-waste or plastic-free knows how difficult it can be to maintain those goals while finding meaningful presents for loved ones. So when Black Friday and Cyber Monday roll around, you might experience the internal conflict of responsibility to the planet with the desire to give gifts. We love that you love the planet, so we’ve put together some ideas of ways to enjoy the season without leaving behind a Sasquatch-sized carbon footprint. Watch packaging  When it comes to gifting, watch out for extra packaging, especially plastic foam and molded, unrecyclable plastic . Consider buying items in bulk, as long as they have less packaging and won’t go to waste. You can also bring your own containers for bulk products like bath salts, pet treats and food. As always, bring your own reusable shopping bags, and decline the offer of plastic bags from the store. Related: Avoid the crowds with these 10 alternatives to Black Friday shopping Support sustainable companies More and more companies are working to source natural materials and manufacture products in a sustainable way. Reward their efforts by supporting them as your first choice in gift-giving. For example, select bracelets made from ocean plastic, shoes or sunglasses made from coffee grounds or indoor gardens sourced from recycled plastic. Look for companies that ship using recyclable materials, too. While smaller, sustainably minded companies may not have a flashy ads online or on the TV, they are out there and will often offer discounts on Black Friday and Cyber Monday just like the giant box retailers. You just have to do a little bit of searching. Make your own gifts The most sustainable way to enjoy Black Friday is to be in complete control of the materials used in your gifts. Instead of heading out for pre-packaged and wasteful options, take a trip into the local pottery studio and make some plates, a popcorn bowl or a mug to give as a gift. Upcycle by gathering up special T-shirts and other clothing to have a company make them into a memory quilt (if you have sewing skills, you can also DIY !). Set another date on the calendar for a craft party, and invite friends, family and neighbors to gather and make gifts. Use the Black Friday and Cyber Monday discounts to score some deals at the craft store. Just be sure to look for products that don’t include plastic and emphasize natural materials like hemp, grapevine and organic fabrics. Choose green technology A quick glance through most holiday catalogs will highlight deals on electronics. If TVs and other modern gadgets are on your list, research models that consume less energy and purchase solar-powered items when they are an option. Go for durability While it is likely that not every item you purchase throughout the season will fully fit the sustainability bill, one way you can help the planet is in waste reduction. To meet this goal, keep in mind that a long-lasting product will create less waste than one that is quickly disposed of. Research your purchases and go for items made with real wood instead of pressboard, strong metals instead of flimsy ones and natural materials instead of plastic (think wooden picnic tables and rocking horses for toddlers). The same goes for jewelry, clothing, furniture, kitchen items and decor. Quality counts, both for the gift recipient and for the planet. Look for eco-friendly materials Especially when it comes to textiles , the materials used in production can make a huge difference in the amount of pollutants that end up in waterways and landfills. Select natural fibers for sheets, towels, blankets and clothing. The most obvious example is organic cotton , which eliminates the toxic chemicals such as insecticides, pesticides and fungicides used in traditional cotton production. Minimize driving and stops Stop-and-go city traffic is guilty for contributing to air pollution , so do your part by limiting the number of stores at which you shop. Pick one store for your purchases, or select stores near each other. Even better than driving is to take public transit, bike or walk from shop to shop. Shop local Depending on where you live, shopping local is likely the best thing you can do for the environment. You get bonus points if you can shop at a nearby craft mall or import store with a focus on eco-friendly and/or locally made products. If you do hit up the online deals for Cyber Monday, follow the suggestions above in regards to buying from sustainably minded companies and observing packaging and shipping practices. Gift wrap naturally Once you’ve made or purchased your gifts, continue the eco-friendly trend with thoughtful gift wrapping. Use natural fabric or paper, and accessorize with leaves, flowers, small branches, nuts or fruit. Alternately, recycle greeting cards into gift tags, upcycle tablecloths and pillow cases, put gifts inside gorgeous reusable bags or organize a gift basket with no wrap at all. Images via Shutterstock

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Creative DIY gifts you can make yourself

December 7, 2017 by  
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Making your own DIY gifts this holiday season is a smart way to ensure that your present will be one-of-a-kind, and it doesn’t hurt that it’ll probably save you some cash too. We’ve rounded up a list of cool and creative homemade presents for the holiday season from tricked out terrariums to make-it-yourself lip balm to custom cat pillows . Check out our DIY Gift Guide to see them all! + DIY GIFT IDEAS

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15 gifts that will wow the lady in your life

December 6, 2017 by  
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Is the lady in your life an adventure lover? A letter writer ? A knitting fiend? Does she love to explore new wines , or indulge in exquisite chocolates ? Whatever her tastes and leanings, we’ve got something for her in this year’s gift guide . We’ve scouted around for some of the most interesting, ethical, and eco-friendly gifts and stocking stuffers out there, from books and edibles to craft supplies and clothing , so you’re sure to find something special for your ladylove. Read on to check out some of the special pieces we’ve found for you this year! GIFTS FOR THE LADIES >

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16 green holiday gifts for gardeners and backyard farmers

December 5, 2017 by  
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Gardening, backyard farming, and homesteading have become more popular than ever, and chances are you have at least one green thumb to shop for this holiday season. From monthly seed subscription boxes to eco-friendly gardening tools , terrarium kits , and even backyard beehive s, we’ve rounded up some fabulous gift ideas for plant lovers of all ages and abilities. Check out what we’ve found in this year’s Green Holiday Gift Guide! GIFTS FOR THE GREEN THUMB >

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2017 Gift Guide: Green gifts under $20

December 4, 2017 by  
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  Looking for a green gift that doesn’t break the bank? We’ve got 15 unique and affordable gifts that will wow everyone on your list for under $20. There’s something for everyone on your list, from a mushroom garden that grows right on the counter for the chef, to a recycled-paper photo album for the Instagrammer in your life. GIFTS UNDER $20 >

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ANNOUNCING: Inhabitat’s 2017 Green Holiday Gift Guide!

December 1, 2017 by  
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The holidays are almost here – and we’re thrilled to announce Inhabitat’s 2017 Green Holiday Gift Guide ! We’ve hunted high and low for the best eco-friendly gifts to help make your holiday shopping a little easier. This year, we’ve rounded up gifts that will thrill the guys and gals in your life, gifts that you can make , gifts that won’t break the bank , gifts that cost nothing but time and even gifts for the home and for your furry friends (and if you leave things until the last minute, we’ve got gifts for that , too). Grab your laptop, put on some tunes and get ready to win the holidays. GIFTS FOR GUYS > GIFTS FOR LADIES > GIFTS FOR KIDS > GIFTS FOR THE HOME > GADGETS GIFTS > GIFTS FOR THE GREEN THUMB > GIFTS FOR FURRY FRIENDS > GIFTS OF TIME > MAKE YOUR OWN GIFTS > GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK > HEIRLOOM GIFTS > LAST MINUTE GIFTS >

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17 Green holiday gifts for the home

November 28, 2017 by  
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Nothing makes a house feel more like a home than being surrounded by the precious people and things that you love the most. This year, help make that happen for the loved ones on your list by skipping the usual gift card and getting them something that they can truly treasure. From a hand-carved wood trencher or a chunky cotton throw , to an endless record that plays the sound of rain , there’s something for everyone on your list. GIFTS FOR THE HOME >

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14 eco jewelry gifts for fashion-savvy friends

December 3, 2016 by  
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Gorgeous, eco-jewelry can be hard to come by if you don’t know where to look. To make the search easier, we rounded up 17 of our favorite sustainable jewelry pieces each with a unique story behind it. From handcrafted pieces made from reclaimed metals  to unique bracelets created by skilled artisans under fair trade principles and terrarium pendants , each gift will surely be treasured by the special person to receive them. ECO JEWELRY >

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15 cozy knit gifts to keep you warm this winter

December 1, 2016 by  
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Everybody loves receiving cozy mittens, caps and other knit gifts, but the environmentalists in your life will be especially pleased if theirs have been purchased from people who source only the greenest, most sustainable yarn. And if it’s fair trade, what a bonus. Look no further for 15 of the coolest, greenest, and coziest green gifts appropriate for a broad spectrum of people. From convertible flip-top mittens to cable knit mug cozies for tea and coffee lovers and an awesome ‘Suess’ hat , our gifts are not only cozy but also classy to boot! COZY KNIT GIFTS >

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14 Gifts for Animal Lovers

December 4, 2015 by  
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‘Tis the season of light, love, and goodwill to all, and those wishes certainly extend to our animal cousins. Gifts that are cruelty-free and ethically made are true symbols of peace, and those that benefit others are even more exceptional. Vegan gifts can be enjoyed by anyone on your shopping list — not just those who specifically follow a vegan lifestyle — and your recipient’s holiday might be just a bit brighter if they know that the present they received also helped another in need. Check out our list of vegan, compassionate gift ideas and help spread gentleness to all. GIFTS FOR ANIMAL LOVERS >

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