Eco-friendly subscription boxes to gift this holiday season

December 2, 2019 by  
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The holiday spirit of gift-giving can be enjoyed throughout the year. How? Giving the gift of a subscription box can provide year-round enjoyment for any recipient, especially when delivered via monthly, quarterly or semi-annual subscription plans. For those who are eco-conscious, here are some environmentally friendly subscription boxes to consider. For people striving for zero-waste and plastic-free living The greenUP subscription is curated to minimize dependence on disposable plastic. Even the company’s website emphasizes a plastic-free lifestyle, “so there’s less plastic waste ending up on our beaches and in our oceans.” Each box in this subscription is valued at $70+ and features six to eight sustainable items. Another subscription box conscientious about the planet is EarthLove , a curated box of products “that are ethically and environmentally responsible, including zero-waste packaging, natural ingredients, organic and non-GMO, gluten-free, cruelty-free, beegan/vegan and fair trade.” Then there’s MightyNest , with its MightyFix and Mighty Essentials subscription packages that promote green lifestyles. MightyNest products are free of BPA, lead, parabens, phthalates and PVC. For ethical shoppers As a verified member of the Fair Trade Federation , GlobeIn strives to support healthy working conditions for the artisans who craft the goods included in each subscription box. Thus, each GlobeIn artisan box is filled with ethically handmade products. GlobeIn offers more than five monthly box themes to provide a variety of choices to subscribers. For the skincare-obsessed For those who prefer toxin-free personal care products, the Natural Vegan Body Care subscription is the perfect gift. Goodies on offer in this box are all-natural, cruelty-free and biodegradable. This includes natural balms, deodorants, hair care supplies and hand soaps all free of unwanted synthetics. Bamboo toothbrushes and organic loofahs also complete the packages. For parents and kids The monthly Ecocentric Mom subscription box offers products perfect for motherhood, ensuring green home care from the first trimester to the toddler years. There are often up to six products provided that include organic self-care products, toxin-free baby products, accessories suited for developmental milestones, eco-conscious practical home care items for the growing family and non-GMO snacks. Related: A guide to the best eco-friendly holiday gifts for children Ethical fashion for babies and toddlers can be found in the SmockBox . Each box includes an outfit, an accessory and a toy — all made ethically. Meanwhile, Dyper offers an eco-friendly diaper subscription. These diapers are made with fibers from renewable bamboo and other biodegradable materials. They are also free of “chlorine, latex, alcohol, perfumes, PVC, lotions, TBT and phthalates.” Wipe On Us correspondingly offers bamboo wipes as a family subscription. The wipes have no plastic packaging whatsoever. Kids will rejoice at receiving the eco-friendly Little Pnuts educational toy subscription box. Little Pnuts gives well-curated packages with up to five sustainable toys, which are all handmade from natural materials and non-battery operated. For low-maintenance plant enthusiasts Succulents are quickly becoming a favorite among urban gardeners because of their low-maintenance needs. There are numerous subscription boxes out there for succulents. Gift two unique succulents in biodegradable pots a month from Succulent Studios , three succulents monthly from Leaf & Clay , four succulents with a mystery bonus plant from Mountain Crest Gardens , five hand-picked succulents from the Succulent Source or up to four succulents or one air plant a month from Succulents Box . For gardeners Arcadia Seed Company is a purveyor of seeds, and its box offers four packets of vegetable or herb seeds along with a surprise packet of unusual or exotic seeds. Meanwhile, the Click and Grow subscription provides pre-seeded, biodegradable pods that can be planted in a self-sustaining Smart Garden device that is “100 percent free of GMOs and harmful substances,” with 45 different fruits, vegetables and herbs to choose from. Yet another is SproutBox , with a BPA- and BPS-free sprouting device, which creates natural aeration for sprouts that emerge from the organic, non-GMO seed packs. The highly curated Horti box includes care instructions for the plants delivered to every urban gardener who subscribes. To encourage self-assurance in gardening, the company begins by sending hardy plants as an introduction into taking care of plants. Pet-friendly plants are also available to prevent any mishaps with canine and feline friends. For foodies UrthBox offers natural, non-GMO and organic snacks and beverages, with gluten-free and vegan options, too. For more adventurous palates, there’s a Fermented Farmacy subscription box with flavorful foods packed with probiotics and enzymes to help maintain optimal gut health. Similarly, the Sun Basket subscription box has options for lean-and-clean, Mediterranean, pescatarian , vegetarian and gluten-free diets. Those who prefer raw, plant-based snacks that are also wheat-free, soy-free and refined sugar-free will find RawBox subscription to be a good match. For pet owners Canine parents can subscribe to Ollie for vet-formulated, freshly cooked recipes with zero fillers, byproducts, artificial flavors or preservatives. The Farmer’s Dog similarly offers healthier pet food made fresh then sent directly to subscribers in eco-friendly packaging. Another wonderful subscription box is offered by Nom Nom Now , which caters to both canine and feline palates, with nutrient-rich, easy-to-digest and byproduct-free foods. Related: A guide to the best eco-friendly gifts for pets Pure Earth Pets is “designed with your pet and the Earth in mind,” offering environmentally conscious products like recycled toys and treats made from natural ingredients, all packaged in biodegradable boxes. As for fishkeepers, My Aquarium Box subscribers can select from saltwater, nano tank, freshwater and planted tank offerings. Avian aficionados, meanwhile, can subscribe to the PollyWannaBird box that keeps birds happy with healthy treats, therapeutic perches and bird-safe wood toys for beak conditioning. For outdoor-lovers The Homestead Box offers three options of packages — for the gardener, the backyard chicken raiser and the woodsman — all of which cultivate simple self-sufficiency, subsistence agriculture and a closer bond to what nature has to offer. Children can also connect, interact and engage with nature via the Mud + Bloom or even the Little Hiker subscription boxes. Hiker Crate ’s subscription is for those with hiking proclivities, whereas the KinderBox is a better fit for those with a truly rugged sense of adventure. Images via Good Soul Shop , Natasha Ong , Paul Gaudriault , Y Tanaka , Skyla Design , Eco Warrior Princess , RawBox , NomNomNow and Rudolf Mark

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Tesla Cybertruck is an electric pickup truck with Blade Runner appeal

December 2, 2019 by  
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At a press conference last week, Elon Musk presented the Cybertruck , an electric pickup truck that promises all of the utility of a truck and the performance of a sports car. Defined by a sharply angular and futuristic form, this latest addition to the Tesla line of vehicles has been hotly anticipated — pre-orders for the truck recently surpassed 200,000, despite the gaff of two shattered windows during a demonstration of the Cybertruck’s “unbreakable” glass . Created for both on-road and off-road applications, the Tesla Cybertruck comes in three models: the Single Motor Rear-Wheel Drive for $39,900, the Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive for $49,900 and the Tri Motor All-Wheel Drive for $69,900. Its most expensive option will have a towing capacity of more than 14,000 pounds and a range of 500 miles on a single charge. Despite its heft and size, the tri-motor vehicles can accelerate to 60 miles per hour in less than 3 seconds — numbers comparable to that of a Porsche. Related: Tesla solar panels now available to rent All of the electric pickup truck models are clad in ultra-hard, 30x cold-rolled stainless steel with windows that are similarly tough and can withstand bullets from a 9-millimeter handgun. The interiors can seat up to six adults and will be outfitted with a large touchscreen and an onboard air compressor. The Cybertruck will have 120-volt and 240-volt power outlets.  Despite the Cybertruck’s distinctive, Blade Runner-esque appearance, Tesla hopes that its new all-electric offering will be strong enough to rival Ford’s F-150 line, the best-selling pickup trucks in America. Meanwhile, Ford also plans to release a hybrid F-150 version next year and expects to unveil an all-electric pickup truck soon. Tesla’s Single Motor Rear-Wheel Drive and Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive models will go on sale in the fall of 2021, while production for the Tri Motor AWD models is expected to begin in late 2022. + Tesla Cybertruck Images via Tesla

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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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A guide to the best eco-friendly holiday gifts for your friends

December 19, 2018 by  
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Are you searching for the perfect gift for your best friend? Or maybe you’re looking for something special for all the friends on your gift list. Either way, here are some of our favorite gifts this season that are beautiful, thoughtful and sustainable. Natural, handmade soaps While the masses swarm big name stores for lotions and bath soaps, find an eco-friendly option that is actually easier on the eyes and the wallet. It’s pretty easy to find local soap makers in your area, but you can also check on Etsy or stores like Lush , which offers soaps made with fruits, veggies, herbs and oils and also come with minimal (if any) packaging. Related: A guide to the best eco-friendly holiday gifts for family Zero-waste wine What better way to show how much you love your friends than with a delicious bottle of wine made from the world’s first certified zero-waste winery? Pick up a bottle of Fetzer for the friends on your gift list, and pair it with some organic cheese or a couple of cute wine glasses. Cozy socks ‘Tis the season of cozy socks, but not just any pair will do. Be sure the fabric of the socks you give this season is eco-friendly, like these snuggly, fair-trade wool sweater socks made from organic wool. Succulents As succulents continue to grow in popularity, now is the perfect time to pick some up for everyone on your list. Coupled with a nice planter, succulents are a thoughtful gift that will brighten up your friends’ homes or desks without requiring too much attention. A succulent subscription box is also a nice present that your friends can receive for many months after the holiday ends. Reusable mugs Whether they prefer coffee, tea or hot chocolate, your friends will love this cute mug made from glass and cork . It’s durable and BPA-free, plus, it will hopefully curb the disposable cups that come from spontaneous coffee runs. Images via Viktor Forgacs , Kym Ellis , Riala , Alex Holyoake , Goran Ivos and Shutterstock

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We might be descended from this horrifying sea creature with no anus

February 1, 2017 by  
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If you’re looking for new nightmare fuel beyond, oh we don’t know, the dissolution of democracy as we know it, meet Saccorhytus , a tiny H.R. Giger-esque monstrosity that scientists say could be our earliest-known ancestor. Going back some 540 million years, it’s also believed to be the most primitive example we have to date of a deuterostome — a member of a broad category of animals that includes everything from sea urchins to vertebrates like us. The species, which comprised an elliptical body no more than a millimeter long, a large mouth, and apparently no anus, is new to science. We were only made aware of this lurking horror in our evolutionary past because a group of academics unearthed about 45 microfossils in central China’s Shaanxi Province. While the original finds, which look like they’re frozen in mid-scream, are pretty horrifying in and of themselves, the artist’s reconstruction is the gift that keeps on giving. “We think that as an early deuterostome this may represent the primitive beginnings of a very diverse range of species, including ourselves,” Simon Conway Morris, a professor of evolutionary palaeobiology at the University of Cambridge and a member of the team, said in a statement. “To the naked eye, the fossils we studied look like tiny black grains, but under the microscope the level of detail is jaw-dropping. All deuterostomes had a common ancestor, and we think that is what we are looking at here.” Related: Four-legged prehistoric snake offers clues about the reptile’s evolution Saccorhytus , the researchers speculate in the journal Nature , lived in what would have been a shallow sea during the early Cambrian period. It was so small that it probably lived between individual grains of sediment on the sea bed, where it hoovered up food with its capacious maw. Cone-shaped spouts on its body may have allowed it to disgorge any water it swallowed, much like gills on the fish we see today. If the creature had an anus, the scientists were unable to find it. Conceivably, Saccorhytus’s mouth went both ways. “If that was the case, then any waste material would simply have been taken out back through the mouth, which from our perspective sounds rather unappealing,” Conway Morris said. As long as it doesn’t show up to any family reunions, we’ll be OK. + University of Cambridge

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18 Eco Friendly Father’s Day Gift Ideas

June 14, 2016 by  
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Father’s Day is just around the corner, and it is time to start thinking about what you want to give Dad to tell him how loved and valued he is. Choosing a gift that is eco friendly is not only thoughtful for Dad, but it is thoughtful for the…

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6 Eco-Friendly Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas With Heart

February 5, 2016 by  
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As a couple who doesn’t follow the gift-giving status quo, my husband and I don’t send pesticide-laden flower bouquets or nosh on slave-labor chocolate for Valentine’s Day. Rather, we like to be unique with our gift giving and choose eco-friendly…

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8 ways to give the gift of giving this holiday season

November 22, 2015 by  
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The perfect gift doesn’t need to buy into consumerism. This holiday season why not give the gift of giving in the form of charity ? We’ve rounded up eight websites that’ll help you choose more meaningful charitable gifts for your loved ones, from Save the Children sponsorships to World Wildlife Fund gift adoption cards. Keep reading to see how you can use your gifts to contribute to a better world. READ MORE>

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Nothing says “I love you” quite like a 3D-printed steampunk gear heart

January 23, 2015 by  
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If you’re looking for a unique Valentine’s gift for someone special, check this out: you can download plans  on Thingiverse for a 3D-printed steampunk-style gear heart to give as a fun, weird little present. The different sections interlock like puzzle pieces (like you and your sweetheart click together? Awww…), and take just a few hours to print on a standard 3D printer. Each heart measures approximately 10cm across, so they’re just a big bigger than the average human heart. If you don’t have access to a 3D printer, you can also purchase pre-made hearts on Etsy —just order soon if you’d like to get yours in time for V-day! + Download Screwless Heart Gear plans on Thingiverse + Buy pre-made hearts on Etsy Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3D gear heart plans , 3d printed , 3d printed heart , 3D printing , etsy , Gear heart , gear heart plans , gift , gift idea , gift ideas , heart , present , printed gear heart , Thingiverse , Valentine , Valentine gift , valentine’s day , Valentine’s Day present

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Creative ways to recycle last year’s gift wrapping paper and cards for the holidays

December 3, 2014 by  
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Photo: GardenTherapy Giving gifts is wonderful, but the aftermath of crumpled wrapping paper and greeting cards can put a real damper on holiday festivities. Used gift wrap and shopping bags add up to millions of tons of waste in the US – and most of that amount is amassed during the holiday season. Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can gift wisely by putting your repurposing and upcycling skills to the test and DIYing your own wrapping paper to get all the “WOW” while avoiding all the waste. Check out this Hometalk clipboard full of repurposed card and gift wrap ideas for some great ways to stay as green as a Christmas tree this holiday season! REPURPOSED GIFT WRAP IDEAS > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: diy gift wrap , eco gift wrap , gift wrap ideas , holiday gift wrap , hometalk , recycled gift wrap , recycling gift wrap , repurpose wrapping paper

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