By Hammond Green Team Members

The holidays are a time of giving, and nothing is better than gifting something that will not only put a smile on the faces of your loved ones, but that will also help the environment. Sustainable and eco-friendly gifts are a great way to show you care while doing your part to protect the planet.

Now more than ever it is easy to find a unique, thoughtful present that you can feel good about and that will have a lasting positive impact on the earth. A few ideas are listed in our infographic above, and below we highlight the details of three more.

Metal straws are a perfect present this holiday season! By ditching plastic straws, you will be gifting your friends and family something that they would not only use, but something that can help the environment. Plastic is made from non-renewable fossil fuels, resulting in toxic chemicals being released into the atmosphere. Improper disposal of plastic straws can also harm the environment.

They may end up in lakes, rivers, and other bodies of water, acting as a choking hazard for the animals that live there. Using unnecessary plastic has long-lasting effects as it is one of the primary types of waste received by landfills and can take up to 1000 years to decompose. Metal straws are durable and easy to clean, they are reusable and help reduce the need for plastic. Not only are they functional, but they can help protect the environment

Another sustainable gift idea to consider for this holiday season is sprout pencils. Not only are sprout pencils useful, as many people use pencils on a day-to-day basis, but it is decomposable which lessens waste and after it is used, it can be planted and grow a plant. The pencil is non-toxic, so no worries, you can just plant the remains of the pencil when it’s used up!

The price is a little bit on the higher side for a pencil, you can get 8 for $15.50 on Amazon at the moment. Plants are a lovely addition to any home and this gift is one way to help reduce waste on our planet, so consider purchasing a sustainable gift this holiday season, like sprout!

You would be helping the environment tremendously by eliminating your use of plastic sandwich bags.  Instead you can use the reusable kind and there are various types from which to choose.  Amazon sells a myriad of reusable ziploc bags made out of silicone.  There are even ones with a flat bottom that can sit on the counter while you fill them. 

These bags would make a great gift for someone in your family who appreciates keeping more waste from landfills, thus protecting the environment.  You can also find silicone stretch lids and beeswax reusable food wraps that would replace plastic container and the use of plastic wrap.  You can also find these at Amazon and other online catalogs.  

Happy Eco-Shopping – The Green Team