Small things come in good packages and that is certainly the case for these eco friendly stocking stuffers! They may be small, but they are downright mighty and they don't cost a whole lot of money.
Traditionally, stocking stuffers create a lot of waste. They tend to be made from plastic and are kind of gimmicky, with most of them heading right to landfills after the holidays are over. If you are trying to have a sustainable holiday, this post is for you.
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Eco friendly Stocking Stuffers For Her
We all need a little pampering over the holidays and now it's easier than ever thanks to one of my favourite natural haircare companies, Upfront Cosmetics. Curly, straight, blonde, brown, black, or coloured, you are bound to find a shampoo and conditioner bar for your lovely tresses.
Their hair masques (like the one pictured above) are DEE-VINE, making for a perfect non-toxic and eco-friendly stocking stuffer. They have different variations available, depending on what your hair needs the most: detangling, split-end prevention, moisturization, volume, detox, and more. The Babassu + Argan is my top pick— it's got a citrus scent that comes from lemongrass.
The craft paper bags that the masques come in are lined with a biomaterial made from renewable resources such as corn and sugar. They are compostable in industrial composting facilities.
Upfront is all about ethics, which is evident in the fact that they are vegan, free of nasty chemicals and all-natural.
By the way, Upfront Cosmetics just became available at Whole Foods, making the quest to find zero waste gifts even easier!
Want to help your loved one transition their beauty bag to have more clean makeup products? Um, yes! Well, Elate Cosmetics offers so many environmentally friendly stocking fillers for you to choose from. My top pick is the Brow Balm—this stuff is magic! A good brow is essential, and this one is the "world's first sustainable, vegan and cruelty-free brow products."
Not only does it give the best results, but it also nourishes the brows with a tinted pomade. Elate checks all the boxes for ethics AND sustainable packaging, making beauty products more accessible to everyone. If you want to add a little extra something to this stocking, a zero-waste lip balm makes for the perfect pucker!
This is the kind of gift that anyone and everyone would enjoy in their stocking. Give your skin the love it deserves with Obakki's Clean Beauty Sampler Set, which includes:
• 50 mL Obakki Organic Sugar Scrub
• 50 mL Whipped Shea Lotion
• 50 mL Nilotica Shea Butter
This gorgeous trio combines a simple yet professional formula packed with truly clean ingredients like organic shea butter and organic coconut oil. Not all shea butter is created equal, and this organic, buttery goodness comes from women-led cooperatives in the Nile Region of Northern Uganda. Obakki works with artisans all over the globe, helping to provide training in income-generating skills (like the processing of shea butter!).
These handmade samples come with a story—from maker to plant, plant to blend, and blend to batch. Each sample is lovingly placed in small glass jars. From the moment your loved ones open them, they will be in love.
The earthy scent will be the first thing they notice: an invigorating blend of Cedar, ho wood, and grapefruit.
I simply love Barefoot Daughter's Shampoo and Body bars. Not only are they made with good intentions, but they are also scented with irresistible, organic herbs and essential oils. They are also vegan and are free of perfumes, preservatives, palm oil and sulphates.
The Spirulina and Mint Shampoo & Body Bar is a solid choice for anyone wanting to cut back on plastic waste AND get all the benefits of detoxing the scalp at the same time. Their natural formula includes olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter, and castor oil to deeply nourish hair and skin.
High in minerals and antioxidants, spirulina will give your skin just what it needs by helping to remove toxins and candida overgrowth. The scents of peppermint and eucalyptus will give you a much-needed pep first thing in the morning.
The Chai Latte Shampoo & Body Bar can be summed up in two words: sumptuous and wonderful. It's steeped with organic cinnamon powder, clove powder, ginger root powder, cardamom seed powder, and rainwater.
In addition to their powerhouse collection of Shampoo and Body Bars, Barefoot Daughter also makes a natural deodorant that is infused with sage and lavender which helps kill bacteria that causes smell. This holiday season, enjoy Barefoot Daughter's botanical body care with a herbalist touch.
There is so much to choose from in this category! And these ethical jewelry brands are making sure that child labour and environmental destruction are a thing of the past.
ABLE offers a collection of affordable, handmade, playful and creative designs that are sure to have your loved one slaying in no time.
Or check out Ash and Rose, another great sustainable and ethical jewelry brand. You can shop by impact: Fair Trade, handmade, recycled materials and more. Their collection of stylish and glamorous bling is sure to make anyone happy.
We all want to protect our phones while at the same time being as stylish as ever! An eco-friendly phone case is the most essential phone accessory we can have. Most cases are made with cheap plastic that will most likely end up in a landfill. To combat this growing problem, Pela case came up with a super innovative, compostable phone case that not only protects your phone but is a sustainable fashion statement. And no matter what styles or colours you like, they have something for everyone on your list: solid colours, ones for yogis, cooks, and more! It's so hard to pick just one!
They even just launched one for pet lovers. Speaking of pet lovers, if you need a great stocking stuffer for your cat or canine, these eco-friendly pet products are paw-fect.
In addition to tech accessories, Pela is innovating in the compost bin sector too. This certified B Corp and member of 1% For The Planet has over 48,000 reviews on its website! Cult following, um, hello!
Conventional perfume is packed full of chemicals that would make even a mad scientist go wild. Why not give the gift of scents filled with love and botanical ingredients instead? Non-toxic perfumes are easier than ever to find and offer a wide range of timeless, signature scents.
Cocoon Apothecary's Persephone 100% Botanical Eau de Perfume is the perfect eco-friendly Christmas gift for someone looking for a scent soulmate. They have "captured the scent of blossoms, green leaves, and the air after a rainfall." I mean, it does not get any better than this!
Geez, this is a total throwback to my teens. If you grew up in the 80s, you know what I am talking about. I had one to match every single outfit! Encircled, which makes some of the best minimalist clothing on the market, is creating hair accessories made from upcycled textile waste, which is part of their Renew Collection. They come in seven vibrant clours and are made from soft, luxurious French Terry made from an eco-friendly blend of TENCEL™ Lyocell and organic cotton.
I love the idea of customizing a gift for a loved one—it feels so personal, don't you think? Well, Kalonegy is giving you the option of choosing what goes in your stocking stuffer box (launching Nov. 1st). They have so many wonderful items to choose from: Milk Jar candles, Blume Latte Blends, Orgaid Sheet Masks, and Holistick Organic Perfume. You can even separate the products and gift them to different people, or give the whole box as a gift.
Kalonegy is one of my favourite alternatives to Amazon, and for good reason. With online shopping becoming more popular, they are making it easier for customers to find a treasure trove of clean beauty and wellness brands, which have been thoughtfully curated by their team. Their mission is simple: "It's never too late to start taking care of yourself." This is the kind of store you’ll return to time and time again. Use the code ecohub10 for 10% off.
Eco friendly Stocking Stuffers For Him
A delightful and sustainable addition to your bathroom sink, this zero waste toothbrush from The Future Is Bamboo makes the perfect gift for the man (or anyone) in your life. It's an easy zero waste bathroom swap, especially when you consider that about one billion plastic toothbrushes are discarded yearly in the U.S. alone and most of them are headed right to landfills.
Bamboo has become a fast-growing alternative to plastic in oral care. Bamboo is known to be more eco-friendly thanks to these factors: grown with zero herbicides and pesticides; absorbs more CO2; and once harvested, almost every part of the plant is used, making it a great low waste alternative.
The Future of Bamboo is taking a huge bite out of plastic with its sustainable brushes that include soft bristles, a sturdy handle/grip, and lots of fun colours. You can choose between single brushes and bundles (which is more economical) and you also have the choice of regular bristles or charcoal ones.
Made from Moso bamboo, they are BPA-free, biodegradable, certified P.E.T.A. vegan and cruelty-free, and certified FSC (Responsible Forest Management)! And with a motto like "Make eco-friendly products accessible and affordable to everyone," they are my new go-to.
(For more FSC-certified products, be sure to check out ShopFSC.ca!)
My hubby has so many pairs of cute socks; I think it's one way a guy can have a little fun in the fashion department! A cute pair of socks makes a great sustainable stocking stuffer and there are a few feet-focused brands to choose from.
Don't leave your man out in the cold. Instead, take a look at these adorable socks from Conscious Step. They are perfect for sock lovers who want cool styles and overall comfort. And you can feel good knowing these socks are doing good for the planet with every step they take. These eco-friendly socks are fair trade and made from organic cotton! Each one has a cute little message on it and is tied to a charity too. I also love that they are a member of 1% For the Planet.
I love gifts that are functional, trendy, unique and upcycled. Etsy maker Recycled LP Records makes these "not-quite-perfect" coasters that will add a little charm to any dude's pad! They are handmade using old L.P.s and are sure to be a fabulous conversation starter. Priced at only $9.50 for four coasters, they are an affordable and fun gift idea.
Like most skincare products, the one major issues we are always left with is plastic packaging. Even our shaving routines could use a complete overhaul. I consider plastic razors single-use. Yes, you are using them more than once, but each razor has a really short lifespan and it's not recyclable at the end of its life. A good safety razor is essential in any zero waste bathroom and in your man's shaving kit. Whether your man is fully bearded or has light stubble, a good razor with give the best at-home shave.
Plantish Future's Double Edge Safety Razors come with 5 FREE razor blades and will arrive at your doorstep in a recycled cardboard box. Plantish Future describes itself as "Plantish is founded on zero waste, plastic-free & vegan principles. We desire to create a community while sharing inter-generational wisdom and a passion for plant-based products."
There are SO many wallets to choose from at Matt and Nat. They've got vegan leather wallets for men and women in an abundance of bright colours. There are three styles to choose from: zippered, bifold and ultra-slim cardholders. Matt(erials) and Nat(ure) use a few types of materials in their bags, wallets and backpacks, including cork, rubber, and polyurethane (PU). They do use PVC as well, which is not great! Opt for the other materials instead.
Wood'nt you love to give your man a gift that keeps on giving? These handmade wooden filling packs are the perfect sustainable gift idea for the man who loves to grill. Your man will love this humble piece of wood that will add aroma and smoky flavour to veggies, meat, fish or basically any food to which you want to add a little more pep! Based in the U.S., Wildwood Grilling offers a range of planks that are high-quality and contain zero toxic chemicals.
For the griller with a conscience, I am happy to report that the wood is sustainably sourced locally. Not only that, but instead of cutting down new trees, Wildwood actually recycles "second-grade pieces from local suppliers that purchase lumber from sustainable sources." Choose from a selection of sizes to help your man add a little flavour to your food. I think I might even take these camping with me!
Everist is changing the game with this waterless body wash. Did you know most body care products are made from more than 70% water? With Everist, you are getting a 3x concentrated paste that is activated by water when you shower. It can be used on the skin or hair and you need very little. It's made with the cleanest beauty ingredients like aloe, and comes in an aluminum tube. When you are done with the tube "unroll flat and place it in the recycling bin. You can rinse the cap and send it back to the company, as part of their Cap Back Program."
All of Everest's shipping materials are 100 percent recycled and completely recyclable, too.
Larq is taking filtered water on the go to a whole new level! It's the world's first purification and self-cleaning water bottle. It uses "UV-C LED light technology to eliminate 99.9999% of bio-contaminates, bacteria and viruses." It sounds complicated but it's actually not—all you have to do is press a button. It only takes a few seconds and voila... you have filtered water on the go! If your guy is into self-care and tech, this is the perfect sustainable stocking stuffer for him! Larq is also a proud member of 1% For The Planet.
Eco-Friendly Stocking Stuffers for the Home
Kinsfolk is all about beautiful homewares for simple living! Their zero-waste online shop is a curated collection of some of the best sustainable and ethical products on the market today. It's easy to navigate and you are sure to find eco-friendly stocking fillers for anyone on your list.
If you follow me, you know I love to cook and spend time in the garden. I am blessed to have a little herb garden of my own. But finding the time to prep herbs can be challenging.
These LIVCAN Herb Strippers, which are made from locally sourced Canadian maple, make it much easier. They feature seven different-sized holes for stripping a variety of herbs and are available in two styles. Made in NB 🇨🇦 and finished with food-safe mineral oil.
Kinsfolk supports charities like Tree Canada, Feed Ontario and Water First and they ship all of their goodies in 100 percent plastic-free packaging.
Handmade in Canada and no green thumb required, these stoneware avocado tree sprouters are perfect if you want to enjoy avocado as a houseplant. If you don't have a garden and want to grow your own food, this is certainly one way to do it. Simply place the sprouter in a jar of water, out the avocado pit inside it, and wait for your tree to start growing. "They'll inspire experts and novices alike to regenerate their favourite vegetable." Available at Uncommon Goods a certified B Corp.
If you don't know about etee yet, run—don't walk—to check them out. This Canadian company is at the forefront of green innovation, making products that are not only eco-friendly but smart and practical too. This is the type of eco stocking stuffer idea that will have the receiver wanting more. The concentrated plastic-free dish soap comes in a biodegradable pod that's made from beeswax and is super simple to use. Simply rip open the pod, pour the soap into a jar and add water. The pods are handmade in Toronto, Canada where employees are fairly treated and products are built sustainably! You can pair this gift with a mason jar soap dispenser.
This is the best kitchen tool I have ever used! It saves water, dish soap and time (the best gift anyone could ask for!). This tiny but mighty bamboo pot scraper is handmade and free from harmful glues and lacquers. It's honestly one of the best zero waste stocking stuffers you can give. It's got rounded edges which make it easy to get into hard-to-reach corners. It's durable and will never scratch your eco-friendly cookware.
I've been using this in my home for close to ten years. You can use it on burnt pans and cookies sheets, and it can even remove wax and stickers from any surface. If you cook and have a pile of dishes that you'd typically need to soak before washing, this little tool will eliminate that in one shot. Add a squirt of dish soap, a little bit of water and then scrape off all the foods. ITS MAGIC! Handmade MrArtWood, is a small Etsy shop that uses sustainable materials ad practices to make all its items.
These silicone snack bags are perfect to stash snacks, makeup, toiletries, school supplies or anything else really! These can go in the dishwasher, microwave and even the freezer, making them a really great alternative to plastic storage containers. Simply press and seal to close!
These are much better than plastic baggies because you can use them over and over and over again. "Endlessly reusable and radically functional," they make great environmentally-friendly stocking fillers. Oh, and they come in a ton of sizes and colours too. A portion of every Stasher sold goes straight to nonprofits like Surfrider and 5 Gyers.
These are the softest tissues for sore runny noses, and they're made from bamboo, not tree pulp! With the combination of absorbency, strength and softness, tissues are essential in homes, offices and schools. Adding a box of these to your environmentalist's stocking will make them really happy.
All of Mouche's products are made using FSC-certified bamboo, which comes from well-managed forests where local farmers are seeing an increase in their incomes. Hailing from the Chishui region of China, this bamboo is farmed and does not come from the same bamboo forests that sustain endangered wildlife like pandas.
You will also notice the light beige colour of the tissues, which is because they are unbleached. This is really fantastic as most paper brands add lots of whitening agents to their paper products which create air and water pollution. Mouche adds, "since we don't use bleach or whitening products, our bamboo facial tissues are more kind to your skin and your compost." Gotta love that!
The boxes come in natural colours which makes them a stylish and sophisticated addition to any home. "Made Clean. Meant To Be Seen".
P.S. If you're looking for more FSC-certified products, check out ShopFSC.ca! Use code THEECOHUB10 for 10% off.
These wool balls are essential for any laundry room, and when paired with zero waste laundry detergent, they are a match made in heaven. Most conventional single-use dryer sheets are made from a type of plastic, which means they can't be recycled or reused. They are also filled with toxic chemicals that can be harmful to humans and the planet.
Wool dryer balls, on the other hand, can be used over and over again. They help to reduce drying time by 15 to 29 percent, absorbing some of the moisture in the dryer and keeping clothes separated. If you are worried about static, you can either remove the clothes when they are almost dry, or you can add a safety pin to each ball.
The Moss Creek balls are handmade using Merino wool which is ethically and sustainably sourced. They only work with wool cooperatives where the fleece is milled locally, reducing the carbon footprint. You will get at least 1000+ loads out of these.
Store leftovers, cover fruits and veggies and make sure your food lasts longer with these practical plastic-free food covers. I have quite a few of these in my home and I love them. Whether your loved one bakes, cooks or loves takeout these silicone lids make the perfect addition to any green kitchen for years to come.
These silicone food covers are stretchy, BPA-Free and made from food-grade silicone. The set includes five lids of different sizes that will fit jars, cups and bowls. They are really convenient if you have left-over food in a bowl simply cover it instead of transferring it to another container! These also have a nifty tab on either side to make them easier to pull on or off.
I also use them to keep my fruit fresh-looking at you avocado! You can use them in the freezer and microwave and they are even dishwasher.
Final thoughts on eco friendly stocking stuffers
An eco friendly stocking stuffer, in my humble opinion, needs to be practical, fun and built to last. So many of the traditional stocking fillers are made from plastic and are cheap for a reason! It's easy to lose track of the fun of giving and getting a gift over the holidays and turn into an eco-grinch. But with these ideas, there is simply no need for that.
Remember you can always shop second hand and I am a fan of retiring too! If you are still trying to find something special take a look at our zero waste gift guide and our eco-friendly gift guide too.