1. Reusable Menstrual Pads, 2. Modern Waste-Free Kitchens, 3. Gender-Neutral Sustainable Fashion, 4. Zero-Waste Meal Kits, 5. Sustainable Party Delivery Services, 6. Reusable Fabric Paper Towels, 7. Sustainable European Bedding, 8. Completely Aluminum Cosmetic Packaging, 9. Upcycled Patchwork Sweatshirts, 10. Sustainable Reusable Toothpaste Containers, 11. Reuseable Beauty Advent Calendars, 12. Sustainable All-Season Apparel, 13. Sustainable Antioxidant-Infused Clothes, 14. Cactus-Based Vegan Handbags, 15. Sustainable Wine Cork Products. Year after year, zero-waste living has gained traction as consumers take personal responsibility for garbage disposal, particularly plastic waste. If you're used to throwing a plastic bag full of trash out once (or more!) a week, going zero-waste may seem daunting. However, as any zero-waste guide will remind you, reducing your trash footprint is a process that must be taken one step at a time. Making your holiday gift-giving a zero-waste activity is a terrific place to start, especially because this is when more rubbish is generated than at any other time of year. Finding, manufacturing, and purchasing zero-waste gifts is also a terrific way to get started learning about how to make less trash and being introduced to products and ideas that can replace single-use and throwaway items. We've compiled a list of some of the best zero waste gift ideas below, all of which are either manufactured with zero waste practices or can help our loved ones minimize single-use waste. Check the list now!
- Reusable Menstrual Pads
- Modern Waste-Free Kitchens
- Gender-Neutral Sustainable Fashion
- Zero-Waste Meal Kits
- Sustainable Party Delivery Services
- Reusable Fabric Paper Towels
- Sustainable European Bedding
- Completely Aluminum Cosmetic Packaging
- Upcycled Patchwork Sweatshirts
- Sustainable Reusable Toothpaste Containers
- Reuseable Beauty Advent Calendars
- Sustainable All-Season Apparel
- Sustainable Antioxidant-Infused Clothes
- Cactus-Based Vegan Handbags
- Sustainable Wine Cork Products
Reusable Menstrual Pads
Many people are looking for sustainable alternatives, such as LastPad, as they become more aware – and worried – about the quantity of waste that enters our landfills each year. LastObject, a firm dedicated to making reusable things, created this (hence the name, the last object you will need to buy).
LastPad is a convenient and comfortable zero-waste pad. LastPad comes in three sizes, ranging from underwear to overnight, and may be used over 300 times. Each pad comes with an odor-free, water-resistant carrying pouch. Furthermore, they are easy to maintain. Simply wash them in the same manner as your regular clothes.
On September 1st, 2021, the new LastPad was officially launched via Kickstarter.
Modern Waste-Free Kitchens
Ivana Steiner created this zero-waste kitchen design as a fresh approach to living space design that would seek to improve efficiency while keeping the environment in mind. This Zero-Waste Kitchen Design is both efficient and long-lasting. The kitchen is made of recycled stainless steel for added strength, and it includes separate parts for fruit baskets, glass storage containers, a worm box, linen bags, and other items so that everything is kept in one place. A vertical herb garden is also installed in the kitchen to guarantee that fresh ingredients are constantly on hand, thus reducing the need to go to the grocery store for tiny goods.
Steiner went on to explain the zero-waste kitchen design, saying, “Zero Waste does not hope that politics and business will tell you how and when you will implement your environmental measures and goals, but rather that each of us can actively contribute to climate protection through a resource-saving lifestyle. Zero waste not only includes avoiding waste but also how we deal with nutrition and cooking. If we concentrate on fewer, regional foods without packaging, we can actually implement changes in our immediate surroundings.”
Even for those who are taking their first steps into a sustainable lifestyle, the built-in herb garden and worm composter make the process incredibly simple – this way, you’re set up for success because the upkeep is interwoven into how the kitchen runs. To prevent producing trash in the form of bin liners, this kitchen stores everything in jars. If you take the jars to the grocery store, they are also easier to refill. This was a planned design decision, given that the buying trend is moving toward more unpackaged things, particularly in metropolitan locations where food is stored and sold in glass containers to encourage reuse. Glass jars are also more sanitary than bins since they are tightly sealed.
Because the design is built on a minimalist lifestyle, there are no top cupboards or extra storage in the kitchen. Only the items that you use every day are kept – in the zero-waste kitchen, a restricted number of 12 deep plates, 12 flat plates and 12 small flat plates, 12 water glasses, and 8 wine glasses are used and stored comfortably. There is no dishwasher, but it does have a double sink and a dishtowel rack for all intents and purposes. Dishwashers, on the other hand, have been demonstrated in studies to be more efficient and conserve resources!
Behind the Planet B font, the European-style kitchen features a lot of prep space in the shape of pullout panels, a small oven, and a little freezer. Every feature of the Zero Waste Kitchen is tiny, thoughtful, and purposeful, encouraging a life of fresh food without waste!
Gender-Neutral Sustainable Fashion
AndAll is the first fully-incubated gender-neutral sustainable apparel brand from Lapidary Limited, an impact venture building platform. Gender-neutral clothing is becoming more popular in the fashion business. Clothing companies are gradually catching on and beginning to think beyond the box. More gender-neutral, gender-nonconforming, and gender-inclusive solutions are in high demand.
AndAll shirts include gender-neutral silhouettes and construction, as well as a focus on quality artisanship, sustainability, and ethical manufacturing. The brand’s commitment to quality and garment lifespan is based on timeless design, inspired designs, and an emphasis on circular production; AndAll shirts are created to be the backbone of any wardrobe, season after season. The brand not only creates a highly adaptable, visually stimulating garment, but also one that engages with today’s consumer and encourages more conscious consumption.
AndAll shirting is built on the principle of circularity, which is evident in the brand’s material selections and manufacturing procedures. The brand’s commitment to bio-based, biodegradable fabrics, such as TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers from FSC and PEFC-certified eucalyptus wood sources, is exemplified by the Digital Shirt, which uses a highly water-efficient digital printing technology to bring their prints to life in more sustainable ways. The shirt is made entirely of mono-material, even down to the interlining and sewing thread.
AndAll adheres to sustainable and zero-waste ideals, using no plastic in consumer packaging. Every AndAll shirt is packaged in a reusable cloth bag made from second-quality fabric that includes the brand’s own production waste.
Photo: AndAll / Lapidary Limited
Zero-Waste Meal Kits
The Zero Waste Kit is a first-of-its-kind reusable meal kit container composed entirely of BPA-free plastic and silicone elements, making it dishwasher-safe. While Fresh Prep looked into using mason jars and other ecological packaging options, it discovered that developing reusable components was the most scalable option.
Sustainable Party Delivery Services
With in-person gatherings on the horizon, Party By Numbers has launched an innovative new service that brings party staples and extras directly to the host’s door. Cocktails, food, flowers, and more are all included in the service, which is delivered in a well-organized cart. The elegantly built cart also serves as a bar, with carefully organized food and beverage displays. The cart’s neutral color scheme ensures that it will blend into the background of almost any place.
Party By Numbers is concerned about the environment, thus it sources sustainably and encourages environmentally friendly relationships. The organization strives for a greener future by becoming carbon neutral and producing zero trash. Party By Numbers blends the convenience of delivery services with the efficiency of party planners and the feel-good vibes of sustainable designers to create a unique experience.
Photo: Design Milk
Reusable Fabric Paper Towels
With growing concerns about pollution and climate change, the need for useful yet sustainable solutions has become clear. With the launch of its reusable kitchen towels fashioned from an eye-catching floral flannel fabric, Echo Logic Good is making it easy for consumers to choose sustainability. The machine-washable cloth may be used to mop up spills in the kitchen, wipe down counters, and clean windows. These “unpaper towels” (as they’re known) are a terrific option for anyone who want to lessen their environmental footprint by using re-usable products.
Consumers can use the reusable kitchen towels in a stack or wrap them up into a roll. Each towel is 11 × 11 inches in size and is available in rolls of 12 or 24. The reusable cloth towels are available for purchase online.
Photo: Echo Logic Goods
Sustainable European Bedding
The Modern Dane is leading the industry with its sustainable linen duvet covers, pillows, and fitted sheets as more consumers opt for sustainable products. With magnificent Scandinavian patterns, each piece pays homage to founder Jacob Andsager’s Danish background.
Each product from The Modern Dane was professionally put together using sustainably harvested materials and decreased waste in an effort to counteract rapid fashion. Each product was expertly put together using fair labor practices and enduring craftsmanship. These fabrics include OEKO-TEX and certified European Flax linen, both of which have been evaluated to exceed the highest environmental and toxicological standards.
Zero irrigation, zero soil or water pollution, zero waste, and large CO2 absorption are just a few of the environmental and ethical benefits – all while maintaining a strong commitment to ethics and openness.
The full bedding collection from The Modern Dane is now available to buy online.
Photo: The Modern Dane
Completely Aluminum Cosmetic Packaging
Unilever’s REN Clean Skincare collaborated with Tubex to develop this 100 percent recycled aluminum tube packaging as a solution for sample packs to make them more sustainable. To avoid the usage of plastic, the packaging is positioned as the world’s first sample packaging in the luxury beauty market that uses 100 percent aluminum for both the tube and the cap. This would allow the product to be utilized and recycled after each use, rather than being thrown away like other sample-sized solutions currently on the market.
Arnaud Meysselle, CEO of REN Clean Skincare, commented on the new 100 percent recycled aluminum tube packaging, saying, “There is no silver bullet with recycling, so we have implemented various solutions to meet our Zero Waste pledge. While more costly, we are committed to using these new tubes to reduce plastic waste and hope to encourage other beauty brands to rethink their sample packaging with the planet in mind.”
Website: packagingeurope.com & www.renskincare.com
Upcycled Patchwork Sweatshirts
TheReebok Collective recently released its new Pieces of Us Collection, which was meant to promote inclusivity.
The new Pieces of Us Collection, created in cooperation with Justin Mensinger, winner of HBO’s The Hype, is both eco-friendly and aims to raise awareness about the significance of mental health care. Six different sweaters are included in the collection, each of which is made from a variety of textiles in rich, brilliant colors. According to Mensinger, “I wanted the pieces in this collection to have a unified appearance and feel while also having their own distinct look and feel. Each item of clothing that once housed someone’s spirit and style was combined to create a new tale and garment that others can enjoy.”
In January 2022, all of the patchwork sweatshirts will be auctioned off on Charitybuzz’s website, with all proceeds going to Reebok’s non-profit partner BOKS.
Sustainable Reusable Toothpaste Containers
Mimo is a refillable toothpaste tube with a refilling basin on the outside. It has an eco-friendly design and pumps toothpaste into each tube from the bottom. Mimo was created by product designers Pelin Ozbalci and Sergen Caglayan in response to the over one billion tubes of toothpaste that wind up in landfills in the United States each year.
To brighten up the bathroom, the sustainable dental hygiene solution comes in a pastel color pallet of Pantone colours. Mimo containers are designed in a variety of muted color palettes with an opaque, speckled top layer that mimics earthy textures. The clear bottom of the bottle shows how much toothpaste is left within, making the refilling process quick and straightforward.
Reuseable Beauty Advent Calendars
L’Occitane created a reusable beauty advent calendar to promote sustainability. It was designed in conjunction with Kitty McCall, a British illustrator.
Before the Christmas holidays, advent calendars are a popular item. Every day during the month, unpacking hidden presents is a source of great delight. L’Occitane’s beauty advent calendar is created from recycled cotton and is eco-friendly. It includes 24 pockets that contain products for skincare, haircare, body care, and scent. On the pockets, beautiful illustrations of flowers and green plants encourage people to be zero waste and to appreciate nature.
The reusable beauty advent calendar was created by L’Occitane for the second year in a row in 2021. The company offers unique Refill Boxes to people who purchased it last year. As a result, the beauty calendar pockets can be refilled.
Photo: loccitane’s instagram
Sustainable All-Season Apparel
The new Seasonless II Collection by Soorty emphasizes flexibility and aims for a more transparent and inclusive future. The Pakistani integrated denim manufacturer uses its apparel styles to reflect on the rising climate change that has blurred the seasonal divide.
Denim jackets, sweaters, jeans, and blouses are among the items in the collection, which puts the firm at the forefront of fashion sustainability.
Website: www.future-possibilities.com & soorty.com
Sustainable Antioxidant-Infused Clothes
Gräffenberg is a fashion label that creates elegant and functional apparel that is filled with non-toxic chemicals to nourish the skin. The “skin functions as a conduit for foreign chemicals to infiltrate the body through absorption,” according to the label. As a result, its fabrics are copper-catalyzed and loaded with potent chemicals.
The apparel contains the antioxidant ubiquinone, which has long-term health and environmental benefits. The young label, which also has antibacterial characteristics, blends fashion and wellness to regenerate the body over time. The G-cotton from the brand is made using a proprietary process. Cotton fibers are infused with copper oxide particles. This substance is then interlaced with hemp, resulting in a product that uses less water, contains no chemicals, and produces no waste.
Website: www.ignant.com & graffenberg.co
Cactus-Based Vegan Handbags
PXG, an Arizona-based golf brand, has debuted its eco-friendly Cactus Leather Handbag Collection, a six-bag capsule centered on the brand’s starting locale and design philosophy.
A tote bag, backpack, crossbody bag, duffle bag, phone case, and sling bag are included in the set. All six of the options are made of vegan Desserto® leather manufactured from nopal cacti, with a focus on sustainability. As a result, the bags and accessories have a smooth, plant-based PVC feel that is completely devoid of heavy metals. Furthermore, the manufacturing method is designed to utilize as little water and energy as possible, furthering the brand’s commitment to sustainability.
“Striving to constantly improve our sustainability efforts made working with Desserto a natural choice for this collection,” says Renee Parsons, President and Executive Creative Director of PXG.
Website: www.pxg.com & hypebeast.com
Sustainable Wine Cork Products
This new line of sustainable cork items represents the brand’s commitment to being eco-friendly. ‘Sixty Vines’ is a restaurant that prides itself on great wine and eco-consciousness. This collection of cork items is made entirely of recycled corks from restaurant guests who received a free drink in exchange for their corks, as well as corks saved by restaurant servers and used in service. These corks were repurposed into a fashionable cork-themed product line, which was created by local artisans.
The product range includes watches, coasters, wine tags, passport holders, tote bags, and a journal, all of which are constructed with a cork basis and sold exclusively on the new Sixty Vines e-commerce website. Even the packaging in which these products are delivered will be environmentally friendly and reusable.
Furthermore, profits from the sale of this new cork-based product line will be contributed to organizations that help ‘wine country’ around the world.
Photo: Sixty Vines