During the Holidays and Beyond, Give the Gift of Better Living
Elemental Green has gathered some of our favorite eco-friendly products, to help infuse your home with healthier, more-sustainable gift-giving ideas. Whether you are looking for something for a loved one or dropping hints about a special treat for yourself, we are continually curating this list with fresh products that members of our team have vetted, tried, and recommend enthusiastically.
We consider important sustainability characteristics: principles you can also take into account in your purchases year round.
Non toxic Don’t buy products that contain red-list materials.
Sustainably sourced Look at how materials can be obtained in balance with nature. Are the materials natural and renewable or recycled?
Durable Longevity. Will the product end up in a landfill within 6 months? A year? You want items that will last and have a low-waste impact. Ideally they should be reusable, recyclable, or biodegradable.
Ethical Support companies who are on a mission to do good for people and planet.
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Healthier Skin While You Sleep
While better known for their luxury, eco-friendly mattresses, Avocado also offers gorgeous silk pillowcases—affordable, hydrating, hypoallergenic, temperature-regulating, and healthier for your skin. Avocado even sends a complimentary organic cotton wash bag to ensure a long life for your soft mulberry silk pillowcase.
Crystal Cove, Aligned with Your Values
If someone you know is looking for a little motivation, you can’t go wrong with the yoga cushions and bolsters from Brentwood Home. The beautiful embroidered cover contains no flame retardants, formaldehyde, or phthalates, and the fill is natural buckwheat hulls for comfortable firm support. All the pillows are Certified Vegan.
drink with a purpose
LARQ self-cleaning water bottles neutralize bacteria and viruses using UV-C light. It offers manual and automatic cleaning to give you fresh-tasting water without the need for disposable plastic bottles. Plus, 1% of your purchase funds environmental nonprofits around the globe.
Don’t heat or cool an empty home
Nest smart thermostats have an established reputation as reliable and easy to use. They program themselves to use less energy in the home by learning the occupants’ schedules. They can also be controlled remotely and give historical data to show energy usage. They’ll even warn you when mechanical systems need a service call.
DO you know what’s in your candle?
We swore that there would be no candles in this list. It just seemed too cliche and they are often stuffed full of chemical fragrances which expose you to volatile organic compounds. But then we found these from Fontana Candle Company, which are made from beeswax and pure coconut oil with a wooden wick. Natural essential oils provide the scents, so all are MadeSafe certified.
A lush garden with less water
Save water and have a more beautiful garden with the Rachio smart sprinker controller. It automatically knows to adjust for rain, wind, freezing, saturation, and seasons. You can also set up zones and control it from your smartphone or Alexa or Apple Homekit.
A new Family Heirloom
Our Place offers a small but mighty selection of household products for the modern kitchen. Their best-selling Always pan is just the right size for a myriad of different uses and comes with a steamer and spatula. This is the pan that gets used for every meal; perfect for a small kitchen. Cleanup is a breeze with their ceramic nonstick surface, that is free of harmful PFOAs and PTFEs.
are you just collecting pollutants?
Give the gift of a deep breath with the Molekule air purifier. Molekule doesn’t just filter—it destroys pollutants, mold, volatile organic compounds, bacteria, and even viruses. Using patented Photo Electrochemical Oxidation (PECO), it breaks up the harmful compounds into their basic molecular building blocks.
Comfortable and Sweet on the Earth
We are practically living in our Allbirds these days. These everyday sneakers are made with renewable materials such as wool and natural rubber. They come in many different colors and styles, and are soooo comfortable. The best thing is that you can throw them in the washer, let them air dry and they are as good as new. If you are not sure which style to choose, gift cards are available.
Gulu Made packs and slings are handmade in Gulu, Uganda. They are beautifully designed, but importantly offer jobs and hope to a community devastated by civil war. We love the high quality minimalist design with the surprise pop of a bright Africa-inspired lining. Different price points mean you will be able to match your budget.
Tech that’s Better for the Planet
Everyone suffers from the dreaded 10% battery warning. Now there is a solution made using recycled plastic. The Champ Charger from certified B-corp Nimble can fast-charge you device using high-density batteries, which use fewers cells and materials. They even provide a pre-paid label and pouch to return e-waste for responsible reclamation. One of their R2-certified recycling partners is Homeboy Industries, a nonprofit that helps Los Angelenos facing systematic barriers to employment.
Safe, Snuggly, Wonderfully Soft
Limited edition Merino wool, cashmere, organic cotton, and recycled cotton throws make your gift stand out. As with all Avocado products, they are made without harmful chemicals. Avocado is a B-corporation, and they use certified raw materials to ensure that you get what you were sold.
No one likes wasting food
A great way to get rid of single use plastic – store leftovers in mason jars or wrapped in Bee’s Wrap. These reusable beeswax food wraps are great to keep bread fresh and moist, cover bowls, allow cheese to breathe, and look great as a wrap for a holiday gift of cookies.
This is something that we use everyday at Elemental Green. Karst Stone Paper notebooks are made with tree-free paper, which is waterproof, sustainable, and the smoothest writing surface you have ever experienced. The company uses less water than paper-based alternatives, is a certified B-corporation and 100% carbon neutral too.
No to leather, yes to premium feel
Cork is a super-sustainable material choice. It is vegan. It is harvested without harming the tree, and therefore preserves cork forests which help fight climate change. You can find cork in lots of products these days, but we like the durable cork leather in this affordable wallet.
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