Welcome to the 2023 Plastic-Free Holiday Gift Guide, featuring a wide range of eco-friendly products from Plastic Pollution Coalition Business Members committed to better business practice and a world free of plastic pollution. Enjoy generous discounts exclusive to our community through December 31.
Ahimsa is a woman-founded and -owned company that makes sturdy, toxic-free, plastic-free, stainless steel foodware products for children. Not only are their dishes and meal sets safe, but they are intentionally designed to make it easy for parents to portion out healthy serving sizes, while engaging kids in a sensory mealtime experience since the dishes are made with bright colors. Be sure to check out Plastic Pollution Coalition’s recent webinar, Plastic-Free Back to School, and Member Spotlight Blog, both featuring Dr. Manasa Mantravadi, Ahimsa’s founder, a board-certified pediatrician, and a mom of three young kids. Ahimsa is also leading an effort to ban plastic from school lunchrooms in the U.S., so be sure to support by signing the petition.
Axiology is a beauty care company on a mission to end plastic waste in an industry that creates a whopping 120 billion units of packaging waste every year. Their award-winning, plastic-free color sticks for eyes, lips and cheeks are made of 10 simple ingredients, vibrant, and packaged in FSC certified, recyclable paper. Made of 100% clean, palm oil-free, vegan, synthetic fragrance-free, cruelty-free and plastic-free ingredients, these products are better for people and the planet.
Blueland is reimagining your everyday home essentials to eliminate single-use plastic and provide consumers with sustainable options that are convenient, effective and affordable. Their innovative products have helped divert over 1 billion single-use plastic bottles from landfills and oceans. All products are tablet or powder formats, designed to be mixed with household tap water or used directly – saving consumers money and space while helping to save the planet. Check out Blueland’s petition to the U.S. EPA to regulate PVA, a common chemical ingredient in conventional laundry pods.
Chico Bag | To-Go Ware offers high-quality sustainable, reusable solutions for bags, containers, and foodware including utensils that help humanity bag the single-use habit and keep plastic out of the waste stream. They are a certified B Corp, 1% for the Planet member, and a Climate Neutral certified company committed to ethical and sustainable business.
Clever Noodle designs plastic-free games that support young students at each stage of their learn-to-read journey. Their new game, Kangaroo Cravings, is the only learn-to-read board game based on the brain science of how children learn to read. It uses 300 high-frequency sight words, multi-sensory actions, and eye-catching visuals to make learning to read fun for homes and schools. Clever Noodle is committed to plastic-free manufacturing practices, including in their boards, cards, playing pieces, and full packaging.
EarthHero is a sustainable online marketplace for conscious consumers. They source products that meet an extensive criteria of environmental, social, and health standards, offering a one-stop shop for everyone who loves the planet. When you shop on EarthHero, your purchases support companies making high-quality goods with lower impact materials. Their brands continue to give back to diverse and underserved communities, minimize waste, and work to replenish the resources they use in their products. They carry 200+ small, sustainable brands and over 2,000 products made with people and the planet in mind.
ECOlunchbox is a B Corp and woman-owned California Green Certified Business founded in 2008 to educate, inspire and empower people to say goodbye to plastic. Their ECOlunchbox and Blue Water Bento plastic-free products include plastic-free food containers, lunchboxes, and bentos made from stainless steel and silicone. ECOlunchbox’s founder and CEO Sandra Ann Harris has published a memoir and how-to guide for people seeking to reduce their dependence on plastic called “Say Goodbye To Plastic: A Survival Guide For Plastic-Free Living” that’s available at ecolunchboxes.com, in independent bookstores nationwide as well as digitally via Kindle.
Faherty is a family run clothing company, founded in 2013 out of a passion for big nature, quality fabrics, and community. They are dedicated to sustainability and Native design partnerships to help end appropriation in fashion. From organic cotton to naturally sourced Tencel™, they’ve spent years developing proprietary fabrics, made with preferred materials, that balance incredible comfort with lasting quality. When you shop Faherty, you’re getting a guaranteed-for-life favorite and helping to spread good vibes.
The Green Garmento is a female-owned, Los Angeles-based company that helps you say NO to single-use plastic dry cleaning garment covers. The As Seen on Shark Tank multi-use bags will help you keep your dry cleaning and laundry “naked”—that is, without the plastic. These bags are great gifts for anyone in your life who wears clothes and rejects plastic.
Klean Kanteen is a family and employee-owned leader in reusable stainless steel drinkware and food containers. With a focus on environmental stewardship, Klean Kanteen is a certified B Corporation, meeting rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. From non-profit and strategic brand partnerships to grassroots events, Klean Kanteen works closely with values-aligned companies and organizations to support efforts toward health, the reduction of single-use plastic, and environmental education and awareness.
Less Equals More is a female-owned, bespoke minimalist lifestyle coaching, professional organizing, and education company that will help you live more with less. The Deep Dive Coaching package will jumpstart any stalled (or scary) downsizing, organizing, or productivity project. Check out Dara’s TEDx talk to learn more!
Life Without Plastic is a mission-based Certified B Corporation working for positive social change, improved health, and environmental sustainability. They offer unique, high-quality alternatives to plastic products that are carefully designed and sourced from trusted suppliers. Life Without Plastic also carries some PPC-branded products, so be sure to keep an eye out for those.
Mio Reggio is a sustainable toy brand that promotes open-ended play and a connection to nature. Their cork blocks are hand harvested, hand cut, and plastic free. Mio Reggio blocks expose children to a soft, natural, regenerative material that does not harm the environment but instead supports cork forests and wildlife conservation. They have received recognition from Good Housekeeping, Beyond Plastic, Creative Play Child Magazine, and Parent Picks Awards.
Since 2003, Naturepedic has been on a mission to transform people’s lives with healthy organic sleep. The company handcrafts GOTS-certified mattresses and bedding for babies, kids, adults, and even pets—all without toxic polyurethane foam, chemical flame retardants, vinyl/PVC, pesticides, GMOs, or other harmful materials that pose risks to people and the planet.
Numi Organic Tea is an award-winning social enterprise, founding B Corp, and leading purchaser of organic, Fair Trade teas distributed in more than 50 countries. To date, Numi has contributed over $1 million in Fair Trade Premiums to tea farmers improving their community welfare. Numi converted its tea wrappers to be plant-based and plastic-free in 2020, attaining climate neutrality and lowering its greenhouse gas emissions by 67%, and displacing 14.3 metric tons of virgin plastic per year.
Pirani aims to make convenience less wasteful by raising environmental awareness and empowering everyday people with high-quality, sustainable solutions to single-use plastic products—such as plastic cups. Their first product, the Pirani party tumbler, was designed with Skinny-walled triple insulation™ to make it more convenient to bring your reusables to your favorite coffee shop or bar, so that you can refuse single-use plastic. Visit Pirani and enhance your next gathering with reusable tumblers, accessories, and more.
Plaine Products is on a mission to eliminate single-use plastic from the bathroom by offering toxic-free, salon-quality personal care products (shampoo, conditioner, lotions, soaps, facial care and styling products) in aluminum bottles that can be sent back and reused infinitely. The company uses plastic-free shipping and is dedicated to building the circular economy through easy return systems and plastic-free packaging. Plaine is a woman-owned business that is a certified B Corp, a member of 1% for the Planet, and has received recent accolades such as winning the Upstream Reusies Awards.
PlanetCare microfiber filters will stop 90% of microfibers during every wash. The filters work with any domestic washing machine, can be installed in 10 minutes, and come with a fully closed loop service—all used filter cartridges are refurbished. Get a PlanetCare filter and stop a bag’s worth of microfiber pollution from escaping your house into the environment every week.
Spout is the world’s smallest powered atmospheric water generator. The Spout generates up to 2.5 gallons of fresh drinking water from air every day, without plumbing or installation needed. Unlock incredible savings of up to $250 off the retail price on Spout’s groundbreaking atmospheric water generator. Friends of PPC get an additional $50 off their pre-order by using the code PPC at checkout.
StarBars are crafted in small batches and packed with organic ingredients that rejuvenate hair and leave it clean, soft, and shiny. Enjoy salon-quality soap, shampoo, and conditioner without plastic bottles. Shipping is free, and the bars are mailed in a recyclable padded paper envelope.
Authors: Imari Walker-Franklin and Jenna Jambeck
In Plastics, the authors explore the entire life of plastic things—plastics production and use, plastic waste generation and management, the environmental and societal impacts of plastics in our environment, and, finally, the policies that can help reduce pollution caused by our heavy use of plastics. Plastics covers not only ocean and terrestrial plastic pollution but also the potential harms of microplastics on the human body. The authors also explain why we use plastic for so many products, how trash ends up in even the most remote corners of our world, and the alternatives and interventions that can help address our overreliance on this virtually imperishable material. As easily digestible to read as it is important, this book empowers its readers with the crucial knowledge and information they need to make thoughtful consumer choices, influence change, and spark inspiration.
A Poison Like No Other: How Microplastics Corrupted Our Planet and Our Bodies
Author: Matt Simon
In A Poison Like No Other, Matt Simon reveals a whole new dimension to the plastic crisis, one even more disturbing than plastic bottles washing up on shores and grocery bags dumped in landfills. Dealing with discarded plastic is bad enough, but when it starts to break down, the real trouble begins. The very thing that makes plastic so useful and ubiquitous—its toughness—means it never really goes away. It just gets smaller and smaller: eventually small enough to enter your lungs or be absorbed by crops or penetrate a fish’s muscle tissue before it becomes dinner. Be sure to check out the PPC webinar featuring author Matt Simon.
Taking on the Plastics Crisis
Author: Hannah Testa
In this personal, moving essay, youth activist Hannah Testa shares with readers how she led a grassroots political campaign to successfully pass state legislation limiting single-use plastics and how she influenced global businesses to adopt more sustainable practices. Through her personal journey, readers can learn how they, too, can follow in Hannah’s footsteps and lower their carbon footprint by simply refusing single-use plastics. Hannah is Youth Ambassador and intern for Plastic Pollution Coalition, and leads her own organization with an impressive young history of accolades.
Thicker Than Water: The Quest for Solutions to the Plastic Crisis
Author: Erica Cirino
Journalist and PPC Communications Manager Erica Cirino brings readers on a globe-hopping journey to meet the scientists and activists telling the real story of the plastic crisis. Thicker Than Water reveals that the plastic crisis is also a tale of environmental injustice, as poorer nations take in a larger share of the world’s trash, and manufacturing chemicals threaten predominantly Black and low-income communities. There is some hope on the horizon, with new laws banning single-use items and technological innovations to replace plastic in our lives. But Cirino shows that we can only fix the problem if we face its full scope and begin to repair our throwaway culture. Be sure to check out the PPC webinar featuring Erica Cirino.
Watershed: Attending to Body and Earth in Distress
Author: Ranae Lenor Hanson
A personal health crisis, stories from environmental refugees, and our climate in danger prompt a meditation on intimate connections between the health of the body and the health of the ecosystem. What if we tended to an ailing ecosystem just as we care for ourselves in the throes of a medical condition? This possibility is explored in Watershed, a work that is at once a memoir of illness and health, a contemplation of the surrounding natural world in distress, and a reflection on how these come together in opportunities for healing. Author Ranae Lenor Hanson’s daughter, Amelia Hanson, is a Project Manager at Plastic Pollution Coalition for the Flip the Script on Plastics initiative.