2020 Thoughtful Giving Guide

Like so many things in 2020, this year’s holiday season might look a little different from years past. It might be harder to gather with your loved ones, and it might not be possible to travel to visit friends and family. Even so, there are many ways to celebrate the holiday season and remind the people who matter most that you are thinking of them.

Our 2020 Thoughtful Giving Guide features a number of Plastic Pollution Coalition business members that offer Earth-friendly gifts suited for just about anyone on your shopping list. At a time when many of us are physically distant from our loved ones, a thoughtful gift can still help spread some holiday cheer.

We at Plastic Pollution Coalition wish you a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season.

P.S. Scroll to the bottom for plastic-free holiday tips and other fun ideas for celebrating the season.

Gifts For The Adventurer

Heritage Goods & Supply
Heritage Goods & Supply is a store based in Carpinteria, California where you can find unique goods from herbal supply, to specialty foods, animal supply, functional clothing & shoes, and more.

The Opinel Mushroom Knife is great for mushroom hunting, picking mushrooms, cleaning, and dusting them. The blade is made out of stainless steel and the handle is made out of durable beechwood.

Khordz Mugs makes unique mugs that allow people to live sustainably whether they are stopping by their favorite coffee shop in town or hitting the road for a wild adventure. Handmade by ocean lovers in the Central California beach town of Santa Cruz, these awesome mugs help keep single-use coffee cups and lids (aka single-use plastic) out of the environment.

The Khordz Survival Drinkware mugs are made out of an endlessly reusable jar and 25 feet of paracord. An adventurer can do a lot with these two things: tie a hammock, make a snare trap, set a clothes ling, or hang a bear canister from a tree.

Klean Kanteen
Klean Kanteen is a family-owned business that makes non-toxic, BPA-free stainless steel water bottles. They are also a certified B Corp and a member of 1% for the Planet, so you can feel great when you buy their high quality reusable water bottles.

The 64oz insulated Klean Kanteen Water Bottle is perfect for the outdoors(wo)man in your life. Stainless steel and vacuum sealed, it keeps liquids hot for 38 hours and cold for 136 hours!

Rewilder makes high-performance, reusable bags from 100% salvaged materials. Everything is washed, cut, and sewn in California.

The Zero Waste Backpack from Rewilder is durable, water-resistant and made out of auto airbags and seatbelts, so your favorite adventurer can rest easy knowing that no new materials were used in the fashioning of this stylish bag.

Bountiful Bag
Bountiful Bag is a California-based family-owned business that upcycles grain bags used by craft beer brewers as well as banners from music & beer festivals into lifestyle goods and bags. A portion of their proceeds is donated to I Love A Clean San Diego.

The Black is Bountiful Bag is a special collection of Bountiful Bags made in support of Black Lives Matter. The collection features colors inspired by the Black is Beautiful beer design label and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the nonprofit Embrace Race.

Personal Care Gifts

Allbalms makes powerful balms designed for health and beauty. Their products are made out of 100% natural organic and/or sustainable ingredients and are packaged in plastic-free containers.

Deep Tissue Massage Balm This all natural massage balm is designed to be used for massage therapy and can also be used for general relaxation purposes. Packaged in a plastic-free renewable paper container

@Bambuu offers a range of bamboo products that serve as sustainable replacements for common single-use plastic items.

The @bambuubrush is @Bambuu’s flagship product offering. Its 100% bamboo handle and 100% compostable packaging make it an excellent alternative to single-use plastic toothbrushes that never biodegrade

C & the Moon
C & the Moon is a skincare line founded on the belief that the way we care for ourselves has a direct impact on how we care for the world around us.

Malibu Made Body Scrub is an absolute staple for anyone looking for an environmentally considerate product developed specifically for nourishing sensitive skin. Made with certified organic ingredients and packaged in a reusable glass container, this stocking stuffer is perfect for people who prioritize the health of their skin and the planet.

The Circular Living Co.
The Circular Living Co. is a small, coastal California-based business started by two fun-loving women who set out to help protect people and the planet from toxic chemicals and plastic.

The Plastic Pollution Coalition staff is crazy about the non-toxic, plastic-free deodorant line from The Circular Living Co. Not only are their deodorants effective, they free from a wide range of icky toxic chemicals and GMOs found in most deodorant products.

Do Good Soaps & Suds
Do Good Soaps & Suds makes delectable soaps, lotions, and balms that are completely free of plastic and toxic chemicals.

The Naked Truth Soap Bar is all about keeping it simple with just a few wholesome, all-natural ingredients—olive oil, coconut oil, and shea butter. This fragrance-free soap bar is perfect for those who value keeping things simple and honest.

Green Gifts
Green Gifts strives to make choosing the environmentally friendly option more accessible by eliminating the two most common barriers: convenience and cost.

Vegan Floss from No Tox Life is an excellent alternative to the plastic-coated, plastic packaged floss that usually finds its way into stockings. This bamboo charcoal floss comes in a reusable, refillable glass container to help you eliminate plastic from your dental hygiene routine.

LUSH offers a wide variety of handmade, ethically sourced, naked (aka unpackaged) luxury bath and body products that you can feel good about while indulging in self care.

Plastic-Free Bar Soaps from LUSH offers a range of handmade bar soaps packed with fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, and oils that leave skin smelling and feeling great. These are a sustainable alternative to body washes that come in plastic bottles

Made For Life Organics
Made For Life Organics grew from a need for skincare that nourishes your body from the inside out. Made For Life Organics is an ethos of healthy and wholesome living, from the labels on their recycled glass bottles and jars to the ingredients inside them.

Mindful Moments Body & Massage Oil is designed to help you regroup and restore your senses—a wonderful gift to give a loved one seeking calm and inner peace.

Native makes aluminum-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, vegan & cruelty-free, deodorant that actually works.

We were so excited when we found out that Native was launching a Native Plastic-Free line. What better way to package their ultra-clean deodorant than in ultra-clean, plastic-free paperboard? We are so happy to see brands that are committed to only using ingredients that are safe for their customers and for the planet put the same consideration into their packaging. More of this, please!

Poppits Toothpaste
Poppits is a plastic-free toothpaste that will make both you and Mother Earth smile. Their soluble toothpaste pods come in recyclable (or reusable!) aluminum containers so you can say buh-bye to plastic toothpaste tubes.

Shop the entire Poppits line here.

Om Naturale
Om Naturale is a family-run farm crafted, sustainable, bath and body company based out of Armstrong, BC. They stand behind all things organic and care deeply about ethically sourced, natural ingredients. Oh, and we love that they know there is nothing green about plastic.

Om Natural’s Face Shave Bar is made with natural, organic ingredients and produces a rich, thick, and creamy lather for a clean, moisturizing shave.

Samudra Skin & Sea
Samudra Skin & Sea was born from a desire to bring the regenerative properties of seaweed to a healthy line of nourishing skincare. Guided by an ‘oceans-first’ ethos, their wild seaweed is hand-harvested from the pristine waters of the Mendocino coast in California. They collaborate with Blue Business Council, 5 Gyres, Plastic Pollution Coalition, Berkeley’s Ecology Center, and UPSTREAM Solutions on plastic pollution reduction efforts.

The Clay Mask from Samudra Skin & Sea exfoliates and polishes, leaving your face detoxified and renewed. We love that this amazing product comes in a glass jar AND that it is now available for refill at FillGoods.co!

Gifts For The Beauty Enthusiast

Bare Naturals
Bare Naturals was born out of a New Zealand mother’s desire to create beautiful, indulgent health and beauty products, without compromising consumers’ health with toxic chemicals.

Buttercream Organic Lip Balm is part of the Sweet Tooth collection from Bare Naturals. Made with just a handful of organic ingredients, this beautiful creamy balm smells so delicious it will have you smacking your lips and craving cupcake frosting.

Green and Gorgeous
Green and Gorgeous makes beauty products that people can truly feel good about. Their non-GMO, organic, vegan, cruelty-free products come in eco-friendly, biodegradable packaging because they are passionate about protecting the planet.

The glass and stainless steel Aerosol-Free Dry Shampoo Dispenser is a great solution to harmful aerosol cans. Not only is it an adorable addition to a zero-waste beauty routine, it is also safe for you and the environment.

Homemade Betty
Homemade Betty offers a selection of organic, vegan, zero waste skincare products. Check out one of our favorite Homemade Betty offerings.

Rich, creamy and handmade with love, the Organic Lavender Lemon Body Butter from Homemade Betty is an award-winning body butter that comes in a zero waste jar that can be refilled and used again and again.

River Organics
River Organics is an independent beauty company that offers makeup and skin care products that are formulated to be safe and hydrating for all skin types. Each product comes with a full list of ingredients that is simple and clear to understand, and their packaging is as zero-waste as possible.

The Vegan Blush Stick from River Organics is a gorgeous hue and it goes on smooth with a light and powdery finish. It is made with certified organic ingredients including pomegranate seed and red raspberry oil, plus it is 100% vegan, cruelty-free, and plastic-free.

True Botanicals
True Botanicals makes pure, potent and proven products that are good for people and the planet. Every one of their products is MADE SAFE certified, meaning they are made without 5,000+ known toxic ingredients.

The Moisture Lock Overnight Mask is a rich yet lightweight night mask formulated to dramatically boost hydration for all skin types. This mask is free of pore-clogging waxes found in traditional night creams and will have you awaken to softer, more supple skin.

Gifts For Kids

Klean Kanteen
Klean Kanteen is a family owned business that makes non-toxic, BPA-free stainless steel water bottles. They are also a certified B Corp and a member of 1% for the Planet, so you can feel great when you buy their high quality reusable water bottles.

The Kid Classic Sport 12oz Water Bottle is a stainless steel water bottle was designed with active kids in mind. It features a spill proof sports cap with a dust cover, a soft silicone spout and loop so it can be easily attached to a bag or backpack. It comes in a variety of bright colors and fun graphics, and the chip-resistant finish is extra durable, making it safe for people and the planet.

Founded by a mother of two sons, LunchBots offers zero waste food containers that are easy to pack and that last a lifetime.

LunchBots offers a wide range of eco-friendly food containers that eliminate the need for single-use plastic including lunch boxes, bento boxes, thermoses, and dip/salad bowls. PPC staff members are big fans of their Lunch Boxes & Bento Boxes.

U-Konserve was started by two mothers who wanted to find environmentally conscious solutions to packed school lunches. They knew that common single-use baggies and drink cartons were destined for landfill, so they created a waste-free lunch kit. To this day U-Konserve offers durable, long-lasting products that offer innovative solutions to eco-minded parents and kids.

U-Konserve’s trusted stainless steel containers now come with plastic-free, clear-as-glass silicone lids with their New Stainless Steel & Silicone To-Go Containers. These are the perfect waste-free solution for eco-friendly lunches. Leak-proof and dishwasher safe, these containers are popular with kids and parents alike.

Wisdom Supply Co.
Wisdom Supply Co. is a Certified B Corporation that believes that waste is a design flaw. It is this conviction that drives them to curate and create school supplies that prevent waste, for good.

The Stabilo Wax Markers and Dry Erase Markers are a fun and versatile substitute for lots of typically plastic items. They can be used as a color pencil or you can use a wet paintbrush to turn drawings made with them into watercolors! They even work on dry-erase boards (or windows), and they wipe off easily with a damp cloth or sponge.

Wild Minimalist
Wild Minimalist is an online story for people who are striving to live a plastic-free, zero waste lifestyle.

The Kids Wood Cooking Kit is the perfect gift for an aspiring young chef. Each tool is sized for little hands so that parent and child can experience the joys of cooking side-by-side.

Gifts For Pet Lovers

The Kind Pet
The Kind Pet is a woman-owned small business (WOSB) inspired by the founder’s love of pets and the planet. The idea behind The Kind Pet, a member of the Pet Sustainability Coalition, is simple, to make it easier for pet owners to make more sustainable choices. Since going “green” may inspire people in different ways, The Kind Pet sources and categorizes products by sustainable values like zero waste, compostable, recyclable, upcycled, handmade, etc, so everyone can choose their own way forward. The Kind Pet believes in making a kinder, cleaner planet together and is happy to support small businesses.

Dulse & Rugosa
Dusle & Rugosa is a mother-daughter team dedicated to spreading the wonder of Maine’s oceans, and specifically seaweed. They harvest or grow their botanicals and seaweeds on Gotts Island, a tiny island off the coast of Acadia National Park.

Ethique is all about protecting Mama Earth. Their products are plastic-free, vegan, cruelty-free, and palm oil-free! To date they have prevented over 8 million plastic bottles from entering the environment.

Shampooch Mini is the perfect plastic-free, bottle-free, hassle-free shampoo bar for (wo)man’s best friend. Ethique even offers a shampooch bar specifically designed for doggos with extra delicate skin.

Stocking Stuffers

Bagnet makes handmade, high-quality leather bag magnets (aka ‘Bagnets’) that keep purses and reusable shopping bags off the ground.

The Katie Bagnet is a Plastic Pollution Coalition staff fave. The mid-tone tobacco brown leather and antique style brass O-ring hardware give this piece an adorably rustic feel. This unique product can hold up to 8 pounds of weight.

Clam & Clasp
Clam & Clasp makes beautiful handcrafted seashell jewelry that donates a portion of proceeds to non-profit organizations dedicated to protecting our oceans.

The Advocate Necklace is handcrafted in California with sustainably collected, 14K gold or sterling silver plated seashells. 20% of proceeds from this necklace are donated to organizations that help protect the oceans, like Plastic Pollution Coalition!

EVERLESS is a line of design-centric products that enhance the lifestyle of the conscious consumer of the future. They empower the minimal lifestyle through high-end design and breakthrough technical innovation. EVERLESS believes in creating products that make your life easier and the planet better.

The Smart Bag by EVERLESS is the world’s first self-collapsible reusable bag. This ultralight (less than 2 oz.), ultrasmall (4” x 2.5” x 0.5”), ultra-durable (it can hold up to 9lbs.!) gadget makes bringing your reusable bag easier (and sleeker) than ever.

Final, the creator of the innovative FinalStraw, creates a range of Foreverables that reduce the need for plastics, empower individuals to change their buying habits, and raise awareness of the impacts of our everyday decisions.

FinalSpork is the perfect gift for anyone who is ready to quit ‘forking’ around with plastic cutlery. Full-sized cutlery meets pocket-sized portability with this ingenious multipurpose piece. Useful enough to be the only gift you give your adventure-loving sibling yet small enough to fit nicely in mom’s overflowing stocking, the FinalSpork is a must-have for Holiday Season 2020.

Kempii is a company that adheres to the principles of REFUSE, REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE, ROT. The name comes from Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys Kempii), the rarest species of sea turtle and one of the thousands of ocean species threatened by plastic pollution. Their hope is to inspire people to create a better future for Lepidochelys Kempii and other wildlife.

Did you know most tea bags contain plastic? This clever organic Reusable Tea Bag from Kempii allows you to ditch the single-use plastic and the toxic chemicals it leaches into your tea. This stocking stuffer is an absolute must for any tea fanatic.

Khala & Company
Khala & Company is a Colorado-based company that made a name for itself in the sustainability space as a producer of vegan and beeswax wraps for food on the go. They have now expanded their line to include even more zero waste homegoods. They are a Green America certified business and a member of 1% for the Planet.

The Organic Hemp-Cotton Reusable Coffee Filters from Khala & Co. are an excellent replacement for single-use alternatives. Did you know that an average of 2.25 million cups of coffee are enjoyed every single day? That equals around 140 million coffee filters a day! Help the coffee lovers in your life cut back on some of that waste with these sustainable alternatives.

Meliora makes cleaning products that get the job done with MADE SAFE certified ingredients, meaning that they are as friendly for your home and the planet as possible. They are also a certified B Corp and a member of 1% for the Planet.

As a staff full of parents (people and pets alike), the Laundry Stain Removal Soap Stick is a Plastic Pollution Coalition household staple. It is plastic-free, dye-free, preservative-free, palm-oil-free, cruelty-free, and fragrance-free. Oh, and the best part–it WORKS. Tuck this little guy into just about anyone’s stocking and they will most certainly not be disappointed.

Stasher offers a range of reusable silicone bags that are better for you and better for the planet than single-use plastic baggies. Stasher is also a member of 1% for the Planet, which means that they donate 1% of their sales to environmental non-profits.

The new Pocket Bag from Stasher is palm-sized for ultimate convenience. It is also the perfect size for squeezing into the toe of a holiday stocking.

Gifts For Foodies, Coffee Fans, & Tea Lovers

Khala & Company
Khala & Company is a Colorado-based company that made a name for itself in the sustainability space as a producer of vegan and beeswax wraps for food on the go. They have now expanded their line to include even more zero waste homegoods. They are a Green America certified business and a member of 1% for the Planet.

Khala’s Vegan Combo Pack includes four 100% plant-based reusable food wraps in a variety of sizes. These organic hemp cotton wraps are infused with six plant-based waxes and oils, and contain absolutely NO synthetics or beeswax.

Pondicherry Dry Goods
Pondicherry Dry Goods is dedicated to creating an evolved community that values great taste, purity, and eco-consciousness.

Pondicherry’s handcrafted artisanal teas are treasured for their flavor, goodness, and beauty. Handcrafted from seasonally harvested ingredients, you can take pride in the fact that when you sip their delicious teas you are supporting and empowering small farmers. While they promote loose leaf tea, they do offer handmade 100% cotton tea bags for convenience.

Spicers Mill
Spicers Mill has a mission that is near and dear to our hearts: to make a change in a plastic-dominant market by offering their products in 100% plastic-free packaging, all the way down to their shipping cartons.

The Little Bit of Italy gift box set from Spicers Mill is a great holiday gift idea for anyone who enjoys an environmentally-friendly kitchen. Treat the eco-minded foodie in your life to five plastic-free jars of delicious authentic Italian flavor.

Tea Vue
Tea Vue is a family-owned business that strives to exceed their customers’ expectations by scrutinizing and selecting the most authentic loose leaf teas and Pu-Erh tea cakes and packaging them in a way that is worthy of their character and complexity.

Shop the entire selection of Tea Vue offerings here.

Numi Tea
Numi Organic Tea makes a wide range of teas that are USDA Organic and Fair Trade Certified, plastic-free, and absolutely delicious. Their commitment to the planet, global communities, and their consumers means you can feel great about giving the gift of Numi to the tea lovers in your life.

Numi’s organic caffeine-free Chai blends rich Rooibos and a sultry blend of spices. Piquant cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon mingle with sweet allspice, vivacious ginger and a kiss of cardamom combine for an excellent holiday flavor.

Home & Garden

Be Bold Box
Be Bold Box is an eco lifestyle company that offers gift boxes that are filled with practical eco-friendly goodies that are perfect for people embarking on their zero-waste journey.

Be Bold Box offers both seasonal subscription boxes as well as one-time gift boxes.

ECOlunchbox is a mission-based, plastic-free lunchbox company with a vision to change the world one lunch at a time by making tools to reduce the use of plastics for people and the planet. This holiday season ECOlunchbox is feeling extra generous and has offered to donate 20% of sales over $35 to Plastic Pollution Coalition when you use code PLASTICPOLLUTES20.

This holiday season ECOlunchbox is offering several holiday gift sets featuring their new book, ‘Say Goodbye To Plastic: A Survival Guide For Plastic-Free Living.’ Written by the ECOlunchbox founder, Sandra Ann Harris, this book is part memoir, part inspirational ode to the ocean and packed with how-to tips to say goodbye to plastic.

Paired with one some of their ultra convenient reusable food storage containers, these gift boxes are excellent for anyone looking to start their zero waste journey.

Faherty is a family business dedicated to crafting great products that last a lifetime. They produce quality products that honor both their customers and the planet.

The Adirondak Blanket from Faherty is a versatile blanket with the perfect blend of ruggedness and comfort to get you through chilly nights around the campfire or cozy nights on the couch. Because the pattern on these beautiful pieces are inspired by Indigenous art and weavings, 10% of sales go to the Lakota Way Healing Center. Faherty is also actively partnering with Native designers so that soon 100% of “Indigenous-inspired prints” will be by inspired Indigenous designers.

Goods Holding Company
Goods Holding Company offers a simple and elegant glass reusable jar system for bulk bin shopping. The glass jars and metal lids are made in the USA and the tare weight is printed right on the jar so you can skip a step at the grocery store and take your filled jar right up to the cashier without pre-weighing. No plastic bag needed, take your jar straight from the store to your pantry shelf.

Goods Holding Company is now offering $5 shipping on their kits. Shop their kits here.

Honey Bee Candles
Honey Bee Candles make beautiful handmade candles out of sustainable, ethically sourced natural beeswax. They are naturally colored with the pollen the bees leave behind and they give off a subtle honey aroma when burned. All of their products and packaging are completely plastic-free, zero-waste, biodegradable, and palm-oil free.

Shop the entire line of beautifully crafted 100% pure beeswax candles from Honey Bee Candles here.

Life Without Plastic
Life Without Plastic is an online store that offers a huge selection of plastic-free goodies that make great gifts for everyone, no matter where they are on their zero-waste journey.

We were so excited when Life Without Plastic launched their seasonal gift boxes, and their Winter 2020 Box is perfectly suited for the cozy season. The box comes with an insulated stainless steel thermos, an organic cotton mesh bag, a natural body sponge, and a mason jar filled with homemade hot cocoa mix.

Made By Bees
Made By Bees is a producer of all-natural, Canadian-made honey and handmade beeswax products. They strive to save bees, the planet, and our food.

Beeswax Food Wraps from Made By Bees are plastic-free, washable, and reusable. They come in a variety of sizes and patterns and are a brilliant substitute for single-use plastic bags and cling wrap.

Plaine Products
Plaine Products is a company founded by two sisters with a shared dream: to live in a world without plastic pollution. Not only are their products never packaged in single-use plastic, they also run all of their ingredients through the Environmental Working Group database to ensure that they are safe and non-toxic.

Let’s face it, hand sanitizer is one of those things that has almost become synonymous with 2020. And unfortunately, most hand sanitizer comes in plastic bottles that are discarded once they are empty. Thankfully, Plaine Products offers a refillable aluminum hand sanitizer that can help keep both you and the planet safe and healthy.

Sackcloth & Ashes
Sackcloth & Ashes founder Bob Dalton was inspired to help the homeless population when his mother found herself living on the streets in 2013. For every blanket purchased, Sackcloth & Ashes donates one blanket to a homeless shelter in your community. Read their full story here.

The Heritage Blanket is an extra special piece in the already special Sackcloth & Ashes lineup. It is designed by Lehi ThunderVoice Eagle and 100% of the profits from this collection will be donated to Sovereign Bodies Insitute, an organization that generates new knowledge and understandings of how Indigenous nations and communities are impacted by gender and sexual violence, and how they may continue to work towards healing and freedom from such violence.

These blankets are woven from a recycled, dye-free, chemical-free, water-free, wool blend that is certifiably eco-friendly, and cruelty-free.

Teros strives to help their customers lead a healthier and greener lifestyle. At the core of their work are service, trust, inspiration, and great products. They diligently research and carefully select products that meet green, ethical, and healthy criteria. Teros is also a 1% for the Planet partner, which means they donate 1% of sales to environmental nonprofits.

Among the many product options available from Teros is the Haws Mist Sprayer, which is an excellent gift for any garden and/or houseplant aficionado. This item comes in copper, brass, or nickel.

Whoa Nelli
Whoa Nelli was started by an Iowa-based couple driven to create household cleaning products that were safe for families and for the planet. Their goal is to make healthy, safe, and sustainable products the norm.

We are fans of Whoa Nelli’s Natural Scouring Powder for several important reasons: 1) The ingredient list is short, easy to understand, and free from scary toxic chemicals, 2) it comes in a plastic-free stainless steel canister that can easily be refilled, 3) it works!

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