8 Ways to Gift Sustainably and Ethically This Holiday Season

A guide for those who want to be more environmentally friendly this Christmas.

Antonelle Cara
Dec 16, 2020 · 9 min read
Woman holding a Christmas gift that looks like it was wrapped with recycled wrapping paper.
Woman holding a Christmas gift that looks like it was wrapped with recycled wrapping paper.
Photo by Kira auf der Heide on Unsplash

Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.” — Dalai Lama

What It Means to Shop Sustainably

What It Means to Shop Ethically

Me holding my vegan leather purse in my arm that looks just like leather but made sustainably and ethically
Me holding my vegan leather purse in my arm that looks just like leather but made sustainably and ethically
Photo by Author: My vegan “leather” purse made sustainably and ethically (Matt & Nat)
First logo indicates no animal testing was done for product. Second logo indicates no animal ingredients in product.
First logo indicates no animal testing was done for product. Second logo indicates no animal ingredients in product.
Photo by Author: Cruelty-free logo (left) and vegan logo (right)

How to Gift Sustainably and Ethically This Season

1. Shop for gifts at a thrift shop

2. Buy from sustainable and ethical brands

3. Buy useful things

4. Suggest doing Secret Santa

5. Ask for someone’s wish list rather than buying something random

6. Wrap gifts and send holiday cards consciously

7. Gift an experience

8. Skip the gift-giving. Donate to a charity or volunteer your time.

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Antonelle Cara

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On a journey of constant learning and self-growth. Passionate about health, minimalism, & animal rights. BA in Psychology.

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On a journey of constant learning and self-growth. Passionate about health, minimalism, & animal rights. BA in Psychology.

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