Give green gifts this holiday season

December has finally arrived and the holidays are just around the corner! Have you squeezed in your holiday shopping yet? If not, we hope you'll consider giving green gifts that are kinder to the planet this year. If that sounds good but you don't know where to start, here are some green gift ideas to get you going.

Reusable mugs

If someone close to you is a coffee or tea fiend, a reusable mug is a great eco-friendly gift idea. Even if they buy their beverages out and about, they can bring it along and ask the barista to fill it up instead of a disposable cup. Using disposable cups, even paper cups, creates a lot of waste as most cannot be recycled

Organic bamboo clothing 

If you're looking for wearable gifts, look for organic bamboo clothing from local, eco-friendly and ethical Canadian brands like Movement Global or Salt and West. Bamboo is a great fabric choice because it doesn't contribute much towards environmental damage, it's extremely strong, it breathes and wicks moisture away, and it can biodegrade under normal soil conditions. 

Smart garden 

If someone close to you loves to garden, this smart garden makes a great gift! It'll enable them to grow herbs, plants and flowers indoors year round with biodegradable plant pods. Water and light are perfectly calibrated to create optimal growing conditions, no matter the season. This is an especially great gift idea for apartment dwellers. 

Shop at The Body Shop

The Body Shop is a great option if you want to shop at a mall this year. As of 2019, they became a certified B Corp. In fact, they're the biggest B Corp ever founded by a woman – Dame Anita Roddick. B Corps meet the highest verified standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability. They've even taken an interesting approach to plastic waste with their Community Fair Trade Plastic program. So go ahead and check out their classic gift packs.

We hope you'll consider these green gift ideas for the holidays this year!

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