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Gift Guide: Zero Waste Essentials

Posted by on 12/18/2018 to Community
Zero Waste Essentials

Our last gift guide of the year is definitely one worth noting! We could all do more to be more sustainable and these are truly things everyone needs in their life-- including us! Here's our gift guide for sustainably-minded, earth lovers everywhere. 

1. Gotta Catch Em All 
I, myself, am a sucker for products made from recycled plastic bottles. I think it's amazing plastic bottles can be turned into a new product and are given a new (and stylish) life. However, we all know by now that when you wash items made from recycled plastic, there is a risk of micro plastics going into the ocean. The Guppyfriend Washing Bag solves that problem. Simply put your clothing that's made from recycled plastic into this bag before putting it into the washing machine and viola, it catches all of the micro plastics and prevents them from entering the water stream. After washing, just remove them and throw them in the trash. 
Guppyfriend Washing Bag, $29.75, available here

2. Stop Sucking
2018 was the year we decided to stop sucking (on plastic straws, that is). Plastic straws are polluting, hard to recycle, find their way in our oceans and are disrupting marine ecosystems. The simple solution are reusable straws. We like these stainless steel ones because they're easy to use and light enough to take with you when you're on the go. 
Stainless Steel Drinking Straws, $8.89, available here. 

3. The New Ziplock 
It's a good rule of thumb that any time we reduce our use of single-use plastic, we're doing better for our planet. Here's where Stasher bags come in. Use these like you would normal zip-lock bags, except since these are reusable, enjoy the perk of never running out. 
Stasher Bags Multi-pack, $53, available here.

4. Bulk is Better
Buying bulk is great for the planet because you're avoiding unnecessary plastic and packaging used for individually wrapped items. When shopping in bulk, use these reusable organic cotton bags instead of the plastic ones they provide. Bring them with you to the store along with your grocery bags and keep a note of their bulk # on your phone. The planet will thank you. 
Organic Cloth Bulk & Product Bags, $5.98, available here

5. Go Zero Waste In Style 
Made from organic cotton terry and cut and sewn locally in the U.S., this dress by Study NY is as stylish as it is sustainable. Furthermore, Study NY is one of the few brands committed to making fashion without waste which means using zero waste cutting techniques for their garments whenever possible. 
Black Twist Dress, $110, available here

6. Give A Sh*t: Do Good. Live Better. Save The Planet. 
This book should be called everything you need to know about being a responsible human being. Written by our friend and expert in sustainable living, Ashlee Piper shares her thoughts on how all of us can start living more sustainably and help us think about the choices we make in every day life and their impact on our planet. 
Give A Sh*t: Do Good. Live Better. Save The Planet, $12.94, available here

7. Reusable Water Bottle 
If you don't have a reusable water bottle by now, shame! Just kidding. No, but really, you need one. This one stays cold for up to 24 hours, hot for up to 12 hours, and is just a link away. 
Swell reusable bottle, $25-45, available here

8. Water/ Wine Holder in Pinatex 
Because let's be real, who wants to carry a heavy bottle around with them all the time? With these crossbody (and hands-free) water bottle holders, you can take your bottle with you anywhere you go without feeling weighed down. We take these hiking, while shopping, out to museums and pretty much anywhere we get thirsty (which is everywhere, really). Made locally in Los Angeles from organic cotton and Pinatex, a sustainable fiber made from the waste of the pineapple industry. 
Water/ Wine Holder in Pinatex, $125, available here