For the past few years, I have taken a great effort into sustainable swaps within my home. Some of the swaps are so easy and effective in many ways that I have started gifting the best items to friends and family. From there, I thought a gift guide to sustainable swaps would be useful, because some things are difficult to find. It can also be difficult to find quality sustainable products, so I am stepping in to make sure you don’t have to stress over it.
The items within this gift guide are things I use all around the house and have saved me tons of money, waste, and have added to the quality of life I live. I cannot help but share these things during the holidays, wedding showers, baby showers, etc. Because I believe everyone needs to know how to live more sustainable.
Sustainable Swaps Gift Guide
I also want to note that I am recommending products that last longer, are more natural, and/or are a safer option for your home. We are taking sustainable swaps to all new levels with this gift guide!
Reusable Shopping Bags //
Crapchute Bags are my favorite reusable bags! They can fold up into their own pocket. They carry up to 100 lbs and can hold up to 7 bathroom towels! Crapchute personally focuses a portion of their proceeds to clean up plastic waste in the natural environment, so supporting them is supporting a cleaning world. & who does not feel great about that?!
Use discount code ‘cuties15’ for 15% off your purchase!
Rubber Boots //
Roma Boots are an amazing natural rubber boot! These boots are newer to me, but I highly recommend them as a gift to anyone who needs rubber boots. They are durable, of great quality, and are made of natural rubber. Roma Boots are worth supporting, because when you purchase a pair of boots, they give a pair of boots to a child that lacks access to footwear.
These boots are priced well for their quality, but their mission to provide boots to children in need makes it even better.
Unpaper Towel Me //
Juniperseed Mercantile was my first introduction to living more sustainable. I wanted to replace my cotton pads with reusable cotton rounds. That was 3 years ago and my cotton rounds still look brand new! I’m sure they will last me several more years, too!
The items chosen here are suggested for you to replace paper towels, cotton pads, and cotton rounds. Helping your friend/family member with this starting point can possibly lead them into many more swaps around the home. At least it has for me and my friends.
Shampoo and Conditioner Bars //
If you are anything like me, you hate the packaging of store bought shampoos and conditioners. The plastic wrapping is enough for me to wish I didn’t need it. This is when shampoo and conditioner bars come in handy. These from Stone River Soaps are made of natural ingredients and come in very little packaging. When you are done with it, there isn’t anything to throw away, which I love! They take up little space in the shower, too!
They take a little to get used to, but are a great option compared to conventional shampoos and conditioners!
Automatic Dishwasher Powder//
Dishwashing detergents contain so many harmful chemicals, as most conventional cleaners do. However, Mama Suds offers a great alternative to this. This powder is safe for septic systems and effective on cleaning your dishes without scratching them in the process.
Toilet Bombs Cleaning Tabs //
I am in love with this swap, because I hate conventional toilet bowl cleaners. I also hate having to clean the toilet bowl, but that’s beside the point. These toilet bombs are a lot of fun to use in my opinion. They are also pretty versatile in their uses. You can use them in the toilet bowl, toilet tank, for a diaper pale, or even to clean your washing machine! Great option for a better sustainable swap!
Dryer Balls //
Dryer balls are a great alternative to dryer sheets. They work 100 times better too! They cut down your drying time by a good bit, leave your clothes softer and fluffier, and save you money! Dryer balls last around 1,000 loads, so you’re really saving some money!
Pair a set of these dryer balls with a Lavender Essential Oil and it creates the perfect “Thinking of You” gift.
Reusable Produce Bags //
Do plastic produce bags annoy you like they do me? Aside from being unnecessary for most produce, they are so thin and flimsy, so you couldn’t get multiple uses out of them if you wanted. Having these reusable produce bags removes that frustration and unnecessary waste from your life for good!
I love using these, because they are a conversation starter with the cashier. I love getting nerdy with sustainable products, and it is a way for me to educate others on the importance of not using so much plastic.
Wooden Utensils //
Utensils are not something normally thought of as toxic or wasteful, but let me give you some food for thought. Plastic heated up leaches harmful chemicals to whatever it touches. Now think of that ground beef you’ve been browning in your skillet. Gross right?!
Wooden utensils are the perfect alternative to plastic utensils within the home. Plus, they are so gorgeous! These wooden Salad Servers from The Sparrow Studio are my new favorite addition to my personal collection! What I love even more than the salad servers is the impact The Sparrow Studio is making. They support artisans in Rwanda to help them overcome poverty, which I think is incredible!
By gifting these salad servers, and what other things you may find through The Sparrow Studio, you are not only supporting sustainable products, but you are also supporting a small business that helps artisans break the poverty cycle.
greenUP Box //
Subscription boxes are an iffy sustainable swaps topic, BUT this box is worth the mention. greenUP Box introduces you to sustainable swaps from all sorts of companies. It includes things such as beeswax wraps, bamboo straws, and other swaps that are simple to incorporate within your normal routine.
I like the idea of gifting this box when you want to give something extra special to someone who is really interested in reducing the amount of plastic they have within their home. It is definitely a thoughtful option.
If you have read my post about sustainable beauty, you know this is one area I am working on currently. I have found a great option through Creek Baby for a lot of my needs. My favorite product of their’s is the Arawak Face Powder. It does come in a recycled plastic container, but at least it is not a new plastic container. Also, the ingredients are super simple, natural, and I believe even edible.
The hardest part about beauty and makeup is the price for sustainable, organic makeup. I suggest Creek Baby due to their lower prices and quality, organic ingredients. Even if someone uses conventional makeup, I don’t believe they will have a hard time transitioning to these organic products. At least, I didn’t have an issue with Creek Baby’s in particular.
Use discount code ‘TANNEHILL10’ for 10% off your purchases at CreekBaby.com
Reusable Water Bottle //
Probably the biggest plastic waste on the Earth is plastic water bottles. It is unnecessary and easily preventable with a reusable water bottle. The Welly Bottle is my go to for recommending, because it is made of stainless steel and bamboo. While it is a little on the trendy side, I think it is a classic. It also holds a good amount of water without being too bulky.
Use discount code ‘TANNHOME15’ for 15% off your Welly Bottle purchase!
Wooden Speakers //
This was an unexpected find, but I am so glad I came across a unique way to amplify the speaker on a cell phone! You don’t have to worry about little children knocking over a glass bowl or vase to amplify your speaker with this wooden speaker option. I also think it serves great as a home decor piece that will last through all the trends.
This is going to be my favorite thing to gift this year! Oh & it’s made by Morph.
What items will you be gifting to help your friends and family live more sustainable? Will you be purchasing any for yourself? Let me know below in the comments!
Also, be sure to check out my other gift guide: Homesteader Gift Guide