Feb 10, 2023 • Emmeline Clein
Christmas and Hanukka are a week away, which probably means you’re scrambling to pull together gifts for friends and family. Don’t let the time crunch make you abandon your environmental goals! Here’s a list of sustainable ways to buy holiday presents.
The most environmentally friendly place to buy gifts is at a thrift or vintage shop. Besides their low carbon footprint, vintage and thrift stores are straight up extremely fun, and often offer much more unique gifts than what you’ll find at the closest fast fashion store. Look up your nearest Goodwill or Salvation Army if you want to dig through a vast trove of all kinds of items, or look up your city’s best vintage and thrift boutiques in local papers or on yelp.
Dims makes chic, minimalist pieces of furniture out of sustainably sourced wood (Forest Stewardship Council approved) and their finishes and adhesives meet GREENGUARD’s rigorous chemical emissions standards. Plus, they have an accessible, transparent pricing structure, which means your gift will probably look more expensive than it was.
Luxe new sheets and pillowcases are a pretty much fail safe gift. Threaded’s bedding is not only OEKO-TEX-certified sustainable, which means they use chemical-free dyes and low-emission processes, but is also produced in factories that provide community empowerment initiatives and education to their communities.
A Sabai pillow is an easy, sub-$50 gift that doesn’t harm the environment. With fabrics made from natural fibers and post-consumer plastic bottles, these pieces promise to brighten a room without increasing its carbon footprint. Plus, they come in an array of colors, textures, and patterns, so you can find something for everyone from your friend who loves minimalism to the friend whose apartment is a cacophony of colors.
If you want to buy a friend or relative brand new clothing, hit up a store that lists sustainability as a top priority. If you haven’t been living under a rock the past three years, you are probably aware that Reformation uses less water and more sustainable fabrics in its manufacturing processes. Purchase there if you’re in the market for a slinky going out look for a friend. If you’re looking for athleisure, Girlfriend uses recycled polyester and recycled post-consumer water bottles to make its leggings and crop tops, and ships in exclusively recycled and recyclable packaging.