Another week has gone by, and I’ll fully admit, the past week kind of went by in a blur. I’ll quickly go into some of our reflections, but first, let’s recap.
If you are new here or want a refresher on the zero waste challenge my family and I started in September, you can find all the updates here.
I do want to specifically mention a couple zero waste posts that are applicable to this time of year.
First, last week’s post on zero waste gift wrap ideas. Be sure to check out these tips as you start wrapping all those presents!
The second post that may be helpful this time of the year is my post on having a zero waste Thanksgiving. While I realize Thanksgiving has passed, the tips are still applicable for any type of gathering/celebration. You can find that post here.
Check out the numbers from last week below:
- Dog waste – We enjoyed a few 50-60 degree days where we kept up with picking up the dog waste in our yard. But then Minnesota weather hit and we immediately (seriously, within like 12 hours) dropped down to 10 degrees with snow. Long story short (what – you mean you don’t want to read about my family’s dog waste regime?), the lack of cleaning up after the cold weather hit resulted in a lower trash number.
- We have really been focusing on food waste that gets composted and trying to reduce those numbers. I am not sure if that is the main reason for the drop in organic waste, but it will be interesting to watch those numbers.
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Zero Waste Gift Ideas
I compiled a list of zero waste friendly gift ideas for all your gift giving (or asking) needs with the categories of zero waste items, consumables, and experiences! These gifts are great for those who are looking to start implementing zero waste into their life, to those who are far on their journey.
Zero waste items:
- Mesh produce bags
- Dryer Balls – (they’re hedgehogs!)
- Cloth Napkins – (Note: Not an affiliate link, I just love this local artist!)
- Water bottle – Kleen Kanteen – larger size (40 ounces) and/or Nalgenes
- Reusable Coffee Mug
- French Press and coffee bean grinder
- Tea ball
- Mason Jars for freezing, leftovers, etc: 8 ounce / 32 ounce
- Stainless Steel Straws
- Bamboo paper towels
- Pyrex glass storage containers
- Don’t underestimate second-hand stores for gifts. We love our local second-hand store for a variety of items, and for online second-hand women’s and kids clothes shopping we LOVE ThredUp.
- Kindle/E-Reader – I have had a kindle for years and have LOVED it. Not only are e-books inexpensive, many libraries also have digital copies of books which you can ‘check out’ right from your bed or couch!
- Books (check out second-hand bookstores or consider e-books)
- Flowers, a plant/succulent in a cute container
- Cloth napkins – bonus if they are from a local artist or Etsy!
Consumables (look for items that come in reusable packaging/containers):
- Food from their favorite bakery, restaurant, etc
- Homemade gifts such as salsa, pesto, jam
- Meat gift basket (pick out a selection of meat)
- Vegetable basket
- Homemade soup mixes
- Shampoos or homemade soaps that they normally wouldn’t buy for themselves
- Candles/essential oils/diffuser, etc
- Give your kids one ‘yes’ day (check out this article for more details, or check out the book here).
- Gift certificate for their favorite restaurant
- Gift certificate to their favorite coffee/tea place
- Meal planning/delivery gift certificate
- Lessons for kids/adults: swim lessons, dance lessons, etc.
- Sign up for a local community ed class together!
- A local park pass or state park pass
- A dog park pass if they have a dog
- Movie night out or in
- Sports tickets
- Gift certificate to a spa or for a massage
- Tickets to their favorite show
- A membership to a local museum, nature center, or zoo
- Gift certificate for house cleaning
- Donation to a local charity in the recipient’s name
- Gift certificate for their favorite app (ex. Headspace membership, Spotify)
- Netflix/Hulu subscription
- Offer to babysit/pet sit if they have kids or pets
- Offer to shovel snow, rake leaves, change their oil, whatever task they may need doing
- Itunes gift card
For more gift ideas, check out my two other gift guides:
Finally, check out 6 zero waste gift wrap ideas for easy ways to reduce gift wrap waste this holiday season!
What are your favorite zero waste gift ideas?