Zero Waste Stocking Stuffer Ideas

One of my close friends is very environmentally conscious – especially over the holidays. I think sometimes I let expectation get in the way of what people actually need, rather than just buying a preconceived number of gifts. It’s always fun to pick up new items that people will love but sometimes those gifts sit in a closet or just simply get thrown out. Since I love crafting, I often try to make some handmade gifts that I know people will use – some of my favourites are scarves, knitted dishcloths, cookies, ornaments or paintings if I get myself prepared way ahead of time.

    1. Reusable Straws: These are a great alternative to plastic straws. I try to limit my use of plastic as much as possible but I never really thought about the impact a straw has on our landfills.
    2. Shampoo Bars: Lush is one of my favourite places to buy hair and skin care products. I’ve been using this honey based shampoo bar for a little over 2 years and I don’t think I’ll ever go back to regular shampoo!
    3. Beeswax Food Wrap: These food wraps come in a ton of different shapes and sizes so you can reuse up to 5 years, if properly maintained.
    4. Pela Phone Case: These cases are biodegradable and compostable, meaning less plastic in our landfills and oceans. I got one as a gift last year and I absolutely love it, plus they come in a ton of different colours.
    5. Basil Ecocube: This is one of my favourite ways to get fresh herbs through the winter. The Ecocube has a wooden base that you can simply add water to and if the plant gets too large, the entire cube can be planted in a new pot. They also have a variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers.
    6. Reusable Bamboo Utensils: These utensils are made for eco-friendly bamboo that makes them lightweight and extra durable. They’re heat resistant and don’t absorb flavours from the food you eat.
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    7. Plantable Coloured Pencils: These are a perfect stocking stuffer for the kids on your list – once they’re finished with the pencils, you can plant them and they’ll grow herbs and flowers.
      Sprout Plantable Colored Pencils
    8. Coconut Fibre Dog Toy: If you have a furry friend on your Christmas list, this dog toy is the perfect alternative to plastic toys. It’s made from 100% natural coconut fibres so it can be composted once your dog is done with it.
      Coco Chew

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