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Birthdays are a wonderful time to shower the people we love with gifts. However, with those gifts comes rubbish from packaging and wrapping. When giving gifts, you can practice mindful giving with sustainable birthday gifts. Sustainable gifts should be environmentally-friendly and recyclable, compostable, or reusable.
7 Sustainable Birthday Gifts Ideas
1. Stainless Steel Drink Bottle
A great sustainable birthday gift idea is a reusable stainless steel drink bottle. A reusable bottle will cut down on their plastic use as well as encourage them to stay hydrated. This birthday present is mindful of both their health and the environment.
2. Reusable Shopping Bags
Can anyone ever have enough reusable shopping bags? These bags will match your birthday person’s taste so they can express themselves while they get their shopping done. You can even use a reusable shopping bag as the gift bag to hide their present in!
3. Compostable Bin Liners
These alternative bin liners are a great sustainable gift idea for anyone’s birthday. Compostable bin liners are made from plant-based materials so they can decompose once thrown away. This sustainable gift comes in a range of different sizes to fit many trash bins.
4. Eco-friendly Backpack
A fantastic birthday gift idea for your loved ones is a sustainable bag. You can give a recycled backpack or a side bag made from single-use plastic bottles. Your loved one will have a convenient way to carry their things and save the environment all at the same time.
5. Lunch Wrap
Allow your birthday loved one to abandon single-use plastic wrap with these reusable lunch wraps. Made with food-safe lining, these can be used for sandwiches, pizza, veggies, snacks and more. Easy to clean, this birthday gift will help your loved one practise sustainability every day.
6. Online Gift Card
Money is a great gift, but an online gift card is the perfect sustainable birthday gift. You need no packaging, no wrapping, and your loved one can buy exactly what they want. Make this gift even more sustainable by purchasing a gift card to an eco-friendly shop.
More Tips for Mindful and Sustainable Giving
- Wrap your gift in recyclable wrapping paper or reuse a brown paper bag
- Give your gift inside a reusable shopping bag
- Buy gifts that come with sustainable packaging and few boxes
- Omit the card
- Consider giving an act of service or quality time instead of a physical gift
Gift giving for someone’s birthday is a great time to practice mindful sustainability. With so many ideas for sustainable gifts, it will be hard to choose just one! Make sure you choose Onya , where we “think sustainable” for both gifts and packaging. Check out our shop today to find the perfect birthday gift.