Sustainable and inspirational gifts!
Looking for healthy, Earth-friendly gifts this season? This post is our green gift guide to sustainable gifts that are meaningful, that nourish mind and body, and that help the planet. Gifts that acknowledge and respect the sources they come from and that help to spark consciousness of the blessings the Earth gives us every day. We believe part of our role on this planet is to give back by making conscious choices and by investing in our own relationships with the Earth and with one another. We hope the gifts highlighted here will help engage you and yours in this circle of reciprocity.
A fabulous gift for all coffee drinkers! Certified Bird-Friendly coffee is grown under a forest canopy, providing critical habitat in Central America where much of the primary rainforest has been lost.
Birds & Beans Bird-Friendly coffee (our favorite) is delicious, reasonably priced, and directly supports small farmers and habitat conservation. Shop Bird-Friendly soap here and Bird-Friendly coffee here.
Our shampoo bars help you get your lather on, and our conditioner bars are all about detangling and style! Here’s a great gift idea for friends and family who expect spa-quality hair care and want to reduce plastic use: a shampoo bar + conditioner bar + bamboo dish set! They’re available in combinations for normal, oily or dry hair.
Click here to see all One Earth natural skin and hair-care gift bundles.
Mindfulness practice can enrich life in many ways.
If you or someone you know is interested in learning more or finding guidance on mindfulness and meditation, Tara Brach’s website and podcast are great resources.
She offers meditations, talks, and guided practices to help deepen mindfulness and sensory awareness, work with difficult emotions, and access healing energy within and without. She also offers a rich collection of books, video and audio courses.
Braiding Sweetgrass: a book to live by!
Hands down the best book I’ve read this year and one of the best I’ve ever read, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants is a manifesto for the Earth and a call to deepen our relationships with all life. Poetically written and full of inspiration, Robin Wall Kimmerer helps us remember that we are of the Earth and that in order to survive and thrive, we must exist in a reciprocal relationship with all beings. Just as we depend on the plants, soils, waters, animals and all kingdoms of life for our needs, the Earth depends on us to give back, each of us in the ways our own unique gifts make possible. This book helps us remember how to listen, hear and connect with Life and reminds us that the time to do so is NOW.
Land trusts are non-profit organizations that are doing critical work to conserve and restore land and protect it from development. They work in rural, urban and suburban areas at the national, regional and local levels, helping people to protect their land. Most land trusts rely on donations from individuals, businesses and other organizations. They are often grant-funded and fueled by volunteer labor. As of 2016, land trusts in the U.S. had protected over 56 million acres, which is double the area of all the land in national parks in the lower 48!
Making a donation to a land trust in the area where your loved ones live is a great gift idea as you’ll be helping protect habitat that impacts them directly. You can find all land trusts in a given area by entering a zipcode on this page by the Land Trust Alliance.
Bringing your own bags to the grocery store or farmer’s market is becoming more commonplace, but how do you package up naked produce or bulk items? Easy: reusable cloth bags! They come in many sizes, they’re durable and washable, and they keep produce fresher in the fridge compared to plastic bags.
We found some bags we like from Organic Cotton Mart. They’re priced between $2 and $4 each depending on the size, and they come in mesh and solid muslin versions, as well as some made for straining nut milk. The bags have the tare weight printed on the tag for ease of obtaining accurate product weight. Each bag has a cinchable string at the top to pull it shut.