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10 Sustainable Gifts Perfect For Every Person On Your Shopping List

By Desirée Kaplan

Finding the perfect gift for someone can sometimes be challenging. Finding the perfect sustainable gift can be even trickier, especially given the many layers of making a purchase. Not only is it important to consider the background of the company, ranging from the way their workers are treated to how they source their materials, but how useful and eco-friendly the purchase itself is can require a hefty amount of research to determine. Then, factors like the packaging, wrapping, and even delivery of the item are up for assessment. 

Luckily, as companies both big and small become more eco-conscious, more and more places are making their eco-conscious practices apparent from the start. If you're ever unsure of a company's practices, check out their "About" pages or FAQs, or consider reaching out to a representative either in-person or online. Product descriptions often mention specifics, too! As time goes on, the more consumers request this information, the more providers are ready and willing to provide it, making shopping for an eco-friendly gift that much easier.

And to get you started with some awesome ideas, here are ten sustainable gift ideas for your friends and loved ones.

1. For the eco-conscious host.

Heading to a dinner party and want to give the host something other than the standard bottle of wine? Bring a Pinot Noir from Fetzer, the first zero waste winery. This company uses renewable agriculture practices and all of its cultivated land is certified sustainable. They've also taken steps to reduce their carbon footprint and become the first American winery to be certified CarbonNeutral by Natural Capital Partners. Pick up a bottle for $11.49.

2. For the new parents in your life.

Milkbarn Swaddle Blankets are perfect for bundling the newest addition to any family. These 47” x 47” sustainable cloths are packaged in a kraft box and made with 100% Certified Organic Cotton. Send a bundle of love for $27. If the parents are overwhelmed and seem like they also need a gift for themselves, see #1 above.

3. For your favorite dog lover.

How many times a day does your dog smile at you? #adopt #rescue

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Found My Animal is a Brooklyn based company that combines animal welfare with principles of good design. The company promotes animal adoption and encourages pets owners to rescue when it comes to adding new furry members to their family. Leashes in particular are wonderful a gift for any dog owner because almost everyone legally needs one! Dog are generally required by law to be on leashes in most municipalities, so why not help a great cause at the same time? These leashes start at $54.