If you strive to live a green lifestyle, you may be looking for ways to make your holidays more eco-friendly this year while shopping for gifts for family and friends. As you stroll the mall or surf the web, it’s a bit easier this year to find unique gifts made with reused or recycled plastics that can help you put a bit of “green” under the tree. Here are some ideas:
Fashion- and eco-conscious moms may like a chic, sophisticated handbag; consider one made with repurposed truck and tractor tire inner tubes (often made using plastics) for a unique gift. A simpler but stylish tote bag made with recycled plastics could be useful for the busy mom. Active moms may appreciate a new pair of athletic shoes made with recycled plastics. For the environmentally minded mom (or dad) who enjoys cooking, there’s an ever growing selection of distinctive, colorful kitchenware made with recycled plastics.
Give Dad a stylish, recycled-plastics messenger bag to carry his essentials; choose from a variety of types to suit his style, from sporty to sophisticated. For the tech-savvy dad, a colorful, durable computer tablet case made with repurposed neoprene plastic (the same material used to make wetsuits!) could make a great gift. Or tell Dad it’s time to toss the old, worn-out wallet for a simple, classic wallet that looks like leather but actually is made with recycled-plastic bags.
For the Kids
Got a toy truck lover at home? Recycled-plastic trucks come in several different types and colors to please most kids. Is a small someone looking to host princess tea parties? Construct the next Empire State Building? Bake the world’s best pizza? A recycled-plastic tea set, tool set, or pizza parlor set can encourage kids to be imaginative while also benefiting the environment. If your child is looking for a new “best friend” this holiday season, a cuddly stuffed animal made with recycled-plastic fabric and stuffing may be a good little buddy to snuggle with under the covers.
For The Home
There are many options out there to help spruce up a home with a dash of green. Recycled plastic picture frames and decorative boxes can add character to many rooms. A decorative, recycled-plastic rug can liven up a dull space and add a bit of warmth. And for creative types, check out a recycled-plastic lamp with a shade that can be molded into varying shapes: it’s really a custom sculpture that can shed light in a personalized, eco-savvy way. What about the pets? Perhaps pamper your furry friends with a mat, blanket or cushion that is both comfy and made with soft recycled plastics.