• Sophia-Joelle Oswald

Eco-Friendly Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

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People don’t often take the time to research brands and products. This is not because they don’t care, but because it is time-consuming and frustrating. Finding the perfect gift for your partner is already a challenge but trying to do so sustainably is even more difficult. It’s always easier to buy the first thing you see online. But knowing you chose a gift that is eco-friendly can make giving that much more rewarding.


Humankind is a brand of personal care products that were specifically designed to reduce single-use plastic waste. Their products are packaged in a way that doesn’t further harm the planet. Earth-friendly methods are used in creating all of their products so you won’t be limited to just a few options.

Beard Tonic from Herbivore Botanicals

This tonic smells of cedar and citrus and works to nourish facial hair. It even moisturizes the skin under the beard. This is a natural, vegan, cruelty-free, clean, and synthetic-free product. This brand features tons of other natural products as well.


GOT BAG understands the danger of plastic that winds up in our oceans. According to the site, eight million tons of plastic end up in the ocean each year. This brand turns this plastic waste into sustainable travel gear. They have a variety of items ranging from bags to hoodies. I especially love the ROLLTOP Backpack!

Vegan Candles

The great thing about candles is that many brands have vegan options. You can even find some on Amazon, which makes them even easier to purchase. I tend to find my natural candles on Etsy. You can even experiment with making your own. Most of the items necessary to create a candle can be found around your home. You primarily need a container, a wick, vegan glue, candle wax, and some essential oils.

Girlfriend Collective Leggings

Each pair of Compressive High-Rise Leggings from Girlfriend Collective are made from 25 recycled water bottles. They are stylish and flattering while also being flexible and squat-proof. These are great for working out or just lounging around the house. What is extra cool about this brand is their ReGirlfriend option, offering a way to recycle them if you decide to move on to different leggings in the future. You’ll find other sustainable activewear on their site in a variety of colors.

Cariloha Bamboo Bathrobe

These robes are cozy, soft, and unisex. They will make you feel luxurious but also comfortable. They are made from an eco-friendly bamboo fiber blend and are hypoallergenic. These are versatile but especially perfect for a day at the pool or the spa.

Tentree Burney Hoodie

These hoodies are comfortable and stylish and are made up of organic cotton and recycled polyester. The recycled polyester uses discarded plastic bottles from landfills. This hoodie is fitted and comes in a variety of colors. What’s great about this brand is with every item purchased they plant 10 trees.

Pela Cases

This brand began with the intention of creating a waste-free future, developing the first compostable phone case. They also have AirPod cases, smartwatch bands, and other phone accessories. They come in a variety of colors and no matter what item you decide to purchase you’ll know it’s eco-friendly.

Zero Waste Starter Kit: The Works

This is a great option if the loved one in your life has mentioned wanting to begin a zero waste journey but doesn’t know where to start. It contains a water bottle, tumbler with a straw or a glass and cork cup, bamboo utensils, a package-free stainless steel straw, a tote bag, two produce bags, two airtight stainless steel containers, a bamboo toothbrush, and a variety pack of beeswax food wrap.

Blooming Lollipops

These lollipops are to be enjoyed until the stick is all that’s left. Within the stick, there are seeds, meaning you can plant it and grow an herb or flower. After taking care of it for a few months you’ll have an edible plant. These lollipops come in a variety of flavors, one being lavender-lemongrass.

Some other items you can find in a variety of brands include stainless steel water bottles, stainless steel or silicone straws, reusable K-Cups, or refillable pens. You might even be able to thrift your whole gift from a used book store, thrift store, or an online Marketplace. Subscriptions and donations in your loved one's name can make great gifts as well. If you find something tangible, try to use recyclable or compostable wrapping paper. In our society we can only do so much with the options we are given, but a little effort goes a long way!

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