Stockings are an absolute FAVORITE part of Christmas. I know that might sound nuts, but some folks grow up looking forward to their stocking the most. Normally stockings are filled with gift cards and chocolate, and I mean… what could be better than that!?
Opening the Christmas stocking on Christmas morning is an important part of many family Christmas traditions. Perhaps your Christmas stocking is a gorgeous, hand-sewn and embroidered confection that only appears at Christmas time. Many stockings are hung up all season as part of the decorating and on Christmas morning appear, stuffed to overflowing, at the foot of the tree. Even in homes where Santa and Father Christmas don’t make an appearance, Christmas stockings still show up under the tree or at the foot of the bed on Christmas morning.
A lot of conventional stocking stuffers involve quite a bit of plastic or are trinkets and gadgets that often find their way to the landfill. You can avoid that this year by choosing a few sustainable stocking stuffers instead! And, don’t feel like you have to buy a BUNCH of stuffers, usually 5-7 items is the perfect amount.
I wanted to create an easy guide so you can find a few perfect gifts that will easily slide into a stocking on Christmas morning, and so you can potentially have an alternative to Amazon if you so choose.
If you’re looking forward to stuffing stockings this year, I’ve rounded up some zero waste and eco-friendly stocking stuffers so you can ditch plastic trinkets and gadgets for some of these zero waste, ethical alternatives.
Last Swab: LastSwab is a reusable, sustainable and sanitary alternative to cotton swabs, buds, and Q-tips. It helps combat the billions of single-use cotton swabs that are produced every day. You can check out our podcast interview with their team here also.
Alaya Tea: Grown at the base of the Himalayas, Darjeeling tea is known as the Champagne of tea. These leaves take on the unique terroir of the mountainous region, producing a delicate, floral tea meant to be savored slowly -- a true luxury.
Earth Cardholder: A slim limited-edition wallet in pineapple leaf fiber. Features 2 credit card slots. Store cash, cards, and more sustainably.
Working to Restore: Harnessing the Power of Business to Heal the Earth: (Pre-order) In Working to Restore, reporter Esha Chhabra draws on her decades of reporting on sustainability to highlight pioneering grassroots entrepreneurs building a new blueprint for business in the 21st century. Working all around the globe, they are obsessed with rethinking, restructuring, and regenerating. For these entrepreneurs, it’s about the process -- how was it made, by whom, using what resources, with what materials – and the problems those processes work to alleviate.
HPC Small Accessories: Our small accessories at HPC are the perfect stocking stuffer. From face masks to small wallets, you’ll be giving the gift that keeps on giving.
The Altruistic Capitalist: (Pre-order) The Altruistic Capitalist is a nonfiction book that speaks to leaders, social entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, creators, and innovators who want to change the conversation and relationship between business, our people, and the planet. You will love this book if you believe we can’t rely on governments and non-profit organizations alone to solve the social and environmental problems that we face, and that we need to act now.
Earth Bag Standard: Simple backpack in recycled plastic bottles and recycled billboards. Features an outer pocket for smaller tech items. No two bags are ever the same. This bag will carry you essentials in its large main compartment. Fit a 13-inch laptop with ease.
QueBottle: Enjoy your coffee, tea, water, or whatever your drink with our Insulated Bottle with a ceramic interior! Made with a double steel wall that will keep your drinks up to 24 hours cold and 12 hours hot. Plus our ceramic interior will make sure they taste the way they’re supposed to! Our podcast interview with them is here. :)
Earth Shirts: Wear a classic v-neck shirt around the house or out for errands. Each shirt is made from 50% recycled plastic water bottles and 50% organic cotton. 100% comfy.
I hope you found this eco-friendly stocking stuffer guide useful and inspiring as you transition to a greener holiday season!