We love the holiday season! The decorations, the giving spirit, the food – it all brightens the darker half of the year. But we also understand that the stress of the holidays can take a toll on people’s mental wellness and our planet’s health. That’s why we want to help you shop sustainably for the holidays – for you, for your loved ones, and for our planet.
Here are Free the Ocean’s top tips for an eco-friendly holiday season:
Give gifts that last.
This is one everybody can get on board with. No one wants to waste their money on a gift that is going to end up in the trash before Spring. By shopping for quality products made from sustainable materials, you are ensuring that the gifts you give continue to bring joy past the holidays.
Give unique gifts that reduce waste.
Watch out for greenwashing.
So many more people are making the environment a priority in all of the decisions they make. But it can be hard to know what purchases are genuinely having a positive impact and which companies are using superficial marketing to make consumers think it is a responsible purchase. Read labels, check for transparency, and choose brands that support ethical practices all around.
Minimize the wrappings.
Shop business that ship carbon-neutral and plastic free.
We get it. Being able to click a button and have your purchase show up at your doorstep the next day feels really convenient. But by planning ahead just a little bit and being able to wait a few extra days can reduce the carbon dioxide emissions by about 30%. Look for businesses (like Free the Ocean!) that promise carbon-neutral and plastic-free shipping options.
Amplify your impact.
While producing sustainable products and shipping them in an environmentally friendly way would be good enough, many brands take it a step further. Find companies that give back to non-profits or invest in sustainable practices. You’ll feel even better knowing that the profit is going toward making a difference.