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Eco-Friendly Gifts: Sustainable and Environmental Gift Ideas

July 7, 2022

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According to the EPA, an estimated 292.4 million tons of solid garbage accumulates each year. While this is a staggering number, we can combat this statistic with a bit of mindfulness by taking small actions in our everyday lives. Communities and companies alike can benefit from making solid commitments to minor adjustments that help move the needle toward a more environmentally friendly and sustainable world. 


One way we can begin this journey is by celebrating special occasions with eco-conscious gifts. Here are a few of our favorite eco-friendly gift ideas for employees, clients, and colleagues that demonstrate appreciation while preserving the environment.

11 Sustainable Gift Ideas for Stronger Relationships

It doesn’t have to be difficult to find sustainable gifts. With Packed with Purpose’s expertly curated collection, sustainability is top of mind: Our boxes are 100% recyclable and produced with planet-friendly inks and materials. Each of the following sustainable gift ideas includes an artistic Impact Booklet, printed on FSC Certified paper, highlighting the stories behind our Impact Partners and their mission-focused work in communities nationwide.


Our environmentally friendly gifts are made to change people’s lives, transform communities, and protect the planet while demonstrating how much you care about the person you send a gift to.


1. A Sweet Thanks Deluxe 


In this sustainably supportive collection, you can give a special thanks to someone in your life who deserves it. With these eco-friendly options, both the giver and recipient can feel good about giving (or receiving)  with minimal environmental impact. From delicious cookies that protect Monarch butterfly migration to small-batch shortbreads crafted from fresh ingredients in Northern California, the sustainable impact can be made around the globe through this delightful “thank you.”   

  • Rosemary and Sea Salt Caramels
  • All-natural Ida Red Apple Chips
  • Milk Chocolate-covered Graham Crackers
  • Preservative-Free Cinnamon Granola Clusters
  • Dark Chocolate Pecan Toffee  
  • Butter and Pecan Mexican Wedding Cookies
  • Chocolate-Covered Espresso Beans 
  • Meyer Lemon Shortbread


 2. Home Office Collection 


Ideal for the event attendee, new team member, or remote worker, this stylish collection sets anyone up for success. With a funky repurposed vinyl record notebook, tumbler to keep their drink at the perfect temperature, screen wipes for pristine devices and a little mid-afternoon snack, they’ll feel recognized while helping to reduce single-use plastics and upcycle materials in a meaningful way.

  • Port Tumbler Black Shadow (10 oz)
  • Recycled Vinyl Record Notebook
  • Quick-Dry Screen Cleansing Cloths
  • Organic 70% Extra Dark Chocolate Bar


3. Women’s Empowerment Essentials 


Looking for a gift for the inspirational woman in your life? These fashionable, eco-friendly gifts for “her” include a charcoal zip purse, a cheery mug, calming lavender lip balm, and a handmade soy candle to brighten her day. Each product empowers women, from assisting survivors of human trafficking, addiction, and prostitution to offering job development for women in underresourced communities. Family, friends, and colleagues will love this socially conscious and eco-friendly gift. 

  • Charcoal-Colored Organic Cotton Canvas Pouch with Eco-Friendly Leather Zipper Pull (8.5″ x 5″)
  • Handcrafted Soy Candle in Aluminum Travel Tin (White Tea Aroma)
  • Lavender-Scented Lip Balm with Organic Shea Butter and Sweet Almond oil
  • Reusable Ceramic Terrazzo Cream Mug with Soft Silicone Sleeve


4. Healthy Snacks (Petite)


When you are having trouble on how to get started with picking the right healthy snack and don’t want to be overburdened with too many options, try this! This petite-and-delicious curation supports food insecurities and disparities awareness, job opportunities for displaced refugees from the country of Georgia, and much more while serving a tasty and healthy assortment to refuel their day.

  • All-Natural Plant-Based Banana Snack Bar
  • Crisp Granny Smith Apple Chips
  • Whole-Ingredient Chocolate Chip and Nut Bar
  • Roasted Chickpeas with Sea Salt

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Send your friends, family, or colleagues one of the most unique, eco-friendly gifts. At Packed with Purpose, we’ve combined a traditional cedar wood notebook with a black precision-point pen to lend even more elegance to the written word. From coffee to wine, a stylish, double-insulated travel tumbler allows them to carry their favorite beverage along for the ride—and keeps it hot or cold. They’ll feel appreciated with this eco-friendly gift that supports reforestation and reduces single-use plastics. 

  • USA-Made, Handcrafted Wood Journal (6″ x 9″)
  • Quick Drying Fine Point Black Pen
  • Insulated and Reusable Stainless Steel Black Beverage Tumbler


6. Brighten Their Day at Home

Surprise family, friends, or your favorite homebody with a gift to encourage relaxation and leisure with this planet-friendly combination of fun and flavor. This eco-friendly box is great for all ages, combining fun activities and sustainable snacks. They’ll appreciate the thought and the fact that these products come from zero-waste production methods, protect millions of acres of wilderness and waterways, and more.  

  • All-Ages National Parks Coloring Book
  • Set of 6 Sustainably-Produced Colored Pencils
  • Eco-friendly Deck of Playing Cards
  • Whole-Fruit Mix of Red Apple, Peach, and Persimmon
  • Organic Dark Chocolate Bar with Sea Salt


7. You Got This! (Brandable Stress Ball)


Make them feel important wherever their workday magic takes place. This precisely-portioned gift includes savory vegan braid pretzels, a chocolatey granola bar, delicious sweet tea biscuits, and a plush stress ball perfect for meeting musings. This encouraging gift supports employment for adults on the autism spectrum, empower girls in underresourced communities, and more, making it ideal for welcoming teams back to the office or rewarding remote colleagues. 

  • Plush Foam Stress Ball 
  • Vegan Butter Braid Garlic and Onion Pretzels
  • All-Natural Plant-Based Banana Snack Bar
  • Lightly Sweet Tea Biscuits with Toasted Oats 
  • Small-batch Chocolate Chunk Granola Bar
  • Organic, Fair-Trade Dark Roast Coffee


8.  Fun & Functional 


Looking for a fun gift that can serve some purpose? In this collection, healthy doesn’t have to be boring, sustainability is top of mind, and delight is a guarantee. With a just-right selection of earth-friendly and planet-positive snacks, this collection is not only delicious but cares for the environment, repurposes plastic and food waste, and provides the perfect happy snacking experience. 

  • Organic Thick-Cut Sea Salt Potato Chips
  • Allergen-Free Chocolate Chips Cookies
  • All-Natural Peppermint Chewing Gum
  • Recycled Vinyl Record Notebook- (6″ x 8″)


9. Gluten & Nut Free Vegan Treats 


Around 6% of Americans are vegan (with the numbers steadily increasing), 6% are gluten intolerant, and approximately 2% have a related nut allergy. But wow-worthy snack gifts aren’t limited to gluten, nut, and non-vegan options. This selection is perfect for those looking to gift snacks that adhere to their teams’ or colleagues’ preferences/conditions. In addition, snacks such as whole-ingredient energy bars and red apple chips work to support veterans, provide opportunities for displaced refugees, and more. Cheers to all-inclusive and eco-friendly snacking!   

  • All-Natural Ida Red Apple Chips
  • Allergen-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Cocoa, Date, and Tahini Energy Snack Bites
  • Sustainably Harvested Heirloom Popcorn with Sea Salt


10. Virtual Swag Bag 


The perfect curation to fit the virtual occasion! Fight burnout and refuel their day with this selection of delicious snacks, refreshing beverages, and a stylish notebook. Each sustainable item keeps the planet in mind while curating the perfect gifting experience for remote and in-person employees, conference attendees, or anyone who could use a boost. 

  • Sparkling Water Bottle in 100% Recyclable Aluminum Can
  • Sustainably Harvested Heirloom Popcorn with Truffle Seasoning
  • Small-Batch Chocolate Chunk Granola Bar
  • Direct Trade Medium Roast Coffee Packet
  • Water-Resistant Softcover Notebook (5.25” x 8.25”)


11. Positive Vibes


Nothing cheers up a day quite like unwrapping a thoughtful gift. Our Positive Vibes box is designed to do just that in an eco-friendly and sustainable way. This good-feels assortment comes complete with bright tea, a cheery ceramic mug, delectable snacks and an indoor-friendly Bonsai kit— a symbol of harmony and balance. Not only will your recipient feel the love, but they’ll also love the fact that this joyful gift supports youth entrepreneurship, anti-hunger initiatives, women and AAPI-owned businesses, and much more.

  • Organic Herbal Tea Blend in 10 Biodegradable Sachets
  • Lightly Sweet, Toasted Oats Tea Biscuits 
  • Organic Farm-Fresh Strawberry Jam 
  • Bonsai Tree Seed Grow Kit
  • Reusable Ceramic Terrazzo-Style Mug with Lid and Soft Silicone Sleeve 

Give a Sustainable Gift with Purpose

If you’re looking for sustainable gifts, Packed with Purpose offers a wide range of curated options that help preserve the environment in myriad ways. From potato chips that champion restorative agriculture, notebooks that support reforestation efforts, to carbon-neutral crackers, our gifts are more than just the contents inside! 

Contact us today to find a gift that not only delights your recipient but also supports our planet Earth’s health and vibrancy.