Eco-Friendly Gifts: Sustainable and Environmental Gift Ideas

April 10, 2022


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 one another with eco-friendly gifts. Here are a few of our favorite eco-friendly gift ideas that demonstrate love and appreciation not just for your loved one but also for the environment.

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It doesn’t have to be difficult to find sustainable gifts. Packed With Purpose’s carefully curated collection has something for anyone who seems to have it all! You can feel good about gifting one of our curated items since they are all of the finest quality and beautifully packed in environmentally friendly gift boxes. Each of our sustainable gift ideas includes an artistic booklet that highlights the stories behind our intentional purveyors and our gifts’ impact on communities nationwide.


Our environmentally friendly gifts are made to change people’s lives, improve communities, and protect the planet while demonstrating how much you care about the person you’re honoring.


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 appreciated while enjoying products with minimal impact on the environment. From organic mango slices that support fair supply chains and farms in sub-Saharan Africa to shortbread cookies that source ingredients from local Northern California farmers, the sustainable impact can be made around the globe through this delightful “thank you.”   

  • 8 pc caramel cylinder (rosemary & sea salt)
  • Organic Dried Mango (2 oz)
  • Chocolate Pretzel Twists, 5 oz
  • Original Recipe Granola Snack (2 oz)
  • Pecan Toffee (2 oz) – red
  • Salted Rosemary Shortbread – Large Box (6 oz)
  • Chocolate-Covered Espresso Beans (6 oz)
  • Meyer Lemon Shortbread, 4 oz


 2. Home Office Collection 


For the remote worker in your life, this collection is a perfect starter kit for finishing up business proposals and indulging in a snack along the way. With a funky repurposed vinyl record notebook and a tumbler to keep their drink at the perfect temperature, they’ll feel recognized while helping to reduce single-use plastics and upcycle materials in style.

  • Port Tumbler Black Shadow (10 oz)
  • Packed with Purpose LP Journal – (6″ x 8″)
  • Screen Wipes (3.75’’x4.75’’)
  • Chocolate Mini Cookies (6 oz)


3.  Women’s Empowerment Essentials 


It can be challenging to purchase gifts for the remarkable and strong woman in your life. Finding the ideal present can be especially hard if you’re buying for a sibling, your wife, or a colleague. These fashionable, eco-friendly gifts for “her” include a charcoal zip purse, 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 underserved regions. Family, friends, and colleagues will love this socially conscious and eco-friendly gift. It comes in a recyclable signature box and includes the following items:

  • Charcoal-colored organic cotton canvas pouch with an eco-friendly leather zipper pull (8.5″ x 5″)
  • 4 oz. handcrafted soy candle in a travel tin with a white tea aroma
  • Lavender-scented lip balm with organic shea butter and sweet almond oil


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 diverse selection supports food insecurities and disparities awareness, refugee aid, and so much more while still serving as a tasty and healthy assortment to refuel their day.

  • S’mores Snack Bar (1.23 oz)
  • Granny Smith Apple Chips (1.06 oz)
  • Dark Chocolate Chip Bar (1.4 oz)
  • Natural Fruit Strips – Passionfruit (0.35 oz)
  • Cruncherz Roasted Chickpeas Sea Salt, 0.75 oz.

Sustainable Luxuries  


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. Each item is wrapped in our eco-friendly packaging. A purpose box is included in the package. Inside they’ll receive:

  • A handcrafted traditional wood journal made in the United States (6″ x 9″)
  • A fine point pen in black that dries quickly and resists smudges
  • A 10 oz. black insulated stainless steel beverage tumbler with a detachable sipping top


6. Snacks for Two  


A study from Oxford University found that food sharing and eating with other people can support mental health and living happier. Food brings us all together and with this collection, you can share favorites like truffle popcorn, chocolate espresso cookies, and apple cinnamon bites during your lunch break, picnic, or for any casual hangout. With the environment in mind, this sustainable collection supports a healthier lifestyle, food equality initiatives, and agricultural biodiversity.  

  • Raspberry Seed-based Bar (1.23 oz)
  • Chocolate Espresso Cookies 2pk. (1.4 oz)
  • Original Oatcakes 1.2 oz
  • Truffle Pipcorn (1 oz)
  • Apple Cinnamon Bites (1.6 oz)
  • Original Recipe Granola Snack (2 oz)


7.  Anytime Employee Appreciation 


Make them feel important wherever their workday magic takes place. Redefine break time with this eco-friendly deck of playing cards, which provides team members with a lasting reminder of your kindness and sense of camaraderie. This precisely portioned gift includes heirloom popcorn, chocolate espresso cookies, and a delicious s’mores snack bar, as well as a couple of our favorite treats in snackable sizes. These tasty goods assist famine relief initiatives, help provide career opportunities for marginalized women and tackle economic injustice in food-based allergies, making them ideal for welcoming teams back to the office or rewarding remote colleagues. This gift comes in a recyclable signature box and includes the following items:

  • Playing cards that are beneficial to the environment
  • S’mores snack bar made from seeds, The Top 8 Allergen-Free Foods
  • Chocolate biscuits with an espresso smidgeon (2-pk.)
  • Sea salt heirloom popcorn, sustainably sourced, 1 oz.
  • 2 pcs. lightly sweet tea cookies with toasted oat layers and a touch of salt


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 delightment 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. 

  • Sea Salt Potato Chips (1 oz)
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies 1 oz
  • Straw-Peary Snack (3 oz.)
  • Packed with Purpose LP Journal – (6″ x 8″)


9. Gluten & Nut Free Vegan Treats 


Around 6% of Americans are vegan (with the numbers steadily increasing), 6% of Americans are gluten intolerant, and around 2% have a related nut allergy. These numbers altogether show that love for snacking shouldn’t have to be compromised due to dietary restrictions. This selection is perfect for those looking to gift snacks that adhere to their loved ones or colleagues’ preferences/conditions. As an addition, snacks such as lemon poppy bar and red apple chips work to fight hunger, food waste, and homelessness relief for communities. Cheers to all inclusive and eco-friendly snacking!   

  • Ida Red Apple Chips (1.06 oz)
  • S’mores Snack Bar (1.23 oz)
  • Warrior Bites (2-pk)
  • Sea Salt Pipcorn (1 oz)
  • Lemon Poppy Snack Bar (1.4 oz)


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 stylish notebooks. Each sustainable item keeps the planet in mind while curating the perfect gifting experience for employees, conference attendees both remote and in-person, or anyone who could use a boost. 

  • Sparkling Water Bottle (16 oz)
  • Truffle Pipcorn (1 oz)
  • The Better Bar Chocolate Chunk Granola (1.4 oz)
  • Steeped Coffee Packet (0.5 oz)
  • Ideas & Inspiration Notebook (5.25″ x 8.25″)


11. Savories & Salami  


For the meat lover who is sustainable, here is something for you. Sustainability doesn’t have to stop eating meat altogether, there are other food choices to make meaningful change for yourself and the planet. Popular pairings and snacks that go with your meats can be sustainably sourced from local farmers and support sustainable farming practices such as beer gourmet mustard, Chi-Racha sauce, and onion crisps to balance savory deliciousness. 

  • Amber Beer Gourmet Mustard (4 oz)
  • Mole Uncured Piccolo Salami (5 oz)
  • Caramelized Onion Crisps (6 oz)
  • Chi-Racha Sauce, 5 oz
  • BBQ Potato Chips (1 oz)

Give a Gift with Purpose that Raises Awareness for the Environment 

If you’re looking for sustainable gifts, Packed with Purpose offers carefully curated gifts that protect our environment and work to support those in need. Every single one of our gifts has been carefully selected to have an impact. For example, we sell decadent chocolates to support job training for survivors of domestic violence, notebooks crafted from sustainably produced wood to support forestry efforts, crisp granola to help fund individuals who have been incarcerated, and so on. Contact us today to find a gift that not only delights your recipient, but supports the health and vibrancy of our planet Earth.