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Zero Waste Gift Baskets

Zero Waste Gift Basket Guide

November 10, 2020 Blog

Gift baskets are an excellent eco-friendly alternative to boxes with gift wrapping and gift bags. Not only do they help to reduce paper waste, but they are also durable enough to be reused as a decorative piece or a gift basket by the recipient. If you’re using a gift basket to limit waste, it only makes sense to fill it with sustainable gifts that you know your recipient will enjoy. Here are a few zero waste item ideas you can use to fill your basket with.

Plant Based Soap

Not only are plant based soaps good for your skin, but they’re also good for the Earth. There are so many soap options made by small businesses that put quality and eco-friendly ingredients over hard chemical products that big box brands use. Try adding sustainable soap option like the ones made by EarthRx to a gift basket and see what your friends say. 


Cloth Dish Towels

It might seem a little silly to give cloth dish towels as a gift, but they are so useful to have around the house.They mop up messes just as well as paper towels, but you can reuse them over and over. You’ll get bonus points for this gift if you can pick some that match your recipient’s home.



Beeswax Candles

Beeswax candles are derived from renewable sources that burn clean and don’t fill the home with toxic chemicals like their paraffin counterparts. Another added benefit of beeswax candles is you can often find them at local farmer’s markets-you can help support small businesses!


Loose Tea and Strainer

Tea is a great gift, especially in the winter! Sadly most tea produces a lot of trash either in the form of plastic wrap, paper filters, or metal staples. As an alternative to regularly packaged tea, pick up loose tea in the bulk bins at your local health food store and package it up in a glass jar. Try and find a glass container that is decorative for a little extra flare. Then add a pretty reusable strainer to round out the gift.


A Pretty Mug

A reusable coffee cup is a zero waste essential. Billions of disposable coffee cups are produced every year, most of which end up in the landfill or worse, the ocean. Instead, a reusable mug will last years and helps keep thousands of disposable cups out of our landfills.


Fabric Produce Bags

Tucking a few cotton produce bags into your gift basket may be just the boost your recipient needs to make the switch from plastic bags to cloth. They’re washing machine friendly, so you can wash them after each visit to the store or market if you wish. And they actually help keep produce fresh longer, since they’re made with breathable cotton.


Were there any gift items on this list that were new thoughts to you? Try them out this year and see what your friends and family think!

Here are a few gift basket ideas if you’re still on the hunt for the perfect containers:

If you’re looking for a classic gift basket, this is the perfect one for you!


The cloth liner on this basket is an elegant touch:


This basket has two handles that make for easy carrying: