17 Zero Waste Gift Ideas for Environmentalists

What better way to make an environmentalist happy than by giving him or her a zero waste gift? Whether your dear environmentalist is young or old, a boy or a girl, you’ll find something just right for them on our list of zero waste gift ideas. So, without further ado, let’s get right on to it!

1. Bamboo Cutlery

Bamboo cutlery lasts for months. Bamboo spoons, knives, and forks don’t absorb bacteria and are easy to clean. They’re perfect for camping or hiking trips as well as for home use. Plus, they look pretty cool.

2. Safety Razor

Safety razors aren’t as hard to use as some people think. And anyway, minimizing plastic waste is worth the effort of learning how to shave with one. Choose a safety razor that the recipient will feel proud to own, like this one.

3. All-Natural Shampoo Bar 

All-natural shampoo bars are the eco-friendly alternative to bottled shampoo. They are the perfect gift for an environmentalist who’s fond of natural hair care products.

4. Airbnb Experience

Airbnb offers experiences around the world, so you should be able to find some in your area. Sign up your friend to a pasta-making course or an aphrodisiac food creation lesson or a drumming and percussion class or—the options are almost endless!

5. Annual National Park Pass

If your dear environmentalist enjoys exploring the great outdoors, an annual national park pass could be an amazing gift—it offers access to over 2,000 sites all over the country.

6. Plant a Tree

Planting a tree in someone’s name is one of the best ways to reforest areas that need it the most. You’ll get a digital certificate that you can share with them.

7. Digital Concert Tickets

Do you share the same taste in music? Then get some tickets to a concert—it’s a fun gift. Just don’t get them printed, or your save-the-trees buddy may frown at you. Buy them digitally instead.

8. Audible Membership

Audiobooks are relaxing and easy on the eyes. Your environmentalist friend can listen to them on their way to work, when they’re traveling, or at home.  With an Audible membership, you don’t have to worry about choosing the right audiobook for them—they get to choose.

9. Charity Donation in Their Name

Is your friend not just an environmentalist but self-effacing as well? Make a charity donation in their name. Many charities promote eco-friendly causes, so finding one shouldn’t be too hard.

10. An Afternoon Bowling

Bowling is fun whether you do it in two or get some friends or family to tag along.

11. An Evening at the Theater

The theater can be a cool alternative to a night at the movies. Just make sure to get the tickets in a digital format.

12. A Bus Pass

Did your environmentalist just ditch his or her car to minimize their carbon footprint? Get them a bus pass. It will prove useful until they get an electric car. A bus pass is one of the most practical zero waste gift ideas around.

13. An eBook

Give him or her the gift of reading—but without cutting down any trees. Choose an eBook instead of the usual paperback or hardback. Most new titles today are published both digitally and in print.

14. An Online Video Course

Online video courses can teach valuable skills and are easy to follow. Whether he or she is into video courses already, the gift of a course can be more than inspired. Explore online video courses on Udemy, Lynda, or Skillshare

15. Escape Room Experience

Puzzles, mysteries, games—an escape room can be an exciting experience for both of you. Build excitement by not telling them what gift you’ve prepared for them until you reach the escape room.

16. Gym Pass

A gym pass is one of the healthiest zero waste gift ideas. It can motivate your environmentalist buddy to become more active.

17. Spa Time

Help your friend relax with a day at the spa. But research the spas around you first to make sure you choose one with sustainable practices.

There you have it—17 zero waste gift ideas for an environmentalist. We hope you enjoyed our list. Check back soon for more sustainable gift ideas that will make them say, “I literally like it!”

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