Stuffing Stockings this holiday season? Skip the trinkets on aisle five and check out these eco-friendly stocking stuffers sure to make the whole family smile.
If you’re like us, you’re tired of all the plastic junk that lines aisle after aisle of just about every store you see this time of year. And, let’s face it…who wants to fill their kids’ stockings with all that junk, only to be dumped on Christmas morning and creating havoc for your child’s body and the environment?
Plastic pollution is a serious problem, and unfortunately, much of the stocking stuffer ideas we see out and about as we’re doing holiday shopping are just trinkets and processed foods that are going to do damage to the environment in big ways. And while we may find it completely impossible to end our plastic consumption altogether, the holidays are a time where we see big increases in quick purchases with little thought to the environment or overall benefit to our families.
We don’t want this to be the norm, and that’s why we’ve searched for eco-friendly stocking stuffers the whole family can enjoy without poisoning their bodies or the earth. Check out some of our favorites!
Earth Hero Eco-Friendly DoughWe can’t say it enough, where we put our money matters. The folks at Earth Hero feel the same, and their motto of “Choices Make Changes,” is one we love to stand behind firmly. That’s why it’s one of our favorite go-to stores when looking for eco-friendly products that are great for the environment and great for humanity. This eco-friendly dough is nothing but clean ingredients. Made with Non-GMO flour, salt, soy oil, cream of tartar, organic rosemary oil, vitamin E oil, water, citric acid, potassium sorbate, and FDA-approved Soy-based organic and inorganic pigments, you won’t have to worry about even your littlest little ingesting anything bad for her. They’re part of Earth Hero’s eco-kids craft supplies line, and they’re not just safe for kids; they’re products safe for the environment too. The packaging is printed with soy inks on FSC Certified Paper in a wind-powered factory, and the container is made from 100% recycled plastic and is recyclable itself.
Most of all, the dough is fun for kids and a perfect stocking stuffer for hours of safe play.
While you’re checking Earth Hero out, feast your eyes on this adorable little shaker set from Green Tones. It’s designed in the USA and ethically produced in India using chemical-free Rubberwood, recyclable pellets and non-toxic glue and water-based VOC-free paint. Green Tones is a certified 1% for the Planet Member, and they donate to environmental organizations worldwide. The Rubberwood trees are sustainably sourced from India. They’re near the end of their lifespans and can’t produce latex anymore, but Green Tones believes in zero waste and they’re used to make these gorgeous and clean shakers for kids of all ages. They’re packaged in recycled containers that are also recyclable and they’re free from dyes, lead or heavy metals. And really, who doesn’t love eco-friendly stocking stuffers that also help your little one’s cognitive development bloom?
When these appear in our stockings, the whole family goes wild! They’re the perfect take-along for hikes or campouts and they are the perfect size for purposed stocking stuffers. More, we love the mission of the ladies behind LifeStraw. Alison Hill and Tara Lundy make public health and service their purpose in life. They guide a global team of bad-ass women in Research and Development with a focus on safety and clean water for all. These moms go across the world fighting for clean water for families everywhere, and they donate tremendous amounts of their time, talents and resources in natural disaster situations like Hurricane Dorian. Every purchase of a LifeStraw product gives an ENTIRE YEAR of clean water, health and hygiene education for a child in a developing country. ONE WHOLE YEAR, people. And LifeStraw is a Climate Neutral Brand that works to save the planet as they help save people. We can’t love these mamas enough, and you’re doing great things for families everywhere–yours included–when you stuff stockings with LifeStraw!
This gorgeous set of mindfulness activities from Barefoot Books is incredible. The activities help your children start their day and find calm in a mindful way, giving attention to focus and opening their hearts to the world. They teach children (of all ages) how to manage everyday emotions and build empathy with fun games, activities and meditations. We also love Global Kids cards—games, crafts and recipes from around the world that teach children about different cultures and traditions with hands-on and easy-to-follow activities. They show how we are all special, yet we all share so much in common. Another favorite is Yoga Pretzels, which are cards that parents and kids can do together to enjoy quality time together. The folks at Barefoot Books are all about sustainability and giving back, and we’re all about these cards that do that in such a beautiful way!
Back on the subject of straws…we’ve found an eco-friendly stocking stuffer that is pretty unique and saves the earth too. It’s a reusable, collapsible straw that comes in a cute carrying case you can attach to your keyring so that you always have it with you. FinalStraw works to help find a solution to the very critical plastic pollution problem, and since their launch last year, they’ve helped eliminate nearly 70-million single-use straws from coming into the environment. They are also members of 1% For The Planet and support plastic awareness campaigns, children’s educational programs and plastic policy and legislation. Pop these into every family member’s stocking and help reduce plastic consumption every day.
Stuff, stuff, stuff. We have so much stuff. As more of us decide to give gifts that give experiences, we find ourselves needing less ‘stuff’ and more ‘gear.’ That’s why we love these snow goggles from Spy Optic. They’re a Southern California based company that takes care of your eyes, and if you’re considering winter wonderland adventures this holiday season (instead of more stuff), you’ll want to be sure your eyes and your kiddos’ eyes are covered. Spy Optic is a family of athletes and artists who use harness blue-light in their optical artistry with their Happy Lens technology. They know that exposure to long-wave blue light can positively affect mood and energy, and so their Happy Lenses protect from short-wave blue light but use long-wave blue light efficiently! Play on!
The founder of Four Organics Lip Balm got tired of trying to pronounce the names of all the chemicals in lip products and decided to take us back to the days when you could pronounce the ingredients. And the ones you couldn’t? Well, let’s just keep those for the car! FOUR organic lip balms only have four organic, sustainable ingredients: Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Peppermint Oil and Beeswax. Yep, that’s where FOUR comes from, and those four ingredients have no preservatives, toxic ingredients and are not tested on animals. Perfect for the stockings of all you know and love!
Going over the river and through the woods to Grandma’s house this holiday season? You will love these conversation cards! They’re a great mix of age-appropriate questions to get conversations between parents and kids really going. Some questions are funny, others are thought-provoking and offer deeper topic discussions, but they’re great for all the family members. They are awesome for helping develop and encourage questioning civilly and respectfully, and they can be fun ice-breakers at functions or parties. Instead of hours on a screen in the car, how about hours of conversations you never knew you were missing? There are 150 cards, and the talking points are endless.
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