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December 1, 2021

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12 holiday gifts that support ethical online shopping

Reviewed by Elizabeth Kocan | Published Dec 1, 2021

USA Today - 12 holiday gifts that support ethical online shopping

The holiday season is upon us, and for most people, that means a season of festivities, fun, and, of course, gifts. There are plenty of presents you can give that say “I love you” to your friends and family, from personalized gifts to gifts for woodworkers, even gifts under $50.

But, what about gifts for people who are concerned about consumption and waste during the season?

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Americans use 4.6 million pounds of wrapping paper alone (to say nothing of all the shipping boxes and packaging associated with online purchases), and much of that can’t be recycled.

The toy industry is one of the biggest producers of plastic in the world, much of which will never be recycled and can potentially contain harmful additives like PVC and lead.

All of this is to say, while Christmas brings us joy in many ways, the holiday season can also wreak havoc on our environment, and the brands we choose can make a difference. Here are some suggestions on sustainable and ethical products anyone can enjoy.




3. Wrappily eco-friendly reversible wrapping paper

This gift wrap is made of recycled newsprint

Wrapping gifts is a rite of passage at the holidays, but all that gift wrap, which is often full of glitter and foil, and topped with plastic ribbon, does a number on the environment. If you’re not the type who wants to make your own gift wrap out of old brown bags, this reindeer wrapping paper is not only made of recycled newsprint, but it’s fully recyclable, and it’s got designs printed on both sides so you can get even more use out of it before you toss it.