Sustainable Shopping and DIY Gifts

Sustainable Shopping and DIY Gifts

December 03, 2019

December 2, 2019

by Ariel Maccarone

Sustainable shopping is not just about considering how your purchases impact other people and the environment. It's also about understanding how what you buy impacts your own home and wallet.

In another article I explained how my initial transition to Ethical Consumerism was motivated mostly by an urgent need to save money. I was not expecting that the most affordable items – in the long run – were the ones topping sustainable shopping guides like Good on You. I soon found companies like The Refill Shoppe which offered me the option of refilling glass jars I already had laying around with quality households items in bulk. Blogs like Body Unburdened and DIYnatural continued to shed light on this new sustainable, zero waste lifestyle. In time, my relationship with the things I bought became more nourishing – not just for my soul, but also for my wallet.   

Oprah says that one of the most valuable things you can give yourself and others is your time. Below is a list of some of my favorite DIY gifts that were both extremely affordable, easy to make, and meaningful—even if simple. Setting aside a portion of your day to make someone a gift says a lot; it says they were worth your time.  

child opening up gift

diy gift

diy beard oil

diy candle

how to make diy beeswax wraps

Other great DIY gift ideas:

  • Write a song, letter, or poem.
  • Make a drawing, painting, photograph, etc.
  • Knit something. 
  • Fix up a broken item that your friend loved.
  • Have a heart-to-heart conversation over coffee, tea, beer or whatever liquid you prefer.
If you do opt to buy holiday gifts, consider purchasing from ethical and sustainable brands. I've included a few below.

    1. Lengthening Mascara or Volumizing Mascara from Beautycounter
    2. Reusable household items from The Refill Shoppe
    3. Hoodies and sweaters from Jetty Life
    4. Starter Set of Beeswax Wraps from Mayula Eco Life

No matter how you celebrate the holidays, remember that the most important gift you can give is how you spend your time. So, spend it thoughtfully.



P.S. - Every item on Ethic has been pre-vetted to be better for people and planet!

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