Sustainable Gift Ideas for Colleagues
November 24, 2020 • 2 min read
With the start of a new year, and new decade looming before us, help your desk mate get excited for 2020 with these sustainable, thoughtful and fun gift ideas. We’re sharing sustainable gift ideas for colleagues that have been curated and hand-selected for the highest quality and ethical & environmental manufacturing processes. Whether you choose to surprise them with a pair of funky, sustainable socks, or alcohol-infused popcorn, support sustainable gifting during the most indulgent time of year.
1. Aerogarden, Harvest, $99 USD
For the colleague who is always working, an Aerogarden is two gifts in one. Give them some greenery and freshness to put on their desk – a great way to relieve stress and refocus after staring at a screen all day. The Aerogarden is also a way for your busy colleague to grow their own herbs that can be used in the kitchen later on. Who knows, as a thank you, maybe they’ll make you an after-work mojito.
2. Pela, Phone Case, $39 CAD
Made in Saskatchewan, Canada, these phone cases are biodegradable as they are made from plant fibres. Available in all sizes for all phone types, give your colleague a protective barrier for their phone, and one that won’t end up in a landfill when they upgrade. Pela is also part of the 1% for the Planet initiative where they donate a percent of sales to non-profit environmental organizations.
3. Block Shop Textiles, Scarf, $120 USD
Run by two sisters in LA, Block Shop Textiles ethically makes gorgeous scarves in small batches. Their scarves are made in Jaipur, India where they work with skilled craftsmen in a manual process. Using traditional Indian block prints and vegetable dyes, this scarf will keep your colleague warm in your always-too-cold office. The brand gives back 5% of profits to the Bagru Women’s Empowerment Program.
4. Keep Cup, Espresso, $34 CAD
A great gift for your coffee-guzzling co-worker, a Keep Cup is a reusable coffee cup, saving thousands of non-recyclable cups from the landfill. Keep Cup has complied with barista standards, meaning most coffee shops will gladly use them as the sizing is right. Many shops also give a small discount to those who bring in their own cups, so your colleague wins every time.
5. WAAM Industries, Waxed Canvas Lunch Bag, $30 USD
For the colleague who loves to bring their own lunch, WAAM Industries combines the reusable lunch bag with the nostalgic yet wasteful paper bag. These lunch bags are a modern take on the traditional paper bag and are made from durable cotton canvas which is waxed with a special beeswax blend to keep it strong and long-lasting. Your colleague will definitely be the cool kid in the lunch room with this swag.
6. Bee Keeper’s Naturals, B.LXR Brain Fuel, $29.99 CAD
For those office all-nighters spent burning the midnight oil, help your colleague fuel up, naturally. Bee Keeper’s Naturals’ B.LXR is a caffeine-free, nootropic fuel that your brain needs to fight brain fog, hack productivity, and naturally support memory, focus and energy. Bee Keeper’s sustainably hand-harvests their bee products, and the founder, Carly is a tireless advocate for the preservation of the waning global bee population.
7. Eatable Inc., Connoisseur’s Tasting Flight, $30-45 CAD – use code FORAGE5 for $5 off
Eatable Inc creates alcohol infused popcorn that will make work so much more fun. Eatable only uses all-natural ingredients, no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, making them one of the cleanest yet most flavourful popcorn brands on the market. The popcorn is made with locally-sourced (Ontario), Non-GMO kernels, where traceability is clear. Eatable uses wines sourced from the Niagara region for their Champagne and Merlot flavours. Your colleague will love the Connoisseur’s Tasting Flight where they can pop the bubbly on a Friday night, and your boss will never know.
8. Joya, Elevate Loose Leaf Herbal Tea, $42 USD
Help your caffeine-addicted colleague kick their coffee habit with this invigorating tea that has all the energy-boosting properties and none of the coffee jitters. Awaken their minds to the adaptogenic power of Rhodiola and maca, earthy cacao and chicory. Loose leaf tea is the most sustainable way to drink tea and Joya is committed to environmental practices. Their containers are reusable, and they offer a 100% compostable pouch for when it’s time to refill.
9. W&P Design, Porter Ceramic Bowl, $40 USD
Say bye to BPA-leaching plastic Tupperware or wasteful zip lock bags. The Porter Bowl from W&P Design is a premium ceramic lunch bowl that features a protective silicone wrap, rigid lid, and snap-tight silicone strap. This bowl is microwave and dishwasher safe, BPA-free, FDA/LFGB approved, and Cal Prop 65 Compliant. The bowl also supports food education in New York City with a partnership with Edible Schoolyard. Your colleague will bowl over with excitement at their new strappy lunch container!
Bring some fun into the office with this winter fruit sock pack for your colleague. Made from super soft bamboo fibres, these socks are breathable, naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, and silky to the touch. That presentation might be giving them cold feet, but your gift will keep their toes toasty and breathing easy.
11. Evergreen Journals, The Habit Journal, $33 CAD – use code habitjournalgifting for 10% off
The Habit Journal by Evergreen Journals is the perfect gift for your data-loving co-worker. With a cover made from the oldest fabric in the world: linen, this biodegradable and beautiful plant-fibre journal is filled with FSC Certified paper and made using the precise German manufacturing that habit keeping thrives on. Helping to take a habit from vision to goal, this is the perfect 2021 resolution accountability tool that actually keeps your colleague on track.
12. Papaya Reusables, Water Bottle, $50 CAD
Help your colleague to reduce their waste when they commute (whether to the office or the couch) by gifting them a fun reusable from Papaya Reusables. Designed in collaboration with a group of artists, Papaya is redefining typical reusables to include whimsy. With BPA-free water bottles that keep drinks cold for 54 hours and warm for 36, and reusable plastic tote bags (lunch spill anyone?), your co-worker can sip on that Monday coffee they never got a chance to drink.
13. Libro.FM, Audio Book Subscription, $14.99 USD/month
For your bibliophile co-worker, a subscription to Libro.fm is an ideal gift. While more popular audio book subscriptions like Audible are owned by Amazon, Libro.fm is independent and helps support local bookstores by making it possible for you to purchase audiobooks through them. Choose their membership duration, or opt for an à la carte listening experience. This gift will seamlessly take them from audit season to audio szn.
14. The Roasted Nut Company, Holiday Gift Box, $45 CAD
Hitting on our sense of nostalgia, The Roasted Nut Company is aiming to provide healthy snacks that taste indulgent. With a dry roasting process, these nuts are devoid of frying and unhealthy oils. Their holiday gift boxes come with a choice of 4 roasted nut packs or 2 nut packs and 2 nut butters. Beautifully designed, this gift box is tasteful, delicious and will be loved by the nuttiest of colleagues.
15. Drizzle, Honey, $17.99 CAD
Sweeten up the work day by gifting your co-worker some ethical Canadian honey. Drizzle bees collect pollen from remote, pristine fields, reducing the exposure to pesticides and gaining access to diverse, floral sources and nutrients. The taste is noticeably different. Drizzle ensures the protection of our vital bee populations, beekeepers and farmers, all of whom work to safeguard the health of our environment. One swish of this honey in your colleague’s tea and they’ll be as buzy as ever.
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