Sustainable Gift Ideas for the Yogi
November 12, 2020 • 2 min read
We’re sharing sustainable gift ideas for the yogi that have been curated and hand-selected for the highest quality and ethical & environmental manufacturing processes. The yogi in your life is sure to appreciate a gift that benefits others in a positive way, and one that is socially-responsible. Whether you choose to surprise them with a subscription to a self-cleaning water bottle for all their international retreats, or anti-bloat pills to help keep food babies away, support sustainable gifting during the most indulgent time of year.
1. Larq, Water Bottle, $125
For your yogi friend who loves hitting up international yoga retreat, get her a Larq Water Bottle – the world’s first self-cleaning water bottle and water purification system. Using UV-C LED light to eliminate up to 99.9999% of bio-contaminants from your water and bottle, this bottle will keep her hydrated and safe as she gets her asana on deep in the jungle.
Post-yoga hair is a thing, so treat your yogi friend to a natural wooden hair brush to keep those locks in place. Tek Italy makes hair brushes and combs in Italy, using ash wood that is 100% FSC Certified, finished by hand and treated with linseed oil and vegetable carnauba wax. The pins of the brushes are made from hornbeam wood, and the pneumatic support is made of pure natural caucciù. These vegan products will align with your yogi friend’s values, while massaging the scalp and improving blood circulation, much like her headstand.
3. Nude Label, Speckled Wool Socks, €19
Instead of a typical yoga gift (leggings, mats, etc.) make sure your yogi friend keeps her toes toasty this winter with a pair of socks. These ankle socks have a speckled pattern and are made from a wool blend. Nude Label products are locally made in Spain, between mountains and orange fields, in a family-run factory in Valencia. The factory ensures a healthy and safe working environment, fair wages, and freely chosen employment situations. Knock your yogi friend’s socks off with a pair that delivers the same warmth that was used to make them.
For your yogi friend on a health kick, they’ll love this advent calendar from Organic Traditions. With a healthy twist, this seasonal delight brings a different instant superfood latte or loose-leaf tea, for the 12 days of Christmas. Each drink promotes a variety of health benefits to help you feel your best throughout this holiday season. Organic Traditions is a family owned superfood company from Toronto, and is committed to farmers and harvesting projects that are eco-driven and socially conscious.
5. Arrae Co, Bloat, $60
These anti-bloat pills will be the best thing when you brunch and yoga. Made with ginger root for digestion stimulation, dandelion root for liver health, lemon balm and peppermint for gas prevention (major yoga faux pas), slippery elm for digestive organ protection and bromelain for speedy food breakdown, these capsules are the perfect post meal digestive aid. Organic, dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free and vegan.
Ethel Studio creates products from rescued and responsible materials to inspire sustainability + empowerment. Their new line of unique meditation cushions is made from rescued fabric scraps sourced largely from designers around the Twin Cities area. Each cushion has its own unique combination of colors, textures, and geometry. Each purchase helps to eliminate textile waste while helping establish and build your yogi friend’s meditation practice.
Conscious brand Earth Covers hails from Australia and has made dreamy affirmation cards to help bring your yogi friend closer to their center and instill balance and intention in their every day. Expanding consciousness and helping guide decisions, these beautiful cards are a keepsake gift for the yogi in your life.
Shaking up the standard yoga mat, Urbivore was started by two tree-loving Canadian sisters who wanted to provide an eco-friendly, non-toxic, sustainable alternative made from cork. Cork contains a natural waxy substance that doesn’t absorb water and improves grip when wet. It’s self-cleaning and anti-bacterial, inhibiting bacteria, mold and fungal growth. With no chemicals, these cork mats are 100% plant-based and will eventually biodegrade. Give the earth-conscious yogi in your life a mat they can feel good about.
9. THINX, Training Shorts, $88
Gaining popularity as the original period underwear brand, THINX has added activewear shorts to their line of period products. Revolutionizing an industry where only a few options were available for years, women now have an innovative new product to help manage their periods. These activewear shorts are an amazing gift for the yogi in your life, as the built-in underwear means they can get their asana on without having to worry about uncomfortable underwear, tampons or pads.
10. Apothekary, Herbal Blends, $21 USD
For the yogi in your life who could use some natural health boosting remedies, Apothekary supplements are 100% natural, fair trade, sustainably-sourced and free of gluten, sugar and dairy. All of their blends are made from bioavailable ingredients in an easy-to-use format that can be easily absorbed by the body. Catering to all diet types, allergen-free and suitable for breastfeeding women as well, Apothekary is a true modern farmacy, helping heal from the ground up. Whether it’s a skin concern, gut issues, or low energy, your yogi friend will love a set of these to take from studio to home, finding their inner balance off of the mat.
11. BBTea Jars, Reusable Mason Jar, $23 USD
For post-practice smoothies, or for the yogi who loves their bubble tea, BBTea Jars are the perfect gift. With nearly 550 million straws being thrown away annually in the US & UK alone, not to mention plastic to-go cups, these adorable 100% biodegradable bamboo lid jars are an elevated take on a mason jar. BPA-free, 100% recyclable and infinitely reusable, these jars will soon become part of your yogi friend’s daily routine.
11. Braiding Sweetgrass, $17 CAD
For the yogi who understands the deeper connection between plants and humans, Braiding Sweetgrass embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. Written by Robin Wall Kimmerer, a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, the reader is taken on a journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific. Kimmerer reflects on the gifts and lessons we have to learn from the natural world around us, awakening us to true ecological consciousness. Your yogi friend will gain a fuller awareness, one that isn’t just found during shavasana.
13. After Rain, Olive Green UNSTOPPABLE Leggings, $72 CAD
Attempting to be as sustainable as possible, After Rain’s athleticwear fabric is made from recycled ocean waste, such as ghost fishing nets, fabric scraps, carpet flooring and industrial plastic. In a small-batch, handmade-to-order model that produces very little waste, this brand is run by its two founders entirely. Fabric scarps are repurposed into headbands and scrunchies, and hang tags are handmade using seed paper. For the yogi who believes in reincarnation, this brand is in complete alignment, offering multiple lives to the fabrics that once were.
13. Cultiver Goods, Denim Towels, $70 USD
For those hot yoga sweat sesh’s, your yogi friend will love this ultra-soft denim towel collection. Oeko-Tex certified, these towels are made from a blend of Lyocell (made from natural wood pulp) and combed cotton. The cotton pile contains recycled denim which shows up in the colour of the towel – a beautiful, faded blue. While your yogi friend might never be caught dead in jeans, these towels are a denim they can get into.
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