Climate and Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas for the 2022 Holidays

The holiday season is, of course, a wonderful time of year to reconnect and spend time with loved ones, but in many parts of the world, it also becomes part of a calendar that sees a significant increase in waste of all kinds. Obviously, we’re not going to suggest you cancel your vacation plans, but there are ways to be more mindful of your impact on the climate this year. One way: The climate team at TIME put together this list of climate-conscious gifts that range from $10 socks to game-changing gadgets with technology as exciting as any Apple product.

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The Climate Friendly Cookbook

I became a vegetarian more than ten years ago after learning how bad eating meat is for the environment. Since then, I’ve been enjoying exploring new ingredients and recipes, including One: Pot, Pan, Planet: A Greener Way to Cook for You, Your Family, and the Planet by London-based chef and food writer Anna Jones. Not only does this cookbook dispel any lingering reservations that someone might have about having animal protein on their plate for a hearty meal, it also helps climate-conscious home cooks address everything from preventing food waste to how to minimize their entire food footprint. to energy saving techniques. This is a great gift to introduce your loved ones to more eco-friendly eating habits. Bonus: cooking a delicious veggie meal with friends and family is also a fun, low-carbon gift to share. – Kyla Mandel

Buy now: $25-$30 new at AbeBooks.com, $32.25 at Bookshop.org

Clean composting

For climate crusaders without a garden or municipal composting program, disposing of food scraps responsibly can be a real headache. Even the most ardent food waste warriors are reluctant to deal with the smell and mess of rotting food at home, and most home composting systems still need to be emptied at community collection sites to complete the process. The Lomi countertop composter solves this problem by breaking down food scraps using a combination of heat, abrasion and oxygen within hours. The final product, which looks like dry and shredded soil, can either be mixed with dirt for houseplants or placed in municipal trash cans designed for grass and leaf clippings. The base unit costs $499, but their Black Friday price is $426, including additional filters. —Aryn Baker

Buy now: $426.16 on Lomin’s website, $499 on Amazon

Christmas sweater made from recycled wool

Sweaters are a classic gift, and if you include a note asking your loved one to turn down the thermostat a few degrees this winter, it’s good for the planet, too. This will save on carbon emissions and energy costs. The ones from Patagonia are beautiful and made almost entirely from recycled wool and nylon. At $150, they’re not cheap. Even better is finding a well-worn sweater at your local thrift store or in the back of your closet. -Alejandro de la Garza and Ciara Nugent

Buy now: $150 at Patagonia, $149 at Backcountry.com

The Gift of Warmth

Heat pumps are a great way to heat and cool a home while reducing emissions and saving money. But they have high installation costs and usually require a wholesale replacement of the home’s heating and cooling system. For those who live in rented apartments, this is a difficult proposition. Gradient’s window-mounted heat pump provides a portable alternative. Their elegant unit sits above a window and provides year-round zero-emissions heating and cooling, depending on how your city powers the grid. Earlier this year, New York City officials announced they would invest $70 million to purchase 30,000 heat pumps for city-owned apartments. For less generous homeowners and more generous friends, a Gradient unit costs $1,999. Pre-order for spring 2023 delivery. —Aryn Baker

Buy now: You can reserve the Gradient heat pump on the company’s website for $99

Used Bicycle

If you can get someone to replace a few car or taxi trips per week with a bicycle, you will cut the largest portion of the average American’s carbon emissions. Now I live in London and I can’t claim that cycling infrastructure is as great in the US as it is in Europe. But the more people choose to bike over driving, the more local officials will make changes to city streets. Plus, it’s one of the only forms of exercise I don’t hate. You can find well-maintained bikes for a few hundred dollars on exchanges like Pinkbike to save on unnecessary manufacturing emissions, or at your local bike shop to save on shipping emissions. -Ciara Nugent

Climate Journalism

Getting a card that says a donation was made in your name certainly doesn’t come close to the immediate thrill of unboxing some shiny new electronic product, but for the most climate-conscious people in your life, it can bring a lot more happiness. staying power. After all, it’s essentially a gift with a zero carbon footprint, and depending on which organization you donate to, it can have a real impact on solving the climate crisis. One suggestion: The Uroot Project, a relatively new nonprofit dedicated to developing and promoting journalists of color covering environmental issues. I can’t stress enough how much we need better trained and better funded climate journalists, and how important it is that the field is more diverse. (And, of course, any donation of any amount to a registered nonprofit is tax-deductible, if that helps.) –Elijah Wolfson

Window solar charger

I would really like Santa to install solar panels on my roof this year. But if the big guy can’t swing it, I’d settle for a 10 megawatt window unit from Grouphug ($149, or $109 if you get the Black Friday sale) with a built-in battery. The device is a miniaturized alternative household power source that can charge personal devices such as phones, smartwatches, AirPods, bicycle lights, speakers and other electronics that can be connected via USB. (The company also sells USB-C adapters for $4.) Unlike rooftop systems, this power source won’t run coolers. But it will fit under the Christmas tree. – Emily Barone

Buy now: $109 (usually $149) at grouphugtech.com,

Different Water Bottles

Boasting the world’s “first self-purifying water bottle,” the LARQ Bottle Purevis contains a UV-C LED water purification system that the company says removes 99% of bio-pollutants, including viruses, bacteria and odors from both. water and glass itself. The refillable filtration system also comes in two settings, ‘normal’ and ‘adventure’, allowing you to get clean drinking water from a city tap or fresh water stream. Although not cheap, the LARQ bottle is a welcome solution not only for those who are always on the go, but also to limit the intake of single-use plastics. – Rachel Sonis

Buy now: $84.15 on the LARQ website, $99 on Amazon

Reusable Coffee Mug Slash Water Bottle

I’m a bit skeptical of the whole “buy stuff to save the world” idea, but as far as eco-friendly gadgets go, this combo coffee thermos and water bottle from KeepCup is pretty cool. There are two different lid attachments to store hot or cold drinks, meaning you can eliminate the landfill waste and CO2 emissions of using paper coffee cups and plastic water bottles with one solution. – Alejandro de la Garza

Buy now: $49 at KeepCup

Lasting Beauty

For someone who says they already have too much, how about local, low-emission flowers? Straddling the line between climate-friendly practices and material objects, a weekly or monthly flower subscription provides eternal beauty without waste, as both packaging and flowers are compostable. UK-based Bloom & Wild will deliver a box of locally sourced, seasonal flowers to locations in the UK, Austria, Germany and France every month for $285 a year. In the US, Brooklyn-based Molly Oliver Flowers offers a biweekly bouquet of her hyper-local flowers — all grown within 200 miles of New York — for $1,920 a year, or $48-$70 a bouquet, if you want to cut back on the frequency. On the West Coast, Matilda Bloombox in the San Francisco Bay Area offers paid delivery starting at $39, which can be scheduled up to three months in advance. Each bundle from Bay Area growers comes with a charming guide on how to best arrange the selection—an experience as much as a tangible memory of your gift. —Aryn Baker

Socks

I’m going to be honest here. I am guilty of giving meaningless gifts every now and then. I bet you’ve also given mugs, socks, candles, or soaps at some point. Next time I unthinkingly turn to one of these famously – ahem – traditional items, I can at least show the planet that I’m thinking. For example, I’d consider some socks from Allbirds ($12-$24), a sustainable shoe company that uses eco-friendly and recycled materials. The company also provides a detailed carbon footprint calculator for each item.

Alternatively, I can choose multi-use bar soaps from CleanO2 ($7 each), a Canadian company that makes soaps with pearl ash (potassium carbonate), a source of captured carbon dioxide emissions, and plant mangroves to offset the shipping carbon footprint. But don’t take my advice. I’m just as bad at giving gifts as you are. – Emily Barone

Buy now: Socks are $12 to $24 at Allbirds.com; On CleanO2’s website, the purified soaps are $7 each

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