Last Updated on September 7, 2021
Stockings were always my absolute favorite part about the holiday season so I had to create a guide for this year’s hottest zero waste and eco friendly stocking stuffers.
I love small gifts; they have always been my favorite. What can I say? I love the little things like socks, bars of soap, the occasional gift card, and chocolate! Lots of chocolate.
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So, I wanted to create an easy guide so you can find a few perfect gifts that will easily slide into a stocking a Christmas morning, and so you can avoid Amazon.
If you’re looking forward to stuffing stockings this year, I’ve rounded up some zero waste and eco friendly stocking stuffers so you can ditch plastic trinkets and gadgets for some of these zero waste, ethical alternatives.
for all those at home workouts:
One experience gift I’m super excited about receiving this year is a pass for online workout classes. I loved going to classes like barre, spin, and orange theory so I’m glad I can do classes virtually too. Here are a few of my favorite workout companions!
cutest reversible crop:
Azura Bay sells organic cotton reversible bralettes ethically produced in California that can easily go from lounge to active.
It’s super soft and does an excellent job of holding the girls in place while being super stylish.
They come in sizes XS-2XL, and they make perfect outfit repeaters because you can wear it two ways.
You can get 10% off with the code GZW10 at checkout!
post workout shower:
EarthHero is an online marketplace for thousands of sustainable goods!
They’re a B Corp, 1% for the Planet, and uses plastic-free and carbon-neutral shipping.
For stocking stuffers, check out their Moisturize HiBar Shampoo and Condition Bars -compostable packaging, are vegan, and plastic-free.
Use code GOZERO for 10% off site-wide.
They are a family owned, B corp that’s completely plastic-free. And, they’re members of 1% For The Planet so they donate portions of each sale to environmental organizations, and are certified climate neutral!
when you need to unwind:
I can’t figure out if the holidays are more stressful this year or less? Even though I’m attending virtual gatherings, I’m still completely wiped out at the end of the day.
Here are a few small ways I like to relax and unwind. All of these eco-friendly stocking stuffers are perfect for your friend, parent, or spouse who needs to carve out some time for themselves to recharge!
light a candle:
Candleholic Shop makes adorable soy candles in recycled liquor and wine bottles. This process saves bottles from going to the landfill, and also creates truly unique gifts.
They carefully cut each bottle by hand, sand it to perfection, and then pour their premium natural soy wax.
These candles are cruelty-free, paraben-free and PETA-approved!
burn some incense:
It’s made in partnership with Indonesian Farmers that preserve local and ancient traditions that are over 5000 years old!
Get 1 free box of incense with a purchase of two bags of coffee using the code “GZW” (a $60 value for $30)!
take a nap:
SOL Organics creates affordable organic bedding – that’s so comfy! They’re certified Fair Trade, use Organic Cotton, GOTS certified, and they ship completely plastic free.
They just launched a linen line, and linen pillow cases are amazing for acne-prone since it’s naturally anti-bacterial. Perfect for eco friendly stocking stuffers.
for exciting trips to the grocery store:
Justin and I don’t go out very often. We hit up the grocery store every 2-3 weeks, and take our daily stroll around the neighborhood to walk the pooch and stretch our legs.
We’re definitely trying to keep ourselves and others safe! But, when we do leave the house here are a few of our tried and true sustainable favs that would fit in perfectly with your eco-friendly stocking stuffers!
Sanikind sells a Mini Spray hand sanitizer made from 100% recycled ocean bound plastic. It’s infinitely refillable, good for 460 sprays and attaches via its own lanyard.
The refill solution will fill the mini 10 times – so it’ll last a while. With single-use hand sanitizers more popular than ever, this is the perfect stocking stuffer that will put a stop to relying on plastic sanitizer bottles.
Ecomask is made with post-consumer recycled content, 100% renewable energy, and proceeds from each sale go to Healthy Seas to save marine life.
Not only are they eco-friendly, their filter has a 98% efficiency rating! It filters out bacteria, germs, dust, air pollutants, pollen and other allergens. At the end of its life, you can send it back to Ecomask where they’ll properly recycle it.
Use Kathryn10 for 10% off until December 31st.
relaxing at home:
I think my favorite part of winter is getting cozy inside so I hope this holiday season, you’ll find some time to get snuggly.
Slip on your favorite jam-jams, light a few candles, snuggle with a thick blanket, sip some hot cocoa, eat a few cookies, and watch a bad holiday movie or a board game – whatever you’re into.
add some ambiance:
Every product on Made Trade adheres to one or more of their seven core values: Sustainable, vegan, woman-owned, fair trade, heritage, made in the U.S.A., and/or people of color owned.
This handcrafted Glass Candle made with 100% soy wax and a wooden wick and would make a great stocking stuffer!
keep your toes toasty:
Simple Switch is a convenient one stop shop with more than 3,000+ products supporting more than 50 causes that make a real social and environmental impact. Perfect for all your eco friendly stocking stuffer needs.
One of my faves is theeir Khushee (Happiness) Socks handmade in the Himalayas and 50% of net profits goes to orphaned and destitute children.
For 15% off or $10 off (one or the other, whichever you prefer) with code GOINGZEROWASTE!
stay comfy and dry:
Thinx creates reusable period underwear designed to reduce single-use tampon and pad waste. Plus, they’re so comfy!
A pair or two should easily fit into a Christmas stocking! Each of their styles holds a different amount of blood. For a fully detailed guide check out my post I tried every style of Thinx Period Panties for a complete review.
You can get $10 off using this link.
sip something warm:
Arbor Teas offers organic, fair-trade, loose-leaf tea in backyard compostable packaging.
It’s made from a cellulose material, and even their labels on the package are made from sugar cane waste and compostable too.
I love their green tea, but if you want to keep the holiday theme going, you need to try their Holiday Spice Black Tea!
kickin’ it in the kitchen:
Whether you know an aspiring chef, love to meal prep, or generally dislike cooking, these eco friendly stocking stuffers will help reduce food waste and get dinner on the table fast! Plus, an extra treat for the kitchen’s number one fan – your dog.
keep it fresh:
Usually, we eat avocados one half at a time, right? Avocado Huggers were created to reduce food waste by keeping the leftover half fresher longer!
These huggers are BPA and phthalate free, and come in two sizes with a unique pit pocket that can be pushed in or out so you won’t need any more disposable plastic wrap, baggies or foil!
Use the discount code 5off50 to save on your purchase.
This woman owned, small business uses cricket protein for a low “carbon pawprint”. Per pound of edible protein, crickets produce zero methane and use only 1 gallon of water vs. over 2000 for beef!
Get 15% off with the code ZEROWASTE15.
Forester Bags sells reusable silicone zip bags that are versatile, plastic-free and BPA-free.
The Forester Pack includes 1 large (6 cups) and 2 medium (4 cups) silicone food storage bags designed to replace plastic zip lock bags.
Use the discount code FORESTER20% to get 20% off your order.
for the skincare fanatics:
If you’re a skincare fanatic, I love you. No, really! I have sensitive acne prone skin and no matter what I do I always seem to have texture on my face.
For the first time in years, I’ve come prettyyyy close to fixing it. I mean it’s still textured but it’s better than it was last year! And, that’s thanks to skincare fanatics and the geniuses behind some of my favorite products.
Check out my blog post 20 Organic Zero Waste Skincare Brands for even more recommendations!
refills on refills:
Activist Skincare is refillable, vegan, cruelty-free, and 5% for the planet. The Sample Kit, Sea to Skin Cleansing Gel and Calming Force Clear Skin Serum for acne-prone skin are perfect stocking stuffers.
You can keep your empty glass bottles and refill them at home. The pouches are recyclable through TerraCycle and the ingredients are super-effective actives and botanicals.
You can keep your empty glass bottles and refill them at home. Activist’s pouches are recyclable through TerraCycle and the ingredients are super-effective actives and botanicals.
GZWSAMPLES for 50% off Sample Kit (making it only $15 with free shipping!)
Josie Maran is a woman owned beauty brand that packages most of their products in glass bottles and has partnered with Terracycle to take back empties.
Their 100% Pure Argan Oil (their whipped version is my absolute favorite! ) is vegan, cruelty-free and completely pure – it’s intensely hydrating and benefits your skin head to toe.
Josie Maran’s argan oil comes from a UNESCO-protected region to help prevent deforestation and over-harvesting.
A single argan tree can live for more than 600 years and produce fruit throughout its entire lifecycle!
they got it ALL:
BLK + GRN is an all natural marketplace by all Black artisans. They have everything ranging from nail polish to hair care.
Their Carib Lime Body Soap is made from 100% plant essences, cold-processed and has a revitalizing citrus scent that’ll make any Christmas stocking smell great.
Justin and I have a tradition of gifting each other multiple bars of soap in our stockings! It’s an in expensive treat that we get to use all year long!
When you want to add a little glamour:
I still want to impress… even if it is family dinner via zoom. My secret to looking put together on zoom in 30 seconds is a bright lipstick. Seriously – that’s it! It’s all you need to pop on camera and look great.
So, whether you’ve got a virtual holiday party or just all dressed up for your very exciting weekly trip to the grocery store, these are my top picks for adding a bit of glamour!
a touch of sunshine:
Rellery makes high-quality and affordable jewelry. Everything in their supply chain is ethically sourced, and produced by skilled artisans right in the U.S.A.
They’re female founded and run by 90% women! I think their sunflower necklace is a beautiful statement piece that you could wear everyday! But, it’s still small enough to be one of these awesome eco friendly stocking stuffers!
You can get 15% off your order with the code Kathryn15.
don’t forget your wallet:
JORD creates vegan bags and wallets with a unique fusion of Portuguese cork and woven fabric called Suberhide. The Natural & Gold zippered wallet and the Eros Red & Silver zippered wallet have 8 inner card slots, zipper pouch, and just the right amount of space for a phone, lip balm, and basic goodies.
JORD’s Superhide handbags and wallets are finely-appointed with smooth YKK zippers, fine lining, embossed hardware, and superior construction. JORD is a Nordic word for “of the earth” which is embodied in their wide variety of ethical accessory collections featuring natural materials.
Use discount code goingzerowaste20 for 20% off!
When we can travel again:
Have you already made it’s-safe-again-to–travel plans? I think I’d like to go see my mom. I haven’t been home to Arkansas in… a little over three years now. Sorry mom, love you – promise!
I would love to see my fam at Christmas again so maybe next year I can get that in the books. Maybe, I’ll go wild and drive to Oregon – that sounds fun!
I’ve lived on the West Coast for more than five years and still haven’t been to Washington or Oregon and would really like to change that.
a fresh cup:
The Pakt Coffee Kit is everything you need to make barista-quality coffee in one sleep, portable package. You can use it anywhere you have access to electricity and water: At home, desk-side, in a hotel, or at an Airbnb.
This kit utilizes BPA free, high-end, safe materials that’s durable, compact and airline carry-on friendly.
Pakt’s packaging is 100% plastic-free and bears the SeaHive seal which means their packaging utilizes earth-friendly materials so no extra plastic winds up in the ocean.
Dirt Don’t Hurt is a vegan, cruelty-free, natural company founded by three Black sisters. They make bamboo toothbrushes, tooth powder, bar soap and so much more.
Their all-natural activated charcoal tooth powder is perfect for traveling so you don’t need to worry about having a liquid bag – plus it’s going to get your teeth super white!
nothing but the basics:
Some of my favorite stocking stuffers are the old faithfuls. The things you hate to get as a kid, but love to receive as an adult – socks, underwear, and soap. You get the drift!
drawers for your drawers:
Proclaim is a BIPOC owned company that offers inclusive lingerie it multiple shades of nude.
They’re manufactured in Los Angeles using earth-conscious fabrics. Not only are they shade inclusive, they’re size inclusive too!
Their Tencel drawers would make a great eco-friendly stocking stuffer!
box it up:
Boxers and/or briefs more your style? Check out Pact.
They use organic, fair trade cotton. Their products are made in India (where 74% of all organic cotton is grown) in fair trade factories so you can feel good about your undergarments!
sweaters for your legs:
I tested it just to make sure, but these leggings will fit into a stocking!
Icebreaker is made mostly from merino which is anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and rockstar for temperature regulation. They produce a transparency report every year that covers everything from social responsibility, worker safety, animal welfare, and environmental integrity. Read the Report
I’m also working on a post about handmade gifts this year! I love to do a mix of all of these so I’m reducing consumerism as well as supporting sustainable brands who are doing good things for our planet.
Do you have a favorite sustainable brand that’s perfect as a stocking filler?