For anyone concerned about the efficient use sustainable resources, gifts can seem pretty frivolous. Plastic toys opened on Christmas morning may be forgotten by the afternoon. Polyester clothes can be cute but also leach toxins and micro-plastics. Mylar balloons are fun, yet designed to wind up in the trash.
Sustainable Gifts You Can Make (Or Buy) For Kids
That doesn’t mean you need to be a Scrooge. With some careful planning, those birthday, Christmas and Hanukkah presents can be fun and ethical eco-friendly gifts for children.
There’s more than one way give gifts that instill an appreciation for mother nature. Some presents utilize sustainable or recycled materials. Others, like grow kits, celebrate the power of nature and the need to properly care for it. To delight children as well as educate them on the importance of caring about the planet, here are some awesome gifts you can make or buy that they’ll love.
One way to cut down on micro-plastics in the environment is to opt for sustainable clothing rather than the pint size fast fashion often found in the children’s section. Of course, when you make booties or a sweater by hand, you can choose the materials. On CraftFoxes, we have numerous patterns to knit, sew or crochet children's apparel. It’s not too tough to make the materials for these projects sustainable. For example, Lion Brand's Re-Up yarn is made out of recycled cotton. The company’s Re-Spun line is fabricated out of recycled polyester. (Yes, it’s still polyester, albeit recycled.)
If you don’t have time to make children’s clothing (of course, we understand), there are artisans on Etsy who sew pajamas, shirts and other clothing items out of vintage material, organic cotton and sustainable wools. Borobabi children’s clothing company allows you to buy, rent or return their sustainable garments (their business model is circular retail).
Creativity for Kids makes several different types of grow kits, including ones for fostering sunflowers and designing a terrarium. The Dan & Darci Paint and Plant Flower Kit gives you the supplies to paint a planter and grow marigolds, cosmos, and zinnias. Home Grown makes a Vegetable Grow Kit that makes it possible to cultivate tomatoes, eggplants and other edibles.