I love the challenge of finding the perfect holiday gift for everyone on my list while shopping sustainably! While it would be awesome to keep our carbon footprint at a minimum during the holidays, is it actually possible? Thankfully, the answer is a resounding yes – if you know where to shop. Having strived to shop sustainably and affordably over the years, I’ve found that there are multiple ways to minimize your environmental impact over the holidays without sacrificing the quality or uniqueness of your gifts. Now I’m sharing them with you!
Disclaimer: This post was created as a part of my ongoing partnership with the apparel and lifestyle brand, Lake Effect Co. You can read more about their mission and movement here. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Remember to use code WISCONSINISTA for 15% off any in-store or online purchases.
Shop & Support Local Businesses
We all know that Small Business Saturday helps out “mom and pop” small businesses, but how can it be considered shopping sustainably? Small businesses often create and sell carefully curated items made by locals, so finding out if they source products sustainably should be pretty obvious from their marketing. Lake Effect Co., for example, tries to source its products from sustainable vendors, many of whom are local to Wisconsin and the Midwest. Small businesses also tend to produce higher quality, more durable goods that will last longer. Large corporations often have lower standards for product quality and longevity thanks to a capitalistic concept called “planned obsolescence.”
Find an Alternative to Amazon
You don’t have to sacrifice the joy and convenience of shopping in your pajamas from your bed either! Lake Effect Co. has more eco-friendly packaging than the average online shop, though you can usually recycle boxes and packaging used by any store if you do your research. If Amazon’s unfathomably wide array of items is what keeps you coming back for more, you’re going to want to make a free account on Poshmark. This resale site has listings for everything from clothes to home decor, and given its widespread popularity, you can find pretty much anything here without supporting fast fashion and consumption. If you prefer items to be new with tags, don’t worry; many people sell items they bought but never used and write “NWT” on their listings to let you know!
Get Thrifty and Shop Secondhand
Similar to Poshmark, scour the shelves of your local thrift store and you’ll probably find many items that are still new with tags. Depending on who you’re shopping for, though, they might not care if the item is gently used, especially if it’s something you can clean or wash before gifting. If someone who loves helping the environment is on your holiday gift list, they’ll likely be extra appreciative that you put thought into their gift and sourced it sustainably! I personally love when friends find thoughtful gifts for me at secondhand stores. Doing so doesn’t mean they put less thought or effort into my gift, it just means they found something that reminded them of me while shopping sustainably.