I don’t know if it’s because I watch a lot of hgtv or because I’ve been contemplating building a new (smaller) home but whatever it is, I have housewarming gifts on my mind. Things that I know I need and things that I would gift to others who have just moved. Zero waste much like capsule wardrobes and tiny house living is a trend that is picking up speed. And like the other two, I think it’s a great one because it’s helpful. To ourselves and the environment.
If you’ve ever been stumped about what to get your friends after they’ve purchased their first home but you also want to encourage a simpler, more mindful way, we’ve got you covered. This is our list of zero waste housewarming gifts that encourage a zero waste lifestyle. Or less waste at least. Because I’ll be the first to admit, I’m far from zero waste. But I try to do better where I can.
For The Kitchen
I’m so over plastic brooms and dustpans. Wood versions are beautiful, biodegradable and get the job done. This table brush is totally on my dream list.
I also love this wood and metal set broom and dust pan set. It’ll look great hanging from a rack in their laundry room or broom closet.
Whether it’s tea or coffee that they like, this does it both without filters or disposable coffee pods. In full disclosure: I have a nespresso machine that I adore but putting this list together has really encouraged to start using my French press more often. I found this stainless steel one that I love! And it’s only $21.99 (down from $69.99!).
One thing I have yet to try is making almond milk in one but I’ve read that it’s possible so I will be expirementing soon!
Good bye Brita!! I first came across a post about using charcoal sticks for water filtration on this lovely blog and I was blown away. It seems almost too simple. But then again, all of the best things are.
A beautiful glass carafe and a few sticks of charcoal to get them started would be a great gift because it’s one they probably would’ve never thought of. And what’s more useful than great tasting water?? These charcoal sticks have great reviews and are an awesome value.
Linen napkins. Not just 4 to set a table. A stack that’s enough for them to use as napkins on the regular. These are two beautiful options. Or? You can diy them. I found this tutorial that I’ll be trying out soon.
For The Bathroom
A new home is a great way to start fresh with your daily essentials. Like those plastic razors and the constant need to refill them with plastic cartridges. This safety razor has great reviews from men and women.
Sponges are just gross and it just adds to the amount of plastic in your home (and in those landfills!). I recently switched to wood scrubbing brushes and I will never go back. This handy brush cleans my dishes wayyy easier than sponges. How cute are these in the pic below?!
Bamboo toothbrushes! Not only do they just look better on your bathroom counter but you can stick them in soil after as they break down naturally. I use these from Woo Bamboo and I love them.
And while we’re at it with dental hygiene. This toothpaste has to make the list. It comes in a glass jar and cleans like no other tooth product I’ve ever tried. It may seem weird to give this as a gift but it’s something useful to use, in a home. So I think it qualifies.
For The Bedroom
Or literally any room of the house. My oil diffuser is one of the most used items in my home. It’s therapeutic on so many levels. Plus, theres no need for candles to freshen up the scent of your home when you have real lavender or eucalyptus oil misting into the air. The one I have is from amazon and is a pretty economical option. I also love this one. It’s on my list!
And speaking of air. A plant that’s easy to keep alive is amazing for a home becauseit improves the air quality. I have the blackest thumb in all the land and even I’ve managed to keep my snake plant alive… I mean, it’s looking a little rough these days but it’s alive people!
Market baskets are just awesome because they can be used to pick up groceries or for storing blankets, toys or shoes at the front door. Anything that elimates the need for plastic bags or bins is a major ‘yes’. I love this one.
I’m sure there are countless others items that could be added to the list. And if you have any that I missed, I would love to know! Zero waste may not be for everyone but we can all make small changes to do a little better for the environment. What better way to start than with a gift to a friend?