There’s no relationship quite like the one you have with your coworkers. These are the people who share your experiences, day in and day out. They’re the people who understand when you deal with a demanding customer or share a win in your career. Sometimes your coworkers are as close as family!
Whether it’s a female coworker’s birthday or you just want to do something nice, an eco-friendly gift can show you care without causing harm to the environment.
Here are some of the best eco-friendly presents that are sure to make your female coworkers smile.
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A Beautiful Desk Plant
Giving thank you flowers is a traditional way to show your gratitude and appreciation to friends and coworkers. When choosing an eco-friendly bouquet, work with a local florist who uses sustainable practices in their business. Yellow flowers, particularly roses, are the traditional symbol of friendship.
As an eco-friendly alternative to flowers, give the gift of a desk plant that keeps on growing. There are quite a few low-effort plants and succulents that almost anyone can manage!
In addition to being a long-lasting gift of nature, many plants have natural air purifying qualities. For a floral option, orchids are a stunning, easy potted flower to care for.
For low-light areas, pothos, African violets, and snake plants (one of my favorites) are a better option.
You can find more great gift ideas for a plant enthusiast here!
A Green Laundry Kit
While laundry is anything but a gift, it’s a never-ending part of adult life that everyone can commiserate about. The fact that everyone has to do laundry makes a green laundry kit the ideal gift for female coworkers, whether you consider them a friend or an acquaintance.
Put together a green laundry kit and share your love of the environment with your coworkers. While you can’t control how much water they use, you can help prevent chemicals in water run-off, plastic use, and help reduce their energy expenditure.
Put together a kit with biodegradable laundry detergent strips to cut back on the use of large, plastic detergent jugs. Add in a few wool dryer balls to replace fabric softener sheets and help reduce drying time by agitating the clothing.
You can also add a mason jar conversion kit with a spray top to cut back on single-use plastics for stain remover.
A Sustainable Travel Coffee Kit
It’s no secret that the inventor of single-use Keurig cups regrets the idea due to the devastating impacts on the environment. While there are plenty of reusable coffee mug options available, you can elevate this gift idea by creating an entire sustainable coffee kit.
Start with a portable coffee maker that your coworker can use anywhere, whether it’s in the office or in the forest on an adventure. Pair it with a reusable coffee mug, some ethically sourced coffee beans, and reusable or biodegradable filters. With a few alterations, this gift also works well for the tea drinker in your office.
This gift is perfect for your female coworkers who identify as coffee connoisseurs and adventurers.
Reusable Makeup Remover Pads
A big part of shifting toward a waste-free lifestyle is moving away from single-use items that end up in landfills. Unfortunately, there are a lot of wasteful materials in cosmetics and self-care.
Reusable makeup remover pads replace the need for cotton balls or disposable scrub pads, making a small-yet-notable impact on the environment. You can purchase premade makeup remover pads or make your own with microfiber.
Pair these with some coconut oil, rose water, and organic face lotions for an eco-friendly gift your female coworkers will love. As this gift option is affordable and easy to put together, it’s a great option for holiday gift exchanges.
Companies often use carbon credits as a way to make up for their mass consumption or ecological impact. The idea is to invest money into eco-conscious initiatives as a way of giving back.
For a totally unique gift idea, use a program like Reformation to purchase carbon credits as a gift for your friend who travels a lot. As commercial airlines are one of the most damaging ways to travel, carbon credits are a great way to make up for the indulgence.
When you use a carbon credit, you’re essentially donating to a cause that supports environmental maintenance and development— such as tree planting or clean water initiatives. This is a fun, eco-friendly way to donate to a cause in your coworker’s name.
Water Bottle Pens
Reusable water bottles are always a great option for coworkers, as 60 million plastic bottles end up in landfills each day. However, one person only needs so many reusable water bottles.
Take a new spin on the water bottle trend by gifting water bottle pens. These handy office supplies are crafted from recycled water bottles to help keep plastic out of landfills and give them a second life. And doesn’t everyone LOVE new office supplies?
Pair these with an eco-friendly journal or planner to complete the gift.
Misfit or Ugly Food Subscription
It’s hard to believe that so much food ends up in landfills because it’s “unmarketable.” Fortunately, some food subscription boxes help reduce waste by offering this produce at an affordable cost.
Our family has used Misfits Market and loved everything we received. This amazing food service subscription will help your coworker get continuous access to healthy food without breaking the bank.
With these unique eco-friendly gift options, you can give back to those who support you at work while giving back to the world we call home.