A gym membership
A gym membership is really a zero waste gift! In addition to not being a material good, the membership doesn’t need to be wrapped to be given as a gift! It promotes healthy lifestyle habits and creates real opportunities to socialize (why not get one yourself?). What’s more, the new member can enjoy his or her gift all year round!
A reusable Frank Green water bottle
We are bombarded with statistics on plastic pollution and disposable/recyclable water bottles are a major contributor to the problem. Since it is recommended to drink a lot of water every day, the reusable bottle is a must. Avoid drinking bottled water and offer your friends and family a beautiful reusable water bottle that they will really want to carry everywhere! Personally, I love the sleek and stylish look of Frank Green bottles. They are distinctive and have a large capacity. In addition, a new technology has been developed to make the cap completely airtight, which prevents damage to the car, sports bag or purse!
Since I was a little boy, I’ve really enjoyed drinking my drinks through straws! I remember I used to have reusable coloured straws that wiggled – and needed a little more suction to get the liquid up! Whether it’s for my iced coffees, smoothies or flavored waters, straws are a must. We all know that plastic straws are a real scourge for the environment. The OLA bamboo company offers beautiful bamboo straws that are ultra-practical! They are washable (thanks to their small matching brush!), reusable and biodegradable at the end of their life. A gift to use at home or at the restaurant!
The zero-waste movement is growing a little more each month. People often have a problem when buying bread: most breads are packed in plastic bags! La compagnie dans le sac is a Quebec company that makes beautiful reusable bags to carry and store bread. Available in two bag sizes – one for the loaf and one for a baguette – they’ll make the perfect gift for your guests (and you could even stop by a nice local artisan bakery and slip in a tasty loaf that will delight everyone at the table). For my part, I offer beautiful reusable snack bags made in Quebec. They wash super well since they are made from a laminated fabric that has waterproof properties. Many people have told me that they have increased their consumption of fruits and vegetables because they plan their snacks in advance.
Even though I was skeptical at first, I must admit that I myself was won over by Abeego’s eco-responsible packaging. They are fabric squares covered with beeswax that replaces plastic film for food preservation or to cover a dish. They come in several sizes, let the food breathe and are reusable for about a year. Finally, at the end of their life, Abeego packaging can be composted. Isn’t that great?