Wow! How is it five days into December already?
Christmas will be here in a blink!
It seems like Thanksgiving just happened yesterday. But here we are, getting ready to celebrate the holidays with our loved ones and community, planning our shopping strategy, and dreaming of all the gifts we hope to find under the Christmas tree.
For today’s post, rather than give you suggestions for holiday recipes (although, may I quickly recommend DUCK BACON WINTER HASH and WINTER WONDERLAND HOT MILK CAKE), I want to share with you some of my recent favorite finds for the eco-friendly foodie in your life. Or, if you’re an eco-friendly foodie (hi, me too! 👋) then pass this along to anyone requesting your wishlist.
Note that these are gifts you can buy on Amazon, which means, if you have Prime, that you will get them shipped to you in a speedy 48-hours and you can spend the rest of your most wonderful time of the year indulging in grain-free Christmas cookies and luxuriating in your coconut-milk eggnog.
I’ve never been the traditional must-go-to-the-mall Christmas shopper, and in the last few years I have really come to terms with my deep appreciation for online shopping: just me, at home, cozy in a blanket, with my laptop on my knees and It’s A Wonderful Life playing on the wide-screen in the background.
That’s the way to do it, in my book.
Fresh Herb Keeper and Herb Storage Container | Vegetable Keep Sack Set | The Waste-Free Kitchen Handbook: A Guide to Eating Well and Saving Money By Wasting Less Food | Kitchen Compost Pail | Manual Espresso Maker | Eco-friendly 4 Bottle Wine Tote | Amici Fleur De Lis Glasses | Reusable Shopping Bag | Click & Grow Indoor Smart Herb Garden | Earth Bunny Fabric Bowl Covers
Fresh Herb Keeper and Herb Storage Container: One of the most common ways I unintentionally waste food is by letting bunches of herbs pass their prime in the back of my fridge. Don’t let it happen to you! This herb saver keeps your greens and produce fresh for up to 2 weeks (or more) and is perfect for asparagus, celery, cilantro, dill, rosemary, parsley, chives, tarragon, and hundreds of other herbs.
Vegetable Keep Sack Set: When I fist saw these vegetable keep sacks, I wondered what they could possible be! But, now I’m in love. The set includes 3 vegetable sacks (one for potatoes, one for onions, and one for garlic) and comes in fun orange, green, and purple accents. In addition to protecting vegetables from light and delaying the sprouting process, these keep sacks get your produce up and off the counter, freeing up that space. Perfect for a postage stamp-sized kitchen like mine in San Francisco!
The Waste-Free Kitchen Handbook: A Guide to Eating Well and Saving Money By Wasting Less Food: Author Dana Gunders is a Senior Scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and blew my mind with just how much food is wasted across the country in her 2012 report, Wasted: How America is Losing Up to 40% of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill. Dana’s work to reduce food waste has been featured on Dr. Oz, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, CNN, NBC, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fox Business, NPR, and many other outlets. She now works with policymakers, food companies, foundations, and local governments and leads NRDC’s food waste team. Along the way, she realized a key reason people waste food is that they don’t have the right knowledge at their fingertips. Thus was born the Waste-Free Kitchen Handbook!
Kitchen Compost Pail: I must admit, I didn’t begin composting kitchen waste until a few months ago. I know, such a shame! Compost wasn’t offered on the premises at any of me previous residences, and while it’s no excuse, schlepping compost via car to the nearest public composting facility was prohibitively inconvenient. Now in my new apartment, I make use of my kitchen compost pail daily and keep my contribution to landfills at a minimum.
Manual Espresso Maker: I love the idea of this manual expresso maker. Environmentally-friendly (no electricity required!) and created with durable engine-grade metal guaranteed to last at least 10 years. Going above and beyond simple espresso, it comes with a stainless steel frothier for lattes, cappuccinos and macchiato (no electricity required for the frothier, either!) all without using one bit of electricity. Furthermore, since this espresso maker brews with ground coffee, you’re not limited by capsule and pod selection. Win, win, win.
Eco-friendly 4 Bottle Wine Tote: Up your resusable game with these wine bottle totes. Sometimes one beautiful bottle will do, as in a housewarming or when you’re a guest at someone’s home. However, when it’s really time to bring the party, it pays to have a wine repertoire to match a variety of tastes and desires. But … how to carry them all? Easy: 4 bottle wine bags. Made with eco-friendly natural jute burlap is even better.
Amici Fleur De Lis Glasses: These sweet little glasses are made of recycled glass bottles, crafted to the perfect dimensions for wine, juice or water. I love that they’re practical (dishwasher safe) in addition to be beautiful and eco-friendly.
Reusable Shopping Bag: These BAGGU Standard Reusable Shopping Bag solve my most common gripe with reusable bags, which is the bulkiness. If you’re storing them in the trunk of a car, that’s one thing, but try fitting them unobtrusively in a purse or backpack for use after work or a social event. Nope! So, these ones for sure caught my eye in all their fun patterns and colors. Bring on the guiltless shopping, you’ll be prepped with a few of these folded small and stashed in your coat pocket, they’re so compact.
Click & Grow Indoor Smart Herb Garden: I found this indoor herb garden via Amazon Launchpad (“Discover unique and unexpected products from today’s brightest startups”) and love its sleek design in addition to its technology. To get your garden growing with minimal effort, simply insert the plant capsules, fill the water tank, and plug it in. Then, relax while the Click & Grow does the rest of the work. No pesticides, plant hormones, or any other harmful substances… plus you only harvest what you need, so no more wasting bunches of herbs after using a few sprigs. The Click & Grow is also designed to last: whenever your plants have been harvested, re-use the Smart herb garden as many times as you wish with new plants!
Earth Bunny Fabric Bowl Covers: These 100% cotton bowl covers work in place of foil and plastic wraps, to eliminate transferring hassles and reduce kitchen-related waste. Perfect for covering rising bread dough as it proofs, these also work for Kombucha brewing. Simple, low-tech solutions really like this really add up towards maintaining a zero-waste home (or as close to it as is practical on the spectrum of sustainable vs. conventional).
So… that’s my Eco-Friendly Foodie’s Holiday Gift Guide! If I missed anything that an eco-friendly foodie would love to receive this holiday season, let me know in the comments,
One quick final holiday note: I’m so grateful for you, my readers. I love having you participating in comments, following along on Instagram, and just generally being people who make what I do interesting and worthwhile. This site wouldn’t exist without you… I’m just so grateful.
So happy holidays – whether you stay close to home or travel to be with family or share the festive spirit with friends or decide to hit the malls for some whirlwind shopping – I wish you so much fun and I hope this month is filled with gratitude and love. ♡