Last Updated: October 25, 2021

21 of the best zero waste gifts for adults and kids.

WRITTEN BY Grove Collaborative • 22 min read

Whether we’re the gift giver or gift receiver, zero waste gifts and sustainable gifts can curb the huge impact special occasions and holidays can have on our environment. Becoming a conscious consumer and an eco-friendly gift giver yourself is just the beginning. The next step is to also ask for zero waste gifts for yourself and your household to truly make a minimal waste impact on the world. Need help getting started? Don’t we all? Check out these 6 quick tips to actually start going zero waste: A basic guide for busy people.


If you already have the basics down and want to start gifting immediately, check out these zero waste products or keep reading to see our complete list of the best zero waste gifts like this Back to the Roots Kitchen Herb Garden.


This list of products was determined by ratings and reviews from Grove members.

1. Peach Plastic-Free Shower Set

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This bundle includes some favorites from our clean, vegan, 100% plastic-free Peach personal care line.

This set includes:

2. Spade to Fork Organic Lettuce & Greens Kit

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The Spade To Fork line of organic garden kits was originally developed by owners Ana & Jeff as an after-school educational project to spark inspiration in their own 3 children and get their hands a little dirty growing garden fresh veggies. They are now proud to be part of a global revolution to make food personal again.

Spade To Fork Lettuce & …
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1 kit
$29.97
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3. Marley's Monsters Linen Bowl Cover - Rose

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This Linen Bowl Cover is the perfect replacement for disposable plastic wrap and foil. Once soiled, simply wipe the interior clean or throw in with the laundry and reuse! Linen Bowl Covers are unique because the design utilizes a cord stop and drawstring. Unlike elastic, this provides ultra flexible sizing and a customizable fit for each container …
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1 cover
$12
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4. Ettitude Bamboo Waffle Hand Towel

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Upgrade to spa status with ettitude's luxuriously soft spa-like towels. Pamper your skin and hair with ettitude's exclusive, sustainable CleanBamboo™ waffle weave fabric. It's free from harmful chemicals and extra gentle on delicate skin

Pre-washed and packaged in a …

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1 count
$18
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5. Grove Co. European Dish Cloths + Sustainable Amazon Forestry

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For a limited time, offset travel and support Sustainable Amazon Forestry when you purchase this bundle including:

Offset the carbon footprint of travel while helping to support sustainable forestry practices in the Peruvian Amazon.

Considered one of the most biodiverse forests on …

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1 x European Dish Cloth, 1 x Travel Offset
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6. Le Parfait Storage and Canning Glass Jar, 3L

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Made in France, Le Parfait glass jars are recognized worldwide by award-winning chefs and home cooks alike for durability, beauty and versatility. The straight sides of these terrine-style jars allow for easy removal of gripping and the decorated metal twist lid provides an airtight and watertight seal for the contents inside. Use these jars for …

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1 count
$20
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7. Grove Co. Reusable Produce Bags - Organic Cotton Mesh | Small, Medium & Large

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A set of reusable produce bags made from organic cotton mesh for breathability and easy toting.

  • Complete set in 3 sizes
    Our reusable produce bag set offers two bags in each of our three sizes (small, medium and large) so you can easily organize and tote your produce. Plus, each bag includes a sewn tag indicating the tare weight in grams. …
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Set of 6
$12.95
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8. Grove Co. Reusable Bag Set - Cuts Plastic Waste

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A set of reusable bags in two convenient sizes to store and tote food or other essentials without single-use plastic waste.

  • ONE SANDWICH BAG + ONE SNACK BAG
    Our reusable lunch set offers two sizes — one sandwich and one snack.

  • ELIMINATES SINGLE-USE PLASTIC
    Our reusable bags can be washed and reused again and again, so you can easily …

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2 Pack
$7.95
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9. Preserve Recycled Ocean Plastic (POPi) Shave 5 Razor System

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Made with love and recycled ocean plastic, the Preserve Ocean Plastic (POPi) Shave 5 Razor System offers a revolutionary new way for everyone to enjoy a close, comfortable shave. This next-generation razor is beautifully designed with an ergonomic handle made entirely from recycled ocean plastic, and it is compatible with the Preserve POPi Shave 5 …

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1 ct
$13.99
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10. Modern Sprout Brass Mister

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It’s easy to overwater your plants, especially delicate culinary herbs. This Modern Sprout Brass Mister is perfect for humidity-loving and water-sensitive plants. The brass mister is especially recommended for seed starting and sprout growth, as it provides just enough moisture. Indoor gardeners: minimize your worry about rotting roots or mold …

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1 mister
$32
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11. Back to the Roots Self Watering Fabric Grow Pot

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No big backyard? No problem! This lightweight, root-boosting pot is the easiest way to grow your garden. Simply unfold the pot & fill with soil, drop in the olla watering system, add your favorite plants, and watch your garden grow!

This fabric pot helps your plants grow stronger and healthier by providing more oxygen and naturally pruning …
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1 pot
$24.99
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12. Grove Co. Bamboo Prep Board

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Our prep board is made of 100% bamboo - a sustainable material that’s ultra-durable, easy on knives and naturally antibacterial. This space efficient yet mighty board makes easy work of everyday slicing, chopping and cutting.

Dimensions: 10.3in x 7.5in x 0.55in

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1 Count
$9.95
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13. Grove Co. Bamboo Cutting Board

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Our cutting board is made of 100% bamboo - a sustainable material that’s ultra-durable, easy on knives and naturally antibacterial. This rustic looking board makes easy work of everyday slicing, chopping and cutting and doubles as a serving board.

Dimensions: 15.0in x 9.0in x 0.78in

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1 Count
$14.95
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14. Grove Co. Hand & Dish Bar Soap with Dish Brush Set

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This kitchen bar soap is formulated for high sudsing action to remove grease and grime from dishes.

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1 x All-Purpose Hand & Dish Bar Soap, 1 x Dish Brush
$11.95
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15. Grove Co. Reusable Travel Bottle Set

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Carry-on your favorite products in sleek, sustainable style. With three 2oz pump bottles for shampoo, conditioner, and body lotion and one 20ml jar for a facial moisturizer or serum, this frosted glass bottle set makes for the perfect travel companion. Bon voyage!
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Set of 4
$12.95
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16. Pacha Soap Co. French Lavender Froth Bomb

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Relax and unwind with Pacha Soap Co.’s French Lavender Froth Bomb. Handcrafted with calming lavender essential oil, you can sit back and let the magic begin.

What is a Froth Bomb?

Pacha Soap Co.’s Froth Bombs are a bath fizz and bubble bath all-in-one! Leave skin feeling soft and nourished with long-lasting, gentle froth in the tub …
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5 oz
$5.99
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17. Grove Co. Reusable Cocktail Straws - Limited Edition Sparks of Joy Design (Set of 4)

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A set of four reusable cocktail straws made of stainless steel, in a limited edition design inspired by the holidays.

A WINTERY CELEBRATION
Create magic in your home by embracing the beauty of winter with our limited edition collection that shines bright with festivity and cheer, celebrating joyful moments of giving and gathering. Available in …

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4 count
$12.95
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18. Marley's Monsters Rainbow Rolled Unpaper® Towels

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Make the swap from paper towels to a sustainable alternative with these Marley's Monsters Rainbow Rolled Unpaper® Towels. These Marley's Monsters unpaper towels are sewn from 100% flannel and easy to use for tackling kitchen tasks or cleaning everyday messes. After you use them all, you can just throw them in the wash and reroll for your next round …

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12 pack
$34
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19. U-Konserve Insulated Lunch Tote - Navy

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Insulated Lunch Tote Benefits:
  • Insulated fabric made from recycled plastic bottles will keep lunch cold or hot for hours, machine wash/hang dry, zipper closure, adjustable strap, inside pocket.
  • Reusable and Waste Free: Sustainable, durable and long-lasting lunch totes help reduce the staggering amount of trash that ends up in our landfills and …
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1 count
$25.95
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20. Modern Sprout Eco Planter - Basil

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The ultimate accessory for an inspired kitchen, Eco Planters take the guesswork out of gardening. This all-inclusive kit features a modern, clear 1L canning jar. Includes: organic seeds, stainless steel net pot, wick, grow medium, plant food, carbon, instructions.
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1 kit
$20
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21. Pacha Soap Co. Kids Froth Bomb Set - Watermelon Grape

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Bath time just got better! Fill the tub with fruity fun from this Watermelon Lemonade and Berry Grape Froth Bomb 4 Pack. Crafted with super fine oatmeal, Epsom salt, and plant-based oils to gently soothe and moisturize your kiddo's skin. Enjoy 4 baths per package.

Pacha Soap Co. Kids

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4 Count
$9.99
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FAQs

What are the main ideas of zero waste?

In the most recent years, we’ve seen some pretty gnarly things happen based on global warming, so honestly, zero waste gifts are a great idea to give anyone, even people who haven’t specifically asked for sustainable gifts. Zero waste gits are made with the idea of the three Rs — reused, repaired, or recycled. Zero waste and reusable gift sets really look to do more good than harm to the environment. This may be a gift that’s easy to recycle the packaging for or something that a household can use again and again (and again) without replacing and causing more waste in landfills.


If you’re looking for zero waste gift ideas, Grove has so many options — as a certified B Corp, we work hard to make sustainable living a reality with products that also do good for the world. You can check out our list of the best zero waste gifts to see what people are grabbing to gift just as quickly as you can say, “eco-friendly.”


What do you get someone who is zero waste?

There are so many zero waste gift ideas for someone who is zero waste. Options include gifts like this Hamama Microgreens Grow Kit with Bamboo Frame that keeps the dream of sustainability alive. With a reusable tray for growing microgreens and recyclable packaging, you can’t go wrong. If you’re looking for something that’s more affordable, you can bundle items like this Acure Coconut & Argan Shampoo Bar and Grove Co. “Homemade” Soy Candle - Vanilla, Brown Sugar, and Sandalwood that both come in recyclable paper or cardboard packing. Plus, the candle’s glass jar is also recyclable — a huge plus! For a kid's gift, this Pacha Soap Co. Kids Froth Bomb Set - Watermelon Grape does the trick and makes bath time fun.


Other zero waste gift ideas are easy to find in our best zero waste gift list above. For zero waste gift wrapping, try this Bee's Wrap XXL Roll Wrap that’s usually used as a food wrap.


How do you ask for zero waste gifts?

If you’ve made the switch in your home to zero waste — good — for — you! That’s a big change that will make a big difference, but it can be hard for other people to accept or even understand at first if they don’t know that you’ve made the switch or if they’re not familiar with what zero waste is.


No matter if you have a birthday coming up or if the holidays are approaching, make sure people know you’re a zero waste gifts kind of person. How do you do that exactly? It’s easy. Here are some ideas for spreading the news with good manners of course:

  • Send out your holiday e-cards early with a little thoughtful note about sustainable gifts
  • If your family always swaps gifts every year, send a kind-hearted group text asking for more reusable gift sets this year
  • If your gifts are coming from a wedding shower or baby shower, make sure to make a note in your invites or where you’re registered
  • During dinners with friends or a night out, casually talk about how important zero waste gifts are to you
  • If you have kids, ask them to make a list of go-to zero waste gift ideas for them to give out to family members

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