What toxic chemicals are in artificial Christmas trees and tips for how to stay safe

Artificial or Real Christmas Tree? What's better for you and the environment.

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Artificial Christmas trees are becoming increasingly popular for families. They're seen as being convenient since they don't shed needles and can be reused year after year. Some even come with lights already on them! But is the convenience of artificial Christmas trees worth it? We break down the science and the pros and cons of artificial Christmas trees and farm grown real Christmas trees to help you have a healthy and sustainable Christmas!

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The holidays are right around the corner, which means we're on the hunt for cool and unique gifts! That's why we've put together gift guides for everyone on your list. Looking for non-toxic, sustainable, eco-friendly, and fun gifts for him? Look no further!


non-toxic and sustainable gift guide for him

Non-Toxic and Sustainable Gifts For Him

$: Under $50

Lifestraw Personal Water Filter

This super portable water filter can be a life-saver, literally. Lifestraw's unique microfiltration system can turn unsafe water into drinking water in the blink of an eye. Super convenient for any just in case outdoor situation or for your emergency kit.

Keepcup reusable coffee mug

This sleek and sophisticated reusable Keepcup will become a favorite for morning coffee runs! The tempered glass body provides extra durability and protects against drops. It's also great for parents who can't seem to drink their coffee in one sitting.

Ursa Major All-Star Travel Kit

Looking to introduce someone to clean skincare? This kit from Ursa Major showcases their best products in a convenient travel kit, including deodorant, face wash, face wipes, and a recovery cream. This is the perfect way to try new clean products before committing to a full sized bottle!

Adorrgon 12x42 Binoculars

These lightweight, powerful binoculars are perfect for camping, bird watching, or even live sporting events (remember those?). 12x magnification and full-coated lens creates crystal-clear images.

Scrappy's Bitters New Classics Gift Set

This bitters gift set from Scrappy's contains lavender, cardamom, black lemon, and Orleans that are essential for any home mixologist. We love how Scrappy's uses fresh organic fruits and herbs and doesn't add any food coloring or artificial flavors. These bold flavors are super fun to play with!

Merkur Safety Razor

Banish single use plastic razors or expensive blades with this durable Merkur Safety Razor! Double edge blades and a weighty short handle will give a super close shave without skin irritation.

Stanley Classic Growler

The Stanley stainless steel growler is an easy way to transport beer from a favorite brewery to just about anywhere! The stainless steel interior will keep the beer tasting fresh without the chance of leeching harmful chemicals. It's also a great way to share home brews with family and friends.

$ $: Between $50-100

Kyrgies Classic Wool Slipper

Upgrade old, worn-out slippers to these ultra cozy Kyrgies Classic House Shoe. Handmade from felted wool, these slippers will keep feet warm during the coldest winter nights.

Flybold Slackline Kit

2020 is the perfect year to explore new hobbies, so why not try a slackline kit from Flybold? This complete kit is perfect for all skill levels and is even suitable for teenagers! Family bonding time has never been so fun!

$ $ $: Over $100

Jack Wolfskin JWP Shell Jacket

Whether the plan is to hike the Appalachians or run to the grocery store, this Jack Wolfskin Shell Jacket is perfect for every situation. The environmentally friendly TEXAPORE ECOSPHERE material keeps dry without the use of harmful PFAS chemicals.

Finex 12" cast iron skillet

Take cooking to the next level with this Finex cast iron skillet and ditch the nonstick pans (with their harmful Teflon and PFAS chemicals). Premium design combines with rigorous manufacturing standards to create a pan that your cook whipping up Michelin-quality meals with ease.

Polywood Modern Adirondack chair

Enjoy the great outdoors (even from a porch) with the Polywood Modern Adirondack Chair. These chairs are made from recycled milk jugs and detergent bottles and come in a wide arrange of colors!

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Gifts! Gifts! Gifts!

Plastic-free, zero waste, and full of heart

As the holidays start to sneak up on us, we have been pulling together some of our favorite homemade gifts. All of which happen to be plastic-free, zero waste, edible (because food!). Bonus, they are all delicious and help cut down on both the plastic you and your loved ones are exposed to, plus how much ends up in the environment. Not to mention they look really awesome and a homemade gift is a unique way to show you really care. One more benefit, you can pull them together super last minute, get pretty much everything you need at the grocery store (most of it in bulk even) and avoid the heinous parking scene at the mall.

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Holiday Decorating without the Plastic

Zero waste, natural, and sustainable decorations that are better for your health, and timeless

With Halloween solidly in the rearview mirror, the Holiday season is officially upon us. This also means that decorations are popping up everywhere. Everyone has holiday decorations on the mind, especially this year! While shiny tinsel and garlands might help you set the scene in your home, after the fact they are probably going to end up in the trash. If you are good about organizing, they might end up in a holiday box for next year, but chances are you will forget you had them and just get new ones again. To help you overcome the cycle and still fill your home with some adorable, fun, easy to reuse holiday decorations, we created a list of some of our favorite plastic-free holiday decorations. Many can be reused as they are more durable than plastic decorations and others are biodegradable and compostable!

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