This holiday season, spread some love by giving gifts made from recycled materials. Choosing recycled goods is smart because using materials again saves resources and energy. Plus, products made with recycled materials are often totally cool and unique!
Here’s a guide to some of the best earth friendly gifts this season. A small amount of your purchase through any of these links goes to us to keep the site going and continue to promote recycled products and provide recycling information.
Upcycled wetsuit sleeves for iPads and laptops (13″ , 15″, and 17″). These iPad and laptop sleeves are technically not made from recycled material, but from pre-consumer scraps left over from wetsuit production. Still, a pretty neat upcycled gift:
A spare tire for your shoulder! These bags are made from recycled tires. The larger bag even uses real seat belts for straps:
Old soda pop tabs make a really cool textured clutch:
For the bicycle enthusiast, check out these cool gifts made from recycled bicycle parts. About 3,000 pounds of recycled bike parts are collected each month. Parts that can still be used for bicycles are donated to a local non-profit that teaches bicycle repair. Parts that can’t be restored end up like this cool bottle opener or CD rack:
Old vinyl records have a lot of versatility for an object that is very difficult to recycle otherwise, as we mention in this post, Recycle Old Records. Check out these earrings, snack trays, bowls, and coasters- all made of recycled records!
Colorful and unique door mats are made from upcycled leftover flip flop material:
These beautiful glasses are made from the bottoms of old Bordeaux bottles. These recycled glasses take even less energy to make because they don’t need to be crushed, melted down, and reformed to become cool recycled products: