In honor of Earth Day, we’re honoring wedding gifts that are eco-friendly, sustainable, and “green.” Because gifts given with love can also be made with love for the planet.
If you aspire to be more environmentally friendly, your newlywed days—a fresh new beginning in many ways—are an ideal time to raise your sustainability game.
And if you’re already committed to doing your part for the planet, the wedding gifts you bring into your home can be a natural extension of that commitment.
On Earth Day and every day, any effort to live more eco-consciously is a very good thing.
Since part of sustainability is reducing waste, then yes! Wedding registries in themselves are a sustainability tool. Your registry is specifically set up by you to let family and friends know what gifts you’d love to receive, so it’s a way of getting everything “right” the first time—zero waste, if you will. With a registry, there are few-to-no returns, thus less packaging and other resources involved. (Not to mention that many returned gifts never make their way back to store shelves.) You’ll also sidestep gifts that don’t get returned but do get stored in the back of a closet to await donation or re-gifting.
Share the eco-love with your guests
If you want to share your love of sustainability, include a mention on your registry welcome page or your wedding website letting your guests know how you prioritized your gift selection for sustainability and why the choices you made are important to you. It’s a way to let them know the gift they give you with love has also been instilled with love for the planet.
Choose a charity to support
If you’re committed to being as low waste as possible with your wedding gift choices, you can also consider including a charity gift fund on your registry. That way your eco-friendliest friends and family will have the option of giving a meaningful gift that will help support a cause close to your hearts.
Eco-friendly wedding gifts
Below, find some of our favorite eco-friendly wedding registry gift picks that will enrich your newlywed lives while enriching the planet and spread a little extra love as you start your new life together.
Signature Picture Frame
A classic registry gift gone green, this consciously made keepsake looks like silver but is actually 100% recycled aluminum. It’s sustainable in another way too: It will display your favorite wedding photo for years to come.
Caraway Non-Toxic Cookware & Storage Set
Another wedding registry classic: the cookware set. This one is green—literally! It’s also free of the chemicals often used in other nonstick cookware and instead made of eco-friendly, nontoxic ceramic. The set includes four pans with three lids, a storage rack, and a lid holder.
Living Roof Bee House with Nursery
Invite buzzy insects to “bee” your guest with this handcrafted house made from pine and bamboo. It has a rooftop planter plus a bee nursery below, providing a home to busy pollinators and boosting a crucial part of the garden ecosystem in the process.
Signature Botanical Sheet Set
What’s more “wedding registry” than luxurious bed sheets? This pretty floral set is made from Fair Trade-certified and GOTS-certified organic cotton.
Plush Bath Towel Set
Once you’ve registered for your bed sheets, don’t forget the bath towels. This fluffy set is available in nine colors, all made of Fair Trade-certified and GOTS-certified organic cotton.
Pismo Organic Blanket
Perfect for cuddling on the sofa or adding a layer to your bedding, this blanket has a modern geometric pattern in three soothing colors. It’s woven from GOTS-certified organic cotton and stone-washed for extra softness.
Eco-friendly can still be lush and cozy! This plush bathrobe is made from sustainable bamboo (along with other fibers) but still has the luxe feel you want in a wraparound robe. (Oh, and it’s unisex, because sharing is caring.)
Copper Moscow Mule Set
This gift-worthy Moscow Mule set includes two mugs, a jigger, a bar spoon—and a butler bell!—all handcrafted from 100% recycled copper by artisans in Mexico. Not just a short-term investment, it will retain its beauty for generations (speaking of sustainable).
Banana Twine Cube Basket
Every home will benefit from a few baskets to store books, throw blankets, and shoes by the door—and just generally add a little texture to a room. This beauty is handcrafted from banana twine by Fair Trade Federation artisans in Rwanda.
Canvas Market Tote
Are you a farmer’s market devotee? Up your sustainability score even more with a tote specially designed to transport your fresh-food haul with loving care. This one has pockets to hold everything from a dozen eggs and a bunch of carrots to a loaf of bread and a bottle of wine.
Smart Self-Watering Planter
Grow your own herbs the low-pressure way with this good-looking bamboo countertop planter. The smart-tech hydroponic system takes care of the watering for you—all you have to do is program the app to your plants’ special needs.
Shimmer Round Cheese Board
Feel good about your cheese-and-cracker habit when you snack off this artisan board made of sustainably harvested Caribbean walnut with a border of recycled aluminum for added shimmer. (And don’t worry, the insert is removable for cleaning.)
House of Marley Get Together Speaker
For fans of both music and sustainable materials, this cute portable speaker is made from bamboo and the brand’s special Rewind Fabric: 30% hemp, 30% organic cotton, 40% recycled plastic bottles. It has a rechargeable battery and bluetooth technology.
Recycled Glass Mason Jar Vase
Mason jars are a thing, for sure. This one made of recycled, lead-free mouth-blown glass puts a modern spin on the traditional jar shape. It’s also adorned with a buzzy bee to recall our eco-friendly garden friends.
Part of shopping sustainably is choosing things that will last a long, long time. This leather apron, perfect for barbecuing or gardening, will just get more beautiful with age.
Recycled Flip-Flop Doormat
You’ll be taking an eco-friendly step each time you enter your home over this kitschy-cool doormat, handcrafted from the scraps left over from making flip-flops and giving a second life to bits that would otherwise end up in a landfill.
Recycled Rubber Desk Mat
Upcycle that work-from-home space with a luxe-cool desk mat. This one is made from recycled rubber and brass and creates a supple surface for a laptop or regular old writing with pen and paper.
Custom Bridal Bouquet Wall Hanging
Sustain your bridal bouquet with one-of-a-kind pressed flower wall art. For extra credit, incorporate a favorite candid photo from your big day.
Buffalo Check Dog Bed
Don’t forget a couple’s best friend as you fill your registry with eco-friendly wedding gifts. This cheery checkered dog bed is made from recycled post-consumer plastic bottles, and the cover is removable and machine washable.
SimpleHuman Compost Caddy
It really doesn’t get more sustainable than composting—in fact, it’s now mandatory in some communities. This composting container makes it easy to store food scraps in the removable inner bucket till you’re ready to add them to the compost pile, and you can either hang it on the side of your trash can or keep it on your counter.
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