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1 Eco-Friendly Stocking Stuffer Ideas Inspired by Van Life

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Cheap and Eco-Friendly Stocking Stuffers for Everybody!

Looking for the perfect gift this holiday season? Why not give something back to the planet as well as your loved ones with these eco-friendly stocking stuffer ideas.

If there’s one thing van life teaches you very quickly it’s that waste is an insidious enemy. When you have to cart your rubbish around with you it quickly becomes obvious the amount of trash that we, as individuals, can produce in a very short time. Waste that, for the most part, doesn’t break down and that has nowhere to go but into landfills or into the natural world where it poses a threat to the environment.

There is nothing quite like living in a van to inspire you to move toward a zero-waste approach to living. By making a conscious effort to select re-usable, eco-friendly solutions to everyday problems you don’t only help the environment, but you save yourself money in the long run and declutter your own space.

While these eco-friendly stocking stuffer ideas were definitely inspired by our van life and would make great van life gifts they are really for anyone wanting to upgrade their kit and make a positive difference to the environment.

Here are our top 10 Eco-Friendly Stocking Stuffer Ideas…

Eco Friendly Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Reusable Tote Bag

An oversized tote held by a girl is the perfect eco-friendly stocking stuffer idea!
An oversized tote to carry everything is the perfect eco-friendly stocking stuffer idea!

Many countries around the world are taking serious leaps forward when it comes to reducing plastic consumption and production. The word is out and it’s definitely no longer just the fringe lunatics taking their own bag to the store. In fact, you are more likely to cop a side glance if you forget your tote at the supermarket in 2020.

But as totes for shopping are mainstreamed, we are faced with a new dilemma. How to stand out from the crowd. When everyone’s an eco-warrior, we need a new way to define ourselves. And what better way than to make a serious statement with a stylish designer tote. Ethically produced of course!

A stylish tote has value far beyond the aisles of your local grocer. Trips to the beach, the park, or the local roller disco can all be improved with the versatility and convenience a tote brings to the table.

It makes the perfect stocking stuffer idea for the most hardened environmentalist, or as a gentle reminder for those who are still trapped in a plastic world.

Filtering Water Bottle

No one should have to choose between Motezumas revenge and single-use plastic water bottles. A self-filtering water bottle is the perfect stocking stuff for van lifers, campers, and travel addicts who like to get off the beaten path and potentially away from properly treated water. A water bottle with a built-in filtering system allows you to eliminate single-use plastics no matter where you travel.

Shampoo & Conditioner Bar

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Drive another stake through the heart of single-use plastic with the gift of a shampoo and conditioner bar!

We switched to bars when we found traditional plastic bottles of shampoo and conditioner difficult to store and travel within a van. The choice to switch to these easy-to-store bars was a no-brainer. Knowing that there is one less plastic bottle on the way to landfill or the ocean is just the gravy.

This eco-friendly stocking stuffer is the perfect gift for someone living in a van, behind a hedge, or anyone just a little fed up with plastic pollution.

Pair it with a quick dry hessian bag to store the bars and you have a couple of great eco-friendly stocking stuffer ideas sorted!

Bamboo Toothbrush

This two-in-one gift takes care of the planet while taking care of the chompers. What better way to show someone you are thinking about them and their oral hygiene than with a bamboo toothbrush.

Everyone uses a toothbrush (I hope) so this is one gift that won’t go to waste. But when it does go to that great bathroom cabinet in the sky you can take solace in the fact that it was produced with sustainable bamboo and is fully biodegradable.

Their small size makes them one of the easiest eco-friendly stocking stuffer ideas! Plus it’s also a sure-fire way to make sure your loved ones are thinking about you first thing each day as they brush their teeth.

Bamboo Dental Floss

Dental hygiene doesn’t stop with a bamboo toothbrush. Make sure your loved ones on the road can keep their mouths healthy with bamboo dental floss.

Eco-Friendly Journal

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One of our favorite eco-friendly stocking stuffer ideas, a journal is a perfect gift for all ages and an eco-friendly journal will remind your loved one for years to come about the time they came down on the right side of history.

Perfect as a travel journal, a to-do list, productivity tracker, or anything in between. We personally use our eco-friendly journals every day and would not get by without them!

Beeswax Paper

For those clingers-on still clinging to a cling-wrapped world, the verdict’s in and clinginess is a turnoff. Free friends and family from the messy entanglement of cling wrap with this washable, reusable, and totally environmentally friendly, food storage solution.

Beeswax paper is the perfect gift for people like us who love to meal prep ahead of time with big meals and lots of leftovers but hate to rely on meters and meters of cling wrap to keep it fresh. We also use beeswax paper to store protect fruit and vegetables, herbs, and more. Beeswax paper keeps your food fresh and is easy to store whether you live in a tiny home on wheels or enjoy a more stationary life.

Reusable Travel Coffee Cup

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A reusable travel coffee cup like a bamboo takeaway coffee cup is perfect for those who need their coffee and need it to go.

For those that make their coffee at home, this is going to change the game when it comes to transporting your coffee safely and keeping it warm.

For those that get their coffee from the cafe, most cafes offer discounts for bringing your own cup, and, if you drink as much coffee as we do, it’s going to keep a lot of paper cups out of the landfill.

There are so many mornings that we need to get some miles under our belts and a travel coffee cup with a lid is perfect for such an occasion, that’s why we think it’s one of the best eco-friendly stocking stuffer ideas going.

Eco-friendly Dish Towels

Help loved ones clean up the planet while they clean up their dinner. Your nearest and dearest won’t need to reach for the paper towels anymore with these babies hanging around. These high-quality dishtowels are made from sustainable materials, are reusable, and biodegradable. They come in plastic-free packaging, last eight weeks, and can be washed up to 200 times!

Re-Useable Produce Bags

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Don’t love your tomatoes touching the shopping cart, but not a huge fan of plastic bags either. Say hello to reusable produce bags. These are great to get your fresh bread from the bakery, your fruit, and veg from the market, or whatever other fresh produce that tickles your fancy. At the same time virtually signaling to everyone in earshot, that “don’t worry I have my own reusable produce bag you can put it in!”

Feel good, while you store goods in the produce bag until you use it. Then, just rinse and repeat (no, literally chuck that thing in the washing machine!)

These are awesome easy and eco-friendly stocking stuffer ideas to please anyone whose starting to feel that seventeen plastic bags are unnecessary for one fruit and veg shop.

Travel Cutlery Set

As single-use plastics finally start to reveal themselves for the villains they are, don’t rely on a plastic fork to shovel your takeaway into your mouth hole.

A travel cutlery set is not just for travel but is an essential tool for anyone with a hectic schedule who is always on the go. Sure it makes a van life adventure a little less messy but this eco-friendly stocking stuffer belongs in every office, car, backpack, and tote bag.

With every kind of utensil that you could possibly need to eat a meal, a travel cutlery set is perfect for those friends and families with a busy work life, who often need to grab a meal on the go as well as hikers, campers, road trippers, and college students!

Bio-Degradable Soaps

Making sure your soap is bio-degradable and won’t harm the environment is always important, but even more so when your grey wastewater has to be disposed of in nature. Bio-degradable soaps will have you smelling great, a plus for your fellow van lifers and won’t bother plants and animals, a plus for nature. Check out this list of some of the most popular bio-degradable soaps for van life.

Looking for other great gift ideas for someone you know who is part of the van life movement? Check out our other great gift ideas for every vanlifer!



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  1. Thank you for the ideas! This time of year I always forget all the eco options I’ve seen around and rack my brain trying to remember 😂

  2. I’d love that oversized tote (I just played jenga with the groceries trying to get them into my small bags) and I’ve always wanted to try shampoo bars. There are some great ideas here!

  3. These are some brilliant ideas, each one of them is very important. I use some of them but will try to use some more. 🙂

  4. My brother is in the midst of converting a schoolie, and I’ve been looking for Christmas ideas for him. Thanks for helping me out!