Tech gifts are hard to beat. Who doesn’t love receiving a fun new gadget? When you’re shopping for the holidays this year, one of the best things you can do is opt for more sustainable versions for your recipient.
E-waste is a much bigger problem than most people realize. Whether a gadget is out of date or no longer works, it’s not uncommon for these items to wind up in landfills. In fact, it’s been predicted that we’ll have over 52 million tons of e-waste in 2021. And, 70 percent of the hazardous materials in our landfills come from e-waste.
When you buy tech gadgets and accessories that are made sustainably, you’re doing the planet a solid. Aside from being made from eco-friendly materials, they also have end-of-life in mind. Many of the tech gifts below are even biodegradable or compostable.
Ready to shop? Here are some of our go-to tech gifts that your friends and family will love, from compostable phone cases to FSC certified wood headphones.
12 Tech Gifts to Shop for the Holidays
Pela created the world’s first compostable, transparent iPhone case. It’s ethically made from plant-based materials and comes in sustainable packaging. It also has a rigid back and impact-absorbent edges, protecting the phone against drops and impacts.
2. Anchal Oversized Laptop Sleeve, $48
Meet the perfect item for carrying your laptop to and from work. It’s stylish, too—so much that it doubles as a clutch! The product includes 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton, and it’s made to last.
3. House of Marley Earbuds, $15
These unique, affordable headphones are made from FSC certified wood, recyclable aluminum, and recycled plastic. They’re noise-isolating and have a woven cable that won’t tangle. Also cool? House of Marley was originally inspired by Bob Marley and his respect for the environment, hence the name.
4. Patagonia Arbor Roll Top Pack, $129
This laptop bag is perfect for an on-the-go techie. It features a 100% recycled polyester body, is Fair Trade Certified sewn, and has plenty of space and compartments to keep track of everything you need. Patagonia is also a certified B-Corporation.
An Apple Watch strap… made of recycled French wine barrels? Made in Austria, this rustic strap is compatible with Apple Watch Series 5, 4, and 3. It also features stainless steel—a 100% recyclable material.
6. K-TOR Pocket Socket USB 1 AMP, $65
Want to gift a greener, more sustainable charging alternative? Meet the Pocket Socket. This gadget weighs about 15 ounces and is the size of a water bottle. You can use it to charge any device that uses a USB, all from doing a little cranking.
7. A Good Mobile iPhone Case, $45
This cute phone case comes in over 50 different prints and is available for almost every iPhone model. It’s also the world’s first climate-positive mobile case. Made in Sweden, they’re 100% plant-based and designs are added by hand using organic paint. The case is also 100% biodegradable.
8. House of Marley Bluetooth Speaker, $150
This speaker is ideal for your music-loving friend or family member. It has a 10-hour battery life and charges quickly. It’s also made from sustainable materials: solid bamboo and fabric weaved from reclaimed organic cotton, reclaimed hemp, and recycled PET.
9. Bellroy Laptop Sleeve, $49
This laptop sleeve from Bellroy, a certified B-Corporation, is the perfect gift for anyone looking for quality, long-lasting protection for their laptop. It’s made out of recycled PET bottles, is waterproof, and contains a magnetic closure that allows you to simply slide in your laptop and close it with one hand.
10. Reveal Shop Cork Wood iPad Case, $45
This iPad case is a great gift for any iPad owner, as its quality and resistance are strong and long-lasting. It has an all-natural cork exterior along with a recycled lining. It’s also waterproof and shock-resistant. Another awesome quality? With every product Reveal Shop sells, it plants a tree.
11. Pela AirPods Pro Case, $22
The world’s first compostable AirPods case, this option from Pela is made entirely from plant-based materials. It’s also super durable, protecting your AirPods from drops, scratches, and dents.
12. Nimble Hemp Wireless Phone Charger, $35
This wireless phone charger from Nimble, a B Corporation, is made with a blend of organic hemp and recycled plastic bottles. In order to close the loop on e-waste, Nimble retires old equipment responsibly; simply send it back when you’re done using the included biodegradable bag.
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