Gift These 9 Sustainable Things To The Student In Your Life

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written by:  Anna Shuster

editor's note:

Ever got a gift that you just never used that ended up cluttering your house? Us too. Take a look at this list to make sure that won't happen this gifting season.

Students change from generation to generation. It can be so confusing trying to figure out what students need. Surprisingly, what they’ve been looking towards now is more eco-friendly products. Support the modern sustainable student by gifting long-lasting and useful items. So, take this as an opportunity to put your conscious consumerism into action.

We put together this list of items that any student would need and appreciate as they go through their day to day life. The best part is you can choose to splurge or save with the items on this list!


1. Plumas Laptop Sleeve

Price:

$139

Our Take:

Students need their laptop for everything nowadays. Gift this fair-trade and ethically sourced laptop sleeve so their laptop stays safe as our backpack gets thrown around every which way throughout the day. This unique design captures traditional Zapotec weaving techniques so they can carry it with pride knowing there is a story behind their laptop sleeve.


2. Epic Coffee Gift Box

Price:

$50

Our Take:

It's no secret students run on coffee. That's why this box jam-packed with three coffee bars, three bags of roasted coffee, and a cute mug is a great gift for any student. Not to mention, Cause Roast donates a portion of the proceeds towards providing clean water to needing communities.


3. Anchal Quilts Boxed Blank Card Set

Price:

$25

Our Take:

These cards made with 100% recycled paper are so adorable and perfect for those end-of-semester thank you cards. By supporting this non-profit, you are investing in the artisan's education and design training that allows them to leave the sex work industry if they so choose.


4. Upcycled Tote Bag

Price:

$15

Our Take:

This upcycled tote bag made from water satchets is super cool and is perfect for getting together your books and notes for a day studying at a cafe. When you're not using it, it zips up until a small pouch that you can store for as long as you want. Not only is it making treasure out of literal trash, but purchasing these item supports artisans in Ghana who hand-make this bag.


5. Laptop Stand

Price:

$30

Our Take:

This laptop stand is a total game changer now that students have to be in Zoom meetings and classes all day. Made from sustainably sourced wood and handcrafted in Nicaragua, this laptop stand will be used again and again.


6. Zip Coin Purse

Price:

$10

Our Take:

These adorable coin purses are made from upcycled plastic by female artisans providing for their families. It can be used to store coins on the way to the laundromat or just as an accessory. Affordable and environmentally friendly: a perfect combination for a gift.


7. Sisterhood Journal

Price:

$25

Our Take:

This gorgeous journal is perfect to use as a planner, a space for reflections, or even notes for your classes. The paper is handmade from cotton by female artisans in India. A journal that looks this good is bound to inspire a strong work ethic for even the most boring of classes.


8. Felt + Leather Backpack

Price:

$200

Our Take:

Want to go all out and really treat that student in your life this year? Get them a new backpack! Backpacks get run down quickly and this one by Mulxiply is both stylish and sturdy. This item is handcrafted in Nepal and built to last with naturally sourced materials.


9. Smartphone Dock

Price:

$45

Our Take:

Have you ever seen a smartphone dock that is so beautiful it takes your breath away? Me neither until I got my eyes on this one. 100% handmade and fair-trade, this smartphone dock will make Facetiming friends and family so much easier and makes a gorgeous addition to the decor of the room.

1. Plumas Laptop Sleeve

Price:

$139

Our Take:

Students need their laptop for everything nowadays. Gift this fair-trade and ethically sourced laptop sleeve so their laptop stays safe as our backpack gets thrown around every which way throughout the day. This unique design captures traditional Zapotec weaving techniques so they can carry it with pride knowing there is a story behind their laptop sleeve.


2. Epic Coffee Gift Box

Price:

$50

Our Take:

It's no secret students run on coffee. That's why this box jam-packed with three coffee bars, three bags of roasted coffee, and a cute mug is a great gift for any student. Not to mention, Cause Roast donates a portion of the proceeds towards providing clean water to needing communities.


3. Anchal Quilts Boxed Blank Card Set

Price:

$25

Our Take:

These cards made with 100% recycled paper are so adorable and perfect for those end-of-semester thank you cards. By supporting this non-profit, you are investing in the artisan's education and design training that allows them to leave the sex work industry if they so choose.


4. Upcycled Tote Bag

Price:

$15

Our Take:

This upcycled tote bag made from water satchets is super cool and is perfect for getting together your books and notes for a day studying at a cafe. When you're not using it, it zips up until a small pouch that you can store for as long as you want. Not only is it making treasure out of literal trash, but purchasing these item supports artisans in Ghana who hand-make this bag.


5. Laptop Stand

Price:

$30

Our Take:

This laptop stand is a total game changer now that students have to be in Zoom meetings and classes all day. Made from sustainably sourced wood and handcrafted in Nicaragua, this laptop stand will be used again and again.


6. Zip Coin Purse

Price:

$10

Our Take:

These adorable coin purses are made from upcycled plastic by female artisans providing for their families. It can be used to store coins on the way to the laundromat or just as an accessory. Affordable and environmentally friendly: a perfect combination for a gift.


7. Sisterhood Journal

Price:

$25

Our Take:

This gorgeous journal is perfect to use as a planner, a space for reflections, or even notes for your classes. The paper is handmade from cotton by female artisans in India. A journal that looks this good is bound to inspire a strong work ethic for even the most boring of classes.


8. Felt + Leather Backpack

Price:

$200

Our Take:

Want to go all out and really treat that student in your life this year? Get them a new backpack! Backpacks get run down quickly and this one by Mulxiply is both stylish and sturdy. This item is handcrafted in Nepal and built to last with naturally sourced materials.


9. Smartphone Dock

Price:

$45

Our Take:

Have you ever seen a smartphone dock that is so beautiful it takes your breath away? Me neither until I got my eyes on this one. 100% handmade and fair-trade, this smartphone dock will make Facetiming friends and family so much easier and makes a gorgeous addition to the decor of the room.




written by:  Anna Shuster

editor's note:

Ever got a gift that you just never used that ended up cluttering your house? Us too. Take a look at this list to make sure that won't happen this gifting season.

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