11 Eco-Friendly Wedding Favor and Gift Ideas That Everyone (and the Planet) Will Love

Ready to make a change?

Updated 04/13/19
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 Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography

Weddings come along with a lot of stuff. And all that stuff can create a lot of waste in just a single day. If you’re trying to limit your environmental impact as you’re wedding planning, there are plenty of ways to work with your vendors to keep that footprint small—like these eco-friendly wedding favors and gift ideas, for example!

Renting items instead of buying, opting for biodegradable disposable goods, or featuring locally-sourced produce on your menu are some excellent ways to transform your wedding into an eco-friendly affair. But all those gifts you’re giving out to your loved ones is a particularly great place to start.

Typical wedding favors (boxes of treats and bags of goodies for instance) tend to fill trash cans, increase your carbon footprint, and completely disregard the needs of the planet. Ready to make a change? Check out these eco-friendly wedding favors and gift ideas that everyone will love—including the planet!

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Something for the Bride..

Courtesy of Naja

Naja Bella Strappy Bralette and Mila Brief

Treat the bride-to-be with a bachelorette party staple that’s also environmentally-conscious. Lingerie brand Naja offers a selection of eco-conscious bras and panties made from recycled plastic fabric and printed using advanced technology that helps reduce water consumption and minimizes the amount of waste water being put back into the environment.

SHOP NOW: Naja, $45 for the bralette and $22 for the brief

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Something for the Groom..

Courtesy of Iris Skateboards

Iris Skateboards Pointbreak Complete

If the groom is more often seen cruising the sidewalks than in the car, give him an upgrade with a skateboard that’s made from, well, skateboards! Iris Skateboards uses old boards that would otherwise end up in a landfill to create completely one-of-a-kind boards that feature eye-catching stripes and, according to the founder, they ride as good as they look.

SHOP NOW: Iris Skateboards, $250

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Something for Guests..

Courtesy of Love By Bean

Love By Bean Organic Seed Bomb Favors

Gussy up guests’ gardens as you do good for the planet. Pollinators like bees, butterflies, and birds are drawn to fragrant wildflowers, and stick around to help other plants grow and thrive. Make starting a garden easy by giving each guest a pack of seed bombs as a favor. They can simply be scattered on top of soil—the paper is biodegradable, so no digging required! Choose colors to match your wedding palette, and watch your love grow as guests near and far plant the seeds!

SHOP NOW: Etsy, $450 for 150 packs of three

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Something for Guests..

Courtesy of weddingsandfavors

Fair Trade Coffee Favors

Gift your friends and family the perfect blend. Every morning, when they brew their fair trade coffee, they'll think of you and your oh-so chic, eco-friendly big day.

SHOP NOW: Etsy, $2.95

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Something for Guests..

Air Plant Wedding Favors

Give your guests the gift of green! These teeny tiny air plants are just too cute. Plus, adding houseplants to your space can help improve the air quality in your home.

SHOP NOW: Etsy, starting at $5.99

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Something for Guests..

Courtesy of DiscountMugs

Posh Stainless Steel Reusable Water Bottles

One of the easiest ways to reduce your impact is to swap disposable water bottles for a reusable version. This stainless steel design features a chic matte finish in muted colors, a spill-proof cap, and double-wall insulation to keep drinks colder, longer. Skip the logo for a simple addition to your welcome bags, or upgrade to a custom-printed version so guests won’t forget your wedding weekend.

SHOP NOW: DiscountMugs, starting at $5.87 each for 100

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Something for Guests..

Courtesy of Baggu

Baggu Reusable Bags

All reusable bags are not created equal. If you’re going to invest in giving your guests reusable bags—whether for your weekend welcome bags or your favors—look for a tote that’s made of an earth-friendly material and that will be long-lasting, so it'll be a small impact while you purchase as well as in the long-run. Baggu’s Ripstop Nylon bags are made from 40% recycled material, so they’re eco-friendly but still durable. Plus, when you’re done with the bag, you can send it back and they’ll work with the American Textile Recycling Service to make sure it doesn’t wind up in a landfill. And the over 20 colors and pattern choices certainly don't hurt either!

SHOP NOW: Baggu, $12

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Something for Guests..

Courtesy of Cape Whoopies

Local Treats, like Cape Whoopies Maine-iac Whoopie Pies

Everyone loves snacks! Reduce your carbon footprint by filling welcome bags with local treats instead of buying in bulk from online retailers. Your guests will get a delicious taste of the region you’ve chosen for your wedding, and you’ll be supporting local businesses! If you’re tying the knot in Maine, for example, share a whoopie pie with each guest for a real taste of the East Coast.

SHOP NOW: Cape Whoopies, $59.00 for 12

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Something for Guests..

Courtesy of Reef Safe Sun

Reef-Safe Sunscreen

If you’re tying the knot in the warm summer months, you may want to give your guests sunscreen to protect their skin. But some sunscreen products can cause coral reefs to become bleached and damage local waterways (a major concern especially if you’ll be at a coastal destination), so choosing the right product is more important than ever. Take care of guests’ skin and coral reefs with a reef-safe sunscreen in a convenient travel size.

SHOP NOW: Reef Safe Sun, $3.50 each

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Something for the Wedding Party..

Courtesy of Allbirds

Allbirds Runners and Loungers

Take the guesswork out of gifting by choosing a single gift for all of your bridesmaids and groomsmen. Allbirds sneakers use a tree fiber sourced from South Africa that uses 95% less water than cotton, wool from New Zealand that requires 60% less energy than synthetics to produce, sustainably sourced and renewable Brazilian sugarcane (that removes carbon from the atmosphere as it grows!) for the soles, and a recycled plastic bottle for every pair of laces.

SHOP NOW: Allbirds, prices vary

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Something for the Wedding Party..

Courtesy of The Little Market

Bridesmaid Gift Box

Pop the bridesmaid question with this box of goodies from Lauren Conrad's fair trade company that empowers female artisans all over the world.

SHOP NOW: The Little Market, $56

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