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30+ Awesome Eco Friendly Gift Ideas for Teenage Girls

by | Oct 13, 2018 | Teens | 0 comments

It can be really hard to find eco-friendly gift that teen girls will like. Please find some ideas we’ve researched below. 

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Ethique eco-friendly hair sampler

This set is perfect for trying out solid shampoos and conditioners. There are three mini shampoos and two mini conditioners. The gift is cruelty free eco-friendly and compostable. Ethique also make other ranges of gift sets.

Eco-Friendly, Solid Deodrant

Another fabulous product by Ethique, is their solid deodorant. If you know a teen keen to go zero waste, she will love trying this. It’s a natural deodorant without any plastic packaging. It’s made of magnesium hydroxide, zinc oxide and bamboo (which absorbs 200% its own weight in sweat and oil). Scented with lavender and vanilla, with jojoba and sweet almond oil for silky smooth underarms.

If zero waste is her thing, she will love a zero waste beauty kit. Why not make your own with products from Ethique. Lush is another great store to try out. You can add some Lush bath bombs and products from their naked make up products range.

Bath Bombs


Bath bombs have a great minimal waste gift. This set includes 12 uniquely designed bath bombs. The company has a green manufacturing process and never experiment on animals.

Bamboo Lapdesk

If she likes to study while sitting on the bed or the couch it might be worth thinking about getting her a lapdesk. This one is made out of bamboo which is a great renewable source as it grows so quickly.

7 Habits of Highly Effective People

This book is based on the international bestseller “The Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey” but adapted for teenagers by his son Sean Covey. It is full to the brim of fun cartoons, smart ideas, inspiring quotes and amazing stories from real teenagers all over the world. the book is easy to read and it information easy to absorb.

This book has been life-changing for some teenagers. There is some really useful advice and powerful habits in the book.

It features stories of teenagers overcoming struggles and adversity. It is very inspirational and motivating.

Eco Tools

Eco Tools are a great company and they make a range of different products which make great gifts and you can find here.

Their products are made of recycled aluminum & plastic with renweable bamboo. Their products are cruelty free, vegan and 100% PETA certified.

This cruelty free brush set includes an angled foundation brush, concealer brush, eyeshadow brush, angled liner brush & blush brush to help perfect your beauty routine.

Vera Bradley Recycled Mini Sling Backpack


This mini sling bag is made is made of 100% recycled plastic bottles, keeping them out of landfill.  The fabric is durable, water repellant and looks amazing. It’s also easy to wipe clean. If you’re looking for a versatile bag, this could be it. Wear it over your shoulder, across your body or as a belt bag. It has two convenient, easy to reach front pockets and an interior zipped pocket for your valuable.

It’s great for teenagers to carry all their essentials. She can fit her phone in and money in the bag as well as other stuff she might need. The back panel has a hidden vertical zip pocket D ring on top of a strap tor keys. The perfect size as an everyday bag to keep everything she needs to hand.

There are many colors to choose from.

Vera Bradley Women’s Recycled Daytripper Backpack

Vera Bradley also make backpacks from recycled bottles. Like the mini sling bag, the backpack’s fabric is water repellent, lightweight and durable. And it looks amazing. There are several different designs to choose from.

It’s a great option for school or college. The backpack features 2 side mesh pockets, a front zipper compartment, & a padded laptop compartment. Inside the main compartment you will find 2 slip pockets & inside the front pocket is a slip pocket & 4 pen pockets

Blue Q Pencil Case

This pencil case is made out of  95 percent post-consumer recycled material. It’s waterproof and easy to clean – cases features a zipper closure. It could be used as a pencil case, a make up case or to hold coins. There are lots of different designs to choose from. 

Blue Q Bags, Handy Tote, I’m a Girl What’s Your Super Power?

This fab tote is made out of  95 percent post-consumer recycled material. Great for carrying lunch or anything else a teen girl may want to carry. It comes in lots of different designs and different slogans. 

Eco Friendly Socks


These eco-friendly socks are made from 100% recycled cotton blend yarns. They often a mismatched which makes them a great gift. A fab stocking filler too.

Icebreaker Clothing


Most teenage girls like new clothes. But with fast fashion, buying items that are eco friendly and sustainable can be difficult. Icebreaker are one of many companies who are changing the status quo of how clothing is made. Most of their clothes are primarily made from merino wool. Merino wool is a fantastic material. It’s soft, comfortable and light. It’s not itchy like you imagine wool to be. They source their wool from farmers who follow a strict animal welfare code.

Merino wool also doesn’t need to be washed as often as other materials. It’s odour resistant, transports sweat and moisture away from skin as a vapor and is biodegradable. It also dries quickly. This makes merino wool great for all kinds of clothing from tank tops, to leggings to base layers. Icebreaker’s clothes aren’t cheap but if they’re looked after should last a long time. People use them for all kinds of activities including yoga and hiking as well as everyday casual wear.

Simple Modern Wave Water Bottle

Simple modern wave water bottles are fantastic. They keep drinks hot or cold forever. They are great to have in you bag for taking to college or when you meet with friends. They are also really useful to have drink in when playing sport or exercising. And it eliminates the need for buying plastic water bottles.

 

Organic Hair Ties

Koshoo make organic hair ties that are made of organic cotton, are biodegradable, are ethically dyed and don’t contain plastic. They make a great stocking filler.

Planet, Love, Live Bracelet

This company creates bracelets from salvaged fishing nets. Each bracelet represents one of the 300 + marine animal species that are affected by fishing gear lost at sea. There are lots of different designs and colours.

Teenage Cookbook

Learning how to cook from scratch is a great skill to learn as it generally involves less waste and packaging so ultimately is better for the environment. Therefore a teenage cookbook is a great gift as imagine the waste she could save if she always cooked using raw ingredients throughout her life. 

There are tons of recipies in the cookbook featured (75 in total)  for meals at all times of the day—breakfast, snacks, sides, dinners, and dessert, too.

Alex and Ani Eco Conscious Bracelet

Alex and Ani make bracelets from recyclable materials.

The bracelet featured is expandable and features a charm with Love written in a cursive script.

Wristlet


This wristlet uses fabrics made with 100% Cycle PET polyester fabric made from recycled water bottles (uses 5+ bottles). It features 12 card slots and zip coin pocket with 3 sections that are perfect for bills, receipts and lip gloss

Magic Face Cloth

If she wears make up, then a magic face cloth will be a very practical gift idea. It allows her to remove make up such as mascara with just water only. This will save her from having to buy and use make up remover, hopefully reducing use of plastic packaging.

Bed Shelfie


The Bed Shelfie can be easily fitted on the side of any bed with the clamp included and no tools are required.

It’s made of bamboo which is a highly renewable source making it more eco friendly than other gifts.

Each bed shelfie is designed to last a lifetime so you won’t have to buy another one.

It holds up to 15lbs worth of stuff. Perfect for putting your phone, a drink, glasses, a book, kindle, headphones, alarm clock or whatever you may need to have at hand when in bed.

DIY Beauty


The DIY beauty guide gives ideas of making beauty products at home, which is a great way to save money and help the environment. You can reuse the packaging for the items you make which is great for a zero waste lifestyles. The recipes Based on Your Favorites from Lush, Kiehl’s, Burt’s Bees, Bumble and bumble, Laura Mercier, and more. There are ideas for face masks, hair oil, make up and eye cream to name but a few.

Solar Powered Bamboo Speakers

This is an eco friendly speaker. It’s made of bamboo wood which grows quickly so it a good renewable source. The speakers are solar powered, although there is also a cable that can be used to charge the speakers when needed. The speaker doubles as a portable charger for your mobile devices. Your phone, tablet, MP3 player or laptop computer can be charged while enjoying your music.

It’s a wirelss speaker so there is no need for chords. Just pair with your device via bluetooth and you can move about freely with a bluetooth range of 33 feet.

Cork Wood Phone Case

This is a cork phone case for iphones. It provides protection against knocks and scratches. It has an eco friendly cork wood exterior: 100% Natural, Sustainable and Renewable. Cork trees do not have to be cut down in order to harvest the wood. Cork is naturally shock absorbing and water resistant.

It looks good and there are different designs too.

Generation Green : The Ultimate Teen Guide to Living an Eco-Friendly


The Generation Green book is a great gift to give to teens to give them a good idea of some of the issues facing our planet. There are dozens of tips on how to shop, dress, eat, and travel the green way. It includes interviews with teens like you who are involved with fun, innovative green causes. Finally, it shows that being environmentally conscious can be a natural part of your life and your generation’s contribution to turning things around.

Bamboo Toothbrush with Case

Bamboo toothbrushes make a great zero waste and eco friendly gift as they are compostable and bamboo is a highly renewable source.

The set featured comes with a nice case for transporting a toothbrush.

Audible Membership (Amazon)

If she would like to have less environmental impact when reading books, why not consider gifting an audible membership from amazon. 

There are various options to choose from with memberships ranging from 1 month to 12 months.

It will allow her to listen to at least 1 audible book per month.

Bamboo Safety Razor

A bamboo safety razor is designed to last a lifetime so you don’t have to use hundreds of plastic razors over a lifetime.

The only thing that will need to be replaced is the blade. So you keep the plastic razors out of the landfill.

 

Philips Hue Color LED light Bulb

A light bulb may not be the first gift you think of for a teenage girl but the Philips Hue light bulbs are something different. She can change the look and feel of her room by changing the color of the light in an instant with this bulb. It works by being controlled by an app on her phone but it can also be paired with Alexa and she can control it with her voice.

How eco friendly is it?

The bulb is LED which is the most energy efficient type. Most of the electricity used by LED bulbs is converted into light rather than heat in comparison to older style bulbs (halogen or incandescent bulbs) which would convert only around 10% of electricity into heat – the rest would be to heat. LED bulbs last for around 15000 hours compared to 1500 hours for older style bulbs. She shouldn’t need another light bulb for years.

Flip Flop Bracelets

These flip flop bracelets are made from recycled flip flops and made by women in Mali, West Africa. They are fair trade sourced so when you purchase them you will be supporting international working women. As they are made of flip flops they can be worn in the shower, at the beach or when working out. Each bracelet is handmade so unique and will look a little different from the others. They are ideal for everyday wear and go great with lots of outfits. 

Flip flop waste is a big problem. Flip flops are cheap to make but often don’t last long so they are discarded quickly. They are one of the world’s most popular shoe. Once discarded, flip flops take hundreds of years to decompose and can enter the oceans, killing marine life and contaminating water supplies.

You can read more about how flip flops cause problems in this article.

The Braiding Handbook

Teenage girls like to experiment with hairstyles. And many girls this age will ask for hair tools such as flat and curling irons. A more eco friendly and cost effective alternative to using hair tool is braiding. Braiding is a great way to try out new hair styles that look amazing. The braiding handbook allows you to learn how to make fantastic braids, twists, and other hairstyles. This full-color, step-by-step handbook from one of YouTube’s most popular braiding experts. There are simple instructions and step by step photos to follow. 

Natural Hair For Beginners: A Beginner’s Guide To Going Natural Successfully!

Natural hair for beginners is a great read for women of color, and if you give teenage girls the skills to look after their hair well from when they’re young, it’s a great gift. It’s full of information along with educating women on natural hair terms, brands, and even the mindset needed to attain a positive experience. With extensive background information, step-by-step directions, and answers to the most frequently asked questions, readers will find all the information they need to accomplish their hair styling goals from hair growth, thinning edges to common ingredients to look for and to steer clear of.

Fountain Pen

Even though we are in a technological age, teenage girls still need to handwrite with a pen. As you can imagine, pen waste is a massive problem. We often use disposable plastic pens that quickly run out, break or get lost – they’re cheap so we don’t look after them like we should. Why not get the teen girl in your life an eco friendly pen to help her cut down on this waste? There are many options of eco friendly pens including pens made from recycled bottles and refillable ball point pens. However, fountain pens make a special gift and can last a years if looked after properly.

There are many fountain pens you can choose from. To be extra eco friendly look for one which has an ink coverter so you don’t have to rely on plastic ink cartridges. The pen featured is made out of bamboo and has a piston ink converter. To use the piston ink converter, you put the nib of the pen into the ink bottle, turn the screw knob on the end(clockwise), and the ink is pulled up into the converter. You will need to purchase ink separately to use the pen.

There are many fountain pens you can choose from – as they last longer they all tend to be a better option for the environment than disposable ball point pens. 

 

Generation T: Beyond Fashion: 120 New Ways to Transform a T-shirt

If she loves fashion, creating and loves a good project, she will enjoy this book about upcycling t-shirts. A collection of 120 projects for every occasion, it takes the humble yet ever-malleable tee in dozens of new directions―from baby gifts to pet accessories, stuff for the home, the car, the road and the boyfriend.

It’s a very green book, helping to save the t-shirts from landfill and changing it into other clothing items so you have a new item in the wardrobe without having to buy any more fast fashion.

There’s instruction on techniques―knotting, sewing, braiding, lacing and a full tutorial on embellishing. And then an amazing range of projects. There’s fashion: all-new halters and tank tops, sexy gaucho pants, a baby-doll dress, twisted shrug, and hooded scarf. There’s also decor and ideas which can make awesome gifts for family and friends. Projects range from the simplest no-sew to the intermediate. All have easy-to-follow illustrated instructions.

Eco-Friendly Bug House Hotel

If she’s a nature enthusiast and / or has in interest in insects, she will enjoy this bug hotel. Attract bees, butterflies, ladybirds and a host of other insects to your garden and offer them a safe place to stay. Bees are a fabulous insect to attract to help the garden grow. The hotel is made out of eco friendly materials and looks great in an outdoor garden space.

Organic Facial Cleansing Kit

 

This cute facial cleansing kit contains 10 reuseable bamboo pads and a facial cleansing puff made of vegetable fibres. It will help her reduce her waste as she can clean her face without facial cleaning wipes. It comes with a mesh bag which you can use to wash the pads, keeping them altogether. 

Pela Phone Case

Pela phone cases are made from flax shive, which is an agricultural biproduct. It is compostable and will biodegrade in a backyard composter or industrial compost facility

Most phone cases are made from plastic which sticks around the natural environment for thousands of years. In fact, some people argue that plastic isn’t biodgradable at all. Every piece of plastic every produced is probably still present on the Earth today – which is a terrifying thought. Pela phone cases help combat the problem of plastic from phone cases.

The pela phone case featured is for the iPhone Xs Max but they Pela make phone cases for many types of phone including iphones and some android.

There is a lip to the case, which will give the phone some protection if you drop it. The Pela cases come in many colors.

Rocketbook Fusion Notebook

She can put an end to writing on paper for her studies with the Rocketbook Fusion. It’s essentially a reusable writing device. She can write using the friction erasable pens, then upload it to the cloud service of her choice (such as Google Drive or Dropbox) using the Rocketbook app.

The notebook includes different templates which will help her organise her studies (and life) easily. They include a project page and weekly and monthly calendars so she can see her schedule in advance. In total, there are 7 different page styles for planning, listing, goal setting, note-taking, sketching, and sharing big ideas.

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