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The last things your eco-minded relatives want to find in their stockings are single-use plastics and tchotchkes that will end up in a landfill.

This holiday season, use our guide to impress them with eco-friendly stocking stuffers they'll truly appreciate.

For more holiday ideas, check out our list of the best eco-friendly gifts of 2020, our sustainable gift wrap guide, and a few of our tips for having a green Christmas.

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Whether you're a conscious consumer yourself or are looking for the perfect gift for your environmentally-friendly friend or family member, we've rounded up the best eco-friendly gifts for sustainable living this holiday season.

According to Stanford University, Americans toss 25 percent more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day than any other time of year. Don't become a statistic — check out our last-minute eco-friendly stocking stuffer ideas, sustainable gift wrap guide, and the products listed below to have a low- or even zero-waste holiday.

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The bright patterns and recognizable designs of Waterlust's activewear aren't just for show. In fact, they're meant to promote the conversation around sustainability and give back to the ocean science and conservation community.

Each design is paired with a research lab, nonprofit, or education organization that has high intellectual merit and the potential to move the needle in its respective field. For each product sold, Waterlust donates 10% of profits to these conservation partners.

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Around the holidays, it's estimated that Americans throw out an extra 1 million tons of trash per week – and one of the biggest offenders of seasonal waste is single-use gift wrap.

Use the tips in this eco-friendly gift wrapping guide to cut down your environmental impact this year.

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By Sharon Elber

You may have heard that giving a pet for Christmas is just a bad idea. Although many people believe this myth, according to the ASPCA, 86 percent of adopted pets given as gifts stay in their new homes. These success rates are actually slightly higher than average adoption/rehoming rates. So, if done well, giving an adopted pet as a Christmas gift can work out.

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By Katie O'Reilly

There's a fine art to setting a mindful example while also providing some good old-fashioned fun.

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