Some good ecological gifts for car enthusiasts

Giving season is pretty hard to live with a clear conscience if you care about the environment, because one of the best ways to be “sustainable” is to stop buying things altogether. And it’s even trickier if you’re into cars, most of which aren’t great for Mother Earth either. But for anyone who wants to sate their enthusiasm without directly wreaking havoc on the planet (at least, more than we’ve done before), there are a bunch of cute, quirky, or just down-to-earth things that make good purchases.

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Beast 30 oz. Reusable mug


As a European with a weak bladder, I only use the custom-fitted espresso-sized thermos flasks on my dashboard, next to the crystalline ashtray and wand holder. However, during my stay at The reader I have come to realize that having at least a pint of liquid available to you in the cockpit at all times is an essential part of the American automobile and you don’t want to use hundreds of paper cups for that.

After looking around all 30 oz. options, the Beast has the best combination of not being overpriced and getting the job done right. It is suitable for hot or cold drinks and has two straws and an anti-tip cover, so you don’t have to worry about coating the interior of your car with iced tea if you take a sudden turn. A really nice touch is that the straws have a cleaning brush with them, so you don’t have to ask if there’s a weird taste in your drink or if you didn’t quite wash the cup last last. time.

Coco car mat

GG Bailey

When it comes to sustainable fabrics for cars, car manufacturers and suppliers are working hard to improve their green credentials. Recovered ocean plastics are present in the BMW iX and Mercedes EQS and although leather persists as a luxury option, many OEMs are offering alternatives with woolen and vegan interiors.

Yes, car mats are boring. But let’s face it: if you’re not in the market to stuff your whole car, then this is a pretty easy place to make a sustainable choice when it comes to finally getting rid of all the mud covered horror you have. have been. park your feet on it. For those of us who love to take our shoes off to drive, it also helps if the car mat has a nice texture.

Coconut rugs aren’t a whole new technology, but they do have the advantage of being durable and natural. They wash well, they’re inexpensive, and you don’t get that sweaty polyester feel. GG Bailey offers a wide range of colors and sizes for virtually any car.

Le Cord Recycled Marine Plastic Charging Cables

The Cord

It’s a relatively small thing, but we all plug our phones into our cars now, so we might as well do it in a way that makes things better rather than worse. Le Cord’s charging cables are made from reclaimed marine plastics, so purchasing one actively avoids producing new plastic waste. and recovers some of the existing problems in the ocean.

Cables are made by collecting fishing nets, which constitute a large part of the plastic waste that pollutes the world’s waters. So-called “ghost nets” are among the sea’s most deadly litter for marine life, trapping animals and making up 46% of the large Pacific litter area. Pulling a few of them out of the water and turning them into phone chargers is a relatively small saving on plastic waste, but with things as they are, every little detail helps.

Eco Freshies Reusable and Durable Air Freshener

Eco Freshies

Okay, we all know that a magic tree is unlikely to be the most durable thing there is, but also: you have dogs, you have kids, you have stuff to carry in your car and you don’t. want him to constantly smell cold sweat.

Certainly, the name Eco Freshies activates in me a sort of anti-twee response that has almost taken them away from this list. But after looking at a bunch of options, this combines both genuinely enduring materials and values, and a product that will actually work. Eco Freshies uses air-dried clay deodorants, which absorb essential oils and can be topped up whenever you need to keep your car free from pets, sports or the like. They’re virtually endlessly reusable and even have cute, festive designs.

EcoAlf recycled polyester tote bag


If you’re like me, your car is probably full of what can only be called “stuff”. At this point in my life I can admit that I will never change my ways and that my car is one of my many data repositories. But I can buy a big old bag so that if I let people who don’t live like gremlins into my vehicle, it’s easy to instantly put away my collection of half-empty oil cans, interesting rocks, and other garbage that I have found.

Spanish brand EcoAlf uses recycled polyester to create an admittedly expensive but truly stylish, sustainably salvaged buyer that creates the illusion that you have your life under control as well as the IKEA race. EcoAlf gets its fibers from landfills and processes marine plastics to make its products, so new fibers are minimized and each item actively treats waste.

Kungs MID-IS Eco-Friendly Ice Scraper


It’s winter, which means there’s ice on your car. Most scrapers have two problems: they are not very good and they are plastic. The Kungs MID-IS solves both of these issues by being a bit of Finnish engineering going out of their way to be made from recycled parts and to actually guarantee that it will be useful.

Anyone who has had the disheartening experience of seeing pieces of your scraper break off, while the windshield remains firmly frozen, can rejoice in the fact that this is an incredibly reasonably priced product which in its ecological model is also respectful of the environment. The weather is about to get more and more extreme as climate change progresses, so get one now.

Durable tarpaulin


Again, you are doing stuff with your car. You put kids, dogs, and interesting rocks (I may have a problem) inside. And if your car is a lot less in the luxury segment than the stuff to lug around, you’ve probably got a crappy tarp or two unraveling in the trunk.

The plastic sheeting is horrible in terms of durability; it’s not sustainable, it’s not really recyclable, and it often ends up being parked in a landfill forever. So while cotton is a problem in some settings, getting a heavy, durable canvas tarp is far better than going through your fifth torn blue tarp of the year. Plus, it looks a lot prettier and doesn’t squeak when you put a box of stuff on it. Glamptex makes heavy canvas tarps that are sized for just about any trunk or frunk.

EcoSmart waterless car wash


It’s not the most glamorous thing in history, but washing your car is an ecological concern. Firstly, using a hose will soak up water, which isn’t ideal, and secondly, there are all kinds of chemicals in the stuff you actually put on your car – ironically, mostly for remove the particle film and other bad things that have come out (most of the time) from other people’s cars.

But we don’t all want to roll in a dusty pile. Chemical Guys EcoSmart Waterless Wash works with carnauba wax to make a product that coats and protects your car, removing all the grime with a fraction of the amount of water you would otherwise use. Despite the sordid green color, it’s natural and you don’t have to worry about the small amount that goes down the drain. Disadvantage: it’s no longer an excuse not to clean your car, but hey, it’s a gift to whoever receives their problem.

Recycled Car Paint Jewelry

Delta F designs

It is not a purely practical item in itself, but hey, it is a gift. Auto paint is relatively difficult to recycle, although of course we get a lot of it with chips and scratches, refills and paints.

Fordite is a jewelry material made from leftover paint. Residues in auto stores are molded into decorative shapes and used like glass or amber, preventing them from ending up in a landfill. Arguably these are just cool jewelry (even F1 drivers have them), but given that it’s also a way to use up automotive waste that would otherwise end up clogging the planet, stuff like this ring from DeltaF Designs are a great way to save something.

Carbon offsetting


Plant a different kind of tree this holiday season. If you can avoid generating CO2, it’s always better than trying to reduce it afterwards. But if there is someone you know who is consumed with guilt for their conduct but currently has no other option, then yes, you can pay to save their conscience.

Our Trace allows you to purchase gift packages that commit to a certain amount of carbon offsetting and a certain number of trees planted, so you are guaranteed that there will be a significant effect.

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