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“You had me at self-cleaning.” Who wouldn’t jump at the opportunity to equip their homes with smart textiles? Enter our range of antibacterial bedding and self-cleaning sheets. It just makes sense!
Humans are more aware of their ecological footprint on Earth than ever before, yet we aren’t doing enough to save our planet. The types of household goods we consume—and the rate at which we consume them—negatively impact the environment at every step of the process, from the sourcing of materials to packaging waste. However, by choosing products designed to reduce our carbon footprint, such as antibacterial bedding and self-cleaning sheets, we can make a difference.
Sustainable practices begin at home, but we can only do so much on our own. Giving sustainable gifts to friends and family is an excellent way to encourage a more eco-friendly lifestyle, among others in practical ways.
Household items like detergents, furniture, paper products, and bedding are common culprits driving up our ecological footprint—the number of Earths we need to meet our current consumption. The current global ecological footprint is over 1.75. By 2030, we will need the equivalent of two planet Earths to absorb our waste and provide the natural resources to match our consumption.
Each person on the planet requires 16 kilograms (35.2 pounds) of resources daily to sustain their consumer appetite. For western consumers, this amount is significantly higher at 57 kilograms (125.6 pounds) per person. As a result, over 80% of the globe is running ecological deficits in a world of finite resources.
The transport of goods also depletes resources and increases pollution. Emissions from container ship fuel alone cause thousands of annual deaths. In addition, a large percentage of consumer waste is toxic and re-enters the food cycle through chemicals in water, soil, and the air. We are poisoning ourselves and producing a significantly larger amount of waste than the planet can handle.
To reduce the impact of household consumption, we must responsibly source raw materials and develop eco-friendly production methods. Most importantly, there must also be a change in consumer lifestyles and consumption habits.
While lowering our ecological footprint seems daunting, it’s possible if everyone does their part and uses sustainable products in every room of their homes. These are easy changes to make: antibacterial bedding, for instance, stays fresher longer and essentially acts as self-cleaning sheets.
Household items make practical gifts for family and friends. Use this gift guide for ideas for eco-friendly products your loved ones will use daily. Once they see how simple it is to go green, they’ll be inspired to do more.
Moving toward a more sustainable lifestyle requires intentional action. An easy place to start is by using household items that align with the three R’s: reduce, reuse, and recycle.
Giving sustainable household items as gifts is a great way to share some green love with others and the planet. Not only are sustainable, eco-friendly goods safer for your household and less toxic to the environment, but they generally have an extended functional life, which saves money in the long run.
Antibacterial Frederksberg Linen Dish Towels in Deep Ocean and Goldenrod by Nordifakt
Elegant, simplistic, and stylish, these sustainable Frederiksberg linen dish towels from Nordifakt are 100% cotton and recyclable. They feature a natural and safe antibacterial treatment that prevents bacterial growth, which keeps the linen dish towels fresher and odor-free. Since they need less washing, you save time, power, and water, reducing the impact of detergents on the environment.
The dish towels can be purchased as a single item or in a pack of three. Choose from five sophisticated colors: deep ocean, mushroom, sand, mirage blue, and goldenrod.
Antibacterial Nordifakt Shopper Bag in Blue Mirage by Nordifakt
Swap out paper and plastic bags for these antibacterial Nordifakt shopper bags and take them anywhere you go—the grocery store, yoga class, a picnic, or a day at the beach.
Nordifakt produces these bags from the remaining fabric of their antibacterial bedding to reduce waste. The bags are 100% organic cotton and 100% recyclable, and the antibacterial fabric significantly reduces bacteria, which is exactly what you need for something that touches so many surfaces. Despite carrying multiple loads of shopping, these bags will stay fresh and won’t hold onto odors.
They are great gifts for any age. You’ll probably want to get a few for your own home (and extras for the car). Choose from six colors to suit your style, including forest brown, grape grey, sand dune, cloud white, and golden chestnut.
Beeswax wraps and bags are not only 100% natural, but they are also reusable and compostable. You can wash and reuse the wraps for up to a year, which saves loads of plastic wrap and aluminum foil.
The wraps keep food fresh longer than plastic and have natural antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. In addition, the material is slightly breathable, so you’ll see less mold growing on fresh produce.
With no harmful chemicals leeching into your food, these are a safe option for wrapping kids’ snacks. Use them in the freezer or to wrap any size bowl, jar, or open container in the same way you would use plastic wrap. They are functional, environmentally friendly, and a great money-saver.
Reusable Silicone Bags
Reusable stand-up silicone bags are durable, dishwasher-friendly, and microwave-safe. They can hold dry or liquid ingredients, making them ideal for leftover soup, hiking snacks, lunch sandwiches, nuts, dried fruit, smoothie prep, rice, and much more. While plastic storage bags can be a hassle to hold open, these bags stand upright on their own. They are easier to work with, less messy, and less likely to develop holes or tears.
Linen Bread Bags
This is a superb gift for someone who loves making their bread or buying specialty loaves from a farmers’ market. Reusable, 100% cotton bread bags eliminate exposure to plastic and regulate airflow, which prevents mold growth.
Reusable Produce Bags
Anyone who buys fresh produce could do with a set of these. Most people put their fresh produce in a small plastic bag, have it weighed and priced, and then toss the bag as soon as they get home. Reusable produce bags eliminate daily plastic waste—take them to the store and place your fresh fruit and vegetables straight inside for weighing. They are light, breathable, and keep your produce fresher for longer.
Oven-Proof Silicone Mat
Ditch the parchment paper and aluminium foil and line baking trays with a silicone pad instead. They’re non-stick, heatproof, and easy to wash. You can also use them in the freezer and refrigerator.Source: Shutterstock
Bamboo Cooking Utensils
Bamboo utensils such as spatulas, mixing spoons, and salad spoons are useful gifts for all home cooks. Look for sets that are scratch-resistant and biodegradable. In addition, 100% bamboo is antibacterial, antifungal, and doesn’t absorb moisture. Since the utensils are heat resistant, they’re comfortable and safe to hold. Bamboo generally doesn’t need fertilizer, pesticides, or chemicals to supplement its growth, which makes it an ideal toxin-free cooking material.
Not all bamboo products are the same. When choosing bamboo products for the kitchen, look for solid bamboo construction. Some manufacturers use strips of bamboo and laminate them together. The adhesive can leech into your food, and utensils can split over time.
Reusable Coffee Filters
Reusable coffee filters are a great stocking stuffer for a coffee lover. Organic hemp coffee filters are easy to clean, antibacterial, and don’t add to your daily carbon footprint. They also won’t influence the taste of your fresh brew.
Many food outlets are replacing plastic straws with paper straws to reduce non-biodegradable waste. Although paper straws are better, they still contribute to the production-waste cycle.
Glass straws are a wonderful alternative and chic gift for someone who loves their cocktails or iced coffees. The straws hold their shape firmly, are durable and reusable, and don’t affect the taste of your drink. They eliminate plastic and paper waste (as well as the packaging straws come in). Many brands also come with a small brush for cleaning inside the straws.
Reusable To-Go Cups
Every time you order coffee on the go, you get a paper cup, a plastic lid, and possibly a cup sleeve, too. That’s a lot of waste for a single cup of coffee. Since many coffee shops now let you bring your own mug instead of using a disposable cup, a thermal tumbler makes a great gift. It keeps drinks hot or cold as needed and comes with a sip lid to avoid spills. Steer clear of plastic tumblers and look instead for food-grade stainless steel or glass with food-grade silicone lids.
Sustainable Dishwashing Soaps
Dishwashing soaps have an alarming effect on the environment. Most contain a range of chemicals, including phosphate, which is detrimental to aquatic ecosystems. Although phosphate is a naturally occurring substance, too much causes algal bloom, which blocks sunlight and leads to an oxygen imbalance in waterways. As a result, underwater ecosystems and many of their species die.
Switching to an environmentally friendly dish soap is one step, but also consider using a refillable bottle. This will reduce a significant amount of plastic, water, energy, and carbon waste. Even better, try block soaps that don’t require a bottle.
Everyone who has a kitchen needs to wash dishes. Sustainable dish soap and a refillable bottle are great additions to an eco kitchen gift basket.
Antibacterial Stockholm Throw Blanket in Stormy by Nordifakt
This antibacterial blanket from Nordifakt is a winning gift for absolutely anyone. These large, soft, and luxurious blankets are great for the bedroom, living room, or entertainment room. The blankets are 100% organic cotton, so they’re gentle on the skin and can reduce acne.
Nordifakt uses sustainable fabric treatments that kill 99.9% of bacteria, prevent the growth of new bacteria, and eliminate odors. You’ll wash the blanket less often, using less water and energy, which means longer-lasting linen and a happier environment.
Blankets are available in fog grey, stormy, oat, and Mandalay blue, so you can pick the perfect accent to suit any interior color palette.
Frederiksberg Antibacterial Bedding in Blue Mirage by Nordifakt
Washing bedding is quite a chore, which is why Nordifakt’s duvet covers are a dream for any homemaker. Antibacterial bedding is a gift that keeps on giving. Not only do the sustainably designed duvet covers automatically reduce bacteria and odors, but they also don’t require nearly as much laundering as regular bedding. Your bedding stays cleaner longer and, with less washing required, will last longer too.
The 100% organic cotton duvet covers come in six different sizes ranging from single to king with extra-long options. Since they’re available in six different colors, you can mix and match the duvet color with sheets and pillowcases or buy a fully matching set.
Antibacterial Bedding: Self-Cleaning Sheets
Your bedding can have a significant effect on your quality of sleep. The Frederiksberg Antibacterial Bedding is 100% organic cotton, so it’s breathable, lightweight, and durable. The fabric undergoes a natural, sustainable, antibacterial treatment that eliminates 99.9% of bacteria and odors. These self-cleaning sheets require less frequent washing, which benefits the ecosystem as well as your wallet.
The antibacterial bedding is suitable for all seasons and available in six gorgeous natural color tones. Fitted sheets are available in king and queen sizes, while flat sheets come in a single or double size.
Antibacterial Bedding: Pillowcase
The sensitive skin on your face and your hair rub against your pillow all night, so an antibacterial pillowcase can greatly benefit your sleep quality, skin, and health. Nordifakt’s antibacterial pillowcases are 100% organic cotton, which is gentle on the skin, can reduce acne, and is suitable for people with allergies.
In addition, the natural Polygiene BioStatic Stays Fresh Antibacterial Technology fabric treatment eliminates 99.9% of bacteria. As with your self-cleaning sheets, you’ll sleep well knowing your pillowcase is odor-free, bacteria-free, and clean night after night—even if you haven’t washed it. The antibacterial bedding maintains a high quality over time and is lightweight, durable, and cool to the touch.
Choose between six nature-inspired colors. Available sizes include Euro, standard, or king size.
Why not pair antibacterial bedding with an organic mattress for an extravagant gift? A mattress is a sizable gift, but if you’re sharing your bed with a significant other, this gift will benefit you too.
Organic mattresses should be Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified. This guarantees the textile production process adheres to limitations and standards in the use of toxic chemicals, bleaches, and dyes. Look for something quilted with organic wool and designed with micro coils that allow good airflow to ensure a soft, breathable surface and a supportive base. Top with your self-cleaning sheets for a good night’s sleep.
Room fragrances can bring a sense of relaxation and calm to any space, but they can also contain chemicals and artificial fragrances. When looking for an eco-friendly linen spray or room fragrance, look for a vegan, cruelty-free product that is certified organic. Refillable glass spray bottles are the best choice.
Another option for bringing a soothing scent into the bedroom is to light a scented 100% pure soy candle. Soy candles eliminate the use of gasoline products and should not contain artificial coloring.Skagen Antibacterial Towels in Oat by Nordifakt
Wrapping yourself in a warm, clean, good-quality towel after a shower or bath is gloriously comforting. Everyone needs towels, which makes them the perfect gift. These towels are luxurious, plush, and highly absorbent, but those aren’t their only standout features.
We often forget that something as familiar as the towels we use has a great impact on our carbon footprint. Not only does the production process and source of the fabric contribute to the environment's health, but the product quality also affects your health.
Since we use towels to wipe wet faces, hands, and bodies, they can quickly pick up bacteria or develop mold if not dried sufficiently. Nordifakt treats the 100% organic cotton towels with one of the most advanced and sustainable natural silver salt fabric applications, which lasts the entire lifecycle of the recyclable towels. It effectively kills bacteria and fungi at the source, which eliminates odors and reduces the amount of washing required. Who doesn’t want long-lasting freshness in their towels?
The towels are available as a set, or you can purchase face towels, hand towels, and bath towels individually. Choose from four naturally soothing colors.
These dryer balls are a great gift to pair with antibacterial bedding. They’re also a fun and functional gift to add to an eco-friendly household hamper. The wool balls cut drying time by a third and act as a natural softener. They reduce static and decrease wrinkles, plus you can use them up to 1,000 times—that’s a lot of tumbles! Using dryer balls eliminates the chemicals transferred to your clothes and skin through regular softeners and dryer sheets. You also save energy and reduce plastic waste.
When it’s finally time to wash those self-cleaning sheets, choose eco laundry detergents. These come in a variety of options and focus on different aspects of ecological footprint reduction. Some are available in strips, while others come as pods. Each strip or pod equals one laundry load and dissolves completely during the wash cycle. The pods and strips contain no plastic and generally come in plastic-free recyclable packaging as well.
Liquid detergents that don’t contain any harmful chemicals and are entirely plant-based are another effective option. Whichever type you choose to add to your gift kit, check the ingredients and consider whether the packaging is recyclable, reusable, or biodegradable.
Parabens, sulfates, and phthalates are common chemicals in body care products and cosmetics. When applying shampoo, lotions, or face wash, these chemicals seep into the skin and enter the bloodstream. As a result, our bodies can face numerous health complications, such as hormonal imbalances and increased cancer risks.
Antibacterial towels paired with eco-friendly body products make a superior sustainable gift. Choose natural body care products that are free of parabens and phthalates. In addition, eco-safe shampoo, conditioner, and shaving soap are now available in bars, which eliminate a notable amount of plastic waste. Alternatively, opt for refillable containers when choosing liquid products.
Organic bamboo toothbrushes, soap holders, and dispensers are a compostable alternative to plastic. They’re antibacterial, BPA-free, and don’t absorb moisture.
A partial bedroom, bathroom, or kitchen remodel is a special gift for an anniversary or significant birthday. Kids also appreciate a bedroom or bathroom makeover as a birthday gift when they enter a new season of life. When exploring remodeling options, you’ll find a host of sustainable materials, hardware, and décor you can use to make sure your home leaves a smaller eco-footprint.
We’ve mentioned bamboo as a wonderful option for smaller items, but this sustainable material is also ideal for home furnishings, floors, room dividers, and countertops. Bamboo grows back much faster than wood and requires fewer pesticides than other timber materials. Since it’s moisture resistant, it’s also a suitable option for bathrooms and kitchens.
Bio-glass looks just like regular glass, but recycled glass is 100% environment-friendly. Choosing recycled glass windows, countertops, tiles, and backsplashes is an effective way to make your home a little greener without even noticing.
Solar energy use is on the rise. Even though it’s somewhat costly to install, the long-run payoff is unmatched. Not only do you save big on power bills, but the environment will love you for it.
If you’re remodeling a bathroom, you can significantly reduce the amount of water your family uses by installing a low-flow toilet. The average family uses more than 300 gallons of water at home daily, and each flush uses 3.5 to 7 gallons of water. Low-flow toilets use gravity and pressure rather than excessive amounts of water for flushing power that’s just as efficient. On average, they use only 1.6 gallons per flush, and they’re less likely to leak. This is a big save on water for a planet that’s already running dry. You’ll also see a notable difference in your water bill.
Smart home technology lets you control lights, appliances, thermostats, security systems, irrigation, and other devices remotely with your smartphone or tablet. You can set them up with a wireless or hardwired system.
Smart technology offers convenience and cost savings. There are many ways to implement smart technology for greener living, such as through smart window treatments that automatically lower shades during the warmest part of the day. Power and water savings are two simple adjustments everyone can make.
Even if your TV is off, the laptop is in standby mode, and the microwave isn’t turning, they’re still sucking up electricity. This is phantom or vampire power, which accounts for more than $10 billion in wasted energy costs annually in the U.S. alone. Even mixers, curling irons, washers, and ovens draw energy to stay powered when they’re not in use.
While it’s not always easy or practical to unplug all appliances, using a smart power strip can put a significant dent in the vampire’s power appetite by automatically shutting off electricity to things you don’t need. For example, if you turn the TV off, the home theater components and gaming consoles will also switch off. Smart technology lets you monitor and cut power through an app on your smartphone. Some models record your devices’ power consumption so you can see which ones draw the most electricity.
Households in the United States account for nearly 1 trillion gallons of wasted clean water annually. If all households installed water-saving features, it would free up to 5.4 billion gallons of water daily.
You don’t need to remodel your entire home to save water. Simply fixing leaks, replacing your current showerhead with a smart one, and installing a smart irrigation system can reduce your water bill significantly and save resources.
Smart showerheads use less water without compromising the quality of your shower time. Some models even display the temperature and show your real-time water use in gallons. Smart irrigation systems automate watering based on the weather or seasonal change and can be controlled remotely.
Batteries for home use are still in the early stages of development, but the demand is growing as the world transitions to alternative fuel sources.
A home battery serves as a barrier between your home and the power grid. It plugs into your electrical system to optimize your energy use, draws power from your solar panels (or the grid), stores it for future use, and acts as a backup during a grid failure. An advanced lithium-ion smart home battery is compact, automated, and cloud-connected. It lasts around 10 years and requires no maintenance.
Many battery components are recyclable and used in the construction of new batteries. If you’re thinking of installing a smart home battery, make sure you choose a brand that manufactures products circularly and sustainably.
Global warming, deforestation, pollution, ocean acidification, and waste disposal are daily news topics. Often seen as a major problem for authoritative powers to deal with, we forget that as ambassadors of our planet, every consumer decision we make contributes to the problem.
When it comes to securing the planet for ourselves, our families, and future generations, we must practice smart choices at home. Choose reusable bags to eliminate waste or self-cleaning sheets to reduce water and energy usage. If every family does their part, we can see change for the good.
Products such as regular shampoos, lotions, non-stick cooking utensils, aerosol fragrances, bug sprays, cleaning detergents, and even makeup expose your body to a myriad of chemicals daily. These products can be just as bad for your health as they are for the environment.
Choosing environmentally friendly products and using sustainable technologies is easier than you think. Here are a few simple but effective product swaps you can make for yourself or loved ones through housewarming or self-care gifts.
Adhesive tape is probably the last thing on your mind when it comes to eco-living. The truth is that every single product and consumer decision we make has an impact.
Tape construction includes plastic film and synthetic resins, which interfere with cardboard and paper recycling. Even if the packaging is recyclable, tape and sticky residue from pricing or post-production packing can undo good intentions and send packaging materials to the landfill instead of the recycling plant. The same goes for wrapping gifts.
What to use instead? Masking tape. The paper-type masking tape (without silicone) is compostable, and using this instead is an easy way to reduce your footprint.
The chemicals in many sunscreens contribute to the destruction of coral reefs. Paraben, benzophenone, camphor, and cinnamate are four chemicals present in sunscreen that are largely responsible. In humans, parabens can disrupt hormones and increase cancer risks.
What to use instead? Use sunscreens made with minerals rather than chemicals. Look for terms such as “biodegradable” and “reef-safe” when reading product descriptions.
From an energy consumption perspective, incandescent light bulbs are highly inefficient. They convert less than one-twentieth of the energy they consume into the light—this is a huge waste of energy and, in effect, money. The bulbs put off a lot of heat, don’t last that long, and break easily.
What to use instead? LED light bulbs. These aren’t only stronger, lasting significantly longer, and are highly efficient in their energy usage.
Toothpaste and exfoliating face or body washes are the most common personal care products that contain microbeads. Despite receiving praise as exfoliating magic formulas, these microscopic plastic beads are detrimental to marine life and cannot dissolve in water.
Too small for water treatment plants to filter, they often end up in waterways, absorbing toxic pesticides and metals. Since they look like fish eggs, aquatic creatures eat them.
What to use instead? Coffee grounds and oats are effective as natural, eco-friendly body scrubs. Loofahs are also excellent for exfoliating—these natural sponges are biodegradable and renewable natural resources.
When it comes to oral hygiene, look for eco-friendly toothpaste, bamboo toothbrushes, and other natural products.
Cigarettes aren’t only detrimental to your health; they’re also devastating to the environment. Tobacco use kills more than 7 million people annually and is currently the world’s largest cause of preventable death.
Tobacco harvesting is responsible for large-scale deforestation, water pollution, soil erosion, and increased carbon dioxide emissions. The manufacturing, production, and transporting of cigarettes create millions of tons of waste. Additionally, the production of cigarette lighters involves significant plastic, butane, and metal.
Tobacco smoking itself causes millions of tons of methane and carbon dioxide emissions. Then, there is the waste from packaging and non-biodegradable filters, which leach lead, arsenic, nicotine, and ethyl phenol into waterways and soil. E-cigarettes are no better as they introduce nicotine salts, heavy metals, plastic, lead, and mercury into the natural environment.
What to use instead? Nothing. Ditching cigarettes altogether will do wonders for your health and the environment.
Due to the intensive manufacturing process and amount of waste produced for every cup of coffee, single-use coffee capsules or pods are not environmentally friendly. The good news is that you don’t have to ditch the java.
What to use instead? Look for biodegradable capsules or get reusable pods for your machine. Fill these manually with filter ground coffee, close the small lid, and use them as you would any other pod. This also allows you to enjoy a wider range of coffees.
Most cleaning detergents come in plastic bottles or containers and contain strong, harmful chemicals. Packaging commonly warns against contact with skin and eyes and cites the risk of toxic poisoning if ingested. Some cleaning agents can also trigger asthma and cause rashes.
When cleaning agents are sprayed onto surfaces, they partially evaporate into the air. Similarly, as cleaners are washed down the drain, they filter into soil and waterways and poison every living organism.
What to use instead? Bicarbonates of soda and lemon juice (or vinegar) are completely natural and highly effective cleaning agents for a variety of surfaces.
In addition to using eco-friendly products, here are some other ways to reduce the daily ecological footprint of your home:
Recycling paper, cardboard, certain plastics, cans, and glass reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills. It also saves energy and cuts greenhouse gas emissions, as using recycled materials to make new products requires less energy than making them from scratch. Recycling therefore not only saves waste but also protects natural resources.
Buying local reduces your food miles. Locally grown and sold fruit and vegetables don’t have to spend weeks in a refrigerated shipping container, so they can be picked closer to the time of consumption. This means you get better quality and better nutrition. In addition, buying local requires less transportation, which limits pollution, and local produce generally has less (if any) packaging.
Before you order a new gift online, check local stores and consignment shops or buy from artists in your community.
When you’re not in a room that needs lighting, switch them off. It’s a very simple principle that can save a lot of power and money.
Bedding and towels take up a lot of space in your washing machine and often need to be run in the dryer multiple times. By using antibacterial bedding and towels, your household can make a big dent in your eco-footprint.
Antibacterial bedding is treated to reduce bacteria and odors, so it lasts longer. Self-cleaning sheets require less washing without compromising your family’s hygiene, which means less water usage, fewer detergents, and power savings. In addition, fewer detergents mean less plastic waste, too.
Many products come in dispensers or spray bottles that you can easily refill and reuse. Instead of always buying an entirely new bottle, refill the ones you already have.
In the U.S. alone, nearly 40 million tons of food go to waste annually—that’s 30 to 40% of the U.S. food supply. Globally, 1.4 billion tons of food are wasted annually, contributing 11% of greenhouse gas emissions. There are several easy ways to combat this:
If you are replacing items in your home that are still in good condition, don’t trash them. Donate them.Source: Shutterstock
Eco-conscious Nordifakt uses today’s technological advances for the good of the future of the planet by combining 100% organic material with natural and sustainable treatments. As a result, its products improve hygiene and reduce every user’s eco-footprint.
Nordifakt’s range of antibacterial bedding, self-cleaning sheets, and totes offer the unique benefit of reducing how often items need to be laundered. The antibacterial treatment eliminates 99.9% of all bacteria and odors and lasts indefinitely. As a result, your family experiences less exposure to bacteria despite fewer wash cycles. With better hygiene, less washing, less water, and power use, fewer chemicals, and reduced waste, changing out common household items for eco-friendly ones can make a massive difference.
By rethinking smart textiles for homes, Nordifakt offers a solution where functionality is as important as sustainability. Explore our range of products and give the gift of greener living.