We’ve all been a teenager and we probably all know one too. Teens are not the easiest people to shop for … actually, they might be the hardest people to shop for!

Finding any gift for a teen can be a challenge, but eco-friendly gifts for teens are even harder. But with my third teen nibling (a.k.a. your sibling’s kid) on his way into adulthood, I’ve got this one pretty well down.

Below, I’ve got 5 ideas for gifts for all the teens in your life, ordered from lowest to highest price using the low-end of the price range indicated. Note that prices and availability may vary—last updated: October 2, 2020.

You can shop by budget, or by tastes and preferences!

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Pimple Mud ($13 USD)

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Final Straw ($13-25 USD)

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Pela Compostable Cases ($20-50 USD)

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4Ocean Bracelets ($20+ USD)

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Recycled Fishing Net Skateboard ($65-200 USD)

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TL;DR

Pimple Mud ($13 USD)

Yes, pimple mud is a thing. And it’s a thing most teens need. This pimple fighting face mask contains no harsh chemicals and does not come in a plastic container.

Teach the teens in your like to take care of themselves and the planet!

Before shopping:

  • Does your favorite teen have acne?

Don’t stop at pimple mud, there are plenty of other skincare products and face masks that your teen might just love!

Eco Friendly Gifts - Pimple Mud
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Final Straw ($13-25 USD)

OK, I know what you’re thinking, “A straw? Really? That’s your game changer?” Yes, yes, it is. Firstly, teenagers are in GenZ and GenZ is way more invested in the environment than us old folks.

Secondly, they probably like using straws. (Simple logic is usually best.)

Even if they already have a straw they carry with, a backup for when they inevitably lose theirs can’t possibly hurt.

Before shopping:

  • A favorite color is a good tidbit here, but other than that you can pretty well go buck-wild on this one.

And Final Straw is no regular straw. It’s a collapsible straw that comes with a slick carrying case and cleaning brush. It comes in all sorts of great colors, including rainbow, and it’s made with all the eco-friendly materials.

The straw itself is stainless steel, but it has silicone on the ends so they won’t chip their teeth.

The case is made from recycled plastic, helping to keep a little more plastic out of the ocean.

So hook your favorite teen up with their favorite color of straw and send them on their way toward saving the planet.

Eco Friendly Gifts - Final Straw
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Pela Compostable Cases ($20-50 USD)

I talk about Pela a lot in my Eco-Friendly Gifts for Tech Lovers article, so I won’t go into as much detail here. But teens usually have phones—not like me with my pager when I was a youngin—and they need cases for those phones. And, they probably like to swap those cases out depending on their mood.

Before shopping:

  • You will definitely need to know what kind of phone your favorite teen has.
  • Think about their style or favorite colors.
  • Do they have AirPods?

Pela Case offers compostable and eco-friendly cases for a number of phone makes and models, plus AirPods:

  • iPhone (6-11 including SE & X models)
  • Samsung (Galaxy & Note)
  • Google Pixel (2-4)
  • Hauwei (P20-30)
  • AirPods & AirPods Pro

They also offer an eco-friendly screen protector, which literally every teen I’ve ever met, and most of the people I know in their 20s, need … like desperately.

Eco Friendly Gifts - Pela Case
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4Ocean Bracelets ($20+ USD)

4Ocean is not actually a charity, but I tend to think of them as one. They sell bracelets and other products to fund ocean cleanups. Learn more in my 4Ocean Review.

A $20 bracelet buys you one pound of plastic pulled from the ocean.

Before shopping:

  • Does the teen in your life wear bracelets, like cause bands or friendship style bracelets?
  • Do they have a favorite sea creature?

4Ocean offers a single bracelet for $20 or a monthly club for $20/month. So the budget is more like a minimum of $20 and up to as many bracelets as you want to buy.

They offer both beaded and braided bracelets in a variety of colors. Many of them represent marine life. Like I got the sea otter bracelet because, hey, who doesn’t love sea otters?

They’ve got shark bracelets and dolphin, even plankton has a bracelet! 4Ocean is covering the full eco-system here. Collect them all! (I mean, for your teen, of course.)

Eco Friendly Gifts - 4Ocean Bracelet
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Recycled Fishing Net Skateboard ($65-200 USD)

I live in Boise, Idaho, and the kids here do all sorts of boarding. Skateboarding, snowboarding, paddle boarding, they do it all.

So these skateboards could be a hit with your favorite teen if they do the boarding too!

Before shopping:

  • Do they skateboard?
  • If not, do they want to try?

Bureo makes a few different skateboards, all made from recycled fishing nets. Every Bureo board keeps 30 square feet of fishing net out of our oceans and also supports small Chilean fishing communities!

They also make a frisbee and Jenga out of recycled fishing nets …. Pretty darn cool if you ask me! And if your teen is into ultimate frisbee, or whatever the kids are calling it these days, that’s another option.

Eco Friendly Gifts - Skateboard
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