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Top 8 Eco Friendly Green Gifts that Give Back

Holiday Gifts that Benefit The Marine Mammal Center, a Non-Profit that Rescues and Rehabilitates Marine Animals

Our 2018 Eco Friendly Green Gifts that Give Back Guide features sustainable gifts that are good for the planet and perfect for the people in your life who are - or aspire to be - environmentally savvy. Not only are you saving the planet with these green gifts, but each purchase supports medical care for our patients, which has helped us to rescue 21,000 marine mammals since 1975.

For delivery before the last day of Hanukkah, order online by December 1. For delivery before Christmas, order online by December 15. Shopping at the last minute? Purchase an Adopt-a-Seal® and print at home!


1. For the one who has everything:
Adopt-a-Seal® Starting at $30 + Free Shipping!
For the person on your list who already has it all, Adopt-a-Seal® lets you give a gift that gives back. When you symbolically adopt harbor seal pup Bogey, or one of our other popular patients, your purchase will provide the food and medical care our sick and injured patients need in order to return home for the holidays. You can personalize the adoption certificate that features Bogey’s photo and his story. From dolphins to seals to sea otters and sea lions, choose from one of our Adopt-a-Seal® success stories here.

2. For the foodie:
A set of bamboo utensils to use instead of plastic. $14.95
This to-go set of bamboo utensils includes a fork, knife, spoon, and chopsticks and comes in a convenient case (five different colors!) made from recycled plastic bottles. You’ll find this eco friendly gift is perfect for anyone who loves restaurant leftovers or takes meals on-the-go. You’ll feel good knowing that you’re keeping single-use plastic utensils out of landfills!

3. For the shopper:
A reusable bag that folds up so small it can be taken anywhere. $13.95
Practical and easy to bring along, this shopping bag is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles and the carabiner is 78% recycled aluminum, making it the perfect green gift. When not in use, it easily stuffs into its built-in pouch and can clip to belt-loops, keys, backpacks, or purses. Now the shopper in your life can shop till they drop knowing they are helping eliminate hundreds of plastic bags from the ocean and landfills.

4. For the smoothie lover:
A set of stainless-steel mini straws to replace single-use plastic ones. $10.95
Help the straw lover in your life stop sucking! Americans use 500 million plastic straws each day and many end up in our beautiful yet fragile ocean. These durable reusable stainless-steel straws are easy to carry and easy to clean. Perfect for cold drinks, smoothies, and even cocktails! You will feel proud of yourself when you gift these because you are helping reduce plastic pollution that harms ocean life. These sell out fast so order yours before they’re gone!

5. For the fitness lovers:
An aluminum water bottle to bring along. $13.95
For the hiker, walker, runner, and anyone else on the go, this USA-made, BPA-free 24-ounce aluminum water bottle will keep anyone hydrated in style throughout the day. Show your love for The Marine Mammal Center with a red, blue, or silver water bottle.

6. For the kids:
An adorable Adopt-a-Seal® package with plush and book. $60 + Free Shipping!
Help to save seals and get a book, seal plush and personalized adoption certificate with this adorable gift that gives back. The special kid in your life will love reading about the patient they adopted and playing along with their new plush seal in this popular package.

7. For the relatives:
A set of seasonal holiday cards printed on recycled paper. $15.95
This delightful set of 15 cards is printed on recycled paper. You can send these 5”x7” cards to your loved ones this holiday season. And what’s even better: they’re holiday-neutral, featuring an illustration of a polar bear and the simple yet powerful message we can all appreciate: Peace.

8. For the distant friend:
A gift and eCard in their honor. Starting at $5 + Free Shipping!
The perfect gift that gives back for someone who doesn’t need more stuff, a gift to The Marine Mammal Center in honor of your loved one has a big impact on ocean conservation. Send a personalized eCard with your donation and let them know they gave a second chance to marine mammals. Your eCard can be sent immediately or on a specific date.

BONUS! Need A Stocking Stuffer?
Consider a pair of cozy sea otter socks. $8.95
Snuggle up and show your love for sea otters with these adorable socks. More designs include sea lions, sea turtles, and polar bears. This gift that gives back is available in adult and youth sizes.

We're in the middle of the second largest leptospirosis outbreak on record, a potentially fatal bacterial infection that has been diagnosed in more than 220 California sea lions rescued by The Marine Mammal Center so far this year. A purchase of any of our Eco Friendly Green Gifts that Give Back will help to support our mission of ocean conservation through marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research, and education.

Browse all of our gifts that give back to help save seals, sea otters, sea lions and other marine animals.


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