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Top 9 Eco Friendly Gifts that Give Back in 2019

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

Our 2019 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 helping the planet with these green gifts, but each purchase supports medical care for our patients, which has helped us to rescue 23,000 marine mammals since 1975, and advances global ocean conservation.

For delivery before Hanukkah and Christmas, order online by Friday, December 13, 2019. Shopping at the last minute? Purchase an Adopt-a-Seal® and print at home!

harbor seal pup Bogey

1. For the one who has everything:


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 seals to sea otters and sea lions, choose from one of our Adopt-a-Seal® success stories.

2. For the shopper:

A reusable bag that folds up so small it can be taken anywhere.

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.

blue tote with The Marine Mammal Center logo in white
multi-color bamboo utensil set

3. For the foodie:

A set of bamboo utensils to use instead of plastic.

This to-go set of bamboo utensils includes a fork, knife, spoon, and chopsticks and comes in a convenient case (choose from 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!

4. For the fitness lover:

An aluminum water bottle to bring along.

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 this water bottle that features California sea lion pup Notebook.

California sea lion image on a white aluminum water bottle
pack of mini straws next to a mason jar with a straw in it

5. For the smoothie lover:

A set of stainless-steel mini straws to replace single-use plastic ones.

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!

6. For the coffee and tea lover:

A mug that places the world in your hands.

With changes in fish stocks, stronger and more prevalent storms and rising sea levels, it’s clear that climate change is impacting us all. Whoever you decide to gift this to can watch how our world is changing right before their very eyes by pouring a warm beverage into this mug. You’ll feel great knowing this gift gives back by supporting the fight against climate change.

climate change mug
blue t-shirt that says Save Our Oceans in blue with a wave pattern

7. For the ocean lover:

A super soft t-shirt that shows off what they care about.

If your loved one is crazy about the ocean, then they’ll be thrilled when they open their gift and find this t-shirt inside. Not only will it show the world that they care about our ocean, but it also keeps plastic out of our ocean because it’s made from more than five recycled plastic bottles. How cool is that?

8. For the relatives:

A set of seasonal holiday cards printed on recycled paper.

This delightful set of 10 cards is printed on 100% recycled paper. You can send these 6”x4.5” cards to your loved ones this holiday season. And what’s even better: they’re holiday-neutral, featuring an illustration of an adorable sea otter and a simple message of happy holidays and a joyous new year.

sea otter holiday cards
sea otter e-card

9. For the distant friend:

A gift and eCard in their honor. 

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 lion socks.

Snuggle up and show your love for sea lions with these fun socks. More designs include sea turtles and polar bears. This gift that gives back is available in adult and youth sizes.

blue sea lion socks

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.

Yes, I want to save a life!

Yes, I want to save a life!

You’ll be giving sick and injured animals the best possible care at the Center’s state-of-the-art hospital. With your gift today, you are giving a patient a second chance at life in the wild.

  • $35 You'll buy food for a hungry animal
  • $45 You'll provide life-saving medical care
  • $65 You'll make second chances possible

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