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The 2020 PaddleXaminer Sustainable Gift Guide

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The holiday season tends to be a wasteful one and this year, we’re striving to be as eco-conscious as possible. Whether you’re looking for something small or a bigger ticket item, we have hand selected a sustainable option for every paddler in your life. After making your selection, consider wrapping with newspaper or other recycled materials to make this season the greenest one yet. Happy shopping!

Stocking Stuffers

Juniper Ridge White Sage Bundle

Made from sustainably harvested white sage, Juniper Ridge’s White Sage Bundle will transport you to the Mojave Desert with the simple strike of a match. Burning white sage is an ancient spiritual ritual and not only does it smell good, but is known to have antimicrobial properties, can soothe stress, boost energy, and dispel negative energy.

Check out Juniper Ridge here!

Windward Muscle Remedy

After a long day training on the water, nothing is better than a little muscle relief in the form of hemp CBD salve. Made from USDA certified organic hemp and sustainably sourced organic and wild harvested botanicals, the fast acting salve works to soothe and relieve aching muscles and promote recovery.

Learn more about Winward Goods here!

Smartwool PhD Run Ultra Light Crew Socks

For days when you can’t make it to the water, a warm yet breathable pair of cross training socks is a must. Smartwool’s PhD socks offer mesh venting, ultra light cushion, a “shred shield”, and a 4-degree elite fit system, translating a comfortable yet durable pair of wool socks. In an effort to protect the environment, Smartwool uses the most sustainable practices possible to ensure that the beauty and resources of our planet will be around for generations to come.

Visit Smartwood here!

Little Hands Hawaii Sunscreen

Despite the fact that temperatures are dropping, it’s always important to stay protected from the sun with a reef safe and natural sunscreen. Made in Hawaii, Little Hands sunscreen is a mineral sunscreen made from non-nano zinc oxide, organic coconut oil, beeswax, raw shea butter, jojoba oil, vitamin E oil, frankincense oil, and elderberry. Available in a traditional and tinted color, the sunscreen goes on smooth and is delivered in plastic-free packaging.

Shop Little Hands Hawaii here!


Plastic straws are no friends of the environment, but you may still find yourself wanting one from time to time. FinalStraw is a reusable straw made from platinum-grade stainless steel and silicone and comes in a convenient recycled HDPE carrying case that you can easily clip onto your keys, so you’ll never find yourself without a straw again.

Learn more about FinalStraw here!

Bigger Ticket Items

Patara Cacao Nubuck Nomad

When you’re finished paddling, it’s nice to have a solid pair of shoes to throw on. Patara’s Cacao Nubuck Nomad shoes feature a mid to low collar height, making for a streamlined look and a casually cool appearance. The upper portion of the shoe is made from vegetable tanned Nubuck, the laces from recycled PET, the insole from natural cork and recycled PU foam, the midsole from braided hemp, and the outsole from natural rubber.

Visit Patara Shoes here!

OluKai Ku’ana Slippers

Nothing is better after a chilly paddle, than slipping your feet into a cozy pair of slippers. These feature a drop-in heel, premium Nubuck leather, a cushy footbed, and a fuzzy interior. Whether you’re trekking down the beach of simply hanging at home, the Ku’ana slippers are the perfect addition to any wardrobe. To top it off, every purchase gives back to the Ama OluKai foundation, which honors those who preserve and celebrate the cultural heritage and Aloha spirit of Hawaii.

Browse OluKai’s lineup here!

Ruffwear Clear Lake Blanket

For the dog lover in your life, a durable blanket is the perfect accessory for their furry friend. Made from a bluesign-approved water- and abrasion-resistant polyester shell fabric and lofty recycled polyester insulation, the Clear Lake Blanket is tough and warm, making it ideal for camping, using in the car, or cozying up at home.

Learn more about Ruffwear here!

Prana Polar Escape Half Zip

If you spend a lot of time in or on the water, you’re no stranger to the post session chills. Made from 100% recycled polyester, the half-zip pullover is incredibly soft, comfortable, and the relaxed fit makes it easy to pull over anything. Additional features include jersey lining, dropped shoulder seams, an internal front pocket, elastic trim detail, and an adjustable bottom opening with drawstrings.

Visit Prana here!

United By Blue Meal Kit

For days when you find yourself on the go or hiking to hidden backcountry gems, a meal kit can come in handy. The United By Blue kit includes two stainless steel bowls, tumblers, and sporks and comes in a 100% recycled ripstop case with a water resistant finish, so you’ll always be ready for any and every adventure life throws your way.

Learn more here!

Toad & Co. Timehop Light Tight

Every paddler needs a solid pair of tights in his or her wardrobe. Made from a bluesign approved polyester blend, Toad & Co’s Timehop Tights are the perfect performance tights for days on and off the water. The tights feature an encased elastic waistband, stealth drop in pockets, odor control, and comfort stretch, meaning they’re ultra warm and ultra comfy.

Check out Toad & Co. here!

Rip Curl Mirage Owen Saltwater Short

Rip Curl has been in the business of making boardshorts for years and the Mirage shorts hit the mark. Made from four-way stretch mirage pro recycled fabric, the shorts feature a 19” outseam, a silicone beaded drawstring, and a back pocket with a closing flap. If you’re looking for a suit for the female paddler in your life, Rip Curl has an eco surf line for women as well.

Take a look at Rip Curl’s lineup here!


JuneShine takes kombucha to the next level by offering hard kombucha in a variety of fun flavors. Juneshine brews their batches using clean, all-natural ingredients and steers clear of artificial coloring, GMO’s, pesticides, and processed corn/rice syrup, resulting in a beverage that is less toxic for both your body and the environment. In addition to being delicious, JuneShine contains probiotics, antioxidants, and vitamins.

Learn more about JuneShine here!

Carve Designs Whitmore Beanie/Scarf

Wintertime paddles call for a cozy beanie and scarf to wrap up in after chilly sessions. Carve Design’s Whitmore set is made from a blend of soft and cozy cruelty-free wool and organic cotton. Available in two color options, the beanie features a cute pom pom detail while the circular infinity scarf offers easy to wear styles.

Take a look at the range from Carve Designs here!

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