Rethinking Corporate Gifts for a Greener Future

Ignite a greener revolution in corporate gifting. Unveil sustainable alternatives, empower local communities, and create a positive change!
June 27, 2023
5 minutes

Are you tired of the same old corporate gift-giving routine that ends up contributing to environmental degradation and waste? Well, you're not alone. It's time to address the concerning truth: a staggering 40% of corporate gifts meet their unfortunate fate in landfills.

In this article, we're here to shine a spotlight on this pressing issue and introduce you to sustainable alternatives that not only align with your corporate values but also prioritize environmental responsibility. Say goodbye to thoughtless gifts and join us as we explore how you can make a positive impact while fostering valuable business connections.

The Hidden Consequences:

Unveiling the shocking reality, a significant portion of corporate gifts meets an unfortunate fate in landfills. Items such as keyrings, USBs or branded pens often use materials such as single-use plastics and non-recyclable items, and contribute to pollution, resource depletion, and greenhouse gas emissions. It's time to confront the hidden consequences and reimagine corporate gifting practices.

Rethinking Corporate Gifting:

Embracing sustainability as a core principle, businesses can lead the charge in transforming the corporate gifting landscape. By adopting eco-friendly alternatives and thoughtful strategies, companies can demonstrate their commitment to both their recipients and the environment. Let's explore practical steps to make a positive impact:

1. Purposeful Selection:

Rather than opting for generic and disposable items, businesses can choose gifts that have a lasting purpose and align with sustainable values. Consider eco-friendly products, reusable items, or experiential gifts that leave a lasting impression while minimizing environmental harm. 

Examples of eco-friendly items on TEORRA include: 

  • Upcycled, recycled, and handmade caps using metal scraps, leather offcuts, recycled HDPE plastic, and upcycled & organic cotton twill. These caps are ethically crafted by local home industries in the village of Desa Rahayu in Cigondewah, West Java, Indonesia.
  • Vegan Slim Card Holder made from Apple Leather: made from Apple Leather, a premium plant-based material made from waste apples and GOTs certified organic cotton satin lining.
Image: Topiku on TEORRA, "From Trash to Hat"

2. Supporting Local and Sustainable:

Shift the focus from mass-produced and imported items to locally sourced and sustainable options. Partner with ethical suppliers, artisans, and small businesses that prioritize eco-friendly practices and offer unique, responsibly made products. 

One of our supplier-partners in Indonesia Du Anyam uses Purun grass from South Kalimantan in their products, to extends positive impact beyond the social welfare of the women weavers they work with.

Image: Du Anyam

3. Eco-Packaging:

Combat excessive packaging and waste by prioritizing eco-friendly packaging materials. Explore recyclable, biodegradable, or compostable options that reduce the environmental footprint without compromising the presentation and aesthetic appeal of the gift.

4. Social Impact:

Take corporate gifting a step further by incorporating social impact. Consider supporting causes or making donations in the recipient's name, aligning corporate values with social and environmental responsibility.

An amazing example of social enterprise producing beautiful corporate items is our supplier-partner Liberty Society in Indonesia. Liberty Society aims to uplift and empower women refugees and artisans who are struggling with poverty and violence. This women-led social enterprise seeks to bring hope and dignity to these women. To break the cycle of poverty, Liberty Society commercializes eco-friendly fashion items and accessories. These products are created by refugees, women who have experienced violence, and disabled communities. The enterprise primarily sells its products to socially conscious companies, intending to inspire wearers with their stylish designs, the compelling stories of the women behind the creations, and the causes they support.

Image: Liberty Society

5. Spreading Awareness:

Educate employees, clients, and stakeholders about the environmental impact of corporate gifts and the importance of sustainable alternatives. Encourage dialogue and share success stories to inspire a collective commitment to conscious gifting practices. When you order with TEORRA, we are happy to help provide all the information you need to share the story behind the gifts you offer. 


As sustainability becomes an integral part of corporate culture, it is imperative to address the environmental consequences of corporate gifting. By rethinking traditional practices and embracing sustainable alternatives, businesses have the power to make a significant difference. Let's shift the paradigm, leaving behind the cycle of thoughtless gifts and forging a path towards meaningful, eco-friendly gestures that benefit both recipients and the planet we all share. Together, we can redefine the art of corporate gifting and create a greener future.

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