the ultimate list of sustainable gifts
You’ll find nothing wasteful here
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words Heather Gwyther
As nice as it is to get people gifts and watch their faces illuminate as they open them, it can also be stressful. Like, what if they hate it? What if they have one already? What if they weren’t expecting a gift from you and you have unwittingly locked them into a contract whereby they now must also get you a gift? Well, those are your problems, but what we can help with is ensuring that what you get them is at least sustainable. So, here we are.
Organic Cotton Bucket Hat
A bucket hat is the ultimate tool in keeping sunburn at bay. What sets this Pangaia one apart from its peers is that it’s made from organic cotton – not only are the plant fibres natural, renewable and inherently biodegradable, 95% of the water used to grow the cotton is rain-fed, protecting non-renewable groundwater and surface water resources.
Yeti - Roadie 24 Cool Box
No long distance road trip of any sort is complete without a cool box to keep drinks and perishables, well, cool. But the YETI Roadie 24 Cool Box has something that most others don’t: dimensions specifically catering to bottles of wine. Just don’t drink them when you’re driving, obviously.
Hovering global pandemic or no hovering global pandemic, hand wash is something everyone ought to use with alarming regularity. However, it’s exactly this ‘alarming regularity’ that leads to an alarming amount of plastic waste – except with KANKAN. Their hand wash set comes with a ‘forever bottle’ and two refill cans (scented with mandarin and clay sage) for clean hands indeed.
Click and Grow
The Smart Garden 3
Having plants at home is great until they die due to poor care and neglect, so what’s the solution? The Smart Garden 3 by Click and Grow, of course. Think of it as a capsule coffee machine with not only biodegradable plant pots containing seeds as opposed to coffee pods, but also perfectly calibrated automated water, lighting and nutrients.
Eco Yoga Mat
Yoga can have an incredibly positive impact on both your physical and mental health – everyone knows this! But did you also know that sustainable yoga mats are a thing? We favour the Yogamatters Eco Yoga Mat. Made from cork and sustainably farmed natural rubber, it is both recyclable and biodegradable and free from toxic chemicals and dyes.
Shoe Care Travel Kit
If you love your shoes, you keep them clean and protected wherever you go and whatever you do – that’s the rule. This, of course, is a lot easier when you have the Attirecare Shoe Care Travel Pack, which comes with both its cleaning solution and its protecting solution, as well as a soft-bristled cleaning brush and cleaning towel made from organic cotton.
Project Earth Beauty Bag
If your intended gift recipient is a beauty lover who also cares deeply for the environment, you’re in luck: the Selfridges Project Earth beauty bag exists. Featuring a whole host of planet-friendly products from FEKKAI Brilliant Gloss Shampoo to a FOAMIE Body Bar, it’s so good that you might not want to give it away at all. No judgement here.
It goes without saying that having a reusable bottle is infinitely better for the environment than using heaps of plastic ones, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t hierarchies within reusable bottles. The best one, in our opinion? A Chilly’s bottle. This one in particular is inspired by Mother Nature.
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