Eco-Friendly Christmas Gift Ideas
Around 3 million tonnes of EXTRA waste is created at Christmas with the hoards of wrapping paper, Christmas cards, unwanted presents and plastic packaging. That’s without mentioning the food waste and broken decorations that get stepped on and thrown away.
Many shoppers are becoming increasingly aware of climate change, the need to recycle and use less plastic. With Christmas round the corner, there’s plenty of eco-friendly gift ideas popping up everywhere.
While there are much bigger changes to be made to lifestyles and to the backends of business operations, we can all do our part to
Besides, making changes to buying habits and only buying eco-friendly has the potential to cause a wave of change that will make brands and corporations sit up and listen.
There are some great ways business owners are taking that and turning it into lovely new things.
And eco-friendly gifts tend to be more unique, handmade and personal.
Consider how to make it a more eco-friendly one and helping to cut down on the Christmas crap ending up in landfill. It’s easy to go into the high street shops to get your presents, but considering gifts that haven’t impacted on the environment in the way they’re made or that can be recycled, can take a bit of a change in mindset.
With the huge amount of landfill growing, many business owners have started coming up with their own innovative ideas to create beautiful and individual gifts that are either eco-friendly, made with biodegradable material or upcycled from unwanted products.
And they’re doing a grand job of it, too!
So, instead of going to your usual high street shops and brands this year, how about shopping a little differently for gifts.
Are eco-friendly gifts more expensive?
Until eco-friendly processes and business operations become more commonplace for major brands and manufacturing processes, the truth is yes, eco-friendly products will cost more than what you can buy in a supermarket. Eco-based businesses are mostly made up of solopreneurs, business owners running a project on the side or investing in the eco-friendly materials, which mean higher wholesale costs.
On the upside, eco-friendly products are much more unique, personalised and tend to be, on the whole, a higher quality of product.
But…one really good quality product that would last longer as well as help the environment could beat a bunch of 10 cheaply-made plastic products likely to get chucked into landfill before the year is out. There are many small businesses selling unique and eco-friendly products out there, that even the most basic everyday product can feel like something special.
Wicks and Co uses plastic bottles to make unique and personalised candles. The unique process follows with using different parts of a plastic bottle to make different parts of the candle and are filled with soy wax. Their packaging is biodegradable, too.
Featuring its handmade keyrings, painted candles, soap and FairTrade Chocolate, Shared Earth’s products are all made from sustainable materials and can be recycled or reused.
Natural and Plastic-Free Pamper Kits
With the increase in people turning Vegan and growing awareness in eco-friendly products, pampering and skincare products that don’t harm the environment are always going to be of interest.
Our Eco Home has a range of pamper kits containing skincare products made of and soy wax candles, that can be biodegradable.
Want a luxury box of sustainable products delivered to your door every month? Eco Box UK provides monthly surprises of eco friendly goodies, from skincare to kitchen products — all eco-friendly and sustainable.
New to eco? You can choose your own items to go into your gift at The Wise House, from bees wraps, face masks and natural deodorant. All of their packaging is plastic-free and they use products made from small businesses based in the UK.
According to Gov.uk, around 400,000 tonnes of Christmas cards ended up in landfill from Christmas 2018. When cards are embellished with glitter, ribbon and other materials, it becomes impossible to recycle them, as the components can’t be broken down. And, when cards can be recycled, people often forget and they can end up going in the bin.
So, what’s the alternative?
How about a card that’s not only biodegradable but which contains seeds you can plant Green Paper Cards stock a range of unique cards made of plantable paper containing wildflower seeds. Once done with the card, you can put it in the ground with the seeds. They also stock reusable wrapping paper and gift tags.
There are other cards brands popping up made of biodegradable material or made from recycled paper, that can go into recycling once Christmas is over.
Oh, and remind friends and family to pop their cards into the recycling.
Just need a stocking filler?
For the man in your life, check out Protect the Planet’s gifts upcycled from circuit boards, including coasters, keyrings and cufflinks.
Check out these plantable and compostable notebooks containing seeds once you’re done making notes.
These are just a taster of some of the products available out there that make great gifts for loved ones. By making buying choices that are better for the environment, it’s the start of cutting down on your carbon footprint and changing lifestyle using less plastic and harmful chemicals.