Eco Gift Guide

November 20, 2020

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Are you looking for gifts to give this year with less plastic, that are cruelty-free, vegan or from ethical companies that give back. Then grab a drink and have a look through this post with a whole range of eco gift ideas.

Beauty Gifts

Wild Beauty is an organic and wild foraged skincare collection for the Rhug Estate in North Wales. Lord & Lady Newborough have championed the highest standards of organic and sustainable farming at Rhug for many years and now are applying the same principles to their new range of face and body products. The products contain actives with proven skincare benefits whilst also reflecting the values of ‘slow beauty’. Rhug Estate’s Head Rofager, Richard Prideaux, and his team wild forage for ingredients on the estate, waiting for particular flowers to flower and mature.  You can try out the range with the gorgeous collection of luxury skincare essentials with this box. £85

Re:connection Skincare focuses on natural, organic and vegan skincare. All their products are of high quality, made from carefully selected organic ingredients, with all products being strictly non-toxic.
 
One of their luxury face oils designed to rebalance and revitalise your skin would make a fabulous gift. Lightly scented with organic essential oils and plant extracts, just as nature intended. £25

The Nereus care set would make a lovely eco gift  – £50. It is the perfect Hair Care combination without the plastic impact. The set is consciously formulated with the 100% Natural Fragrances of musky Buddha Wood and spicy Bergamot Essential Oils. 
  • The Shampoo utilises Pomegranate Enzymes to exfoliate the scalp, leaving your hair naturally rejuvenated and nourished. 
  • The Conditioner is a rich formulation using Phytessence™ Wakame to moisturise, strengthen and protect your hair from environmental stress. 

All Nereus products are bottled in 100% Recyclable BPA Free Aluminium and for every Nereus bottle you buy, they’ll recover 1 kg of ocean-bound plastic

With the growing importance and frequency of hand-washing, The Little Soap Company Naturals Collection £2.50 (Available at Adsa. Tesco and Morrisons) offers a super gentle collection of four affordable, vegan, plant-based, cruelty-free, sustainable, synthetic-free soap bars, fragranced only with pure essential oils and suitable for all skin types. Made from 99.9% of naturally derived ingredients, with a plastic-free supply chain, and simply wrapped in a recyclable, plastic-free box, now even your sink can boast super stylish, super eco products at super affordable prices.  Bramble & Blossom sustainably-sourced wellness products are handcrafted in their workshop in rural Hertfordshire. Their range of luxury bath salts, room mists, skincare products and wellness kits can be combined to give the gift you know someone needs. Vegan, cruelty-free and eco-packaged, they take as much care of the world around us as of the people who use our products. The sleep well kit combines 3  products;  sleep well mist, sachet of sleep well bath salts and sleep well pulse point balm, all presented within a delightful fair trade cotton bag.  A perfect gift for a loved one. £29 Lamazuna is a zero-waste brand who have a host of amazing plastic-free shampoo bars, toothpaste and deodorants.  They are dedicated to giving back to the planet through their business with tree planting initiatives, charity partnerships and a commitment to continue working to improve their products and business operations.  Inside this beautiful box you’ll find a solid shampoo made with Scots pine and a solid shaving bar made with shea butter! Lamazuna Good Hair Day Duo makes a great Christmas gift – or why not treat yourself?

With nature at its heart, Seilich is the first company to gain Wildlife Friendly Certification in the UK. They grow and distill Scottish wildflowers to produce floral waters and essential oils which form the base of all their products. Natural and nourishing and with products to suit every skin type, this year Santa is making sure there is something sweet-smelling for everyone on your list.

The Face Mist Set from Seilich will make a lovely gift. £23

Combining Wildlife Friendly floral waters with moisturisers and botanical extracts of oat and comfrey, these divine face mists not only smell incredible, but are skin-friendly additions to your regime. Soothing, hydrating and refreshing, each face mist can be used morning or night to add a delicate sheen and boost your skin’s moisture levels. Choose between Rose and Mallow, to nourish, Mint and Yarrow to refresh and Wild Carrot and Chamomile to calm.

 

Eco Warrior Chill-Out Hand & Body Bar (available at Superdrug £4.50) is a nourishing hand & body bar is the perfect ‘chill-out’ companion for wind down washing. Made from 99.9% naturally derived ingredients including Shea Butter, the creamy rich lather will leave your skin feeling moisturised and beautifully cleansed. 

Fragranced with their unique blend of relaxing Lavender and Sweet Orange pure essential oils. The bar would make a fab eco-friendly stocking filler. 

Luxury haircare brand HÆR combines the natural botanical medical wisdom of our ancestors with sustainable modern scientific practice to create a 100% natural origin, ethical haircare products for today. Their fragrant Susinum luxuriant hair oil is a beautiful lightweight hair oil containing precious Egyptian Blue Lotus extract, just one of the eighteen 100% natural botanical origin ingredients blended to deliver glossy healthy hair benefits. Nourishing Moringa, health-giving Pomegranate, regenerative Black Cumin and stimulating Watermelon all add to this unique health for hair forumla. 

HÆR’s SUSINUM is recreated from a recipe first documented almost 2000 years ago by the Greek physician and botanist, Pedanius Dioscorides, in his herbal remedy volumes Materia Medica. Dioscorides’ SUSINUM was the treasured preserve of ancient Egyptian royalty, revered as a symbol of eternal beauty and feminine sensuality and used to anoint both hair and body. The original recipe, which used the oil of one thousand blue Egyptian water lilies, has been researched and reformulated by HÆR’s founder and haircare specialist Rámon Taitz, working with chemists and perfumers combining ancient natural botanical medical wisdom with sustainable modern scientific practices. £39

 

On Gift Giving All Wrapped Up you’ll find a brand called Myros Soaps.  A unique gift for all ages, Myros Soaps are made by a small boutique manufacturer in Turkey, using traditional Turkish methods, that create a luxurious bathing experience for everyone to enjoy.

Infused with rich scents of olive oil and pomegranate, Myros soaps use authentic and sustainable ingredients such RSPO certified palm oil, ensuring that the standard of palm oil is sustainable, causing little or no damage to the environment.

Each soap is presented in a plastic-free tin, featuring designs which are rich in colour and originate from traditional Turkish silk paintings, encapsulating the vivid and colourful culture. The tins are also food safe and reusable. 

At just 8.5cm wide and 3.3cm tall, each Myros massage soap is a perfect size to store and carry ‘on-the-go’ while also being the perfect size for a thoughtful stocking filler. £3.95 each

Foodie and Kitchen Gifts

At Rubies in the Rubble, they make delicious condiments from surplus fruit and veg that would have otherwise gone to waste. 

Working directly with UK farmers, Rubies create a market for the freshest (if a little wonky!) fruit and veg to create their award-winning range. 

This Christmas they have launched a Christmas relish giftset, £12, full of their favourite cheese board accompaniments – perfect for any sustainably-minded foodie. Their products do really make a difference, in the giftset 8 Onions, 1 Apple, and 1 Pear are saved from going to waste. 

The ION8 Stainless Steel 600ml Water Bottle £11.99 from Leakproof.co.uk would make a useful present. Keep hydrated with this thermal insulated bottle which opens with just one touch. Easy to carry and available in a range of stunning colours. Or for water in the house the Zerowater 12 cup Water Filter £39.99 from Zerowater is the World’s best water filter. It removes twice as many contaminants, toxins and solids as other wtaer filters, making your water as pure as H2O.

Flor de Caña Rum is sustainably produced, from field to bottle, and the only spirit in the world to be both Carbon Neutral and Fair Trade certified. A fifth-generation family business, Flor de Caña Rum is distilled with 100% renewable energy and naturally aged without artificial ingredients or sugar. The company was named “Global Rum Producer of the Year” by the International Wine and Spirit Competition in London in 2017.

Flor de Caña Rum is a truly sustainable brand. The company has provided free schooling for the children of all employees since 1913 and has planted 50,000 trees annually across Nicaragua since 2005.

Flor de Caña 12 Year Rum £35 – A sugar-free 12-year old, ultra-premium rum that is sustainably produced. A full-bodied rum with a long and smooth finish that lingers in the palate. Best enjoyed in a Rum Old Fashioned or with a splash of premium sparkling water or ginger ale and an orange twist.

How about a Fetch Bottle Opener £15 from Trouva will make a useful kitchen gift. This pup loves to play fetch with bottle caps! Pop open a beer or other bottle and turn your bottle cap into a frisbee. A magnet in the dog’s mouth holds the bottle cap in place.

The Anysharp Pro Knife Sharpener £12.99 from Amazon is another super useful kitchen gift. Revive old blunt and dull knives with 3 simple strokes through this ingenious gadget. Old to new in seconds it makes those knives last longer.

For any tea lovers, the Tea Fishermen Set of 4 Tea Bag Holders £13.49 from Trouva would make an unusual gift. These teabag holders fix on the rim of the cup and are inspired by the Chinese legend of Jiang Taigong who used a rigid fishing rod because he thought that the fish could only be caught when they were ready to be caught.

Cranes produce a range of refreshingly natural ciders that come in three tantalising flavours: Blueberries & Apples, Cranberries & Limes and Raspberries & Pomegranates. Their Ciders contain 30% fewer calories than brand leaders as they only use the natural sweetness of the superfruits, which also makes them gluten-free and suitable for vegans. All three Ciders are available in a premium crafted gift set along with a pint glass that would be the perfect gift for cider lovers this Christmas. 

I love these ToyChoc gift sets from PLAYin CHOC which are plastic-free, 100% recyclable, sustainable and the film to wrap the chocs is plant-based home compostable.

The Christmas Set has 6 festive ToyChoc boxes, and each box has 2 mini allergen free/vegan chocs (dairy free, soy free, nut free, gluten free etc), a festive puzzle toy to build and an educational fun facts card. 

£17.50, or each box can be bought separately at £2.95 each.

Ohelo is so much more than a reusable coffee cup. Drink from any angle with their stylish 400ml coffee cups. Go from sip-mode to leak-proof with a simple twist. The high-grade vacuum insulation keeps drinks hot for 6 hours or cold for 12 hours. And the versatile mesh attachment can be used as a tea strainer, protein shaker, or fruit infuser.  With different designs to choose from, I love this delicate cherry blossom design is inspired by beautiful spring blooms. It is laser etched on to the surface for an extra special finish. £30

Clothing and Accessory Gifts

Royce Eden is their first organic cotton bra, inspired by best-selling Comfi-bra and the debut style in their sustainable range. The enclosed front-fastening zip is lined; soft against the skin and smooth under clothing. The wide under band is super soft and straps are padded, making this our comfiest bra yet! Available in grey marl, Eden is a lovely eco addition. £34

The Acai Skinny Outdoor Trousers is a perfect gift choice for those who like outdoors adventuring.  ACAI’s revolutionary Skinny Outdoor Trousers have redefined women’s outdoor legwear, combining the look of a skinny jean with all the performance benefits of a conventional outdoor walking trouser.  A special Teflon coating makes these water repellent trousers easy to wipe clean after a muddy fall or an over-enthusiastic greeting from a four-legged friend.  Their four-way stretch guarantees a snug fit even after hours of rigorous activity.  No more saggy bum!  Three weights – MAX StretchMid-Weight MAX Stretch and Thermal, make ACAI’s Skinny Outdoor Trousers perfect for every climate!

For a lovely twist on the favourite sock gift head to Critically Endangered Socks, a sustainable sock company that helps protect some of the world’s most critically endangered animals. Their gorgeous socks are made from a beautifully soft blend of bamboo and cotton and are packaged in a recycled cardboard box – your classic Christmas gift just got eco-chic! £12

They have also recently launched baby socks in collaboration with the WWF which help critically endangered baby animals and double-up as hand puppets!

Yorkshire’s TOG24 has introduced a range of stylish and sustainable jackets to help protect the planet and save thousands of plastic bottles that would have otherwise gone into landfill. Using advanced thermal filling made from recycled plastic bottles, these products will keep you properly warm and cosy this Winter.

Whether you are looking for a gift for a skier or an outdoors enthusiast you can’t go wrong with the Anvil women’s Jacket. The durable outer fabric has an invisible water repellent coating and ripstop fabric on the shoulders to avoid damage when you’re carrying your skis. Insulated with an eco-friendly filling! 

Founded in Sweden in 1960, one of Fjӓllrӓven founding principles was to act responsibly to people, animals and nature. They do this by creating long-lasting and timeless items that people will use and enjoy for many years but also by aiming to produce all their products on nature’s terms. This means making products easy to repair if needed, using the most sustainable materials (recycled wool, traceable wool and down, recycled polyester and organic cotton for example) but also by placing strict standards on themselves and their suppliers. 

Fjӓllrӓven’s best known for its Kånken backpack and this season it’s launching a new version made from its recycled-wool material – Re-Wool. The Kånken Re-Wool combines the original backpack’s iconic design from 1978 with a new, sustainable wool construction. Fjӓllrӓven’s Re-Wool material is made in Italy from a mix of spill fabric and recycled woollen garments which are blended with a small percentage of synthetic fibres to enhance its softness and durability. Because the wool is colour sorted before it’s shredded and re-woven, its production doesn’t require dyeing so greatly reduces the amount of water and chemicals used. It would make a fatastic present this Christmas £150.

Have a browse at Yours Sustainablywhere each unique item has a story to tell, whether it’s tableware made from an innovative use of materials that will amaze your friends or a beautiful handmade bag that has helped to improve the makers lives, you will find something for the special people in your life, including yourself!   These chandelier earrings will add a touch of colour and drama to any outfit. Made exclusively by a women’s craft group in Sri Lanka the teardrop-shaped earrings are made from a fine cotton yarn using a technique known as tatting. Using just one needle together with the yarn, the earrings have been made from a series of sturdy loops and knots. The completed earrings have then been lightly starched so that they lie flat and dangle beautifully. A lovely gift idea for anyone who appreciates skilled handicraft.  Fpr candle lovers you can’t go wrong with a beautiful luxury candle from Candalia. Their candles are made using 100% natural wax and cotton wicks, with packaging made from FSC certified materials. The rose Oud smells amazing! £35

Homeware Gifts

Lookig for an eco friendly cracker alternative, then head to  The Paper Party Bag Shop. With two newly released Christmas cracker styles, you can be sure sitting down to dinner will go off with a bang. Delivered in a make-your-own style to avoid unnecessary packaging the Mini Crackers include party jokes, hats and optical illusions whilst the full-size Christmas Pudding Crackers also come with plastic-free toys for both kids and grown-ups to enjoy. £20 Of course if you can source second hand gifts they are a great way of gifting sustainably. Some of my favourite items to find second hand are clothing, vinyl, books and toys. All the items pictured below I have bought second hand at great prices that look like new. Have a look through your local charity shops, online market places, local selling pages and eBay!      

Last year I made a vlog of some of the items and ideas of gifting more consciously if you would like to watch it here …..

 

Sustainable Period Gifts

Saalt Menstrual Cups, are a sustainable plastic-free solution to period care which I think, given as a gift might be unusual but it could be the gift of a lifetime, if the person receiving falls in love with it. The reusable soft silicone cups are worn just like a tampon, but they collect your period rather than absorbing it. Saalt Cups can be worn for up to 12 hours without leaking and have two firmness and size options so every body has the perfect fit. Plus, Saalt Cups last for up to 10 years, negating the need for thousands of single-use period products along the way
 
Saalt is a certified B Corporation and commits 2% of their revenue to donate period care to regions with the most need, and helping fund initiatives in menstrual health, education, and sustainability.

By gifting the Saalt Menstrual Cup, you will help your friends save money, reduce their plastic usage and improve their menstruating experience. Available at Feelunique, Amazon and Saaltco.uk

Modibodi  Are experts at combining gorgeous and comfortable underwear with incredible technology to offer period, pee and perspiration proof underwear and swimwear for all women, of all shapes and sizes. Reducing the amount of single-use products that end up in UK landfills. Modibodi™ products go beyond comfort and style, their mission goes beyond fashion – to empower women, to give women freedom and confidence and to give women choice. These pants would make a lovely thoughtful, long lasting gift. 

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