Best Sustainable Gifts for Christmas 2021: Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas

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his year, we dream of a green Christmas.

Around 125,000 tonnes of plastic packaging (the approximate weight of 800,000 reindeer) will be generated over the festive period in the UK. So it’s never been more important to consider making more eco-friendly choices in our gifts.

Not so long ago, you would be hard pressed to find many sustainable and eco-friendly gift options on the market. The festive season is usually associated with unbridled use of single-use flashy plastic and reckless drunken drinking. But the tide is turning as we collectively become more aware of our environmental impact. A recent study suggested that 72% of us want to reduce our plastic waste this Christmas, and brands are catching up.

This year, London’s iconic destination, St. Pancras, even launched a sustainable shopping initiative in support of the UK’s bogs. Every purchase, whether it’s daily coffee on the journey or buying Christmas gifts, will help restore the bogs of Gameshope Loch in Scotland. UK peatlands store around three times as much carbon as our forests, and every four sales at the station will help prevent one kg of carbon from being released into the atmosphere.

Opting for an eco-friendly gift for your loved one doesn’t mean skimping on style, either. From beautifully packaged, biodegradable beauty products made with carefully selected and sustainably sourced ingredients, to colorful backpacks and pencil cases made from plastic bottle waste, it’s never been easier to find the perfect gift that doesn’t harm the planet.

Giving conscious gifts this year couldn’t be easier with our selection of the best sustainable gifts to put under the (responsible) tree.

jewelry making kit

TOTAL

This is a trendy gift idea, perfect for crafty teenagers or adults. Each kit contains vintage bead packs that have been repurposed from costume jewelry from the 1940s to 1980s. A variety of gem, resin, and glass beads, as well as a set of alphabet beads are included for creating jewelry very special personalized.

The sets also include tools, wires and instructions.

Engel backpack

Engel

A fun and colorful backpack for children. These bright and cheerful backpacks are made from 100% recycled materials such as plastic waste and bottle caps. There is also a range of matching pencil cases available from £12.50 to coordinate in style.

La Bouche Rouge The Brown Nudes Lipstick Set

The Red Mouth

La Bouche Rouge is a brand that creates luxury cosmetics that respect the environment. Their range of signature lipsticks are packaged in recyclable stainless steel, designed to be inserted into their stylish refillable leather cases.

This set includes two shades of pink nudes and a beautiful pink leather case. The case can be used for life with any of their lipstick refills and is completely plastic free. The lipsticks themselves are also free of microplastics, parabens and silicones.

One Ocean Beauty Moisturizing Algae Oil

A beauty of the ocean

This ultra-hydrating algae oil is a sustainable choice in more ways than one. Packaged in 100% recyclable packaging, this multitasker is packed with nutrients like sea lettuce, algae, and chlorophyll that work to reduce tissue damage and fight oxidative stress. Essential oils like Coconut, Almond, Sesame and Vitamin E rehydrate and hydrate hair and skin.

One Ocean Beauty focuses on marine sustainability initiatives and has partnered with ocean conservation advocacy group Oceana. Instead of harvesting plants from the ocean, the brand uses a “lab-controlled bio-fermentation process” to replicate the active ingredients of seaweed, kelp, and seaweed for its seawater-based formulas.

Lightweight speaker

Transparent

The Transparent technology brand aims to make electronic devices that are “forever upgradable”.

Extending the life of electronic products is so important to fight climate change and help preserve natural resources. Transparent is committed to eco-responsible practices and has announced a partnership with the Keep Electrical and Electronic Products (KEEP) project, a traceability system that allows you to track the life cycles of your electronic products.

The Light Speaker has a modular audio design with durable glass and aluminum materials that, in addition to being classy and delivering 360-degree sound, allow you to fix and upgrade over time. The built-in bass and light element creates a natural flickering effect that replicates real flames. It can be paired via Bluetooth and, with 10 hours of battery life and full portability, it’s an ideal companion for camping trips. Or even to recreate the atmosphere of a small bonfire in the comfort of your own home.

Ethical Oak Cutting Board and Serving Set

KONK!

This set of serving boards will make the perfect gift for the ethically conscious culinary assistant in your life. Handcrafted by the furniture and homeware artisans at Bristol Konk!, the boards are crafted from sustainably sourced European oak. With the brands focusing on excellent quality and craftsmanship, they are also built to last.

Floral Street Sandal Candle

floral street

Floral Street is an independent and sustainable fragrance brand. Their eco-friendly candles are consciously made from a blend of soy wax and housed in reusable and recyclable glass. This Sandalwood scent is created using vanilla beans and Texas cedarwood for a spicy, woodsy dose of winter warmth.

Tata Harper Green Beauty Heroes Set

Tata Harper

This three-step regimen from Tata Harper will exfoliate, hydrate and brighten your complexion. The natural skincare brand uses 100% non-toxic and biodegradable ingredients in its formulas. Every product in Tata Harper’s skincare range is sustainably made from her Vermont farm. Every packaging detail, from the glass bottles to the recyclable organic sugar cane plastic, is in line with the brand’s eco-friendly philosophy. Even the soy ink lettering on its sustainably sourced card stock is biodegradable.

Kyoot Vegan Chocolate Happiness Bundle

Kyoto

Kooyt vegan chocolate is 100% organic, gluten-free and vegan. Plus, there are only three to six ingredients included in each of its 70% cocoa formulas. If you’re looking for long-lasting chocolate for a stocking stuffer or a small gift, look no further. Kyoot contains absolutely no ‘baddies’, i.e. palm oil or GMOs, and its outer packaging is completely recyclable, including the sticker and the inner packaging.

This Happiness Pack includes two bars in each of its three flavors: Original, Crunchy Salted Caramel (our favorite), and Vanilla Quinoa Pops.

Kyoot was also recently selected as the winner of the Soho Chance Prize for Consumer Food Products, beating out more than 500 other applicants.

MOTHER Denim x Carolyn Murphy Recycled Quilted Jacket

Mother Denim

This jacket from sustainable clothing label MOTHER is part of a limited-edition capsule made from recycled materials featuring actress and conservationist Carolyn Murphy. The 14-piece collection uses pre- and post-consumer scrap, including vintage finds, rag house animal corpses, and the brand’s own damage and overstock.

A tribute to vintage Americana, this jacket is made from repurposed patchwork quilts with unique colors and patterns, meaning each jacket is one of a kind.

The collaboration will also donate $50,000 of its sales to the Sierra Club to help support its work to protect 30% of U.S. lands and waters by 2030.

Sana Jardin Berbère Blonde Eau de Parfum

Sana Jardin

Give someone the gift of summer in a bottle with Sana Jardin’s Berber Blonde Eau de Parfum. Its notes of orange blossom, neroli oil and musk are uplifting and joyful, something everyone will need in January.

In addition to its wellness credentials, it follows an ethical business model. Former social worker Amy Christiansen Si-Ahmed founded Sana Jardin to empower female workers by offering fair wages and teaching business skills to Moroccan workers who harvest the flowers used in her perfumes. Each fragrance in the range is also bottled in recycled packaging.

Zero Waste Bamboo Razor Gift Set

shore shaving

A durable and reusable alternative to disposable plastic razors. This plastic free razor gift set comes with a solid bamboo and stainless steel head that fits all double edge blades.

The set also includes a drawstring burlap travel bag and a pack of five blades. Hessian is a woven fabric made from the jute plant, a highly sustainable source of renewable material.

Cafe Mayni

Easy Jose

Easy Jose Coffee works with and supports the indigenous Mayni community, who live in the Peruvian rainforest, to fight deforestation in the Amazon.

The Mayni cultivate coffee in a way that reduces the destruction of biodiversity by only clearing the undergrowth to plant their coffee trees. This means that the majority of the forest is left undisturbed, the soils are undisturbed and cause much less damage to the microclimate of the region.

The indigenous community coffee has tantalizing notes of chocolate, almond, honey and orange and is available in a variety of grinds and roasts.

Why not offer a monthly coffee subscription? From £18, two 250g or two 500g bags will be delivered monthly to the coffee lover on your doorstep. A delicious coffee that supports the fight to save the rainforest and directly supports the indigenous communities that live there.

All packaging is fully biodegradable and plastic free.

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