Best sustainable gifts for Christmas 2021: eco-responsible gift ideas
his year, we dream of a green Christmas.
About 125,000 tonnes of plastic packaging (the approximate weight of 800,000 reindeer) will be generated during the holiday season in the UK. So it has never been more important to consider making more environmentally friendly choices in our gifts.
It wasn’t that long ago that you would be hard pressed to find many sustainable and eco-friendly gift options on the market. The holiday season is usually associated with a tumultuous use of garish single-use plastic and drunk reckless consumption. 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 purchasing initiative to support UK peatlands. Every purchase, from having a daily coffee on the way, to getting Christmas presents, will help restore the peatlands of Gameshope Loch in Scotland. British peatlands store around three times as much carbon as our forests, and every four sales to the station will help prevent a kilogram of carbon from being released into the atmosphere.
Opting for an eco-friendly gift for your loved one doesn’t mean giving up on style, either. From biodegradable and beautifully packaged 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 mindful gifts this year couldn’t be easier with our pick of the best lasting gifts to put under the tree (responsibly sourced).
Jewelry making kit
It is a trendy gift idea, perfect for astute teens or adults. Each kit contains vintage bead packs that were repurposed from 1940s-1980s costume jewelry. A variety of gemstone, resin and glass beads, as well as a set of alphabet beads are included to create extra-special personalized jewelry.
Kits also include tools, wires, and instructions.
A fun and colorful backpack for kids. 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.
The Brown Nudes La Bouche Rouge Lipstick Set
La Bouche Rouge is a brand that creates luxury cosmetics that respect the environment. Their signature line of lipsticks are wrapped in recyclable stainless steel which is designed to fit 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 from microplastics, parabens, and silicones.
One Ocean Beauty Hydrating Seaweed Oil
This ultra hydrating seaweed oil is a sustainable choice in more than one way. Packaged in 100% recyclable packaging, this multitasking is packed with nutrients like sea lettuce, algae, and chlorophyll that work to reduce tissue damage and combat 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 “laboratory-controlled bio-fermentation process” to replicate the active ingredients of algae, kelp and seaweed for its marine-based formulas.
The Tech Transparent brand aims to manufacture electronic devices that are “evolving forever”.
Extending the lifespan of electronic products is so important in combating climate change and helping to conserve natural resources. Transparent is committed to environmentally friendly 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 lightweight speaker has a modular audio design with durable glass and aluminum materials that besides looking chic and offering 360 degree sound, let you repair and upgrade to the over time. The integrated bass and light element creates a natural flickering effect that reproduces 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 and Serving Board Set
This serving board set will be the perfect gift for the ethical-conscious food magician in your life. Handcrafted by the furniture and housewares artisans of Bristol Konk !, the planks are made from sustainably sourced European oak. With brands focusing on excellent quality and craftsmanship, they are also built to last.
Sandalwood Floral Street Candle
Floral Street is an independent and sustainable fragrance label. 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 from vanilla pods and Texas cedarwood for a spicy, woody winter heatstroke.
Tata Harper Green Beauty Heroes Set
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 skin care line is sustainably made from her farm in Vermont. Every detail of the packaging, from glass bottles to bio-sourced sugarcane plastic, is in line with the brand’s eco-ethics. Even the soy ink lettering on its sustainably sourced cardstock is biodegradable.
Kyoot Vegan Chocolate Happiness Set
Kooyt’s vegan chocolate is 100% organic, gluten-free and vegan. Plus, there are only three to six ingredients included in each of its 70 percent cocoa formulas. If you’re looking for sustainable chocolate for a stocking stuffer or a small gift, look no further. Kyoot contains absolutely no “bad guys” ie palm oil or GMOs, and its outer packaging is fully recyclable, including the sticker and inner packaging.
This happiness pack includes two bars of each of its three flavors: Original, Crunchy Caramel Salé (our favorite) and Vanilla Quinoa Pops.
Kyoot was also recently selected as the winner of the Soho Chance Award for Consumer Food Products, beating more than 500 other nominees.
MOTHER Denim x Carolyn Murphy Recycled Quilted Jacket
This jacket from sustainable clothing brand MOTHER is part of a limited edition capsule made from recycled materials with actress and conservationist Carolyn Murphy. The 14-piece collection uses pre- and post-consumer waste, including vintage finds, ragpicker corpses, and the brand’s damage and overstock.
A tribute to vintage Americana, this jacket is made from recycled 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 Berber Blonde Eau de Parfum
Give someone the gift of summer in a bottle with Sana Jardin 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 his wellness credentials, he follows an ethical business model. Former social worker Amy Christiansen Si-Ahmed founded Sana Jardin to empower women workers by offering them fair wages and teaching business skills to Moroccan workers who harvest the flowers used in its perfumes. Each fragrance in the range is also bottled in recycled packaging.
Zero waste bamboo razor gift box
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 will fit any double edge blade.
The set also includes a burlap travel bag and a pack of five blades. Burlap is a woven fabric made from the jute plant, a highly sustainable source of renewable material.
Easy Jose Coffee works with and supports the indigenous Mayni community, which lives in the Peruvian rainforest, to combat deforestation in the Amazon.
The Mayni cultivate coffee in a way that reduces the destruction of biodiversity by clearing only the undergrowth to plant their coffee trees. This means that the majority of the forest is left untouched, soils are left untouched and are much less damaging to the region’s microclimate.
The coffee from the indigenous community has mouth-watering notes of chocolate, almond, honey and orange and is available in a variety of grinds and roasts.
Why not offer a monthly coffee subscription? Starting at £ 18, two 250g sachets or two 500g sachets will be delivered each month to the coffee lover at 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.