The countdown for Christmas is decreasing day by day, and the yearly rush to buy and wrap gifts for family and friends and to place them under the tree is becoming more intense. Naturally, there is always that immense pressure to purchase a unique present that will impress and brighten up someone’s Christmas day.
This year, however, let’s consider the environment.
Instead of buying typical mainstream products, made from tons of plastic and with high carbon emissions, try to think outside the box and seek items which are eco-friendly. Not only will this benefit our planet and impress David Attenborough, but it will help encourage others to acknowledge and think about the ways that they can contribute to reducing their own personal carbon footprint. Here is some inspiration for those stocking fillers and to help get the cogs turning as we aim for an environmentally stable home.
Everyone loves to eat and drink, so buying gifts associated with food and drinking is a perfect way to make someone happy. A wide variety of re-usable water bottles and travel mugs are available in shops and online, with a plethora of snazzy designs suited to a vast range of people, making it very likely to find a theme that compliments the personality of whoever you are buying for, especially with the ‘chilly’ bottle brand. Furthermore, a large majority of cafes and restaurants offer discount to those customers with travel mugs, helping to save money – another generous gift you can give.
Metal or glass straws are also a new trend replacing the original plastic straws that cannot be reused; the straws come with a cleaner to avoid contamination between drinks and some are even foldable so that they can be transported. In terms of food, lunch boxes and storage containers made from bamboo are much better than those manufactured out of plastic, helping to reduce the amount of plastic produced and therefore minimising the harmful effects caused by this process. Another way to store food in a viable way is with the use of bees wax food wrap, this offers an alternative to clingfilm and foil, and is re-usable as it can be wiped clean – it even has a nicer aroma as it smells slightly of honey.
There is a myriad of eco-friendly gifts to purchase: paraffin free candles, especially soy candles, last longer than the normal candle and offer stronger scents; natural soaps, either homemade or shop bought, are much more efficient than hand soap or shower gel, plus there is also an option to buy a multi-purpose soap that washes the body and your hair; planters made from recycled wood are a perfect gift for plant lovers or someone interested in home décor. Technology can also be eco-friendly; if the person you are buying for is a tech-geek, gifts such as a waterproof Bluetooth speaker produced from recycled materials is ideal. As well as plastic free phone cases, which can be bought with a range of designs.
Hopefully, all these ideas persuade you to take an eco-friendlier approach to buying Christmas presents, and together we can all contribute to saving our planet from irreversible changes.
Last modified: 3rd December 2019