In recent years, Christmas consumerism has become sustainability’s worst nightmare! From food wastage, to unrecyclable plastic packaging, to tress being cut down for decoration, this time of year can really take a toll on the environment.
This year, I have become much more aware of my consumption usage and have been trying to cut down on the waste I produce, an issue sparked by the shocking amount of plastic that clutters our oceans, and the effect and harm this has on aquatic life. As a result, I have dedicated this gift guide to focus on gifts that have minimal environmental impact, or support sustainable projects.
Pela Phone Case
Branding themselves as the world’s first truely sustainable phone case, Pela makes their phone cases out of environmentally sensible materials and strives keep 1 billion pounds of plastic from ever being made. The cases are durable enough to protect your phone from drops and scratches and are also 100% compostable. In addition 5% of sales will be donated to ocean loving charities such as ‘Save the Waves’ and ‘Surfrider Foundation x’ – what’s not to love?
With plastic straws set to be banned by 2021, and many cafes and restaurants opting for paper straws, its time we all think about having sustainable straws in our homes. These metal straws from Amazon are a great option for just £3.99 and even come with a cleaner to ensure they last!
Plastic water bottles are one of the biggest sinners from the single use plastic family, with over 60 million being thrown away every day in just the US alone. Therefore using a reusable bottle instead of buying a plastic one, is a small yet important step. Chilly’s Bottles are fun colourful metal water bottles that are a great give to give this Christmas.
Reuseable Bamboo Coffee Cup
This enviromentally-friendly coffee cup is made from renewable bamboo fibres, and the silicone cover is both BPA and phtalate free. Moreover, the cup is packaged completely plastic free! Coffee shop Starbucks give you a 20p discount if you bring your own cup in, and in addition, is also charging an additional 5p if you need a take-away cup, meaning you will save 25p per coffee is you invest.
People Tree Organic Cotton Pajamas
These cute star printed pajama’s are made from 100% fairtrade and organic cotton!
The Body Shop Reusable Jute Pouch
One of the biggest things wasted at Christmas-time is wrapping paper, and a lot of paper is plastic-coated which means it can’t be recycled. Unless your like my Grandparents and reuse wrapping paper (they either carefully open presents to re-wrap next year or use scraps of paper for countdown), then its more than likely all the paper ends up in the bin moments after opening your gifts. This year, The Body Shop is selling canvas jute pouches, made from Community Trade cotton from India, which can be reused after Christmas in a vareity of ways – makeup bag, plant pot cover, storage etc.
So those are my top 5 environmentally-freindly gift ideas for this year! Let me know what your top picks are!
Love, Megan x