And the Holiday Season is finally among us. I love the hype around Christmas, the markets, mulled wine, decorating the tree and the positive and loving outlook many of us gain over the Christmas period. However, Christmas has also become an incredibly wasteful time of the year. With more food then we can eat and enough wrapping paper to wrap up an actual house, it’s not the best time for our environment.
I wanted to put together a more sustainable Christmas gift list that will be kinder to both the environment and your pocket.
UTILISE YOUR AMAZON PRIME BY PURCHASING RE-USABLE PRODUCTS
We pretty much live in the future, where we can order stuff from Amazon that can get to us by the next day or even at the same time. This means that we order far more things that we need and also do it often. Remember that if you order your Christmas gifts from places such as Amazon, do the shop in one go to make sure that it only takes one delivery to get all your ‘ bits ‘. Here are my best recommendations from Amazon.com
REUSEABLE COTTON PADS
Reusable: 18 pcs Bamboo makeup remover pads white and 1 laundry bag in one Pack. Remover Cleansing cloths to remove makeup and effectively cleanse skin in one easy step. If you want to transit into a Zero Waste lifestyle, these reusable facial cleansing cloths are an ideal choice for you
ECO-FRIENDLY COTTON EARBUDS
Bamboo is a rapidly growing resource and an amazing sustainable solution to plastic qtips. THESE a high quality dual-tipped cotton bud which is 100% biodegradable and made from organically grown bamboo and pure cotton.
REUSABLE COTTON BUDS
Premium & Eco-Friendly Material: This reusable cotton swabs is made of soft silicone and flexible nubs on the end of each swab, and is great for removing dirty, grease, makeup,etc.
100% biodegradable 'eco-wrap' - made from plant cellulose! Natures alternative to plastic, keeping your toothbrush hygienic.
BEESWAX REUSABLE FLING FILM
Reduce single-use plastic waste by using beeswax wraps, the natural alternative to plastic food wrap. Natural eco-friendly way to keep vegetables, fruit, herbs, cheese, bread and leftovers fresh longer.Reusable and useful for sealing leftovers into bowls and containers or to wrap a sandwich.
FIGHTING TOOTH DECAY, ACID EROSION & STAINS (as recommended by dentists). Maintain a healthy and attractive smile. Our jumbo, extra-wide, large drinking straws reduce the risk of long-term damage - invisible sugars and acids are sucked past the teeth.
REUSABLE COFFEE CUP
SABADEE reusable bamboo fibre coffee cup is more than just a product, it is a manifesto for a positive change to the environmental crisis. Each cup is designed to enrich coffee drinking experience with its sleek look and functionality while cutting waste generated by single-use plastic cups. SABADEE. Doing good, looking good, keeping your wallet happy.
RE - USABLE NOTEBOOK
Rugged and waterproof!This smart notebook will last no more wasting paper, this environmentally friendly notebook can be repeatedly erased 500 times.Line pages and dotted pages included, ideal for writing and drawing.Download the "CamScanner" App to store anything you write on the smart noetbook, send your notes to cloud services like Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote, Box, OneNote, Slack, iCloud and e.
SCRUBBING BODY BRUSH
Pretty See Body Brush Back Scrubber with Anti-slip Long Bamboo Handle.
MAKE YOUR OWN GIFT
Creating your own gift means that not only your gift is more cost-effective but you can really tailor the present to the individual receiving it. From the previous experience things that I have been given that have been handmade or made especially for me ar the ones, I tent to keep for much longer.
You can use them to create homemade infused olive oil, cocktails or face cleanser.
You can use them to create handmade candles, tasty cereals or body scrub.
If you happen to be very good at art ( or just simply it ) you can paint or draw gifts for your close ones
BUY FROM SMALL OR LOCAL BUSINESSES
Some of my favourite Brighton based businesses I love.
Harriet's of Hove
This store in Hove is plastic and waste-free store that sells everything from food to cosmetics and home wear.
Grab a bag or a variety of bags of tasty locally roasted coffee.
Handmade jewellery viable on Etsy.com and in Snooper's Paradise in the lanes.
You can't go wrong with a treatment voucher.
You can also buy handmade gifts from Etsy and support small businesses.
Cozy, warm and stylish hat for chilly winter days
This thick and chunky crochet hat has been hand crocheted by me and is the perfect little number for comfort, style, and warmth, its the ideal hat to jazz up your winter wardrobe!
Vintage style retro handmade red polka dot headscarf, land girl WW2 forties, Rosie the riveter, rockabilly head scarf
A large triangular headscarf in 100% cotton to get that iconic Rosie the Riveter and pin up 1940s wartime look, or perfect for a Rockabilly look.
White pea spot polka dots on lovely red background, which is typical wartime fashion and the iconic poster of Rosie the Riveter. It can also be tied in a bandana style.
A classic centuries old beverage with notes of cinnamon, cream, nutmeg, black tea, cloves, vanilla & cardamom. Cinnamon Chai creates such warm and inviting vibes during the Hoilday months and smells delicious.
OTHER FUN ECO-FRIENDLY GIFTS
Eco-friendly shaving kit
Say goodbye to disposable plastic razors and poor quality shaving with our eco-friendly shaving kit which includes:
Plastic free razor - The quality of this razor speaks for itself, making shaving an easy task. You do not need to apply pressure, just hold the handle in your finger tips, and let the weight of the razor head glide over your skin, giving you the closest shave and the smoothest skin. With the metal razor head and wooden handle, this eco razor is a great zero waste alternative.
Essential oils shaving soap - Specially formulated for it's natural and soothing properties, this vegan friendly, paraben-free, palm oil-free and cruelty free shaving soap bar is packed full of essential oils and goodies for your skin. Orange and Lavender essential oils give this shaving soap a bold character. Clay extracts help to create a silky smooth shave, and soothing aloe vera calms the skin.
Brenda the Beaver Dog toy
Brenda is a cute, fluffy beaver who is stuffing-free making her safer and less messy for heavy chewers. She is made from an eco-friendly fabric produced from recycled plastic bottles, and her soft yet tough cover is double stitched for extra strength. Brenda also squeaks and crackles providing hours of fun and will be the perfect friend for your dog to wrestle with or cuddle up to. Greentulip.com also offers other eco friendly dog toy
A sustainable subscription box
Merkaela is a subscription box that delivers natural, organic, and chemical-free products that help get you centered and on your way to every-day wellness. Each quarterly curated collection includes wellness products, thought-provoking content, and music.
A fair trade cotton throw
Made by fair trade producers in India and providing financial support to a school for underprivileged children in Delhi, these beautiful Handloom Cotton Throws make a welcome addition to any household.
Hope you have enjoyed my first Festive post. Keep your eyes peeled for more 🎄