Are you looking for some ideas for what to buy your eco-conscious loved one for Christmas? I’ve put together a list of my favourite gift ideas, if you’ve exhausted the other ideas I laid out in my Sustainable Christmas Guide.
Hydrophil is my favourite plastic free, bamboo toothbrush - the bristles are made from petroleum-free castor oil and the rest of the toothbrush is completely biodegradable (be sure to put it in a compost bin as it won’t biodegrade properly in a normal bin). If you are in Germany you can order directly from their site (free delivery after 10 euros), or you’ll find them stocked in most other plastic free online shops.
Underwear is always a safe gift, especially if it’s neutral and functional, like the range Organic Basics offers. They ethically produce beautiful, organic cotton underwear and basics which don’t cost the earth. You can claim 15% off using the code LIVE_CONSCIOUSXOBCO15.
Plant a forest
This is my personal favourite! I would love nothing more than to be gifted a forest. There are many tree planting services out there, and you might want to buy trees in your home country as this is often more special. If you feel like planting some trees in Spain, I recommend Reforestum.
If you follow me on instagram you’ll know I’m a huge fan of Wool and the Gang. I love their ethos and love their products even more. All the wool and fabrics are sustainably and ethically sourced, with many of the yarns being 100% recycled. Plus, I can confirm the kits come posted in plastic free packaging. There’s so many kits to choose from - choose an easy or beginner kit if it’s your first time knitting!
Tea strainer + loose leaf tea
Unfortunately most tea bags contain plastic and I switched to loose leaf tea this year. You can find beautiful tea strainers, or even teapots with built in strainers, at gift stores or check out T2 if you have a store locally. I think this is a lovely gift and also acts as a way to raise awareness of the fact tea bags contain plastic!
A bag with a story
Mimycri is a Berlin-based social enterprise which produces beautiful, highly durable bags and accessories. Their business model is incredible: they collect the refugee boats left behind on the shores of Greek islands and hire newly settled refugees in Berlin to up-cycle the material into high-quality products. So by buying a mimycri product, you are not only reducing ocean waste but also supporting the integration of refugees in Germany.
A house plant
Who doesn’t love a nice house plant? If you’re buying for someone who doesn’t want to invest time looking after a plant, get a succulent or low maintenance plant. They improve the air quality in your home and hopefully inspire the green thumb in all of us.
A safe bet for coffee lovers - a Keep Cup. We all know takeaway coffee cups are a huge source of plastic waste and using a keep cup instead is a great way to tackle the problem. Again, there is a huge choice of keep ups out there in terms of style, from bamboo to glass. My favourites are: Frank Green and KeepCup (both Aussie brands but deliver to EU).