Make sure to be kind not just to your friends and family but to the environment this holiday season. Here are our top sustainable gift ideas for Christmas.
Many of us are thinking about what gifts to give our loved ones at this time of year. While it can be tempting to buy the latest gadgets, these gifts often end up in landfills or collecting dust. Instead of contributing to the waste problem, why not give eco-friendly gifts this Christmas? Not only are they better for the environment, but they also support sustainable living and local businesses.
There’s a gift for everyone on our list. Here are some ideas to get you started:
Keeping It Simple
If you don’t have a large budget but just want to give someone a small token of appreciation, these are some fantastic gifts:
Reusable Water Bottle/Coffee Mug
Single-use plastic bottles and cups are a major contributor to pollution and waste. Here’s a chilling fact: Around the world, one million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute, according to the UN Environment Programme. To reduce the amount of disposable plastic bottles and cups that end up in landfills (and save money in the long run), why not buy a reusable water bottle or coffee mug? There are many different styles and designs available, so you can choose one that fits the recipient’s personality and style.
If you have a friend with a green thumb, there is no better gift than a potted plant. Plants help purify the air and reduce the amount of dust and allergens in the air, helping to improve the air quality in anyone’s home. They also make any space beautiful and are shown to promote relaxation, having a calming effect on the mind and body. On top of that, caring for a plant can be a rewarding experience all on its own.
Organic, Fair Trade Certified Coffee
If you have a coffee lover in your life, why not give them fair trade coffee? Grown and harvested in a way that supports sustainable practices and fair labor standards, you can support farmers and workers who are committed to protecting the environment and improving their communities. From avoiding the use of harmful chemicals to supporting biodiversity and conservation, this coffee is a great bet for the future of our planet.
Buy from Recycled Materials
If you want to give a higher-end gift, consider either buying secondhand or buying items made from sustainable materials. These gifts not only reduce waste but also support artists and craftsmen who are committed to sustainability.
Some ideas include:
Jewelry made from sustainable metals conserves natural resources because it reduces the demand for newly-mined materials. Furthermore, jewelry makers who use these materials often source them from their communities, which means that you are supporting your local economy in the process. Handmade jewelry made from recycled materials are unique and beautiful.
Candle Made from Soy Wax
Instead of traditional candles made from paraffin wax, why not look into candles made from soy wax? Soy wax is a plant-based wax made from soybeans, which is a renewable and biodegradable source. This means that it can be safely disposed of without harming our ecosystem. Not only that, but soy wax is a versatile material that can be used to make a wide variety of candle scents and styles, so you are sure to find the candle that is right for your loved ones.
Support a Cause
Instead of giving a traditional gift, why not show your loved ones how much you care about them and the world they live in by supporting a cause in their honour? You can donate to a conservation organization or give a gift card to a local farmer’s market. These gifts support important environmental initiatives while supporting local businesses and communities at the same time.
There are also organizations that can plant a tree in someone's name, feed an underprivileged child, or support an endangered species. The gift of giving can be so much greater than material items.
Whether you choose to give a tangible gift, or support a cause,you can be sure that your gift will make a positive impact on the planet.
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Merry Christmas from Vonder!