Our Favourite Sustainable Christmas Gifting Ideas
Gifting season has officially begun and we love this time of the year! Nothing better than seeing your friends and family opening your thoughtful gifts with a huge smile. This is also one of the most wasteful times of the year... did you know that we use 227,000 miles of wrapping paper each year in the UK alone?
We’re always looking to make sustainable swaps, so here are five of our favourite holiday tips that will reduce waste without compromising on smiles!
1. Reducing Single-Use Materials
Reduce single-use materials such as wrapping paper with reusable alternatives such as fabric wrapping. You can use any unwanted materials that fit your gift such as pillow cases, table cloths or clothes and re-use them to wrap your gifts. Alternatively, there are plenty of reusable gift bags that come in all shapes, sizes and patterns - these can be reused all year and make a wonderful wrapping idea too!
2. Christmas Card Alternatives
Christmas cards are often glossy and glittery, unfortunately meaning that there are layers of plastic materials used to achieve this effect. You can avoid using plastic by sending either e-cards or purchasing eco-friendly cards. One of our favourite eco-card brands is 1 Tree Cards who use 100% recycled materials using renewable energy and vegan inks. They also plant one tree for every card purchased, what better way to contribute to our environment!
3. Invest in Eco-friendly and Reusable Gifts
Buy reusable gifts! Who doesn’t love a gift box full of surprises, especially if the box and contents can be used again? Some ideas to include in your gift box are reusable cotton rounds, coffee mugs, straws, and shopping bags to name a few.
4. Turn Your Gifting Ideas Into a DIY Session
If you have free time or would like to try a new hobby, homemade and DIY gifts are a thoughtful gift that go a long way! Candles and pottery are a perfect and easy way to start as you can fully customise scents and designs to your loved ones’ preferences. You can look up tutorials, or alternatively purchase kits that include everything you need. Check out Sculpd or Not On The Highstreet.
5. Gifting Experiences
Look into gifting experiences rather than physical items. Although this years’ experiences may be limited, there are plenty of options online such as subscriptions; magazines, newspapers, audiobooks, entertainment platforms, beauty boxes and so on! Here are some of our favourite subscriptions:
Do you have any other zero waste Christmas tips? Comment below - we’d love to hear!