The holidays can be one of the most wasteful times of the year. Wrapping paper piles up when the Children open up their gifts, single-use plastics are used to serve food to guests, and let’s not even get started with the amount of food waste.
The month of December until after the New Year, families throw away almost 500 kilos of rubbish AND, not only are we creating tons of waste, we’re using more electricity in our homes and energy while we’re traveling.
It’s tough getting everyone on the same page as you when it comes to sustainability. But, luckily when you’re giving gifts, you’re the one in charge!
Read on for some amazing eco-friendly and sustainable ideas for your Christmas shopping this year!
Fun Toys the Earth and Kids Will Love
This amazing playset is handmade with cotton that was woven on handlooms in Sri Lanka and even coloured with non-toxic dyes. The bag that the six soft toy dinosaurs and two trees comes in doubles as a play mat for the toys themselves. Weaving Hope is also a Fair Trade Certified Organisation so you can be sure this toy came from an ethical designer!
Made from highly qualified and organic ingredients, this is the first and only organic playdough on the market in Europe. It’s completely free of perfumes and parabens. In addition the preservatives (to keep it soft and unspoiled) are mild and food grade. All of the colours of each play dough are made from natural dyes including algae, trispora, plants, and fruits. On top of it, their packaging is completely sustainable as well. The paper tube is made from recycled paper, and the plastic containers for each dough are made from PP plastic which is super easy to recycle.
Lovely Gifts for New Mamas and Babies
Absolutely everything in this collection is charming. The adorable style floral design on each of the products is the perfect print to keep your little one looking cute throughout the winter months.
Plastic free alternative to lead a lifestyle with zero waste, lovingly made in cute fabric prints. An superbly soft bamboo sponge, brilliant for bathroom and gentle for little ones! Perfect size for little hands & made with soft cotton and an gentle bamboo layer for gentle washing. It also houses a quilted bamboo core made from bamboo scraps which allows for loads of absorption without the bulk and handy little hanging tie for storage after use. Bamboo is naturally antibacterial and dries quicker than those cotton towelling flannels -Fully Compostable!!
These amazing Natural soaps are super special.
Honey Pot Suitable for the whole family- In the core, it has sweet, organic flower honey that laters up to perfection. Added into the soap is coconut milk for conditioning qualities while it adds a creamy feel. Piece of Cake Perfect for those cake lovers- Vegan. Orange essential oil, delightfully fresh and fragrant, pairs up with soothing chamomile in our Piece of Cake soap to create a lightly scented bar. Night & Day- vegan- even more special is the sharp, citrus scent of may chang (litsea cubeba) fruit oil and the floral aroma of lavender essential oil. Coconut shell derived activated charcoal, loved for its skin cleansing and detoxifying properties, colours the top layer of the soap and gives it its distinctive yin and yang look.
Packaged in a biodegradable paper soap bag with twine.
This soft velvety whipped lip balm is infused with calendula and sea buckthorn for ultimate nourishment and jojoba and castor oil for a nice shine and a sweet orange scent. This lip balm is made by hand in small batches with 100% all-natural ingredients. Best yet, it’s packaged in a reusable and recyclable aluminium tin!
This is just a short list of the amazing things that you can purchase to make this holiday a more sustainable one. When out and about this holiday season keep in mind what your consuming, buying, and throwing away. Be conscious of your efforts and help us work towards a more sustainable society!
When giving your gifts, be sure to pair your purchases with eco-friendly and recyclable gift wrappings.
This season, gift the gift of a happy Earth.
Peace & Love,
Me & D X