Sustainable Gift Guide 2020
It is possible to have a sustainable Christmas, buying friends and loved ones something from a local business or from a company that has a transparent supply chain is easier than you might think. Receiving a thoughtful present that has had time taken over its selection is so wonderful!
Here are some ideas ranging in price and category to help you find that perfect gift...
How to simplify your life an live sustainably- Madeleine Olivia
This is such a wonderful and easy to follow guide to living more sustainably and decluttering your life. I follow Madeleine Olivia on social media and love her vegan recipes.
This book is available from Amazon, WH Smith and other online book stores.
Braiding the sweetgrass- Robin Wall Kimmerer
As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together to take us on “a journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise” (Elizabeth Gilbert).
Such a beautiful and important book.
Can be purchased from Amazon and other online book stores.
UpCirlce is a wonderfully natural and ethical beauty brand that I personally use and love!
They use discarded coffee grounds, argon shells and apricot stones to name a few in their beautiful products. They smell amazing and are so kind to the skin. They arrive beautifully packaged in glass jars with aluminium lids.
I personally use their facial scrub, cleansing balm, facial moisturiser and face serum. Such a perfect gift for someone you love!
Miniml Shampoo, Conditioner and Body Wash
Here at The Green Pantry we offer the natural and sustainable brand Miniml. They sell a variety of household liquids and beauty products. Some of our favourites for gifts are the Grapefruit & Aloe Vera Shampoo and Conditioner and the Body Wash/ Bubble Bath of the same scent. Perfect when popped into a glass pump bottle gift set!
Miniml collect our plastic drums so they truly are a closed loop system. Vegan, cruelty free formulas too!
Find them here along with all our other gift boxes.
Floral Street is a sustainable fragrance brand. They are ethically minded from the production, ingredients and packaging. They are very transparent and open about their methods and supply chain making sure the suppliers and growers are treated fairly. You won't find any plastic cellophane in their packaging!
They smell and look absolutely beautiful, they are very fairly priced and have lots of gift idea options for every budget.
Find them here
Homeware & Lifestyle
The Green Pantry- Hand Poured Soy Wax Candles
I make our candles here at The Green Pantry using 100% natural soy wax which is much safer to burn and much more environmentally friendly than paraffin wax. I scent the candles using pure essential oils and they contain a cotton wick. Packaged in an amber glass jar with aluminium lid, once your candle has burnt down you can wash out your jar easily and return it to us for a 10% discount code.
We have two scents available and three sizes to choose from. Find them here
Patch is a great online shop for all of your house plant needs. They have plenty of gift options for any budget and a plant is such a wonderful long lasting gift for someone you love.
You can also visit your local garden centre to pick up houseplants and support local businesses.
Find Patch here
Refillable Bath Salts- The Green Pantry
We offer refillable bath salts by the wonderful Trees & Seas. Lavender & Ylang Ylang.
They can also come in a beautiful glass clip top jar!
They make your bathroom smell and look great. A perfect sustainable gift for someone special.
Find them here
A bar of Tony's is so thick and delicious! The packaging is gorgeous and plastic free. They are sustainable with where their chocolate comes from unlike other chocolate bars they are super transparent about their supply chain. Fair Trade chocolate at its best!
Find their website here
Clothing & Accessories
A pricier option but you may be looking for a gift for a partner or family member who loves to be outside, hiking, walking etc. Pategonia are a wonderful company with incredible sustainability credentials. I highly recommend you check them out.
If you are looking for accessories then I highly recommend TenTree. They have some fantastic winter accessories such as beanies, socks, blankets etc. They do also sell men's and women's clothing.
They produce sustainable clothing and plant TEN trees with every order! How amazing!
Find them here
If you are looking for super soft and super sustainable basics then check out Organic Basics. They have some lovely underwear, socks, scarves, PJ's etc. They use recycled materials and have a low impact website.
Find them here
Kidly have such a huge range of fantastic things for children. From stocking fillers to crafts to nightwear.
Their toys are BPA free and so creative. My twins have the PJs and they are such wonderful quality. Packaged in compostable wrap too!
Find them here
The Green Pantry- Hand Stamped Festive Wrap
Wrapping paper often contains plastic and cannot be recycled. Why not wrap your presents in our hand stamped fully recyclable festive wrap this year. Two sheets of stamped kraft paper with gift tags and twine. Give your gifts that personal touch!
You can find our wrapping paper here
Some people are super hard to buy for, they may not need anything material or may not love receiving gifts. Why not donate to a cause that would mean something to them on their behalf. Some ideas are Crisis to help the homeless this Christmas, The National Forest to plant a tree. For someone who loves wildlife then why not adopt an animal for them from WWF or donate to your local food bank.
Instead of choosing to buy everything from huge corporations such as Amazon have a look for a local business who could really do with your support especially this year. You could find a local bakery and send a loved one some yummy treats, a small craft business selling cushion covers or tea towels. Etsy is an amazing way to find handmade local businesses too!
I hope this guide has given you some ideas, I would love to receive any one of these suggestions. Making a positive impact and giving someone you love something beautiful!