Have someone in your life who is a bit of an environmentalist? You've come to the right place. It can be hard to know what to get for the eco-warrior in your life but luckily there's a wide range of options out there to suit those that put sustainability first. In fact, there are ethical versions of almost any product, and they're often even more luxurious than the original.
As many of us are becoming a little more earth-conscious, there are more sustainable options available than ever before. We've created this buying guide alongside our ten favourite eco-friendly gifts available on Amazon, eBay, John Lewis and Waitrose so you can find the perfect present, whether it's for Christmas, a birthday or a wedding, or just to say you care.
Choosing a sustainable gift needn't be hard if you know where, and how, to look! Follow our buying guide tips to get sorted with a gift that's not just ethical but fabulous too.
If you're buying a gift for someone for a specific event such as moving into a new home, you might want to find a sustainable gift that will be useful to them. Likewise, if it's a birthday gift you're looking for, a fun or indulgent gift that is also eco-friendly is sure to impress! Check out the different gift types for more ideas.
Sustainable and eco-friendly toiletries make wonderfully luxurious gifts for anyone, especially as lots of care has usually gone into them. Cruelty-free perfume or makeup make excellent presents and handmade soaps are perfect smaller gifts.
For an original gift, how about a zero or low-waste toiletries kit? Super environmentally friendly, they usually include shampoo and conditioner bars, soaps, and accessories such as a bamboo or cotton flannel.
One type of gift you can never really go wrong with is food or drink! Whether you go for a box of chocolates, a bottle of wine or something else, there are many, many sustainably-made food and drink items that are decadent and delicious.
Great for those with a lower budget or as a smaller or add-on gift, you can find some gorgeous UK-made, vegan and organic treats on our list.
From eco kitchen supplies like chopping boards or pans to crafty gifts like beer or chocolate making kits, there's a sustainable gift to suit everyone's kitchen (and your budget). In particular, reusable water bottles and travel cups make excellent gifts for all kinds of people and come in a wide range of cheerful styles and designs.
For those who are very committed to an eco-friendly lifestyle, consider purchasing a zero-waste kitchen or dining kit. There are many types available, but look for ones containing beeswax wraps and sustainable cutlery for people who like to take lunch to work or go for picnics!
If you have a little more money to spend and want to give something that will be cherished, consider choosing a sustainable gift for the home. From rugs and furniture to plants and vases, there are many beautiful items with the planet in mind.
Look for organic, naturally-dyed fabrics, furniture that has been made and sourced sustainably, or vases made from recycled glass for a treat to impress!
There are lots of items out there at claim to be sustainable, but on closer look, you realise they're far from perfect. In this section, we'll go through the different things to look for in a sustainable gift.
An often overlooked aspect of choosing a sustainable gift is where it is made. A product can be made of the most eco-friendly materials, but unfortunately, that is negated by the transit miles if it has to be shipped or flown from another part of the world.
Another important thing to think about is how it is made. If no details are given on the site, it may be made by underpaid sweatshop or factory workers, and just made to look as if it's a green option. There are many beautiful gift options made sustainably by small businesses here in the UK, which we have included on our list.
Organic, cruelty-free, vegan – you're sure to have come across these labels on many types of products and may be wondering why they factor into how sustainable something is. Well, organic products are made without the use of pesticides, chemical fertilisers or other artificial chemicals, which is much better for the earth and us, too.
Cruelty-free simply means a product (and its ingredients) were not tested on animals. Mainstream brands who test on animals often have harsh chemicals in their products, which are then absorbed by your skin. Cruelty-free items contain non-toxic ingredients with fewer chemicals, which is undoubtedly better for your skin, and the environment.
A vegan product does not contain animal by-products in its ingredients and should have also avoided cruelty towards animals in its production. In terms of our own health, animal welfare and environmental concerns, vegan products are often a very sustainable option.
We all know it's best to avoid plastic if we're trying to take care of the environment, but it's important to check that the gift and/or its packaging are recyclable, or even better, compostable.
Choosing items with minimal or eco-friendly packaging is a great idea, but it's good to look for gifts made from recycled or naturally sustainable materials such as glass or bamboo.
Now we've been through some of the possibilities depending on the gift recipient's interests and your budget, here are our top ten sustainable gifts by the likes of Booja-Booja, Chilly's and Laboratory Perfumes!
|Eco-Credentials||Handmade in the UK, low waste, vegan products|
|Gift Type||Kitchen supplies|
|Eco-Credentials||Made in the UK, organic, zero waste|
|Gift Type||Kitchen supplies|
|Eco-Credentials||Sustainable materials, zero waste|
|Eco-Credentials||Organic, cruelty-free, vegan, fairtrade, re-usable parts|
|Gift Type||Food & drink|
|Eco-Credentials||Handmade in the UK, organic, vegan|
|Gift Type||Food & drink|
|Eco-Credentials||Zero waste, BPA-free|
|Eco-Credentials||Recycled materials, recyclable, organic plant-based inks|
|Eco-Credentials||Made in the UK, vegan, cruelty-free, sustainably sourced/widely recycled packaging|
|Eco-Credentials||Made in the UK, 100% natural plant wax, recyclable glass|
Eco Warrior UK
The Natural Spa
Village Seashore Classic Scented Candle
Amber Eau de Toilette
Canopy Trio of Recycled Glass Vases
Vacuum Insulated Leak-Proof Drinks Bottle
Organic Les Planels
Fine de Champagne Chocolate Truffles
Cocoa Love Organic & Vegan Chocolate Gift Set
Bamboo Bento Box
Organic Zero Waste Lunch Set
Zero Waste Travel Kit
Lovingly Made in Wiltshire From 100% Natural Wax
Eco-Friendly, Natural Perfume Made Entirely in the UK
An Elegant Trio of Miniature Vases Handmade From Recycled Glass
Reusable, BPA-Free and Made of High-Grade Stainless Steel
An Irresistible Organic Red Wine From France
Multi-Award Winning Vegan Truffles Handmade in Norfolk
All-Natural Vegan Chocolate Kit Perfect for Couples or Kids Alike
An Eco-Friendly Lunchbox Made From Sustainable Bamboo
A Beautiful Gift Set From a UK-Based Family Business
Gorgeous Vegan Toiletries for Travel or on the Go
|Gift Type||Home||Toiletries||Home||Outdoor/accessories||Food & drink||Food & drink||Food/crafts||Kitchen supplies||Kitchen supplies||Toiletries|
|Eco-Credentials||Made in the UK, 100% natural plant wax, recyclable glass||Made in the UK, vegan, cruelty-free, sustainably sourced/widely recycled packaging||Recycled materials, recyclable, organic plant-based inks||Zero waste, BPA-free||Organic||Handmade in the UK, organic, vegan||Organic, cruelty-free, vegan, fairtrade, re-usable parts||Sustainable materials, zero waste||Made in the UK, organic, zero waste||Handmade in the UK, low waste, vegan products|
Giving truly is as delightful as receiving and if you want to treat your loved ones to something special, check out our related articles on gift-giving. There's no time like the present!
We hope this article has given you lots of inspiration for choosing the perfect sustainable gift. Whether practical, indulgent or both, we could all do with being a bit more green.
Author: Melanie McPhail
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