Christmas is approaching and shops are ramping up their sales tactics. This year, however, I am going to make a conscious effort to reduce my plastic consumption buying gifts. I have collated a plastic free gift guide to give you some inspiration to do the same.
1. Plastic Free Beauty Products.
Lush has released a new range of package free products including body wash and highlighters! Perfect if you have a beauty conscious friend who likes trying new products. You can read more about plastic-free products here.
2. Tea Strainer
Lets face it, Brits love their brew! I discovered recently that most tea bags contain plastic which you can read about here. A nice tea strainer could therefore be an excellent gift. For a high end one you can pop into Fortunm and Masons, but for a more standard priced one any high street tea shop will make these.
3. Loose tea and coffee
As per above, a bag or tin of nice tea or coffee always goes down well, especially with grandparents etc. Companies like Monmouth sell their coffee in paper bags and Kushmi tea have beautiful tins of tea that are easily re-used after. However, they do package some of their tea in plastic so do make sure to get a tin without plastic. Farmer’s Markets are also excellent places to find other plastic-free goodies such as jams, marmalades and chutneys.
If your pregnant friend has an achy back or your sister has wanted to cut her hair for ages, then give an online voucher at for example Treatwell. You could take your parents for afternoon tea or an exciting exhibition such as The Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photography of the Year.
5. Get creative
How about doing some baking or perhaps a drawing? What is your hidden talent? Can you harness this into a unique Christmas gift or experience?
6. Baby Friendly Gifts
Having a 6 month baby myself, the last thing I actually want is more toys/clothes/stuff. Our flat is already full and she is growing so fast that she’ll be out of it by Boxing Day. Instead think outside the box – new parents often struggle economically. A contribution towards baby swim or even a “babysitter voucher” could be just what the frazzled pair need. Or even better – offer to baby sit yourself – that way you get cuddles, gratitude from the parents and it hasn’t cost you a penny!
Other tips to help reduce plastic consumption:
- Skip plastic ribbons/decorations/stickers
- Avoid Christmas products with glitter. Ultimately the glitter contains plastic and will reach the sea.
- Use paper that can be recycled and consider using old fabrics and string to tie the presents together.
Have any other tips or ideas? Leave them in the comments below 🙂