Looking for inspiration for eco friendly Christmas gifts for your partner, children, parent or friend?
2019 was the year of the School Strike for Climate, Greta Thunberg, Climate Emergency, Extinction Rebellion, Plastic Pollution Crisis, Microplastics, Flexitarian going main-stream, Flygskam (look it up) and other sustainability trends.
It’s been a year of waking up to the reality that humans are destroying the planet for ourselves and future generations. But it’s also been a realisation that changing behaviour is hard. We cannot recycle ourselves out of this or expect the majority to suddenly change the way they live.
To achieve change we need innovation in terms of products and solutions that are sustainable and better than what we already have. Instead of giving up the vacation travel plans what if there was an environmentally friendly way?
We asked the team at TAPP to share their tips. The result is this eco friendly christmas gift guide with products and experiences that make it effortless, enjoyable and rewarding to live a sustainable life.
Eco-friendly Christmas Gifts for Transportation
A great start to living more sustainable is avoiding the gasoline sucking car. Here are a couple of great gifts for alternative transportation means.
1. Rain gear for cycling
Bicycle in the warm season and car during the cold and rainy season. There are incredible rain coats and pants for bicycling that take away any excuses. Great to get around and for exercise.
Bikesmart has a great guide to rain gear:
2. Sustainable Shoes
With comfortable shoes and a bit of time you can walk almost anywhere. Best of it all, there are many shoes now made of sustainable materials now. We like to support the smaller companies making shoes out of ocean plastics, compostable materials, organic cotton, ethically sourced materials and more. Here’s a great list to start from:
Most people will benefit from a bicycle and nowadays there are great foldable and normal bicycles for every-day use and in all price ranges. Bicycling has a great starting guide to choose a bicycle for your partner, child or friend: https://www.bicycling.com/bikes-gear/a20023052/bike-buying-tips/
4. Electric scooter
Yes, they can be annoying but for many people an electrical scooter is a fantastic way of getting around. Affordable, flexible, portable and fast. It’s a fun and useful Christmas gift.
Even better. Give credits to an electrical scooter / motorcycle service such as eCooltra!
Note that the battery is an environmental hazard so make sure it’s properly disposed end of life.
5. A fully electric car for Christmas
If you or your partner must buy a new car (or rent) then why not go full electric. The electric cars are now as reliable and comfortable as petrol and they can even be more affordable in the long term. Although Tesla took an early lead there are now a myriad of great models across the big car brands. Check out Huyndai Ioniq and Kona, Chevy Bolt, Nissan Leaf, Renault Zoe, BMW i3 and Audi e-tron. There is no excuse not to buy an electric anymore.
6-7. Train Vacation & Eco-friendly travel
Book the train for that next vacation gift. Go to Paris, travel around Europe, make an adventure out of your travels. Cutting down on air-travel doesn’t mean that you have to stop traveling. Check in to an eco-friendly hotel with km zero food, no plastic, reduced water consumption and other sustainable features. Read more about sustainable tourism.
Sustainable Xmas Gifts for the kitchen
Food and beverages probably cause the most unsustainable waste at home. Kitchen gifts can be useful, time-saving, enjoyable and best of all eco friendly. Read more in our 4 tips for a sustainable kitchen.
Here are a few ideas:
8. TAPP 2 Twist Water Filter
Still buying bottled water? Ouch. With a water filter you will save money, improve health, reduce effort of carrying home heavy bottles and best of all cut down on plastic waste.
TAPP 2 Twist with biodegradable cartridges starts at 79 euros per year. Find out more.
9. Reusable Bamboo Cutlery Set
“Plastic cutlery? Not for me!” Say #notoplastic with an amazing bamboo utensil set! Stylish, lightweight, and totally natural – perfect for the #zerowaster on the go!
10. Zero Waste Tumbler Drink Kit
Life making your thirsty? Instead of reaching for that styrofoam or plastic Big Gulp cup, try our Tumbler Kit that’s perfect for hydrating on the go!
11. Beeswax wraps
Affordable and practical gift to use for wrapping of sandwiches, bread, fruits on the go or for anything stored in the fridge. Lots of alternative products.
12. Roll Eat bags
A variant of the Bees wax wrap. It is reusable, very easy to clean, and light enough to take with you anywhere.
13. Organic seeds, soil and a nice pot to grow your own spices at home
There are many beautiful xmas gift sets available for the home cook to enhance dishes with essential spices and ingredients. Making it easy by providing the soil and the pot in the same or separate packages. Fun and useful.
Sustainable xmas gifts for Fashion and Beauty
14. Super shower head that saves water and energy
15. Plastic and Chemical Free Deodorant
Nuud or one of the other natural & eco-friendly deodorant is a nice gift for the organic and health minded.
16-17. Sunglasses – the gift that turns plastic into good looks
Two of our favorite sunglass brands include
Sea 2 see – Collect plastic waste from the oceans and look great at the same time. Sea to see is a great. https://www.sea2see.org/
Shwood – Makes beautiful mostly wood based sunglasses using sustainable sourcing and development processes. https://shwoodshop.com/
18. A DIY Beauty Book
Easy, All-Natural, Sustainable Recipes Based on commercial products from Lush, Kiehl’s, Burt’s Bees, Bumble and bumble, Laura Mercier, and More!
19. Zero waste skincare kit
This skincare kit is your secret weapon to perfect skin. Made from botanical ingredients, these products will leave any face fresh, balanced, and toned. It’s great for all types of skin! This Kit Includes: • Meow Meow Tweet Toner • Meow Meow Tweet Face Oil • Rose Clay -or- Tea Tree Charcoal Facial Bar
20. Wax Buffalo Whiskey Tumbler Candle
First it’s a candle with great smell and then it turns into a whiskey glass. Perfect for any candle and whiskey lover.
21. Bamboo Revolution Bamboo Watches
Beautiful big and small watches made bamboo make great gifts. Eluxemagazine has listed a few of the top
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