I am Elsa, a MSc Environmental Entrepreneurship graduate and social media content creator, passionate about sustainability and circular economy.

I am Elsa, a MSc Environmental Entrepreneurship graduate and social media content creator, passionate about sustainability and circular economy.

Zero Waste Christmas Gift Guide 2018

Zero Waste Christmas Gift Guide 2018

One of my greatest joys at Christmas is to give gifts to my friends and family. I love putting a lot of thought and effort into what I am going to give them and thinking about what they might like and find useful. This year I am going to:

  • REDUCE the amount of presents I give by buying less but better quality, more sustainable and try to support small businesses as much as possible.

  • I will wrap as many of my presents in REUSED and/or REUSABLE packaging materials (another blog post about that coming soon!)

  • I will give plastic free, low waste gifts that are RECYCLABLE at the end of life, made of RECYCLED materials and pack the gifts in RECYCLABLE packaging.

A lot of more sustainable products are the easiest to access online and I have listed below some of my favourite plastic free and zero waste products and the most exciting-looking gift sets from the brands and shops that I love: zero waste toiletries and cosmetics, shopping and kitchen essentials, zero waste cutlery and metal straws, sustainable and ethical clothing and stocking filler ideas.

*** The post will be updated with more products as I discover more goodies, that I want to share with you***

Candles are a great gift, especially if they come loose or in a reusable glass jar!

Candles are a great gift, especially if they come loose or in a reusable glass jar!

Zero Waste Toiletries/Cosmetics

Having spent the past six Christmases in the UK I have noticed that British people absolutely love gifting toiletries and cosmetics to each other! There are a lot of lovely zero waste and plastic free toiletries and cosmetics available out there from soap and shampoo bars and hair rinses to skincare and shaving kits. I have listed some ready-made gift sets below. You can easily get together your own gift set too in the online shops mentioned below.

For women:

For men:

Haircare:

Shaving Kits:

Skin and body:

Oral care:

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Soap Sets

Starting to use shampoo and soap bars is one of the easiest plastic free and zero waste swaps you can do - once you fall for soap bars, there’s no going back. There are lovely soap gift sets available…

… But you can also get lovely individual soaps for example from Zero Waste Path Shop, Conchus, Nurturing Soul, Honest Skincare and Greenerhabits Co. and make your own soap gift set.

Activated Charcoal Soap £.4.50 and Lavender Shampoo Bar £4.50 from Zero Waste Path Shop.

Activated Charcoal Soap £.4.50 and Lavender Shampoo Bar £4.50 from Zero Waste Path Shop.

Cedar + Pine Soap £12 by Honest Skincare.

Cedar + Pine Soap £12 by Honest Skincare.

Zero Waste Shopping Essentials

A zero waste shopping essentials pack is easy to put together: a reusable cotton bag with a couple of reusable cotton produce bags. These are widely available in zero waste online shops. Below some of my favourite ones:

Mesh Produce Bags £14 (set of 3) from the Zero Waste Maker.

Mesh Produce Bags £14 (set of 3) from the Zero Waste Maker.

Mesh Produce Bags £7 from Zero Waste Market.

Mesh Produce Bags £7 from Zero Waste Market.

Zero Waste Kitchen Essentials

Anyone with a kitchen will find these plastic free and zero waste kitchen items useful! Why not put together a little sustainable kitchen hamper?

Medium Kitchen Beeswax Wrap Set by The Beeswax Wrap Co. £20 [Get 10% off your wraps with code ELSA10 until end of November]

Medium Kitchen Beeswax Wrap Set by The Beeswax Wrap Co. £20 [Get 10% off your wraps with code ELSA10 until end of November]

Zero Waste Cutlery Set and Metal Straws

Bamboo cutlery or metal straw sets are great small gifts or a stocking fillers for someone very often on the go - they are lightweight and compostable/recyclable everyday weapons against single-use plastics. Some of my favourite bamboo cutlery and straw sets are listed below:

Sustainable and Ethical Clothing

I only dare to buy clothing for people whose taste I know really, really well, i.e. my boyfriend. Below are some of my favourite online shops for sustainable, ethical and reasonably affordable clothing.

Sustainable and Ethical Jewellery

Stocking Fillers and Other Gifts

Stocking filler gifts are also something that I have been introduced to in the UK. I have listed some of my favourite bits and bobs here that would make perfect zero waste stocking fillers.

Elephant keyring made of leather off-cuts by DoubleCow.

Elephant keyring made of leather off-cuts by DoubleCow.

One final note: if you don’t know what to gift someone, my rule of thumb is give them food - especially chocolate, which is tasty and reasonably easy to find plastic free. ;)

I hope this Zero Waste Gift Guide was useful and gave you some ideas and inspiration about how to give more consciously this year.

Next up will be a blog post about sustainable Christmas Wrapping.. so keep your eyes peeled for that!

With love,

Elsa xxx

Low Waste Gift Wrapping

Low Waste Gift Wrapping

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