Have Yourself an Eco-Friendly Christmas, Let Your Gifts Be Planet-Wise

Sustainable gift ideas

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This year, more of us have become aware of our shopping habits and that’s coming into play over the holiday season. In terms of gifting, that means we’re making more of an effort to buy friends and family gifts they not only need, but that also last.

We’re also buying items that are locally-made, which means they support our surrounding communities and are made from sustainably sourced materials. Many of us are also opting for experiences over physical gifts – adventures that’ll help someone create memories or, in the case of gifts like donating a tree in their name, help them give back to the planet.

If you too are looking to lessen your impact on the planet with your Christmas shopping, ahead, we’ve rounded up a few ideas on what to buy. Forget a ‘white Christmas’ and go green with these sustainable gift ideas these holidays instead.

SodaStream E-Terra Sparkling Water Maker, $159

For anyone who you know loves sparkling water and is always buying it bottled, gift them the E-Terra, the latest model from SodaStream, released earlier this year. It comes white, black, red or light blue, and features LED lights. Plus, it’s cordless so can be placed anywhere in your kitchen.

SodaStream E-Terra

Bare The Label Silicone Bowl and Lid, $34.95

Made from 100% food-grade silicone, this bowl is safe to use in the dishwasher, microwave and freezer. Gift it to someone who’s always complaining about how expensive store-bought lunches are. And tell them to use its matching lid as a plate.

Collapsible reusable bowl

Who Gives a Crap The Stack-A-Tree, $66

Bamboo toilet paper

Carbon Positive Australia Donate a Tree, $4

Carbon Positive Australia plants native trees on shrubs and degraded land, with each species planted specially chosen to be appropriate for the land they’re placed on. Buying someone this gift means you’ll both be playing a part in combating climate change, restoring habitats and increasing biodiversity and improving water quality.

Donate a Tree

Frank Green Ceramic Reusable Bottle, $59.95

Gift anyone you know who doesn’t already use a reusable water bottle this 34oz (1000ml) bottle. Ceramic-lined and with a spill-proof straw lid, the bottle will last them for years and hopefully start them on their sustainability journey.

Frank Green resuable bottle

Bon Charm Bracelet, $250-$650

At jewellery brand Bon, the team works with supplies that use ethical and responsible practices and 100% recycled gold and silver. Each piece is designed with longevity in mind, meant to be passed down through generations. Choose your bracelet or necklace (sterling silver or 9ct gold) then add to it with charms and birthstones.

Bon Charm Bracelet

Emma Lewishman Supernatural Face Crème Riche, $140

Skincare brand Emma Lewisham was founded with the purpose of providing a positive impact on skin, wellbeing and the planet. Any giftee will appreciate this velvety face cream packed with ingredients scientifically proven to regenerate collagen at a cellular level.

Emma Lewisham face cream sustainable gift ideas

S-kin Evangeline Curved Ring, $134

S-kin Studio Jewelry is truthful to its claims of being part of the sustainable, ethical and eco-friendly living movement. It believes in full transparency, sharing exactly how it produces its jewellery. Any materials used are never wasted – it ensures it’s recycled in another production run or reused for sample production until it’s finally purchased. This dainty ring comes in 18k gold-fill or sterling silver.

S-kin jewellery sustainable gift ideas

Carbon Positive Australia E-Card With Household Offset Donation, $160-$500

Choose between four different carbon offset amounts varying from $160 to $500 for this holiday e-card. You can write a custom message on the card and the amount you’ve picked will go toward supporting Carbon Positive Australia’s restoration projects.

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