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A couple of years ago I watched the War on Plastic documentary and was horrified when I realised how much plastic waste we produce, especially as a larger family. We make a conscious effort now to reduce our plastic usage. Christmas is a time where I've long felt that there is a lot of waste and pointless consumerism. I love giving to others but I won't be wasteful and I will be mindful in my choices. To that end I have put together this Plastic Free Christmas gift guide and it is busting with ideas for you to give as gifts which are more mindful to the planet.
Eco Advice Subscription
My top tip to give someone who has everything this Christmas is to gift them a subscription to *The Every One Club. It costs £36 for the year and every week you are emailed a meaningful action to work on each week. This week it was about teeth so I had tips on recyclable toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss etc. I love it because all the research is honest and real and done for me and now I know how to reduce my plastic waste in this area. Think how much this will build up over the course of the year. Together members also fund brilliant earth-restoring projects. It's definitely a high impact gift that will really make a difference.
Reusable Kitchen Roll
Last year I decided to stop buying kitchen roll and to be honest I haven't missed it one bit! And just think about all that plastic wrapping we've saved from landfill. I made our reusable kitchen roll myself out of spare cotton and an old towel but if you aren't into sewing then you can support an independent business and buy some homemade kitchen roll online, Etsy is a great source of inspiration.
I know that I use my reusable bags most days so buying one for someone else makes a really great practical gift and you are also helping them to help the environment. I love how stylish this personalised jute bag from Not on the High Street is, it would make a lovely gift.
Reusable Coffee Capsules
A friend of mine recently bought a *reusable coffee pod for her Nespresso machine. You refill the pod each time with a ground coffee, removing the waste of the individual pods. This is a great idea for those who don't buy genuine Nespresso capsules which can be recycled using their own system.
Every Christmas I am amazed at how much plastic toys we are given. Over the last two years I have made a really conscious choice to try to move away from this as much as possible. It's not always easy when children have a particular toy in mind but I try to offset that as much as I can by searching for good condition used toys on eBay.
A great plastic free gift is this brilliant marble run from *Build Your Own Kits. Made out of sustainable cardboard this eco-friendly, STEM-inspired marble run is fun to put together and play with afterwards too.
Many items of clothing we buy now have plastic fibres in them. You can cut this down by buying 100% natural fibre clothing or buy from sustainable ranges. This isn't as difficult as it seems and you can find these items on the high street now. H&M has a sustainable range where the plastic in their clothing is recycled. This cable knit jumper would make a lovely gift.
One of my favourite brands is the leakproof underwear ModiBodi. I swapped to using their period underwear last year and haven't bought plastic disposable sanitary towels since, that's a huge saving on plastic waste. Their underwear is so comfortable and they are really absorbent. Not limited to use for periods, they are also helpful for urinary incontinence. They have a great range, including a vegan range, a range for teens and also mens options too.
Plant a tree
What better green gift to give than the planting of a tree.*Treedom is a tree planting business that plants trees in 17 different countries across the world, in partnership with smallholder farmers and NGOs. Each individual tree has a digital presence, they are geolocated and photographed, with regular updates posted in a Diary. The trees can be gifted to friends, family members and loved ones with just a click - the perfect green gift for Christmas!
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