With only six weeks until Christmas, and some of us at a bit of a loose end in Lockdown 2.0, there’s no better time to get your shop on for Christmas gifts. No doubtedly, this year, many of us will have fewer loved ones than we’d planned seated at the dinner table so what a better way to show someone how much you value their presence than with presents.
Times are changing and with the unlikelihood of secret Santa blessing offices around the country with throw-away jokes and funnies, perhaps it’s not a bad idea that the gifts we purchase this year be practical, useful and beautiful.
Come January, the headlines will unquestionably sport nail-biting figures of how much excess waste each household has mass-produced this holiday period, stuffed into overflowing wheelie bins nationwide. It’s about time we thought long and hard about what we spend our hard-earned cash on and the effect unnecessary spending can sometimes mean for excess waste and the planet. That’s it, we are cancelling the Christmas of contamination and calling on sustainable Santa to save the day.
Jokes aside, picking out gifts that are sustainable can really stretch the sentimental value. After all, we made such good progress when the world stood still earlier this year so let's try and keep up the good work where we can. With so many incredible, environmentally-sound options to choose from on buyfair, it will be easy and ever so exciting to wrap up presents for your loved ones this year.
Let’s face it, if you have a loved one who hasn’t switched to a sustainable water bottle yet, then this present is not a want but a need. This Sagaform steel bottle is both aesthetically pleasing and practical. Holding up to 500ml means keeping up with your daily water intake is easier than ever, and this bottle can also be used for hot drinks doubling up as a flask. Switching to a reusable bottle is a simple change that can make a big difference, so what better gift is there to wrap up.
Moving from the steel variety onto the glass alternative, Neon Kactus’ reusable bottles and travel mugs are a fantastic way to scrap the single-use plastic and come prepared.
At a slightly bigger size of 550ml, the glass bottles are precisely engineered using the highest quality, food-grade materials perfect for your favourite hot and cold drinks. With a unique, textured anti-slip grip and fully leakproof bamboo lid providing you with a sleek and stylish way to stay hydrated during your on the go lifestyle.
The travel mugs come in a variety of sizes and are made from 100% plastic-free and fully recyclable and sustainable materials. Their uniquely designed thermal silicone sleeve and splash-proof lid are food grade and BPA Free and free from all harmful toxins and chemicals.
Neon Kactus glass coffee cups are made from the highest quality borosilicate glass, designed to replicate your coffee shop drinking experience and unlike plastic or bamboo will not taint the flavour of your drink. Neon Kactus reusable coffee cups are made from glass which is far less permeable than plastic, meaning your cup will not absorb residual tastes, odours or germs making them suitable for each and every coffee connoisseur you know and of love.
If you’re of the assumption that a glass bottle would be pretty weighty, think again, as these reusable bottles and travel mugs are lightweight, durable and robust, perfectly designed to slot into your everyday backpack or handbag making them, your ideal daily companion.
Buying from independent businesses just like them is another fantastic way to make a difference this Christmas too. Select from a range of colours that fit your personality and help Create A Better Tomorrow!
Inspired by the shapes of flowerpots and planters, LSA International Plant range is full of handmade glass vessels, designed to build open terrariums and grow plants. The glass pots sit on sustainably-sourced FSC-certified oak bases and are available in a variety of shapes and sizes to create a low maintenance, indoor gardens of succulents and cacti the perfect gift for the creative of the family.
As of late Cork has become increasingly popular for a number of reasons. When Cork Oak is ready to be harvested, the trees are not cut down but instead, just their bark is removed. The trees can be harvested for its outer layers for the rest of its 200-250-year lifespan (about 12 harvests per tree) meaning it can continue to pull CO2 from the atmosphere and adding nutrients to the soil whilst providing beautiful, biodegradable products.
Handmade using natural materials to create a one-off finish this Eco-Friendly, Recyclable gift will be sure to be a hit.
The Cookut complete bamboo meal set great for taking on the go and cutting down on the amount of plastic you consume on a daily basis. The meal set includes Chopsticks - Knife - Fork - Spoon - Toothbrush - Glass Jar with a bamboo lid, all wrapped up in a portable cotton bag, perfect for taking to work or travelling.
You will no longer need to bring or use weak, brittle plastic cutlery that ends up in the bin at the end of the meal. This meal kit will provide you with everything you need to eat at the office or on the grass for an impromptu picnic in the sun with colleagues, family or friends!
The BAM BAM meal kit is perfect for anyone to slip into their bag and have your cutlery and toothbrush always at hand so single-use plastic can never catch you out again.
Following on from the Meal Kit Cookut are on a mission with their Zero Waste objective creating a range of Kitchen and Homeware products for all the family to get involved with and reduce household waste.
Bam Bam toothbrushes are made of natural bamboo from sustainably managed forests. Their bristles are made from vegetable oil (castor) and infused with bamboo charcoal with antibacterial and whitening properties.
These are sustainable materials that are just as durable as plastic toothbrushes since its life span is equal to that of a plastic toothbrush but the inconvenience on the planet is much less.
Every year, 4 billion toothbrushes and many more plastic cutlery and straws are thrown away around the world. These products are not recycled and take 200 years to decompose. Much of it ends up in the ocean, causing the death of marine species.
That's why Cookut wanted to create sustainable products to gradually replace everyday disposable objects and thus take a step towards a healthier planet.
The BAM BAM toothbrush is recyclable and biodegradable and comes in a reclosable cotton bag which allows you to carry your toothbrush around while protecting it from external dirt.
Each bag contains 8 toothbrushes with a different coloured base allowing everyone to get involved and recognize their toothbrush.
Get the whole family on board to a Zero Waste 2021!
Now we are sure we can all identify the ‘Yogis’ among our families and friends and what better gift for them than a lightweight and foldable mat as the perfect travel companion for the yogi on the move!
Whether they're a skilled yoga enthusiast or they’ve recently decided to embrace the health benefits this type of workout has on the body and mind, these gorgeous yoga mats will definitely improve their experience and give all thanks to you.
With a range of unique and colourful designs, you can find a mat for every personality and individual style. What's more? The mats are made from eco-friendly natural tree rubber, GENKI Yoga mats are biodegradable, recyclable and planet-friendly.
For the ‘boujee’ friend, welcome the Melbourne Tote, Designers Edition from Bellroy available in two colours.
There are many aspects that give this bag the WOW factor including a unique magnetic strip that snaps shut at the slightest touch, Internal pocket series for smaller items and Bellroy's signature pop pockets to hold umbrellas and drink bottles.
It's hard to believe such a stunning, stylish and cleverly designed bag can be sustainable too but this one is. It’s crafted from premium, environmentally certified leather and suede-like lining. The leather Bellroy uses are gold-rated and meet all ‘Leather Working Group’ environmental protocols plus, the woven fabrics they use are sustainably produced and chosen for their durability and lightweight performance.
I think we should leave the rest to those that know it best as not much more can be said for something so spectacular.
"We love thinking about how bags can do more for you. We designed this bag to be beautiful, easy and reliable. And to open and close so easily you barely notice it’s happening. "
— James, designer
Zuperzozial is not only zuper stylish, but it's kind to the environment too. On the Road range is made from natural bamboo & corn powder fibres to bind it together, the collection is 100% durable and 100 % Recyclable.
The Washable Paper series are made of natural fibers and are 100% recyclable. Available in several colours. This collection shows that conscious living is easy, delicious and trendy.
The perfect gift for those wanderlust, travel bunnies with a conscience.
When you think about it, it's incredibly difficult to get hold of kitchen utensils that aren't plastic. Well, welcome the original biodegradable tableware collection from Zuperzozial. Just like the On the Road Collection, the tableware collection is made from natural bamboo & corn powder to bind it together.
Zuperzozial is completely durable for multiple-uses and food-use approved by both EU & US regulators. The entire range is ethically produced and takes around 3 years to degrade once disposed of. Zuperzozial is non-stain too, so you can use it for serving anything, from tasty dressed salads to presenting your speciality spaghetti bolognese! The rustic, almost stone-like feel to the range, also complements perfectly the philosophy behind this collection.
The perfect gift for those trying to 'Zero-waste' their home this New year.
So, there you have it! So much choice for all the family. What are you waiting for? The gifts won't buy themselves!