Green Gifting for the Environmentally Conscious

Thinking green is becoming increasingly important as well as increasingly popular, so we have pulled together information on how you can gift greener with stylish, affordable, and pleasing sustainable gifts. 

With new figures emerging that households produce a quarter more trash during festive periods, we think it is important to look at our gifting habits. If this resonates with you, but you are unsure where to start, we have pulled together some ideas to help you look at the items you are buying. 

What is Green Gifting

Green gifting is gifting recycled, upcycled, hand-made, or net-zero products so that there is minimal impact on the environment. When looking at sustainability in gifting, we have found a huge positive with this, as it is very high on most people’s agendas. Currently, companies are marketing towards this in a big way. This makes shopping a lot easier as sustainability in items is highlighted on websites and in stores. 

In the past, sustainability has been linked to exclusivity, meaning a high price tag. However, when looking at various products, we have found that this is not necessarily the case any longer. Affordable sustainability is now becoming a real draw for customers, so shop around to make sure you get the best deal. 

Is It for Everyone?

Sustainability sounds great, I wouldd love to do my part for the environment, but will I be able to find gifts to suit all of my friends and family? The answer is yes. If you are committed to finding sustainable gifts, you can find one for every type of person you buy for. From recycled packaging to net-zero jewelry, if you look for it, you can find it. 

Some of our favorite sites have sustainable items sections, where you can scroll through until you find exactly what you want, which saves a lot of time searching. Or you can use social media to see what is being recommended by environmental activists for gifts best for the environment. 

Shop By Person

Sustainability for children is becoming easier with an increasing number of consumer products being made in sustainable wooden designs rather than plastic items. You can find beautifully carved items if you are willing to pay that little bit more and use a small business. But, if this is not within your budget right now, the big mass-made toy companies are bringing out more wooden toys and playsets which remove some of the plastics from your home and teach children from a young age about environmental issues and social conscience. 

Another gift aimed at the little ones in our lives is 100% recycled plastic gifts. The recycled items come in a wide range of gift ideas that you can be sure to find something your little one will love. This could be a toy that has been made from recycled materials but also can be craft items. 

For book lovers, you can use thrift stores or used bookstores and find some real gems, and not all of the books have even been read before they were traded in or donated. If you spend a set amount per person, you will also be able to get more for your money by shopping for used books. If you would prefer to give new gifts, there are now also subscription boxes which save unsold books from being pulped through lack of sales. 

If you are buying for someone interested in fashion, several companies are using sustainably sourced materials to make their clothing and accessories. Using companies who manufacture sustainably helps a company to limit their carbon footprint and not detrimentally impact the environment. There are also companies using recycled materials for their fashion items which make items unique and quirky. 

When buying jewelry, there are now companies who work to a net-zero emission basis with recycled metals and stones, which you can not tell the difference between them and other items of jewelry. 

Homeware is a popular holiday gift. There is a big increase in sustainable homeware, with items of glassware, crockery, and vases made of recycled materials. If you have someone in your life who likes an item that is unique and beautiful, recycled glassware is not something to be overlooked. 

Sustainable beauty products are becoming increasingly popular also, with environmentally friendly soaps, shampoos, and deodorants making their way onto the market. Some companies only sell items of this type which makes it easier to find rather than looking through a small number of sustainable items from a larger, non-specialized company. 

Your sporty friends and family members are not being left out of this list either. Several companies make sports items from recycled or upcycled materials. Meaning you can gift sports accessories for indoor and outdoor activities with sustainability at the forefront of your gifting agenda.

Upcycling furniture has been popular for years and is a way of gifting someone you love a truly unique item for their home. Whether it is a big or small item of furniture, you can find some beautiful hand-upcycled, one-of-a-kind gifts. 

Alternatives

Alternatively, instead of buying from sustainably sourced and recycled materials, you could agree and challenge your friends and family to shop from thrift stores only, so there is no waste in the materials being bought. 

Top Tip: It is worth it when shopping for sustainable items that you look at blogs on environmentally friendly gifting as companies who make sustainable items often advertise on these sites and blogs.

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