When buying a gift this Christmas, to save items ending in landfill, focus on what the recipient might want to receive. Unsure what to buy? Here are some sustainable gift ideas that your friends and family will love.
When looking gifts, you might want to consider the following:
- Is it locally sourced?
- Has it been sustainably produced?
- Is it reusable or low to no waste?
Here are our top three sustainable gift ideas!
1 Bird Feeder
Shop locally for a handmade eco-friendly bird feeder that will look lovely in a garden and provide birds with a safe place to eat. With recent freezing temperatures and without daytime thawing, birds can find it hard to forage for food. This is another reason why a bird feeder is a great idea.
Reduce the carbon footprint of your gift by shopping handmade items from small businesses instead of buying mass produced products online.
Flowers are often gifted during the holiday season, but this year why not gift a plant instead? Flowers can be carbon-intensive to grow, package and transport so plants are a great alternative that will last a while longer than a bunch of flowers.
Already have a plant? Try propegating your own houseplants from cuttings to give as a gift! Find out more on propegation here.
Local garden centres and markets are great places to buy houseplants from.
3 Water Bottle
When you’re on the go it’s easy to grab a bottled water. According to Office H2o, the water bottling process releases 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually.
Gifting a reusable bottle could help reduce the carbon footprint of a loved one who often buys single use plastics.
Brands like Chilly's cater to both hot and cold beverages, so you have plenty of options when shopping for a loved one.
Let us know in the comments if you have any other sustainable gift ideas!