“Tis the season to be jolly” – Christmas brings with it a lot of festive cheer. It’s a time for the family to come together and enjoy each other’s company while listening to the soft sounds of Christmas carols and enjoying the lights of the Christmas tree.
While the holiday cheer may be high, unfortunately, it’s also a period that results in a lot of waste. Giving gifts is a very important part of Christmas and finding the right Christmas gift can be difficult.
In an effort to live more sustainably and reduce the wastage that occurs around the holiday season, it’s imperative to watch out for eco-friendly Christmas gifts.
Here are some of the best eco-friendly Christmas gifts to choose from.
Eco-Friendly Scented Candles
A scented candle can completely change the energy in a home, but many scented candles on the market today are loaded with chemicals and contain paraffin.
While your intention may be to create a calm atmosphere and relax the person using the scented candle, many chemically-laden scented candles can have the opposite effect and end up being toxic for the person. This can lead to air pollution and make it difficult to breathe in the home environment created.
Eco-friendly scented candles can make the perfect Christmas gift as they are made using natural ingredients that aren’t toxic to a person's health. You can choose among various fragrances without harming the one receiving your gift, as they are usually scented using essential oils.
Christmas time is when people give each other not only gifts, but also cards for the seasons’ greetings. Most such cards are just read on Christmas day and then forgotten. Imagine how much paper waste that adds up to!
Seed cards are the perfect Christmas gift to replace regular cards. These are made using paper with seeds embedded in it. Made naturally using water-based ink and vegetable dyes, these cards can be torn into small pieces, planted and watered to watch them bloom.
This is a great way to make sure your seasons’ greetings don’t go to waste but instead, can be used to give back to the environment.
By the time Christmas approaches, people already have some idea of what their New Years’ Resolutions will be. Why not give your friend or relative an eco-friendly Christmas gift for them to plan the New Year?
Recycled notebooks are made using recycled paper and may be scented using natural ingredients. They extend the life of materials that otherwise would’ve gone to waste by turning them into something usable.
They’re one of the best eco-friendly Christmas gifts to give your loved one an early start to their New Year planning and help them note down their resolutions for the New Year.
Eco-friendly food containers
The food we eat energizes us and, while it may not seem like it, where it’s stored is extremely important.
Eco-friendly food containers are free of plastics, BPA, and phthalate, making them non-toxic options for families. They’re durable and of high quality, made using natural ingredients that will keep the food safe as well as the family.
Eco-friendly upcycled towels
Whether you want to gift your loved one a kitchen towel or a bathing towel, opting for the eco-friendly option is worth it. Eco-friendly towels are usually made with upcycled or recycled materials and employ minimal amount of resources in the production of the finished item.
They’re a great Christmas gift to show your loved ones you care.
Placemats are necessary to glam up a table. Whether it’s to create a look of luxury or a more laid back look, the perfect placemat can elevate the dining experience.
Many existing placemats are made of plastic and that’s non-biodegradable. Gifting your loved one an eco-friendly placemat set can help them glam up their dining table without negatively impacting the environment.
Eco-friendly bedsheets and pillowcases
Bedsheets and pillowcases impact the largest organ of the body - the skin. Yet, very few people pay attention to the material used to make bedsheets and pillowcases. Many are made using unsustainable materials and make use of chemicals that can damage or irritate the skin, especially for those who have sensitive skin or skin allergies.
Eco-friendly bedsheets and pillowcases are made using natural ingredients and are soft on the skin. They make for the perfect gift when you want your loved one to experience comfort without compromising on the environment.
101 Ways To Go Zero Waste by Kathryn Kellogg
Have a loved one who is trying to be zero waste but doesn’t quite know where to start? Kathryn Kellogg’s ‘101 Ways To Go Zero Waste’ is the perfect Christmas gift for them.
A 16-ounce mason jar fits 2 years’ worth of Kathryn Kellogg’s waste. Her suggestions for lifestyle changes can help your loved one make better choices in different spheres of their life, including home care, fashion, beauty, and more.