Updated: Sep 20
It’s not easy being green. Yet, every year eco-friendly Christmas gifts become more of a priority for more consumers. So, I have delved through the latest products from some of my favourite fellow eco-friendly shops and brought you my best eco-friendly Christmas gifts for 2021.
Handmade Planter Bag - £18
One great advantage to buying eco-friendly is you often find yourself buying from smaller businesses that make their products by hand. There’s something so genuine and personal about handmade items and this one is made for something else that always lifts my mood - plants.
This handmade planter bag from Ink and Bear is lined to give it a sturdy feel and the cotton bag itself is made from offcuts, reducing fabric waste. It’s also a bit of a family affair. The maker’s daughter designs and hand screen prints the material and her mother sews them into these quirky happy bags. Although these are made to hold plants, anything can be placed in these bags. This is a beautiful eco-friendly Christmas gift for friends with stylish homes. https://www.inkandbear.co.uk/product-page/large-green-handprinted-planter-bag
Ok, so this isn’t so much a Christmas gift as a way to make a Christmas tradition more eco-friendly. Christmas crackers are single-use and often decorated with glittered or other decorated paper which makes them non-recyclable. Apart from the fact that the gifts are often thrown away the same week, crackers are not a friend of the planet. Yet, it would be heartbreaking to leave behind such a staple of the Christmas dinner table. So Carriegraphy has created these fully recyclable Christmas crackers.
What’s more, each cracker can be personalised to include somebody’s name which means you can add your own gifts. Gifts that won’t be thrown away the next day. You can find Carriegraphy’s Christmas crackers in her Etsy store.
For all the harm we’re doing to our planet, perhaps the best thing we can avoid is wastage. Resin Be Thankful is a creative company making unique products from waste materials such as shredded paper and plastic.