Christmas Gift Guide (Without The Plastic)
Have you been dreaming of a plastic-free Christmas? So have we! While the festive season is a merry and joyful time of year, it's important to remember all the steps we can take to slow down, reduce our waste, and consume mindfully this Christmas (and beyond). In Ireland, approximately 90,000 tonnes of plastic packaging will be thrown away and not recycled this Christmas. The greatest gift you can give this Christmas is the gift of waste reduction and helping to protect our planet and the beautiful environments that it sustains. It's time to ditch the shiny wrapping paper, embrace the joy of upcycling and celebrate the festive season the zero-waste way! To help you take the waste out of your Christmas, we have created this simple guide with our top plastic-free gifting tips...
CHOOSE SUSTAINABLE STOCKING FILLERS
Rather than reaching for another plastic decoration or throw away trinket, why not opt for an eco-friendly alternative like these super cute 100% biodegradable Christmas decorations. Crafted by small cottage industries in Nepal, these adorable decorations help to support over 250 talented workers who lovingly craft them by hand from biodegradable wool, felt and cotton. What better way to brighten up your tree this Christmas (and how can you go past a Christmas sloth)!
There is nothing more heartfelt than receiving a Christmas gift made by a loved one. Consider makingsomething from scratch like homemade jams, chutneys or some delicious cookies packaged in a beautiful glass jar. Visit your local The Source Bulk Foods for all your recipe ingredients and easy Grab N’ Go recipes to make at home, like our delicious Cranberry Choc Chip Cookies!
Not a fan of cooking? Try getting your thrift on and upcycle an old piece of furniture or homeware for a really special gift your loved one will keep forever.
MAKE ZERO-WASTE FUN WITH KIDS BOOKS
Creating long term eco-friendly habits with your kids is perhaps the most impactful way to amplify the zero-waste movement. One way to do this is to share the ‘why’ with your kids, and what better way to this than a with a Christmas bedtime story!
Our new books “The Shrew With The Flu!” and “Omar, The Bees and Me” share stories of sustainability, rewilding and making little wins for our big planet! These inclusive stories encourage children to appreciate the world around them and teaches them theimportance of protecting nature in our local communities.
Plus, both books have a matching seedbomb that contain a positively buzzing mix of wildflower seeds that will grow into nectar-rich flowers loved by bumblebees and honeybees alike – a great way to brighten up your garden and your Christmas!
DITCH THE PLASTIC WRAP
Say goodbye to the shiny Christmas wrapping paper and opt for an eco-friendly alternative! Rather than wrapping your gifts in traditional Christmas wrapping paper that cannot be recycled, choose our Recycled Kraft Christmas Paper or reuse old fabrics and clothes you have at home. To decorate, use paper tape, recyclable twine, jute ribbon and finish with some dried flowers for an extra special touch!
Or if you are looking for something a little bit fancier, try our Recycled Sari Gift Wraps. Each completely unique in design, these wraps are made from recycled Sari’s from India that would have otherwise been disposed of. Available in medium and large sizes, these gorgeous decorative wraps are the perfect way to brighten up your Christmas gifts. And the best part is – you can reuse them afterwards as a hair accessory or tie it on your handbag for a pop of colour!
CHOOSE ECO-FRIENDLY GIFTS
If you aren’t the homemade DIY type you can still go eco-friendly when it comes to Christmas gifting! Here are some of our top picks for a festive gifts that won’t cost the planet:
- Cozy up with a good book and light our 100% Irish madeSoilse Christmas candles.
- Take a time out with a soothing Wheat Eye Pillow, made with 100% washable and antibacterial linen – perfect for tired eyes or to use during Savsana to deepen your relaxation.
- Lather up with our new Irish Luxury Natural Soaps, handmade with a variety of nourishing oils, dried herbs, flowers & essential oils to leave you crystal clean and smelling like a botanical dream! Plus, they contain no artificial ingredients, sulphates or palm oil.
OPT FOR ZERO-WASTE CHRISTMAS HAMPERS
We all have those friends who start planning their tree decorations and playing Christmas carols in October (I mean who doesn’t love Michael Bublé). For the festive fans among us who love a traditional Christmas hamper, why not go for a zero-waste option like our ultimate Festive Treats Hamper. Packed full of Christmassy favourites like our Luxury Christmas Nut Mix, Choc Caramel Snowmen, Freeze Dried Yoghurt Raspberries and Vegan Hot Chocolate & Marshmallows – this zero-waste hamper will delight Christmas lovers of all ages!
The best part – you can have our hampers delivered right to your door (or your loved ones) anywhere across Ireland, and they are all packed in 100% recyclable and compostable packaging!