Not sure what to buy for that zero waste friend this Christmas? Check out our favourite plastic-free gifts. But be careful; you might end up with a couple of new items for yourself!
#1: Biodegradable Phone Case
Protecting our electronic devices is important for reducing electronic waste. But did you know 1.5 billion plastic phone cases are thrown out every year? Ditch the plastic and gift a plastic-free phone case. Our 100% compostable iPhone and Samsung Galaxy cases has anti-shock features that provide 360º protection against drops and bumps.
Above: Switch to a 100% compostable phone case by Listening Store
#2: Shampoo Bars - Discovery Bundle
So you've made the switch to a shampoo bar, and trying to convince loved ones to do the same? This bundle of trial-size shampoo and conditioner bars lets them find the right bar that works for them! They're also great for travel.
#3: Zero Waste Unsponge
Increasingly, people appreciate presents they’ll actually use, and these attractive reusable sponges are the perfect example of that. Made of cotton and cellulose, these plastic-free Unsponges will last about 4 months and really brighten up the kitchen sink! Definitely a healthy alternative to your plastic kitchen sponge!
#4: Stainless-Steel Lunchbox
What makes a streamlined stainless-steel lunch box the ideal eco-friendly, zero waste Christmas gift? Well, it’s versatile, practical, and gives people the boost they need to start making their own lunches rather than popping to M&S for a plastic-wrapped salad with plastic fork. Get it for a co-worker so you can see it in use!
#5: Recycled Glass Tumblers
It’s hard to explain how much we love these vintage hand-blown tumblers. They’re made from recycled glass, so already have good eco-friendly credentials, and can be used instead of throw-away plastic cups for parties and picnics. And seriously, they’re stunning – go and take a look now (buy them as presents, keep one for yourself!).
#6: Reusable Bottle
We’ve found that a high-quality reusable bottle is something people seem unwilling to invest in for themselves, so why don’t you invest in one for them? Plastic bottles are unbelievable wasteful and ugly, so they’re sure to appreciate an attractive stainless-steel version.
#7: Insulated Food Flask
Fingers crossed next year we'll be spending more time in the office. And that means we'll be back to our on-the-go lunch habit - which create 11 billion pieces of packaging waste in the UK alone! Bring lunch to the office with a stylish blue dolphin food flask - at 300 ml, perfect for a small soup or cold salad.
Above: An insulated food flask keeps food hot or cold for up to 12 hours!
#8: Reusable Cutlery
First it was plastic shopping bags, then plastic straws.... we think disposable cutlery could be the next to be go. After all, does it really make sense to pick up a new set every time you're eating takeaway? Carrying light-weight bamboo cutlery is a no-brainer to reduce waste - like this stylish pouch by Wild & Stone (even comes with a handy carabiner clip!).
Above: Save hundreds of disposable knives and forks from landfill with reusable cutlery
#9: Wooden Paper Potter
We love a plastic-free gift that includes some creativity, and this one ticks all the boxes. It’ll allow your green-fingered friend to make compostable seedling pots from old newspaper using wooden paper potter and the instructions that are included. Even better, they’ll never have to use and discard those black plastic plant pots (which are rarely recycled).
Have you ever received or given a memorable plastic-free gift? Share your ideas in the comments below!