Christmas is around the corner, and it is time to start thinking about what gifts to buy for loved ones, but it’s also time to start thinking about how sustainable the gifts are and what industries you are supporting with your money. Read on for some affordable green gift ideas this year.
The world is moving away from the linear economy in the direction of the circular economy. The circular economy values recycling, reusing and upcycling in an attempt to prevent items from going to landfill which protects the environment and cuts down on the carbon dioxide in the air.
This Christmas, you can support these efforts by gifting glass containers to your friends and loved ones. Zero waste shops are popping up on local high streets, giving people the chance to refill their glass containers and eliminate the use of single-use plastics and other containers.
Dark chocolates not only make an excellent gift for Christmas, but they are also a more sustainable and ethical choice of luxury chocolate. Dark chocolates don’t contain milk and therefore don’t support the cattle industry, which is carbon-based and not always ethical.
With dark chocolate, you can be sure you are buying a product that tastes great and is better for the animals and the planet, which makes the truffles taste even sweeter. A box of luxury dark chocolates makes an easy and enjoyable gift for friends, family members, and friend couples.
What could be more affordable than baking some delicious food for your friends and relatives this Christmas? The raw materials for baking are quite affordable and can be green when you pay attention to the ingredients and sources. Baking also makes the gift much more personal.
If you are looking for something to bake with your friends and family members this year, consider this puppy chow recipe for your home or give it as a special gift to someone at Christmas. Puppy chow is not for puppies; it is a large bowl of everything sweet and tasty.
Make your friends and family members happy this Christmas with a gift that is practical and green. Chances are, your friends and family members use towels that are abrasive, toxic, and unsustainable; that’s because the majority of towels are made in this way, so buy organic ones.
Organic towels are made from organic cotton that is fair trade and sustainable; not only that, organic towels don’t use chemicals or toxins, so they are greener when disposed of and better for sensitive skin. Additionally, organic towels are affordable and make excellent festive gifts.
The fashion industry accounts for 10% of global carbon emissions, which is more than air travel. A big part of this is down to fast fashion, which is cheap clothing that is soon discarded and supports overproduction and overconsumption. Support a greener economy by buying smarter and greener for yourself and your friends and family this festive season and in the new year.