Best ethical gifts: great eco-friendly presents for the environmentally conscious
No need for waste when it comes to presents.
Christmas, for its many positives, is not a particularly environmentally friendly holiday. Food waste is at an all time high, seemingly everything comes wrapped in useless single-use plastic, and novelty toys, played with once and then discarded, end up scattered all over the house before eventually being chucked.
When you're trying to be a bit more environmentally conscious, this can be a pretty depressing spectacle. But it's not impossible to have a slightly more eco-friendly Christmas – and some of it's down to the gifts you buy.
We've collated the best vegan, vegetarian, plastic-free and ethical gifts out there so you can spread festive cheer with a clear conscience.
Best ethical Christmas gifts
1. Abel & Cole Marmalaid
Orange and cardamom marmalade can be smeared on toast, used in cooking or even in cocktails. But what makes this pot special is that £1.50 of all profits are donated to the Hands Up Foundation, which supports aid projects in Syria. Five jars would buy a school bag, a uniform or a set of books for a child in a refugee camp – so you may as well get one for all the family.
2. Tony's Chocolonely Mint Candy Cane
We have been lucky enough to try this Christmas chocolate and it is delicious, vegan friendly and made by one of the best companies around when it comes to thinking about sustainability.
3. Rosemary & Lime Solid Conditioner
Over the course of our lives we use hundreds of shampoo and conditioner bottles – so why not cut out the middleman and get a solid bar?
This rosemary and lime solid conditioner bar will leave hair soft – and smelling great – as well as being incredibly long lasting. If drained properly and used three times a week, it'll last three months: much better than a cheap bottle.
4. Eco friendly vegan gift set
If you want pampering without the plastic, this is the one for you. Containing two bamboo toothbrushes, a bamboo face cloth, a pumice stone made from natural lava, and a vegan soap, this is the perfect set for anybody who needs a bit of me time.
5. Bamboo razor gift set
Instead of chucking away endless disposable plastic razors, why not give someone a plastic-free bamboo one? It works well, it reduces plastic, and it looks really cool in the bathroom, too.
6. Life saving vaccine pack
If you're trying to reduce the number of *things* you're buying this Christmas and you'd prefer to give something more meaningful, this is a perfect choice. This gift provides a life-saving vaccine pack, which helps protect vulnerable children from dangerous diseases – an absolutelyfantastic present.
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