If you’re on the hunt for some sustainable Christmas gifts this year, then you’re in the right place! We’ve reached out to our friends and fellow sustainable business owners to bring you a gift guide that makes eco-friendly Christmas shopping as easy as mince pie. Read on for our top 15 brands to buy from this festive season (with a few exclusive voucher codes sprinkled in for good measure!).
A lot of us will be doing our Christmas shopping online this year, but that can mean a lot of extra packaging on top of the waste already generated by our festivities. In fact, in the UK, an extra 30% of rubbish is produced and discarded throughout the festive period when compared with the rest of the year*. Yikes! Smaller independents will also be missing out on a large portion of the profits this year too, with most people turning to the convenience of large corporations (*cough* naming no names *cough*) for their present buying.
Our list gives you some more ethical and greener options. We’ve also written under each gift option the reason for adding it to this list; whether that’s for using ethical materials that last, giving back to green charities or offsetting their carbon footprint. That way you can make a choice based not only on the product but the brand ethos.
Before we get into the list, there’s one other place you can look for sustainable gifts - on our new gift guide page! Here’s how we measure up on the criteria we’ve judged the other brands on:
Now onto our Christmas list...
Why we chose them:From ethically sourcing coffee beans to using environmentally friendly packaging, these coffee roasters are consistently striving to reduce their carbon footprint. Voucher code: ELEPHANT20 (20% off)
Why we chose them:These guys are accredited as one of the most ethical chocolate producers in Britain! Their chocolate is organic, Fairtrade and wrapped in fully compostable packaging. Voucher code: ELEPHANT20 (20% off)
Why we chose them:Le Creuset makes products that last. When you buy one of their pots or pans, so long as you treat it right, you’re buying cookware for life.
Why we chose them:Like us, Absolutely Bear are members of the 1% for the Planet movement and commit to giving 1% of their gross annual earnings to vetted environmental non-profits. They also only use all natural, vegan, organic materials. Voucher code: Elephant15 (15% off)
Why we chose them:Part of the income generated from their watches goes to a tree planting association.
Why we chose them:As well as being PFC-free, their sustainable jacket is made using renewable energy and is vegan-friendly. They also have a circular supply chain so you can send your clothes back when they're worn out and they make them into new ones!
Why we chose them:For almost 40 years, Patagonia has supported grassroots groups working to find solutions to the environmental crisis. It’s also a fellow member of 1% for the planet and has a transparent and ethical supply chain.
Why we chose them:Howies’ clothing is ethically produced using organic, recycled or natural fabrics wherever possible. It also lasts a really long time!
Why we chose them:Po-zu uses carefully selected natural and sustainable materials that are healthy for your feet, kind to the environment and safe for its workers. These are seriously strong shoes too.
Why we chose them:Lefrik extends the life of discarded plastic bottles by making them into super cool backpacks. All its products are vegan too.
Why we chose them:These phone cases are 100% compostable and are made from only plant-based materials. 5% of profits also go to charities protecting animals from extinction. Voucher code: ELEPHANT20 (20% off)
Why we chose them:These multi tools have a whopping 25 year warranty and are built to last.
Why we chose them:Proceeds from product sales support global reforestation throughProject Marley. The materials used are also sustainable, including bamboo, FSC™ certified wood, recyclable aluminium and our exclusive REWIND™ fabric, constructed from reclaimed organic cotton, recycled PET and reclaimed hemp.
Why we chose them:These yoga mats are plastic-free, made from natural tree rubber & jute fibres, seriously durable and really grippy.
Why we chose them:This new platform offers a practical and ethical solution to keep our indie bookshops thriving. Very excited about this innovation!
This year hasn’t been easy (to say the least!), but luckily nothing lifts the spirits quite like the festive season. Although it might be a little different this year.... zoom family quiz anyone?!
Love and festive cheer from the Elephant Box family x