Plastic Free & Zero Waste Gift Guide

Top left-right: Chantal & Helen. Bottom left-right: Claire & Sharmila.

 

 

Our very own Green Goddesses provide us with their best Plastic Free and Zero Waste Gift Inspiration.

From their pick of the best Plastic Free Beauty & Game Changing Accessories to Zero Waste Lifestyle Guides you’ll be sure to find something inspiring for Eco-Conscious Gifting this year!

 

THE BEST PLASTIC FREE & ZERO WASTE GIFT GUIDE  

PART ONE: BEST PLASTIC FREE BEAUTY GIFTS

Radiance Balm Silvan Skincare
Radiance Balm by Silvan Skincare (£18.50). Helen: “I love that Silvan Skincare are ‘passionate about packaging’, it really fits with my ethos to buy less plastic this year. I apply the balm last thing at night — and wake up to genuinely softer skin. It’s versatile — you can use it as a moisturiser or a cleanser. This balm certainly lives up to its promise to nurture skin and it’s definitely earned a place in my bathroom cabinet.”
Organic Body Butter Balm with Orange, Cardamom & Geranium by Bloom Remedies (£16.00). Vivienne: “This Body Butter equals bliss to me! I prefer a body butter to fully nourish my skin rather than a lotion as it is longer lasting. I smoothed the butter on my legs after a shower and at bedtime, they still felt fully moisturised. The body butter is in a recyclable tin and goes a long way if you smooth and spread it as you go.”
Buff NUIT Evening Blend Sea Salt Body Scrub
BUFF NUIT Evening Blend Sea Salt Body Scrub by BUFF Natural Bodycare (£18.50). Sharmila: “The packaging is tip top, all recyclable and reusable and it looks really slick. I also love that 2% of profits go to the Marine Conservation Society. I could feel my shoulders relax as I inhaled the layers of natural scent. After two weeks of use I have noticed that I have no ingrowing hairs on my legs and underarms and the rough skin on the back of my arms has gone. Pretty chuffed with that. And my bathroom smells amazing.”
milk & honey soap by soap folk
Milk & Honey Soap by Soap Folk (£5.95). Helen: “The scent was delicious, but not overpowering. It lathered up beautifully and definitely achieved its primary function of removing the dirt, but also left my skin feeling soft and not stripped of all its moisture. It was delicate enough to use on my little boy as well, and knowing that it’s organic and has no lurking nasties was really reassuring. What I also love is the absolute minimum of packaging that the soap came with — just a paper wrapper, which is easily recycled, and not a scrap of plastic in sight. This soap therefore ticks both my beauty needs and my eco needs.”

PART TWO: GAME CHANGING GIFTS FOR A PLASTIC FREE LIFESTYLE

 

The Guppyfriend Washing Bag. (£25.00) Chantal: ‘I’ve put this on my Christmas list this year. It reduces fibre shedding and protects your clothes. The bag protects synthetic garments from releasing harmful microfibers into the environment. A daily reminder to change our buying habits and washing rituals.’
Organic Cotton Mesh Produce Bags by the Plastic Free Shop (£5.00) Claire: ‘This shop has loads of good stuff including these produce bags for food shopping. Perfect for those frustrating food shopping times when you are surrounded by little plastic bags!’
Gili Swimsuit by Fourth Element (£49.50). Chantal: ‘As a triathlete I am always researching more sustainable activewear, my favourite so far is the stylish swimwear ranges by Fourth Element which are created by recycled nylon and yet are technical enough to withstand racing conditions. Another one for the wish list this year!’
Frank Green Reusable Coffee Cup (from £19.99) Chantal: ‘I love my Frank Green coffee cup and that I could customise the colours I wanted. A perfect reusable yet everyday essential gift for a coffee lover!’
Rose Gold Metal Drinking Straws 4 Pack by Stop Using Plastic (£11.50) Chantal: ‘I love my metal straws and have a Rose gold one. This would make a perfect stocking filler pressie for partygoers who love a cocktail or two!’

PART THREE: BEST BOOKS FOR HOW TO LIVE A ZERO WASTE LIFE

A Zero Waste Life in Thirty Days by Anita Vandyke (from £16.17). Helen: ‘I follow Anita (@rocket_science) on Instagram and I love this guide packed full of easy to follow tips. It would make a really thoughtful book gift for anyone who is worried about their impact on the planet and want some guidance on where to start in 2019.’
Fresh Clean Home – How To Make Your Own Natural Cleaning Products by Wendy Graham. Helen (£12.99): ‘I love Wendy’s Moral Fibres Blog which is ‘hip not hippie’. This book is packed full of easy recipes to create natural cleaning products for all parts of the home and would make a nice stocking filler for anyone who wants to reduce their reliance on chemical ingredients in their house.’
LIVE GREEN, 52 steps for a more sustainable life by Jen Chillingsworth (£7.91). Helen ‘This is a bit of an exclusive as it’s not even out yet! But it would be worth doing an IOU in a stocking as this pocket-sized beautiful book would offer a great start to 2019 with inspirational tips for every week of the year.’

WE HOPE YOU HAVE GOT SOME GREAT PLASTIC FREE GIFT INSPO FROM THIS GUIDE. DO LET US KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY MORE ECO CONSCIOUS GIFT SUGGESTIONS FOR OUR TRIBE! 

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