In today's world, sustainability has become increasingly important. We'll happily admit no one is perfect (I, for one, forgot my reusable tote bag at the supermarket this week), but there’s definitely a sense that we are all trying to educate ourselves on the issues at hand in order to reduce our impacts. With Christmas on its way, this year we’re feeling more inclined than ever to give consciously in an attempt to alleviate the stigma that Christmas can be a wasteful holiday.
Whether that means consulting your loved ones to ensure you’re purchasing items they really need and love or deciding upon a sustainable option, opting for a mindful gift this year will give an entirely new meaning to the phrase, “It’s the thought that counts.”
With this in mind, we’ve found 19 items that make ideal conscious Christmas gifts, from reusable homeware products that will help reduce the dependence on single-use plastics to clothing and accessories created by sustainably focused brands.
Of course, there are several elements that go into determining whether a product is sustainable or not, spanning the item's entire production line and distribution. While there are likely thousands of brands globally who are making the effort to produce more sustainably, here we've outlined a few homewares items which can help reduce plastic consumption and a few wearable items that utilise recycled materials and new innovative technologies.
Keep scrolling for homewares, clothing and accessories that will make your Christmas gifting a little more conscious this year, and who knows, you might just find something for yourself too.
Valuing sustainability, this Mashu bag was created using Pinatex—a leather alternative which transforms cellulose fibres extracted from pineapple leaves into fabric. What's more, its interior was made from recycled polyester, and its handle has come from repurposed wood.
Believe it or not, this sweatshirt was once 32 individual plastic bottles. Everlane used 100% recycled polyester to create this and aims to replace all synthetic materials with renewed materials by 2021.
According to Reformation's website, "being naked is the #1 most sustainable option. We’re #2." The brand has been focused on sustainability since it's launch in 2009, and this product, in particular, was created using 100% recycled cotton