Are you looking for a great gift that's both eco-friendly and inexpensive? Luckily there are plenty of options out there. We’ve come up with a list of ideas for under £15 each.
Reusable water bottles
The ultimate eco-warrior staple is the reusable water bottle. A stainless-steel water bottle will keep your water cooler for longer and can be used to carry hot drinks as well.
Some stainless-steel water bottles can be pricey, but this Bambaw water bottle is considerably cheaper at £13.99.
Alternatively, you could give a reusable coffee cup instead. Ecoffee Cup sells them for £9.95. Some coffee shops also offer an incentive where they’ll knock a few pence off the cost of your drink if you bring your own cup.
Bamboo lunch box
Along with the theme of green crockery, you could give someone a bamboo lunch box. Bamboo is a great alternative to plastic because it’s 100% biodegradable and antibacterial, this one from Lakeland costs £12.99.
Cotton tote bags
There's plenty of choice for cotton tote bags online, and they can be used in place of a plastic bag when doing the food shop. Win-win!
Earth Wardrobe have a tote that costs £4.46. Others can be much pricier, especially if you want them to be personalised. For the biggest choice in shopper tote bags Etsy is your best bet. You’re also more likely to support local businesses by buying from Etsy as well, which means even more bonus points for the environment.
There are plenty of books out there that can give someone ideas for recipes or lifestyle changes they can make to be greener.
This cookbook from The Plant Kitchen has 100 plant-based recipes and is currently £11.39 from Amazon for the hardback version.
Alternatively, Michelle Neff’s Simple Acts to Save our Planet is only £6.00 and focuses on eco-friendly living.
Eco-friendly starter kit
For a more creative gift, you could put together a starter kit tailored to suit your budget. Just pick a few items and bundle them together for a thoughtful gift.
You could even give your box a theme, such as:
The bathroom box
Fill it with:
These items altogether would cost you a total of £12.80 (not including postage and packaging).
The accessories box
Fill it with:
These items would cost you a total of £14.41 (not including postage and packaging).
The kitchen box
Fill it with:
- reusable wax food wraps
- plastic-free bottle opener
- bamboo kitchen utensil set
- organic cotton dishcloth
These items would cost you a total of £14.69 (not including postage and packaging).
How to wrap gifts in an eco-friendly way
When it comes to wrapping presents, you could consider decorated boxes or brown paper bags, which can be used again. Recycling household items are also a winner, with old maps a perfect way to add a vintage feel to your gifts. Plus, watch this video to find out how to wrap presents without any tape.
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