07 Oct Our best plastic-free gifts – UK Zero waste gift ideas guide
A positive thing to take from 2018 is the rising movement towards trying to shop plastic-free and with Christmas on the way this represents a time of year where in the past waste is particularly high. With this in mind, we have put together a blog post of our most popular plastic-free gifts, this includes both the product itself as well as the delivery packaging itself, making it a little easier to find zero waste gifts. Here we have a range of non-plastic present ideas suitable for both her and him as well as a range of occasions from Christmas to Birthdays and other special occasions.
1. Hand Poured Soy Wax Candle - £18
This beautifully presented candle is handmade in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire using organic soy wax and pure essential oils. From the amber glass jar, the aluminium lid right down to the biodegradable branded label, this candle is completely plastic-free whilst being a relaxing gift which anyone would appreciate whether they like to reduce the amount of waste they produce or note. The new brand behind this candle, Morgan Jost also gives 50% of their profits to mental-health charity Mind, so this present truly gives back in many ways.
2. Jasmine & Match Green Tea Body Scrub - £16.95
This natural body scrub is housed in aluminium packaging and comes with a handy wooden spoon to apply to the scrub. The body scrub is the first scrub of its kind to have organic sulphur, described as the ‘the beauty mineral’ it can help improve skin conditions by softening and increasing elasticity as well as being anti-inflammatory. There are a range of scrubs to choose from, the one we have featured here is the matcha green tea & jasmine scrub, the match helps to stimulate blood flow and the jasmine oil is a revitalising scent.
3. Personalised Silver Bangle - £30
Personalised gifts offer a way to create unique and thoughtful gifts for a friend or loved one. This contemporary silver bangle is made from eco-friendly recycled silver in the South East of England. You can choose from co-ordinates, dates, names or favourite phrases with 35 characters max and it comes packaged in lovely recycled cardboard gift box.
4. Reusable Glass Coffee Cup - £14
With 2.5 billion coffee cups being thrown away in the UK every year, this reusable coffee cup offers a stylish zero waste alternative. It is made with glass and has a silicon sleeve and lid providing extra grip. It is the standard takeaway size of 340ml and is available in a range of contemporary colours.
5. Organic Loose Leaf Tea Gift Set - £25
As most tea bags are made with plastic (click here to find out more) loose leaf tea offers an effective zero waste alternative and this organic tea gift set is the ideal starter kit. In the set you get two bags of herbal tea of your choosing and all the teas are hand blended in the UK using locally foraged and nutrient rich plants and herbs. You also receive a weaved bamboo tea infuser, a pair of bamboo tea tongs and spoon, two reusable cotton tea bags and two sample teas.
The packaging used in the set is completely biodegradable including the windows in the tea bag and the wraps for the reusable tea bags which are made from corn starch.
Reusable tea bags included in the set.
6. Organic Skincare Set For Young/Sensitive Skin - £39.50
Organic skincare sets don’t get much better than this one made by Irish beauty brand, White Witch. They use only the finest locally sourced and wild ingredients for their skincare products and this set is formulated especially with sensitive skin in mind and comes with a regenerating skin balm which helps to sooth unhappy skin and a gentle exfoliant cleanser which helps to remove dead skin whilst having natural properties which help to protect skin.
The packaging is a glass jar with cork lid and there are also two other skincare sets, one for normal and one for mature skin, the regenerating skim balm below is from the gift set for mature skin and exemplifies the zero waste packaging used.
Rose clay face mask suitable for all skin types is also available here.
7. Large Stainless Steel Lunch Box - £18
The ideal lunch box for eating package free on the go, it is large enough for sandwiches and a snack, making it great for school lunches or taking it to the office. You can combine with a stainless steel water bottle by One Green Bottle for the complete set.
8. French Lavender Bath Salts - £12
A relaxing blend of pure lavender essential oil, traditionally harvested french sea salt and powerful epsom salt leaves your skin feeling refreshed whilst your mind can temporarily escape from day to day life. The salts are in a clear glass jar with cork lid and untreated wooden spoon.
9. Coconut Bowl and Spoon Set - £10.99
This non-plastic homeware gift set consists of one bowl and one spoon, both handcrafted from the same coconut trees. As they are both a compact size and lightweight, they are great eating zero waste on the move and when travelling.
10. Exfoliating Cleansing Grains – £12.00
Exfoliator & face mask handmade in Devon using high-quality natural ingredients including clays, grains and botanicals. This face cleanser is especially suited for sensitive skin as it has a gentle all natural formula. It is packaged in a amber glass jar with aluminium lid, making it the perfect gift for anyone who loves natural skincare whilst wanting to reduce the amount of plastic they use.
If you are looking for any other plastic-free gifts, check out our entire range of gifts from beauty products to jewellery here. On all our product pages you can use the plastic-free filter, this includes both the product and the delivery packaging, making it easier to find the perfect zero waste gift for a friend or loved one!