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- Choose a zero waste gift
When we speak about zero waste gifts, we mean gifts that align with the philosophy of zero waste living; to live in a way that reduces your impact by using biodegradable, compostable or reusable products that contribute to a more sustainable lifestyle. They are gifts that are packaged and shipped without plastic too.
A great gift is always a set of luxury soaps, and a great way to reduce your impact on the environment is by switching your plastic bottled liquid soaps to recycled packaging soap bars.
Try the Australian Made and Owned TRIP AROUND AUSTRALIA GIFT PACK $29
- Give a gift card to a sustainable store
Consider what your loved one might value most, try to give things that are wanted, not wasted. If you're really not sure a great idea is to gift them a voucher for a sustainable store.
Try THE REFORM STORE GIFT CARD
3. Gift them luxury zero waste personal care products
An old-time gifting favorite: sustainable beauty and personal care products make excellent sustainable gifts – nothing bests a gift that promotes pampering and self care. Spa aside, more practical products, like a zero waste razor, make for great gifts.
And there are SO MANY zero waste beauty and care products these days that come either naked, in glass or tin jars, or in paperboard boxes so you can give a plastic-free gift.
Give them as individual gifts and stocking fillers, kris kringle or create a zero waste gift set as lavish as you like. A little inspiration for you below:
Try the EVER ECO ROSE GOLD SAFETY RAZOR WITH REPLACEMENT BLADES $44.95
Try the THE HELLO CUP MENSTRUAL CUP $49.95
Try the THE ASNC PERFUME PURPLE $29.95
4. Get a gift they will use day in and out
Is there something they've wanted for a long time but have been stopping themselves from getting? Buying a Christmas gift they will actually use helps with waste and overproduction, and buying one made from sustainable materials with proven ethical production processes is even better.
A sustainable pair of shoes can go a long way, shoes are one of the most in depth and extensive clothing items to produce. Knowing your shoes have been made from sustainable materials like hemp, certified organic cotton, biodegradable rubber and cork means you can walk with comfort.
Try the SUPERGA 2843-CLUBS ORGANIC COTTON HEMPU NATURAL BEIGE $149.95
Try the TEVA VEGAN WOMEN'S MIDFORM UNIVERSAL SANDAL - HUMMINGBIRD GLOXINIA $99.95
Extra Tips and Tricks from THE REFORM STORE xx
We could go on and on but our biggest advice is this: just be creative! Gifts for zero waste living is about using imagination, defying commercial standards and striving for sustainability.
Wrap your gifts in left over material and ribbon instead of new wrapping paper, or give it to them in a reusable biodegradable tote bag.
Now that we’ve dealt with zero waste presents for everyone else, what about YOU!?! How do you subtly ask your loved ones not to get you stuff you don’t need or want? What are some of your favorite zero waste gift ideas?