This past year global warming, climate change and the environment has been top of the talking list. Blur Planet has a lot to do with people realising that we have to start doing more to protect our planet. Like many I have been trying to reduce my plastic use and make more eco-friendly choices. If you know someone like me then I have the perfect gifts for you in our final guide, the eco warrior.
Weed it and reap! Now, these are the cutest things ever and perfect for the green fingered! Create your own wild meadow and help breed the bees with this range of limited edition Seedballs. In this flower friendly package there are 3 best-selling tins that have had a festive spruce up. Whether you want to create a shaded magical wonderland, a snowy wildflower mix for the bees and the butterflies and the bee merry mix they make for the perfect stocking filler. Made from clay, peat-free compost, seeds and chilli powder, seed balls have their own mini ecosystem, protecting seeds from birds, ants and slugs and giving them the nutrition they need to get a head start and germinate easily. Simply throw them onto soil or compost in a garden bed or planter, water well and watch them grow in just a few weeks – easy!
We have already raved about this brand GlobalWAKEUp in our eco lifestyle post. They have a variety of uber cool items from bags to coffee cups. The reusable products are made from sustainable, recyclable materials like farmed bamboo, stainless steel and double-walled glass. Not only that but they look super stylish and make the ideal gift for the ultimate eco warrior.
You may know someone trying to live a cleaner lifestyle and rid the excessive waste in their lives. It starts with the simple items such as toiletries however, the one thing is these items come with a cost. Why not give the gift that has some use rather than a materialistic object. Ethical Superstore has an entire plastic free section for beauty products and households goods. Indulge their senses with our range of cruelty free, natural, fair trade and organic bath and bodycare and treat someone special from head to toe with ethical skincare, toiletries and cosmetics from brands that look after you and our planet. Or send over the gift of relaxation with a variety of melting bath bombs and oils from Lush – always a great eco-friendly high street alternative.
A successful eco beauty bit I have always struggled with is make up remover! A super difficult thing to find that doesn’t leave you with panda eyes! Tropika is an award-winning Skin Coconut Cleansing Oil. Although it may not be plastic free, Tropika wholeheartedly champion vegan principles that protect the land, people and communities. It is packed with 100% natural ingredients, no palm oil and without any pesticides or chemicals.
Partner the cleanser with Magnitone. They have developed the WipeOut MicroFibre Cleansing Cloth, which removes makeup with just water! Super soft and perfect for use on sensitive skin, eyes and lips, with no cleanser needed. Unlike traditional wipes or face cloths, WipeOut microfibres swell up when wet, grabbing hold of makeup particles and trapping them away, meaning makeup is removed, smear free. You get two cloths per pack and because it’s reusable (up to 1000 times) and machine washable, the WipeOut is eco-friendly, which means no more makeup wipes in the landfill!
Tis the season for a good ruddy brew – and sometimes there is no better gift than tea. Oh wait yes there is, Pukka tea supplied in one of these beautifully designed caddies. Created just in time for the festive season, Pukka’s Tea Caddies are available in three of Pukka’s iconic designs; Turmeric Gold, Revitalise and Supreme Matcha Green. Each caddy is a lovely addition to the home, adding colour to the room. The caddies are strong, durable and sustainably made, using high quality ceramic. They also feature an ethically-sourced bamboo lid, making the caddie air-tight and perfect for neatly storing Pukka teas or lattes.
Why buy anything at all for those who already have everything they need. There are plenty of individuals and families that are in dire need of just the basic essentials. So, instead of splashing the cash on pointless materialistic items. In 2015, donations from supporters helped Unicef set up over 1,500 temporary schools in Nepal to ensure children could return to school following the earthquakes. With Unicef just £14 a month could help protect 100 children from polio. Or donate to Refugee Action where your support means they can reach more people who are seeking sanctuary and help them rebuild their lives with support, advice and other vital services. Right on your doorstep, more than one in four children live in poverty in the UK. Make a donation to CPAG, who work to understand what causes poverty, the impact it has on children’s lives, and how it can be solved – for good.