This Christmas I think we can all aim to be a little greener, whether it is by shopping for earth-friendly gifts or just changing up our festive-time habits to make them a bit more eco-friendly. I teamed up with online organic shop Faithful to Nature and compiled a few beautiful, eco-friendly Christmas gift ideas that are perfect for vegans, vegetarians and earth-lovers. Take a look.
GIVEAWAY! One 9Lives reader will also walk away with a R1000 voucher to spend at Faithful to Nature. Scroll down for details.
The Honey Bee Gift Set
R285 including Simply Bee Raw Honey (500g), Honey Hand and Body Wash (250ml), Hand and Body Lotion (250ml), Hand Cream (125ml) and Lip Balm. Buy it here
I’m a big fan of Simply Bee. This locally-made range is based on a blend of beeswax, honey and propolis, combined with natural oils to nourish your skin. Their products are vegetarian-friendly and are packed with organic ingredients. The hand cream is one of my favourites, with a blend of almond, avocado, geranium and Ylang Ylang oils. I think this hamper is incredible value for money!
Wake Up and Dream Journal
R320. Buy it here
I think it is important to write down your dreams and aspirations, and to keep a gratitude journal where you list the things that bring light into your life. It sounds very hippy but I found that starting my day this way makes an huge difference in my mood and the way I tackle tasks. I think this Wake Up and Dream Journal is just gorgeous. They are locally made using repurposed covers from vintage books, and filled with blank pages waiting for your pen.
Tea Gift Set
R230. Buy it here
The set contains a bag of Lady Bonin Moulin Rouge Tea, a delicious blend of wild-picked rooibos, vanilla and rose buds. They have also thrown in all the accessories you need to make the tea-break perfect. You can ask to have it packed in the hessian bag or a gift box at a small additional fee.
Black Sunbird Placemats
R399 for set of 6. Buy it here
These cork placemats are locally designed and made by Black Sunbird, and each shows a different illustration of South African flaura. I think they are just beautiful.
Skin Creamery Everyday All Over Cream
R300 for 200ml. Buy it here
I love the aesthetics of Skin Creamery, and I adore the product. This cream is packed with nourishing oils including baobab, jojoba and coconut that are rich in vitamins and essential fatty acids. It feels silky and smooth on your skin, and the smell is deliciously soft. The product is proudly South African, packed with organic ingredients, cruelty free and vegan-friendly.
Esse Body Oil
R495 for 100ml. Buy it here
Esse is one of my favourite natural skincare brands, and they’re local! This skincare goodie contains Jojoba, apricot kernel, baobab and marula oils that are packed with omega fatty acids and antioxidants to nourish your skin. The ingredients are certified organic and product is vegan-friendly.
How to have a Green Christmas
The team at Faithful to Nature have also put together a couple of tips on how to minimise your impact on the environment this festive season.
- Use LED or solar lights instead of power-hungry incandescents, and remember to replace burst bulbs, instead of throwing the whole string away.
- The majority of Christmas crackers, especially the little toy inside, end up in landfills. Try making your own and fill them with something edible, or useful.
- Use soy, beeswax or vegetable oil candles instead of paraffin candles; they are better for the environment
Balsam firs, a traditional tree used at Christmas, doesn’t grow well here in the warm Southern Hemisphere, so find something that suits your aesthetic, which can either be repotted, planted or composted.
- If you want something that looks the part, opt for a Japanese Cedar, the cousin of the American Cedar.
- Artificial trees are generally felt to be bad for the environment – they use non-recycled and non-recyclable materials, and tend to be thrown away within a few years, filling landfills for years to come. However, if you already have a fake tree, use it every year for as long as you can, and care for it so you don’t have to throw it out.
- If you’re getting a Christmas tree for the first time, choose a live tree in a pot, and repot each year to accommodate growth, until it is too big, then plant it outside. If you choose a cut tree, make sure it is composted correctly.
- Buy reusable flax or fabric bags which can be used again and again, year after year.
- Consider a nice tin, decorative tea towel or scarf that can be part of the gift and used again afterwards.
- Minimise the use of sticky tape, as it can’t be recycled. Fold cleverly, or use ribbon and string to keep parcels wrapped instead.
- Buy gift tags embedded with seed instead of standard ones, or reuse old gift cards and wrapping paper scraps as tags.
Giveaway! One 9Lives reader will walk away with a R1000 voucher to spend on the Faithful to Nature online shop. To enter, share your favourite Christmas tradition with me. Pop it in the comments section below, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Competition closes 7 December
This post has been sponsored by Faithful to Nature