With sustainability at the forefront of everyone’s minds, many people are rethinking their holiday purchases. Statistics show that Australians collectively spend around $11 billion a year on Christmas gifts! And, with Aussies receiving over 20 million in unwanted presents, it’s no surprise that our waste actually increases 30% around this time of year.
Christmas may be a time to exchange gifts, but there’s no reason you can’t make socially responsible choices and choose presents that are friendly to our environment. That’s why we’ve put together this list of minimal and zero-waste gifts that will definitely delight your loved ones AND be kind to the planet.
Invest in a reusable bottle that contains exactly zero plastics or a stylish purse made from the discarded fabrics of an industry waste warehouse. Fill your home with the delightful scents of luscious lotions encased in bottles made from 100% recycled and recyclable materials.
Whatever you choose this Christmas, we’re sure your loved one will absolutely adore the thought and care put into each gift.
Huskee Cup 12oz with Lid in Charcoal
You’re going to love Huskee Cup - the brilliant fever dream of five coffee lovers, makers and growers from Australia. The 12oz Huskee Cup with Lid is a reusable coffee cup made from upcycled coffee husks - the organic waste produced as a result of processing coffee. The ergonomic design is super comfy to hold, protects your hands from the heat, is non-toxic, dishwasher safe and keeps your coffee hotter for longer.
Image by Ana Suntay-Tañedo for Amplify
The Sol Shopper Seagrass Basket by Wandering Sol
A plastic free alternative to supermarket baskets and made from natural seagrass fibre, the Sol Shopper Seagrass Basket will carry your everyday shopping weight with ease, with its dimensions designed to nestle the courtesy supermarket baskets inside it.
The BadFish Handplane - Sky Blue by WAW Handplanes
Zero Waste Lifestyle Gift Set by Kappi
The first step towards change is often the hardest. That's why Kappi has put together their very own Zero Waste Lifestyle Gift Set to make the transition towards a more waste-free lifestyle as easy as possible. This kit consists of all their best sellers including organic grocery and mesh produce bags, bulk food bags, silicone ziplock bags, bamboo cutlery and gold reusable straws. Plus there's the option to add in a Kappi Water Bottle in Arctic White or Slate Grey.
Outback Hard Cologne by Field – Issue
Designed for adventurers and crafted from sustainably-sourced raw materials, all of Field-Issue's products are handmade and 100% recyclable. The scent of the Outback Hard Cologne is inspired by the freedom and clarity of a life lived from the land. Like the Australian Outback, this fresh and earthy fragrance by FIELD-ISSUE is for those who find comfort in winding roads and rugged landscapes.
4. Reef Safe SPF50+ Sunscreen - Vegan [100ml] by People 4 Ocean
Wax from the Candelilla plant replaces beeswax in this 100% natural & vegan SPF50+ mineral sunscreen. The lightweight, gentle cream provides high UVA/UVB protection to the most fragile skin, including children (6 months and over) and adults with sensitive skin types. This reef safe sunscreen also comes encased in low-carbon bioplastic tube (made from sugarcane).
GOULBURN Sunglasses by Mari + Clay
Unlike most sunglasses that are made from acetate, Mari & Clay frames are made from bio-acetate. This plant-based material limits the use of fossil fuels by replacing harmful phthalate-based plasticisers used in acetate with organic additives with responsibly-harvested materials like cottonseed and wood pulp.
The Yuugen Kimono by ANTTI
There’s something beautiful about the way a piece of ANTTI clothing drapes around your body. While their designs challenge concepts of masculine and feminine tailoring, each item captures a flow and movement that celebrates the human form. This Kimono jacket was designed using fabric from Sydney-based remnant warehouses. The transparency adds a bit of mystery, while the asymmetric hem and splits create layers and flow.
Leave No Trace Reusable Glass Drink Bottle by One For Life
When you purchase a Leave No Trace Reusable Water Bottle from One For Life, you know exactly what you’re getting - a reusable glass bottle that will help you to actively reduce the amount of single-use plastic that ends up in our oceans. Containing absolutely zero plastics, every 700ml One For Life bottle is made from 100% glass, with a Yulex® lid made from FSC certified natural rubber.
Orange & Cacao Body Wash Bar by NueBar
Wash away your worries with this Body Wash Bar that smells almost good enough to slap on a dessert platter and tuck into (note: still body wash though, so don't eat it!). With its delightful chocolate, orange scent NueBar like to call this the ‘Jaffa’ bar. The Cacao Butter that they use is from a farmer's cooperative in Peru, it is Fair Trade and Organically grown in a sustainable manner, it also has the most amazing deep chocolatey scent.
Harry the Duck Trio by EveEco
Made from 100% natural rubber from hevea trees these eco-friendly bath ducks are naturally safe, biodegradable and free from plastic, PVC, BPA, EVA, phthalates and nitrosamines. Harry the Duck Trio includes EveEco's three colours, pink, blue and grey. All natural, plant-based, soft and safe.
TOMAS Ring by Sofia Maria
TOMAS is a heavyweight cuff ring. Handcrafted out of recycled 925 silver or 9ct yellow gold 4mm wide by 2mm thick with a flat edge. Each piece is effortlessly elegant and made from 100% recycled metals whenever possible, with all materials being locally sourced and recycled right here in Australia.
Still not sure what to get? You can also grab an eGift Card and let your zero waste warrior pick and choose their own!