7 Top Ideas & Gifts For a More Eco Christmas

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Finished your Christmas shopping, and just looking for stocking fillers? Mid-way through and searching for inspiration? Not yet started? It doesn't matter where you are in terms of Christmas preparation.
We have got seven top ideas & gifts for a more Eco Christmas this year, which will make a positive impact - both on the recipient, and on our planet.
 ✨ One ✨
Reusable Plastic-Free Decorative Glass Straw, by Strawsome - Regular & Smoothie WidthsThese beautiful decorative reusable Strawsome glass straws (with a life-time guarantee) makes= the perfect Christmas gift for the eco-conscious recipient.  And why not create a lovely bundle of a straw, a recycled plastic carrying case and a cleaning brush?

✨ Two ✨

Mulled Wine Aromas with Lamazuna Shampoos With these in a stocking, Christmas smells are going to be wafting round the house from the moment Santa fills the stockings! Yum!! Our bathroom goodies include Cinnamon Toothpaste; Orange Shampoo for dry hair; Chocolate Shampoo for normal hair, and also Cinnamon, Orange & Anise Shampoo for normal hair, which is basically Mulled Wine right? And who doesn't love the smell of Mulled Wine at Christmas? 

✨ Three ✨

Reusable Sandwich Wrap, by Marca DiferenciaHeading out for a Boxing Day walk? Travelling to the in-laws for 'Second Christmas'? Or jetting off to find some Winter sun? Wrap up your post-Christmas-dinner Turkey Sandwiches with our reusable sandwich wraps - available in mint, blue, pink/violet and grey. 

✨ Four ✨

Bamboo Toothbrush, by HydrophilChristmas is all about (over) indulgence, isn't it? Especially in terms of sweets, chocolates and puddings... So make sure you look after your and your loved ones' teeth - and the environment, by including a bamboo toothbrush in every stocking too.

✨ Five ✨

Go on the hunt for 'as-eco-as-possible' Stocking Fillers. Here I've gone for

My as-eco-as-possible Stocking Fillers

  1. Non-plastic, felt (gecko 🦎) tree-decorations
  2. Non-toxic nail varnishes - Zoya is a great brand
  3. Two large chocolate coins - chocolate coins are great, because they are only wrapped in recyclable foil. However, they are normally smaller and sold in plastic net bags - boo.... ☹️ So when I saw these giant un-bagged ones from Divine, I jumped on them!  
  4. Unpackaged smellies - these lavender bath bombs are great. No plastic bottles, boxes or wrapping. My only criticism is that they have a plastic tag set inside them to hold the price on... Still every step taken in the right direction is a good one, so I won't beat myself up about that.
  5. Look out for wooden gifts - I love these two donkey key rings, especially as they were raising money for a charity

    ✨ Six ✨

    Up-cycle some old clothes and make your own Christmas decorations.

    After many years of use, some of our Christmas decorations have seen better days and started to fall apart, but I couldn't bear to buy any more plastic... So I was inspired by a lovely Liberty print cotton Christmas trees bunting my mum gave me a few years ago and decided we could make our own! (Out of hubby's old shirts and some ribbon.)

    True, they are not as 'finished' as the Liberty one, but.... I'm pretty pleased. (I'll add another photo once we've put them up.)

    ✨ Seven ✨

    Use paper tape.

    A really simple way to make your Christmas a little more eco is just to switch from normal sticking tape to paper tape - which I ordered off the internet very easily. Paper tape isn't compostable, but it is recyclable. So if you use that as well as recyclable paper wrapping paper (please check - not all wrapping paper is recyclable), that's one less thing in landfill. If you want to go a step further, there is compostable tape. It's a bit more tricky to use as you have to wet the gum to stick it down. But it is out there if you want to use it.

    So, I hope those ideas give you a little bit of eco-inspiration for your Christmas. I'd love to hear how you're making your Christmas as-eco-as-possible, so please comment below :-)

    And don't forget:

    1. We are offering you a 15% discount off all the products on The Contented Company website - that includes the Contented Calf Cookbook and Sneak Peek Recipe Booklet, as well as all our Eco & Zero Waste products - with the discount code CHRISTMAS
    2. Our last day of shipping will be Thursday 20th December. Our normal processing of orders can take 3-5 business days, so please make sure you've got your orders in on time to make the last Christmas post.

    As ever, with love from our family to yours,

    Elena x

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