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7 Eco-Friendly Gifting Ideas – Plantable, Vegan, Recycled, Reusable

Giving a gift is always a lovely gesture, especially if the gift to your loved ones is also a gift to our environment. Have a look at these seven environmentally friendly gifting ideas. 🙂

Scalloped Heart Plantable Gift Idea

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An eco-friendly holiday gift or anniversary gift idea for your loved ones – as well as a token of love or friendship. This beautiful seed-paper heart can be planted to grow wildflowers.

The gorgeous scalloped heart token is made from a unique seed paper. Handcrafted from recycled paper, the seed paper contains inclusions of petals and wildflower seeds. When planted, the seeds germinate to produce seedlings. The seeds are a mix of hardy wildflower varieties that will grow all year round indoors or outdoors. Planting instructions are included, says the manufacturer – Plant a Bloomer. Each heart is placed in a red jute drawstring bag and comes with a gift tag (blank). It can be posted inside a standard envelope.

Scented Vegan Candles

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Scented candles handmade from 100% essential oils + soy wax + FSC-certified wooden wicks. An ecological gift idea with a fragrance.

“Our artisanal candles are handmade by us in our small workshop in Cambridge, using 100% renewable energy suppliers. We are a certified Real Living Wage employer. Our range is 100% natural, handmade, biodegradable, vegan, cruelty-free, palm-oil-free, clean burning (no smoke + no paraffin + no synthetic fragrances), and with a crackling sound, thanks to the FSC-certified wooden wicks”, says the manufacturer – Zero Waste Path.

“The vegan candles come in candle-safe frosted glass jars, with wooden lids and recycled paper labels. All the packaging and shipping packaging is plastic-free and vegan. The range includes 5 scents, all made with our own blends of essential oils”, adds the manufacturer.

Bottle Yoga – Reusable Bottle as a Practical Gift

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Using a refillable bottle is a great way to reduce the demand for single-use plastic bottles and thus reduce the quantity of plastic.

Thanks to the double wall, this refillable bottle from Easy Life keeps your drinks hot for 12 hours or cold for 24 while their versatile design makes them stylish for use indoors and outdoors, in the office, on the mountain, or at the gym. Cool, and practical gift idea.

Beach Clean – Cork-and-Recycled-Plastic Coasters/Placemats

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Set of four Beach Clean coasters or set of four placemats – from Natalia Willmott. The gift set comes with a paper band to wrap the four coasters or placemats – making it a stylish and eco gift. Made of eco-friendly Cork, grown in Portugal – mixed with recycled EVA plastic collected from the oceans.

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Recycled Glass Lamp & Cowes Shade

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Beautiful recycled glass base with blue fabric cord, complete with A Cowes design lampshade – from XVstripes. This maritime-style lamp is a lovely housewarming gift.

Recycled Denim Daisy Motif Purse

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Recycled, upcycled, handmade. This sweet little coin purse from Folksy has been handmade from recycled denim and would be great as a gift to say “thank you” or “just thinking about you”. Designed as a purse, but it could also be used as a small make-up bag. It has an applique white faux leather daisy design on the front. The purse closes by means of good quality metal, reclaimed jeans zip with a tan nylon cord zip pull.

Furoshiki Style Reusable Wrapping for Presents

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Furoshiki is an ancient traditional Japanese wrapping cloth. It can be used in multiple ways – to wrap a gift like books, candles, or bottles of wine, or simply carry your lunch box in it or fruits from a grocery store. You could also use it as handbags, scarves, and hair bands, or it could serve as a tea towel or tablecloth. It’s fun, creative, and of course, eco-friendly.

This Christmas gift wrap from Wrapuccino (also in the cover photo) is made of 100% cotton sourced in the UK. It’s a beautiful quality fabric wrap that can easily be a gift on its own or a sustainable gift wrapping. A reusable gift-wrapping solution is an environmentally conscious idea since it reduces the quantity of waste.

The wrap is light and soft and has a natural, earthy feel to it. The edges are hand-sewn to prevent the wrap from fraying.

Additional gift-wrapping tip:

Medium-size gift wrapping fabric (50x50cm) is for wrapping gifts such as books, medium-size boxes, cosmetics, perfumes, candles, etc.

Large-size gift wrapping fabric (70×70) is for wine and other bottles, large books (with illustrations, and photography), and larger items such as boxes.

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Let’s design and gift in an eco-friendly way. 🙂

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By Danica Maričić

Interior Designer and Integrated Marketing Communications Pro, Loving Writing and Photography, Passionate about Life & Style, “True Blue” Mediterranean Girl, Curious Traveller & Designer