The festive season is officially upon us and, given the year we’ve all had, we’re more excited than ever to celebrate.
Amidst such excitement, it can be easy to throw caution to the wind, breaking habits and routine and forgetting the wider impact our spending habits can have on the planet. From gifts purchased on a whim that may not be used to non-recyclable gift wrapping, so much of what we purchase over the holidays often winds up contributing to our growing landfill and carbon crisis.
The good news is that it’s surprisingly simple to have a sustainable Christmas without having to sacrifice on fun! Read on our tips for minimizing your waste and giving sustainably this Christmas.
Choosing sustainable gift wrapping
If every family reused just two feet of holiday ribbon, the 38,000 miles of ribbon saved could tie a bow around the entire planet. If every American family wrapped just 3 presents in re-used materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields. Most of that waste is either non-recyclable (for example, things like plastic cellophane, tinsel decorations or foiled papers), and much of the rest isn’t disposed of and recycled correctly, meaning it ends up in landfill.
This Christmas, let’s act sustainably wherever possible and keep our precious environment at the forefront of our minds. Instead of contributing to our ongoing waste crisis these holidays, opt for an eco-friendly gift-wrapping alternative, like hessian wrap, calico, 100% recyclable brown paper or even newspaper! You can also bundle up your gifts in hampers or baskets which can be repurposed in the recipient’s home (a double gift!) or even wrap a gift inside another gift- think scarves, tea towels or beach and bath towels! Your local thrift shop will have PLENTY of options here, meaning you’re helping to recycle an item and saving money!
One of the traps many of us fall into over the Christmas period is impulse buying. It’s hard not to be tempted by bulk colored eyeshadow palettes and cellophane wrapped bundles of bath bombs! This Christmas, rather than opting for a bargain without much thought (that will likely end up pushed to the back of the bathroom cupboard, expiring, then wind up in the rubbish bin and in turn, you guessed it, landfill), gift consciously this year.
Choose products that work, that you know will get used, and that are formulated and packaged sustainably. To help, we have put together a few eco-friendly gift ideas to make sustainable gifting easy this Christmas.
The Best Natural Beauty Stocking Stuffers under $5
These Sukin best-selling skin and hair care minis are our new favorites for eco-friendly Christmas. Explore the best way to introduce your friends & family to natural and sustainable personal care products with our most beloved trial size Foaming Cleanser, Revitalizing Facial Scrub, Facial Moisturizer, Hydrating Mist toner and Natural Balance Shampoo & Conditioner.
Hand Cream Trio Pack
Featuring three of our Hand & Nail Creams in three beautiful scents (Signature, Lavender and Rose), this pack will work to hydrate and protect dry hands while caring for nails & cuticles through Soy Protein, Aloe Vera & Vitamin E. The perfect stocking stuffer and a great gift for those on-the-go who love to keep a hand cream in their car, handbag and on their bedside table!
Lavender Pack & Rose Pack
Featuring our best-selling Hydrating Mist Toner and Hand & Nail Cream in Lavender or Rose scents, these packs contain our multi-use mists (perfect after cleansing, before and after makeup application or any time your skin is feeling tired, stressed, or overheated) and signature hand and nail creams. Both lavender and rose are known for their calming qualities, making these the perfect 2020 wrap up gifts!