25 Best Eco Gifts for 2021
Do you sometimes struggle to find a variety of gifts for the eco warriors in your life? We've done the legwork for you. Explore 25 of 2021's best sustainable, ethical, and zero waste gifts for everyone in your life.
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For those trying to make more sustainable choices, gifts for children can be tricky. We're often presented with pink and blue plastic toys and out-dated stereotypes. We bring you some inclusive, planet-friendly alternatives.
Reclaimed Ocean-bound Plastic
This play set is something special. Great for the beach or the bath, it's made entirely from plastic prevented from entering our seas. It's fab to teach little ones about the importance of protecting our precious marine life and the good news is that it also supports the development of recycling programmes in countries that don't have them. Green Toys Recycled Ocean-Bound Plastic Beach Play Set, £25
Fair Trade Plant-Based Food Set
This play set is super-cute and a fun and tactile alternative to plastic toy food sets. It's sustainably made in Sri Lanka, preserving ancient skills and providing Fair Trade work and education for women in rural areas. The 12-piece set contains all your plant-based essentials, including chard leaves, a block of tofu, an aubergine, and an ear of sweetcorn. They're nice and quiet to play with, washable and they all pack up into the cute cotton basket! As well as having plant-based food, this set is made vegan-friendly as it's PETA-approved too! Fair Trade Vegan Toy Food Set, £35
Build An Eco House
Fun for eco warriors big and small, this build and play eco house set is sustainably sourced, plastic-free and great for challenging young minds. Pop out the 91 playboard pieces and follow the visual instructions to construct your two-storey eco house, including solar panels and green roof plus loads of other fab details. Playpress Build and Play Eco House, £15
Art for Eco Warriors
This large Earth Paint set is a brilliant eco present for kids of all ages. The powder paint is made from clay, minerals, and other grown-by-plants natural ingredients. The set is plastic-free and the six non-toxic colours come with three vegan-friendly bamboo handle paintbrushes. Large Set of Natural Earth Paints, £34
Royalty Without Costing the Earth
Non-plastic crowns can be hard to find. Here's a cotton alternative that's Fair Trade, and reversible and washable! Pleasing for any monarch and robust enough to be passed down for generations. Reversible Cotton Crown, £18
The teenage years can be a trying time - particularly for a gift-giver! Here are some of our top gifts for teenagers that are bound to please and they're all plastic-free too!
Build a Paper Pet
If you're not able to have a pet (or are looking for one that doesn't eat too much!) then look no further than Paper Pets. Created by an engineer with a passion for wildlife and papercraft, this kit give you all you need to create a contemporary and architecturally impressive tortoise. It's a great mindful activity for anyone aged 7+ and the kit is completely plastic-free. Tortoise Craft Kit from Paper Pet Shop, £12
Bridge from one side of the board to the other using your pieces and before your opponent, bridging, blocking and counter-blocking your way across the board. This beautiful handmade wooden game is crafted from sustainably-sourced Sheesham wood and comes in an organic cotton bag. Better still, it comes from a Fair Trade supplier in India who reinvest their profits to provide workers and their families with healthcare, education and sanitation. Bridget, £26
10 Deep Breaths
Slow things down and take a moment with this mindful bracelet. Breathe in and out once for each bead; start with seven seconds in and 11 seconds out. Take longer and slower breaths as you move along. A great gift for teenagers managing exam stress or anxiety. Choose from four colours. 10 Deep Breaths Mindful Bracelet, £14
The Coolest Kid on the Block
This gorgeous linen block print cushion will brighten up any teenager's room. The screen-printed cover was handmade in Tanzania by a Fair Trade enterprise that empowers people with disabilities through work, skills and adapted housing. Comes with optional natural feather inner sourced in Europe. Block Print Cushion in Blue and Yellow, £24
A Bright Idea
These pocketbooks are made for ideas great and small. Their stylish covers are made from recycled coffee cups and the pages are 100% recycled too. Every purchase also supports global education projects getting children back in to school around the world. Available in blue, green, pink or cream. Ideas Pocketbook with Recycled Coffee Cup Cover, £4.99
For Zero-Waste Eco-Warriors
Finding zero-waste gifts for your favourite eco-warrior can test the imagination. Check out these ideas for inspiration.
Drink up and Save Lives
Why not give your favourite zero waster a reusable Jerry water bottle? They keep your water cool for 24 hours, drinks hot for 12 hours, and have a strong handle which is great to grab or attach to your bag. Jerry is a not-for-profit selling eco-friendly stainless steel water bottles that fund clean water projects in India and Tanzania. Jerry bottle, from £18
Organic Soap with Social Impact
ARTHOUSE Unlimited creates colourful, striking and fun recycled cards, bags and bath and beauty products. Their products are made from sustainable materials and feature gorgeous, high-contrast designs. All the artists live with complex epilepsy and learning disabilities. 100% of the revenue ARTHOUSE Unlimited raises through their products goes back into the charity: they aim to challenge perceptions and create better acceptance and inclusion for all people living with disabilities.
This luxurious triple-milled organic soap has a beautiful lavender and citrus fragrance. It's made in the UK from organic and vegan-friendly ingredients. Presented in embellished recyclable packaging featuring a collaborative design celebrating the underwater world. Lavender & Citrus Organic Tubular Soap, £6.75
Bags of Goodness
This cute bag is an excellent gift because it has so many uses: pencil case, makeup bag, wash bag, paintbrush holder - you decide! It's made from screen-printed linen by a Fair Trade project that employs people with disabilities in Tanzania. Neema uses money generated from selling their sustainable products to support the charity and build adapted housing for their employees. Tropical Leaf-Print Bag: Handmade and Fair Trade, £12
Cycle Some Good
Cycle of Good create products from recycled waste inner tubes from bikes. All the products are vegan-friendly (great for those looking for eco leather-alternatives), and they're made in Malawi by tailors who are paid fairly. Gift options include key rings, luggage tags, backpacks, and this cute coin purse. Recycled Inner Tube Coin Purse, £8.50
We love this Fair Trade and organic tote bag with beautiful turtle design. An essential for anyone avoiding unnecessary plastic and packaging, it creates social impact too! This bag is created by and supports the charity ARTHOUSE Unlimited. Organic and Fair Trade Turtle Tote Bag, £9.50
Gifts for Nature Lovers
Our favourite planet-friendly eco gifts for nature lovers.
Plant a Seed of Hope
Create a habitat for vital pollinators, enjoy some beautiful wildflowers and help change the lives of people living with mental health problems.
Seed of Hope is a social enterprise that helps people with mental health problems through recovery-based therapeutic gardening. Every pack of wildflower seeds supports their work and helps 1,500 pollinators native to the UK! Choose individual seed packets or the wildflower seed gift set, from £1.50
Provide a home for the birds
We love this artisan bird nester which is the perfect size for small garden birds to make a cosy home. The nester is handmade from natural seagrass and recycled saris in Bangladesh where these products provide women and their families with a vital income. Artisan Bird Nester, £14.99
Celebrate the wild
This gift set celebrates all the wildlife! With bee free design tote bag, wildflower seeds, luxurious "blooming marvellous" jasmine and orange soap in an embellished gold floral design box, and a beautiful "Keep Wildlife Wonderful" card with your own message, handwritten by us. With wildflower seeds supporting mental health recovery and all the other items supporting the charity ARTHOUSE Unlimited, promoting and supporting the artists' work. Wildlife Lover's Gift Set, £18.95
For the, ahem, less green-fingered nature-lover, or those who might be away a lot, try this felt cactus. It comes in a felt pot and makes a gorgeous addition to a desk or windowsill. It's completely biodegradable and is made using natural dyes too. These cacti are made in Nepal where they also provide Fair Trade accredited work which protects and promotes ancient skills. Hand-felted Fair Trade cactus, £19.95
Dedicate a Tree
Also a good option for those who don't want 'things', with the Woodland Trust you can dedicate a tree in one of 50 locations around the UK. Planting trees helps combat climate change and supports Britain's wildlife. Select your exact grove on the map and find out which type of tree will be planted. You can dedicate a tree for lots of special occasions including a birthday, Christmas, mother's day and for a new baby. Dedicate a tree, from £20
For Those Who Don't Want Stuff
Many people are keen to avoid accumulating 'stuff' just for the sake of it. So what are some alternative gift ideas?
Migrateful cooking classes
Here's a brilliant idea: cookery classes led by refugee and migrant chefs. Migrateful offer classes in London and Bristol and have a huge range of cuisines on offer, including Iranian, Ecuadorian and Eritrean at the time of writing, with lots of vegetarian and vegan classes too. The classes enable refugees, asylum seekers and migrants to integrate, access employment and share and celebrate their cultural heritage. While we're not able to enjoy their in-person classes right now, you can attend an online class, or buy a gift voucher. Online cookery class, £22.15
Write a Recipe Book
It's not as hard as it might sound! Just handwrite a few of your favourite recipes and bring them together in a journal or folder. Extra marks for creatively decorating the cover. Top of the class if you have a secret recipe, passed down through the generations to include. If I ever give you my Grandma's chocolate brownie recipe you'll know it's true love. Check out our eco-friendly stationery collection if you need a special notebook.
Grow Your Own Forest
A houseplant doesn't just look good, it also improves wellbeing and productivity, and may contribute to better indoor air quality. Good options include peace lilies, rubber plants and ivy. Peace Lily, £9.99
Give an Experience
For someone who doesn't want a thing, why not create a voucher for a special occasion together. A gig, theatre trip or inexpensive options like a picnic or day out are thoughtful and something to look forward to. To go all out, create a series of clues, leading to your chosen activity. Make it extra fancy by writing your voucher in a card that plants a tree! Check out 1 Tree Cards.
A Pile of Poo
Oh we're serious! For £12 Oxfam Unwrapped provides training to families in eco-friendly composting which supports people to grow and sell more food. Alternative gifts include seeds, beekeeping training, or a chicken. At checkout you can personalise a card (or e-card) for your friend or family member, it will explain exactly what their gift has supported and the impact it makes. Pile of Poo, £12
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