Sustainable gifts are not only more fun – especially when you make them yourself – but also good for the environment. Giving presents for the holidays, a birthday, a newborn or a wedding can be much more environmentally friendly. That is why I give you 15 Tips to make or buy sustainable gifts.
1. Give dried flowers instead of ‘normal’ polluting flowers
Give a bunch of flowers, but do not give a regular bunch from a regular florist. Because after a week they are ready to be thrown away and the environmental impact is high. So better dry flowers from the fields or from your garden yourself or buy a bunch of my lavender. In this way there is no pesticides used, it is good for biodiversity. Also your present can replace a lot of polluting bunches of flowers and there is no waste.
2. Make your own soap
If you make your own soap, you no longer need to buy bottles of shower foam or body lotion, because a good home-made soap moisturises the skin. A good homemade soap is also a nice sustainable gift. Read how to make lavender soap here.
3. Use local sheep wool products naturally dyed
For a newborn you can buy this self made felted and natural dyed slippers from soft Spanish sheepwool. You can also knit, crochet or felt something for someone if you are good at it. But don’t use wool from far away. Better ask for local wool because almost every wool comes from the other side of the world. Read here about sheep’s wool that is often thrown away.
4. Reuse beautiful bottles and jars for your sustainable homemade presents
5. Make a body scrub and put it in a nice re-used jar
MMaking your own body scrub is not only very easy, but also much healthier and more environmentally friendly. Read here how to do it.
7. Take care of your friends with bath salts in different oils
Making your own essential oil takes time, but making bath salts in different oils is a lot easier and also very nice to give or get.
This is how you can make lavender bath salts out of Epson bathsalt. Also I tell you why it is that good. Above all you can vary bath salts with different essential oils. So buy the basic salts in larger portions and you won’t have to keep throwing away packages.
8. Reuse products you already have
Reusing products in stead of buying new is the best you can do for the environment. For example: don’t buy a separate storage system for bottles of essential oil. But pimp up a pouch you still have and put the bottles in it like a train like this..
9. Use pressed flowers to make a present
10. Make or buy a lavender bag a a sustainable gifts
11. Do you have a fabric, but it is not nice, dye it, with natural dye
12. Give a lavender eye pillow for someone who needs to relax
13. Reading in in heavenly fragrances
A lavender bookmark is good idea for someone who likes to read books. With this bookmark he or she can read books in heavenly scents.
14. If someone is getting married, make a door wreath
A door wreath on arrival home is a nice sustainable present not difficult to make. The only thing you need is a lot of lavender flowers. So make it yourself in the summer. Here you can read how. You can also order the lavender wreath from me on Etsy.
15 Make magic wands with ribbon you still have at home
Magic lavender wands are very beautiful and not difficult to make, if you are a bit handy. For instance use ribbon you already have at home or even better is using a more natural material. Read how to make them here or buy them on my Etsy page.
101 more tutorials
These were the sustainable presents and tutorials on my own website to make or buy. Likewise You can find 101 more tutorials for green ideas on this website.
So what makes a sustainable gift sustainable?
If you keep thinking about this 5 points, you are doing well with you sustainable presents!
- Reduce waste
- Reuse products
- Save energy
- Use no plastic
- Buy products with less transport kilometers
Think of what you can do more against climate change
- Save energy in your home
- Save energy while travelling
- Eat less meat
- Use reusable alternatives
- Go paperless but that doesn’t mean you should buy the newest models of mobiles
- Use renewable energy
- Recycle and reuse
- Grow your own produce
- Donate unused items but even more fun is upcycling them into nice presents
- Save water
- Buy fair trade products
- Drive less and above all fly less
- Don’t waste food
- Wear sustainable clothing so say goodbye to fast fashion
- Use eco-friendly cleaning products and further make your own soap
Part of this list originates from the website Wessexwater co.uk. Also read here why you should live in an environmentally friendly way.