If you know someone who’s been planning to switch to a zero-waste lifestyle, Christmas is the perfect time to encourage them to go for it, especially since the holidays are said to be one of the most wasteful seasons every year. According to findings from Stanford University, around 25 million tons of garbage accumulated in the US from Thanksgiving to New Year. That’s already too much for one country alone.
For this Preen Gift Guide, we’re focusing on greener options—from items made from upcycled materials to reusable products that will last a long time. Below, we’ve listed down gift ideas for your loved ones. (Remember to use recycled gift wrapper!)
Rags2Riches Mercado Tote Laminated Jute
This local fashion brand is known for using upcycled and indigenous fabrics, working with artisans to create eco-ethical accessories that will last a long time. The Mercado Tote made from Binakol textiles is a roomy bag that can carry everyday essentials. Available on Things that Matter.
Beachborn Bendelacreme Cocoa Butter Shampoo Bar
A shampoo bar is a convenient zero-waste product for travelers.This one from Beachborn is made with bergamot, tea tree, and rosemary essential oils. It also has bits of cocoa butter—perfect for moisturization. Available at SM Megamall.
Rraw Clayey Collection Gift Set
The best alternative to sheet masks (which Vogue once called the “new plastic straws”) is tub masks. Check out some options from Rraw: The Clayey Mask Collection includes the Moroccan Mint Mask, French Blueberry Mask, Pot of Pink Mask, and Black Tea Mask. Each works to detoxify the skin and soothe any irritation caused by pollution and sun damage. Available online.
Habi Lifestyle Reusable Produce Bags Set of 5
This bag is specially designed for carrying produce so as to discourage the use of plastic or paper bags. It also has drawstrings for easy sealing and carrying. Give this five-bag set to your loved ones to give them an easier time shopping for groceries (and encourage them to be kinder to the environment in the process). Available at ECHOstore, Makati City.
Humble Essentials Bamboo Tea Infuser Tumbler
Humble Essentials’ tumbler will make it easier for anyone to drink hot tea everywhere they go. They can also remove the tea strainer if they want to use this as a regular water bottle. Available at YDG Coffee, Mandaluyong City.
Masaya Cup Reusable Coffee Cup
Here’s a gift for the coffee lovers in your life. Masaya Cup is made from glass and comes with a rubber lid and sleeve. Available on Eco Shop PH.
Art by Tricia Guevara
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