Still need to go Christmas shopping? Perfect! Hopefully I can convince you to consider buying one of these three eco friendly christmas gift ideas to help save our environment. Why? Well imagine how many takeaway coffee cups, plastic water bottles and plastic shopping bags one person uses in their lifetime. Plastic takes 450 years to break down so the plastic you use will still be somewhere on Earth for the next 350+ years!
These gift ideas are also great for travellers. I don’t go anywhere now without my insulated water bottle and foldable reusable shopping bag!
Reusable coffee cup
For family or friends that love coffee, a reusable coffee cup is a great gift idea. A lot more cafes are offering discounts if you bring your own cup, so why not give them a reusable coffee cup to be proud of? And if you’re thinking… but coffee cups are recyclable? Sadly not. Most of them actually have a plastic coating and end up in landfill.
So where can you buy a reusable coffee cup? Reusable coffee cups are becoming more popular at the shops which is great to see. I personally like the Joco Cups brand. They’re stylish and user friendly. They’re made from high quality, non-porous, borosilicate glass that is microwave and dishwasher safe and free from harmful chemical nasties like BPA, lead and cadmium. They have a coloured band around the outside where you can comfortably hold the piping hot contents. Glass doesn’t affect the flavour either so like the Joco Cups website states, ‘you will taste your coffee or tea, not your cup.’ They come in three sizes (8, 12 and 16 oz) so you can choose the size based on what you or the person you’re buying for normally orders. There are lots of colours to choose from too.
I’ve put in my order to Santa!
http://www.biome.com.auReusable water bottle
There has been a revolution in funky water bottles and they are everywhere in the shops in Australia. Even I got excited recently when I found a stainless steel, insulated water bottle with a beach scene that I loved and wanted immediately. And I hate shopping!
The brand I have is Avanti and it keeps your cold water cold for 24 hours and hot water hot for 12 hours. It’s essentially a water bottle crossed with a thermos. Brilliant idea! It cost $23 AUD from a homewares shop in Victoria.
Plastic water bottles were the most common plastic item we collected from the waterways in England on our Paddle Pickup kayaking journey so it’s important to make the switch to a reusable water bottle and encourage others to do the same.
If you’re looking for something a little more ‘girly’, I’d recommend checking out the MyEqua range. I noticed them in my recent travels around Europe and they really stand out. They have some great colours and designs and you’re guaranteed to find something you like.
Reusable foldable shopping bags
If you saw my video on Instagram from King’s Beach at the Sunshine Coast demonstrating how to use a foldable reusable shopping bag, you’ll see that I love mine and encourage others to keep one with them at all times. It’s compact enough to fit into my handbag and that way I don’t need a plastic bag at the checkout, particularly for unplanned shopping trips to pick up a few things. The ‘green bags’ or hessian bags are still the way to go for bigger shopping trips.
Most states in Australia including Queensland where I filmed the video are going plastic bag free at the checkout from 2018 so reusable foldable shopping bags are another useful gift idea. You can personalise them and choose a pattern and colour that your family, friend or partner will love!
I got my reusable foldable shopping bag for €10 from Bratislava in Slovakia. The Loqi brand is popular in Europe and you can find them on the BioMe Australia website along with the Joco Cups and a range of water bottles similar to the style that I have and love.
So either get your online shopping on or next time you’re at the shops, keep your eyes out for one of these eco friendly Christmas gift ideas! Let’s keep our beautiful beaches plastic free and encourage others to reduce their single use plastics, even if we have to do it through a sneaky Christmas present.
To my family reading this, you now know what you’re getting for Christmas! Merry Christmas everyone!