Its a great time of year to treat yourselves and others to some eco sustainable gifts, heres some I’ve found recently, I talk about these and many more on my latest Uk Health radio show about eco gifts
Ion8 Reusable Bottle
Ion8 have created a Friends of the Earth reusable bottle. Healthy oceans are crucial for a health thriving planet and Ion8 are donating 25% profits of sales from these unique and reusable bottles to support the Friends of the Earth campaign to end plastic pollution.
One million plastic bottles are bought worldwide every minute and only 9% of plastic has ever been recycled. 12 million tonnes of plastic pour into our oceans every year. Sign the petition and take action here: friendsoftheearth.uk/plastics
GO2 Oil Inhaler Sticks
The GO2 Brand (www.theGO2brand.com) have launched four 100% natural, vegan, essential oil inhaler sticks to the UK – the first of their kind – aptly named: Sleep, Focus, B.Calm and Energy. Each stick is compact, 100% natural, vegan and made with recyclable packaging.
The benefits of essential oils have been known for over 6,000 years, and the quickest way to benefit from them is to inhale them. Each product has been well researched, and the blends work perfectly together. The products are suitable for anyone, whether experiencing stress at work, a parent juggling kids and work, athletes, or students preparing for exams and more. Small and compact and can be taken anywhere.
Ombar make all their chocolate themselves, at their small factory in the UK. They believe in using only the highest quality ingredients, so they source the best raw cacao directly from farmers’ co-operatives in Ecuador. Showcasing four of Ombar’s best-selling organic, vegan and fair-trade chocolate bars, encased in a beautifully designed box, this is the gift we’ve all been waiting for. Whether for a stocking filler, or thoughtful gesture, it’s perfect for the chocoholic or healthista in your life. A gift you can feel good about giving!
The Rocketbook Fusion is an endlessly reusable pen and paper notebook with seven different page styles that connect to your favourite cloud services – making your notes digital. It is ideal for classrooms as well as personal projects and has templates including weekly planner, monthly calendar, task list and ideas lists. The Fusion is made with patented reusable Everlast technology – the synthetic paper allows you to write smoothly with a Pilot FriXion pen, then magically wipe clean with a damp cloth to reuse again and again. Great for getting Christmas ready and also setting New Year goals.
RED and Modibodi for Teenage Girls
RED is a new brand for 11-21 year old girls to help them manage their periods brought to you by Modibodi™ the modern, protective apparel created to give all bodies more confidence and comfort, and a more sustainable solution to disposable hygiene. RED believes that making a positive impact should be as easy as changing the undies we wear and now your swimwear. Together with Modibodi, RED are breaking taboos, opening minds, mentioning the “unmentionables” with a reusable, sustainable product line that will benefit all bodies on this planet.
Made to look and feel like regular undies, these clever undies hold a little niffy secret, they have all been made to hold 1-2 tampons worth of liquid, yet no one would ever know you were on your period! Clever hey! These sassy undies now come in a range of new colours and styles, from new Hipster Bikini Rainbow, to Hipster Bikini Love Hearts. These undies are cool, look great and will keep you 100 percent leak free.
It takes roughly 500 years for a sanitary pad to decompose in a landfill, that’s one single pad, taking that long to break down and in the UK we flush around 2 billion tampons down the toilet every year – imagine all those tampons floating in our water! Not only are you living your best life, period! But by wearing RED, you are also helping to save the planet, one pair at a time.
The full range can be found at https://www.modibodi.co.uk/red/
VASO Glass Straws
VASO have just launched their range of premium glass straws in the UK, a reusable, sustainable and recyclable product (and packaging) that delivers a 100% pure taste as they are free from plastics, toxins, mineral oils and BPA. The straws are an extremely high quality product, engineered in Germany from toughened glass. They also have a range of bamboo travel cases that have been specifically designed for their straws. Further details are available on their web site: https://glassstraw.co.uk
Bee Good ‘Plant A Bee Meadow’ Gift Set
Research shows that one in ten pollinating insects is on the verge of extinction and a third of bee and butterfly species is declining. Bee Good’s ‘Plant A Bee Meadow’ Gift Set will help to spread native wildflowers far and wide to feed and protect our bees and other wild pollinators. These beauty gift sets include wildflower seed balls that can be distributed in your garden or window box, on a verge, at the edge of a field or on any urban rough ground. The seeds can be planted anytime in the spring or summer and will produce a valuable nectar source for our bees and other pollinators. Along with their soothing Lip Balms and softening Hand Cream. All Bee Good award-winning skincare contains Honey, Propolis or Beeswax from British bees plus wildflower extracts from sustainable sources.
Ramer Cleansing Shammy
New for 2019, the re-usable shammy removes all traces of make-up to gently cleanse the skin and is perfect for applying cleansers and lotions. The Ramer Cleansing Shammy will leave the skin feeling fresh, glowing, deeply cleansed and radiant. It is a great replacement for wet wipes which are known to damage the environment in which we live in.
Colgate Bamboo Charcoal Toothbrush
Colgate bamboo charcoal toothbrush is made with 100% natural, biodegradable bamboo and is free from plastic packaging, it’s a great choice for environmentally conscious shoppers. The brush features tapered slim-tip bristles infused with Binchotan charcoal which get to those hard-to-reach places whilst gently cleaning the gums.
The stylish design of the brush has etching on the handle, acting as a thumb grip, and is coated in natural beeswax to prevent the bamboo from getting water damaged in the bathroom. Available from ASDA and Waitrose.
Holy Lama Soaps
The base for all the soaps is cold pressed extra virgin coconut oil and these soaps are moulded by hand into attractive round soap bars. The delicious, long lasting fragrances of all the Holy Lama products come from unique combinations of superior essential oils, known to help balance mind, body and soul, using ancient Ayurvedic principles. They don’t crack or go mushy like many others do.
The factory’s sustainable model ensures there is less than 1% wastage in production and any waste is used as fuel or cattle feed, making the company’s carbon footprint exceptionally low. https://holylama.co.uk/
Swole Panda Bamboo Socks
Swole Panda are a fab British sustainable clothing and accessories brand combining style with sustainability. Launched by two brothers, the company stocks a range of clothing and accessories, all hand-crafted from sustainably sourced bamboo which has great benefits as a material used in clothing,
The brand has a great range of sunglasses, socks, watches and scarves, all hand-crafted from sustainably sourced Moso Bamboo.
Evolve Winter Warmer Duo
Evolve Beauty products are lovingly handmade in small batches at our studio in Hertfordshire, England to ensure the freshness of the precious antioxidants in the natural oils, butters and extracts. Our products are vegan, cruelty free and eco-friendly. Immerse yourself in a tropical paradise in the comfort of your own home, with our Exotic Winter Warmer Duo. This exotic duo includes our Tropical Blossom Body Polish to gently buff the skin, leaving it beautifully smooth, and our Tropical Blossom Body Butter to nourish and envelope the skin in moisture. A truly tantalising treat for both the skin and the senses.
Hairstory ‘New Wash’
Created by Eli Halliwell (of Bumble and bumble fame), Hairstory a totally unique philosophy that says shampoo is the worst thing we can use on our hair! ‘New Wash’ is a SHAMPOO FREE cleanser that replaces shampoo and conditioner, cleansing the hair of impurities but retaining its natural oils.
New Wash cleans without stripping and does away with the need for conditioner – both because your oils are left intact to condition and because it features conditioning ingredients. Its 100% biodegradable and the brand also offer an edited range of styling products that challenge industry norms. The brand gives back to 1% for the planet, and they have a subscription club which saves you money at the same time as saving the planet (through a refill dispenser and thus, less packaging).
And So to Bed…zzz
Silentnight Eco Comfort Pillow
You can now sleep soundly and sustainably with the Silentnights Eco comfort pillow.
The Eco Comfort pillow, made in the UK, is filled with fibres made from 100% recycled materials. Each pillow saves 17 plastic bottles from being thrown into landfills or swept away in the ocean, a small product that makes a difference. millions of plastic bottles are ground into flakes that go through an extensive cleaning and melting process, which allows them to be spun into soft new polyester micro fibres. The fibres are then stretched and crimped to create Silentnight’s high-performance signature Eco Comfort Fibre, providing the ultimate luxurious comfort and long-lasting support.
Available in both soft and firm and encased in breathable fabric for improved air circulation, the Eco Comfort pillow caters for all, ensuring you have a refreshing and relaxing night’s sleep. Theres also an Eco Comfort duvet and mattress topper. Last year Silentnight saved over 105 million bottles from entering the oceans.