Christmas is almost upon us! But let’s be honest; this time of year can be filled with just as much stress as it does merriment. So to save you a mad dash around the High Street on the lead-up to the day, we’ve put together a set of Christmas Gift Guides which should have all bases covered when buying for an average Joe. In this guide, we’re looking at sustainable, eco-friendly gifts!
Swole Panda Bamboo Socks Box
Website: Swole Panda
Bamboo. Socks. Yes, they’re real and they’re right at the top of our list for eco-presents this Christmas – mainly because what is Christmas without a new pair of luxury socks? This luxury gift box from Swole Panda is filled with three pairs of bamboo socks knitted from a unique bamboo blend. They also feature a reinforced heel and toe as well as hand linked seams for added comfort.
Plastic Freedom Bamboo Truthbrush Toothbrush
Website: Plastic Freedom
According to Plastic Freedom, you’ll save thousands of plastic toothbrushes entering the oceans by switching to bamboo toothbrushes. And who are we to argue? Their ‘Truthbrush’ looks the same to the naked eye but comes with plant based bristles made with 62% castor bean oil and 38% nylon. The anti-bacterial bamboo handle also offers that extra bit of luxury, as well as biodegradability.
WAES Compostable Vegan Trainer
Price: From £89
An estimated 330 million pairs of shoes are sold each year in the UK. But with most of these ending up in landfills and decomposition estimated to take over a century, new label WAES Footwear has launched the world’s first collection of zero-waste, plastic-free trainers. The shoe’s soles are made using sustainably-sourced sap from rubber trees, the uppers are made from organic cotton and organic-tanned leather from Italy, while the stitching comes in the form of hemp, flax and cotton, and the resin is vegan conifer glue. Subtle and stylish, they look the part too!
Icebreaker Merino Crew Sweatshirts
Price: From £130
New Zealand-based natural performance apparel company icebreaker believes nature has the answers. And for over 23 years, Icebreaker has worked with what nature provides to create natural, high-performing outdoor clothing, as an alternative to plastic-based synthetic apparel. Offering breathability, warmth and incredible next-to-skin softness, their range of Merino crew sweatshirts are perfect for winter and come with real cool-weather comfort.
Doisy & Dam Chocolate Greatest Hits Gift Set
Website: Doisy & Dam
Doisy & Dam pride themselves on guilt free snacking, which is why their range is all vegan, gluten-free, palm oil-free and contains only ethically sourced, sustainable ingredients. The Greatest Hits gift set is perfect for a Joe after a sweet treat and includes a selection of Doisy & Dam’s best-selling chocolate bars – including dark chocolate varieties of Goji and orange; Maca, vanilla and cocoa nibs; Coconut and lucuma, and Maple, toasted rice and pink salt.
Vivobarefoot Primus Trail Sg Men’s Shoes
If you like to hit the outdoors no matter the time of year, these sustainable Primus Trail SG shoes from Vivobarefoot will do just the trick. Offering superior grip on muddy and loose terrain, recycled plastic bottles are used to construct the quick-draining and breathable shoe, which also features a lightweight stretchy ankle collar for unrestrained mobility whilst keeping out grit.
Jack Wolfskin Recycled Baywater Washbag
Website: Jack Wolfskin
If your Joe is a regular traveller, a washbag is always useful. But the Baywater Wash Bag from Jack Wolfskin has the added bonus of being made from recycled PET bottles. It also has some practical advantages such as wide base to help it stands on uneven surfaces and two large compartments for all your bathroom essentials. There’s also a flat compartment at the front for smaller items.
Howies Recycled Bodie Unisex Insulated Gilet
Finally, we love this Howies Insulated Gilet made using an innovative featherless fill called 3M Thinsulate. The lightweight fill uses 75% post-consumer and post-industrial recycled material to create a fill that mimics bird feather. The result is a fill that’s thin, light and insulates even when wet. It also has a recycled polyester outer which has been dope dyed; a process that reduces water usage by 89%. Finishing things off are two invisible zipped pockets, two internal pockets and elastic bound hems.
So there we have it, our round-up of all the chocolate, toothbrushes and apparel you can enjoy this yuletide guilt-free! Also don’t forget to check out our other cracking Christmas Gift Guides below…