'Tis the season of gift-giving. We have curated a selection of zero waste, reusable and sustainable gift ideas for everyone on your list. When shopping, consider the 3 R's: REDUCE, REUSE and RECYCLE. Ask yourself: Do they need it? Will this gift help reduce waste? Can it be reused or repurposed? Is it recyclable?
- Anne Marie Bonneau
Here are our favourite zero waste gift ideas:
BEESWAX CANDLES: Nothing says cozy like candlelight. Make your home cozy this holiday season with locally-made, package-free beeswax candles. These scent-free (other than the scent of beeswax) pinecone or ornament shaped candles (pictured above) support sustainable beekeeping.
Tip: beeswax candles help clean the air in your home.
BATH SOAKS: Turn your bathroom into a private spa and recover from a tough day or week with a bath soak. Reduce your stress, soothe your mind, muscles and dry skin.
Tip: Reuse glass container as a container for your daily green juice.
MAKE-UP BAG: Ethically-made by Kenyan women from up-cycled cement bags and kikoy fabric, the production of these bags provides a livelihood to women and children living in a Nairobi slum.
Tip: Wrap your gift in this bag so that they can re-use this multi-use, carry-all bag
WINE BAG: These reusable cotton wine bags offer fun phrases that make the perfect party or hostess gift for the wine lover in your life.
Tip: Re-gift again and again
FACE MASK: Exfoliating masks and polishes are the ideal self-care lovers gift, packaged in a glass apothecary jar.
Tip: Reuse glass jars for storage or as a vase for posies
JADE FACIAL ROLLER: This dual-sided, dual-action facial roller is an ideal home care tool to stimulate circulation and detoxification, reduce inflammation and puffiness, relax facial muscles, brighten, firm and smooth the skin.
Tip: Keep your roller in the fridge for maximum skin tightening benefits
DRY BRUSH: Support your overall skin health from within, smooth fine lines, brighten the complexion, reduce puffiness and dark circles with dry brushing.
Tip: the certified responsibly forested wood handle and responsibly sourced and ethically collected natural bristle brushes have no timeline if properly maintained
SOAP: Long lasting 100% plant based soaps contain pure essential oils for scent and various herbs, grains and flowers for color and texture. Available as a large embossed soap or mini soaps on a cord.
Tip: Extend soap life by hanging it in the shower to prevent dissolving or bacteria.
JADE COMB: Who doesn't love a scalp massage? The Jade Comb is for DIY scalp massage or to treat someone to a little heaven. It stimulates the scalp, promotes relaxation, improves blood circulation to help with headaches and has also been used to promote hair growth.
Tip: Massaging the scalp also refered to as 'combing therapy' regulates the meridans/acupressure points which affect the body's overall health.