Sustainable Diva: Gifts for people and the planet




Caroline S. Asante, Velvet’s clean beauty, ethical fashion and eco-lifestyle columnist, recommends British-owned and made Christmas gift ideas - and shares a global green giving wish to benefit everyone

Green gift ideas for Christmas CREDIT Ilyuza Mingazova/Unsplash (43247607)
Green gift ideas for Christmas CREDIT Ilyuza Mingazova/Unsplash (43247607)

Although this will be a December like no other, as we wrap up 2020, the year our world changed forever, Christmas is still the season of giving and receiving. Make yours include care for each other and the planet. Thinking locally: listed below are 10 eco gift ideas, eight of which come from British owned/made small green beauty businesses producing top quality products. Thinking globally: Christmas is also about considering ourselves as a global family, so include the gift of planting more trees and find out about the charity Trees for The Future. Have a joyous and safe holiday season and see you in 2021! Caroline x

Dally and Mack Red and Gold Chandelier Statement Earrings, £14.99, etsy.com

Dally and Mack Statement Earrings (43247596)
Dally and Mack Statement Earrings (43247596)

Sparkle into the holiday season with these uplifting abstract art-inspired, hand-casted, eco-friendly resin earrings. All components are nickel free with hypoallergenic stainless steel. Super-affordable and made in the UK.

Funky Soap Company Liquid Tangerine & Olive Body Wash 250ml, £6, and Organic Fragrant Jasmine Body Milk 250ml, £5.95, funkysoapshop.com

Funky Soap Product Duo (43247598)
Funky Soap Product Duo (43247598)

Two of my favourite products from one of my favourite indie British green beauty brands. Indulge your senses with this curated duo. Moisturize whilst you shower using their tangerine and olive body wash and follow up with the jasmine-infused luxurious body milk moisturiser, enhanced with aloe vera and shea butter to leave your skin divine. Made in the UK.

Use Sustainable Diva reader promo code SDGLOWXMAS to receive 10% off any purchase throughout December.

Shoreline Shaving Kit, £29.99, shorelineshaving.com

Shoreline Shaving Eco Friendly Shaving Kit (43247693)
Shoreline Shaving Eco Friendly Shaving Kit (43247693)

Eliminate disposable razors for her and him,with this eco-friendly shaving kit, an ideal gift to begin zero-waste shaving. The reusable solid bamboo safety razor fits all double-edged blades and the kit includes a vegan shaving soap and two packs of blades.

Use Sustainable Diva reader promo code SDGLOWXMAS to receive 10% off throughout December.

Bolt Beauty 100 Vitamin A Game Biodegradable Skin Care Drops, £50, bolt-beauty.com

Bolt Beauty Range (43247594)
Bolt Beauty Range (43247594)

Treat yourself or gift this pure skin nourishing magic. Each biodegradable capsule (made from seaweed) contains a perfect portion of 0.15% retinol and Vitamin E to brighten, firm and smooth skin. I found this product excellent for hyperpigmentation and I love this British brand’s approach to sustainable packaging.

Marcella Wylie Green Peonies Smartphone Case, £30, marcellawylie.com

Marcella Wylie Green Peonies Phone Case (43247692)
Marcella Wylie Green Peonies Phone Case (43247692)

According to an Ofcom study, in the UK we touch our phones every 12 minutes. Give a gift of colourful flora and fauna with a bespoke phone cover designed by Scottish illustrator Marchella Wylie. All are made to order, so zero waste in production, and are ethically made in Britain.

Use Sustainable Diva reader promo code SDGLOWXMAS to receive 10% off throughout December.

ilodyskincare Luxmi Hydrating Radiance Serum 30ml, £72, ilodyskincare.com

Ilody Luxmi (43247614)
Ilody Luxmi (43247614)

Definitely one of the best serums I’ve ever tried. This multi-function radiance serum packs a botanical punch, combining essential nutrients and plant actives, including tremella mushroom (a Vitamin D superpower) for hydration, liquorice for skin-tone balance, and tonka bean bio-ferment for skin plumping luminance.

Kjaer Weis Natural Lengthening Mascara, £29, net-a-porter.com

Kjaer Weis Mascara (43247689)
Kjaer Weis Mascara (43247689)

The eyes have it. As masks are now firmly part of our facial features, let’s make the most of our eyes. This brilliant mascara by Kjaer Weis is one of the best. The nourishing non-toxic formula enhances natural lashes, leaving them thicker, longer and clump free.

The Ethstat Tree Pen, £12 for a pack of five, ethstat.com

Ethstat Tree Pen (43247597)
Ethstat Tree Pen (43247597)

Originally used to sign the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio which kickstarted the global awareness of climate change, this amazing pen is made in Europe from bio cornstarch and recycled paper and is 100% biodegradable. Once you’ve used it, plant it, grow a tree from the pine seeds in the lid, and save up to one tonne of CO2 for every pen you use. Brilliant British Brand.

Use Sustainable Diva reader promo code SDGLOWXMAS to receive 20% off purchase throughout December.

Donate to Trees for the Future, trees.org

Trees for the Future CREDIT Akil Mazumder (43247694)
Trees for the Future CREDIT Akil Mazumder (43247694)

Without trees we reduce the quality of air we breathe and soil to grow our food. Approximately 50 football fields of trees per minute are lost to food agriculture worldwide. The most affected areas are Africa, Latin America, The Amazon, and Southeast Asia, where millions of chronically-hungry small farm holders cut down trees but never replace them causing soil, water and food crop loss compounded by climate change.

I’m proud to be a new ambassador for Trees for the Future, a global charity which runs The Garden Project. They create tree gardens for the world’s poorest communities to increase food security and biodiversity. Make a donation this Christmas and fund the planting of more trees - see trees.org for more.

About Caroline

Caroline S Asante of Sustainable Diva, December 2020 byline (43247595)
Caroline S Asante of Sustainable Diva, December 2020 byline (43247595)

Caroline S. Asante MSc FRSA is the founding editor-in-chief of Sustainable Diva, an online platform championing conscious sustainability through wellbeing, clean beauty, ethical fashion and eco-lifestyle.

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