Giving Christmas Presents

5 Local Eco-Friendly Gifts for A Sustainable Christmas

There’s no question as to how much Filipinos love Christmas, as soon as the “Ber” Month starts, you can expect to see Christmas decorations popping up everywhere and Christmas music playing all around! And though we love Christmas as much as everyone else, we should all aspire for a festive season where we can remain mindful of our consumption and waste.

So, if you’re having a hard time coming up with gift ideas, or need a guide for this exchange gift season, we’re listing down 5 items you can add to your list that is not only unique but also local and sustainable:

 

1. Tumbler

Water-insulated Tumbler

Did you know that the Philippines is the third-largest producer of Plastic Waste in the Ocean based on a report by the Ocean Conservancy and McKinsey Center for Business and Environment? And with all the gift options you have, it’s best to keep two things in mind: first is it should be reusable, and second it should be sustainable! Tumblers are the best gift, as it not only keeps your friends and family hydrated but also lessen their consumption of single-use bottled water!

Check out the tumblers from Hydrofied PH: these tumblers promise to keep drinks ice-cold for 24 hours and hot drinks steaming hot for up to 12 hours! It comes in 18 colors, which can be personalized with a custom painting on the tumbler.

 

2. Yoga Mat

Yoga Mat

For friends who are active or are planning to take on a more active lifestyle, a yoga mat is the fitting present! We found the perfect shop to get one: Loop Store PH. Often yoga mats are made of plastic. Loop Store’ mats use cork and natural rubber, unlike others that use plastic, which is produced from drilled or mined petroleum. Fun fact: Plastics make up 5% of the global emissions, and both cork and natural rubber are renewable!

Many yogis prefer cork yoga mats, as these mats are made of higher-quality material, and are very durable! The mat is said to have an incredible grip, which is a huge help in improving your yoga poses!

 

3. Bucket Hat

Bucket Hats

If you have that one friend who’s into fashion, they are sure to love an addition to their collection this Christmas. While we’re not a huge fan of fast fashion, we’re happy to know that E.CoBabe, a local shop, offers upcycled Bucket Hat from flour sacks (Katsa)! And they are just as cute as they are sustainable.

 

4. Phone Cases and Accessories

Phone Case

Research revealed that over 1 Billion phone cases are sold every year, and with most of it not being recycled, they end up in landfills, or in some parts of the world, burned. So help a friend lessen his or her plastic waste through the Plant-Based Case locally available at Fili. These cases are made from wheat fiber, which only takes six to nine months to decompose, compared to plastics which can take up 20 to 500 years!

 

5. Shampoo and Conditioner Bars

Eco-friendly shampoo bars

If you want a gift that is affordable yet can still wow your family and friends, you’d love the shampoo bars from The Eco Shift! These fragrant shampoo bars are an eco-friendly alternative to liquid shampoos, from packaging down to the product itself! Since they are organic, paraben-free, and silicone-free, you can ensure your loved ones’ hair receives extra TLC! Unlike liquid bottles, it’s not packed in plastic too, so it’s another way to cut one’s plastic usage.

We hope this helped you narrow down your choices for Christmas gifts and gave you the gentle nudge to spend this holiday more sustainably! To explore other ways to live an even more sustainable life, make sure to visit our website at www.buskowitz.com!

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