With the festive season fast approaching, now is the time to start spreading some eco-friendly joy while keeping plastic waste at bay.
Buying green gifts and stocking fillers are a wonderful way to show you care not just about your friends and family but for the planet too! 🌍
From eco-friendly essentials for housework to gorgeous gifts for rest and relaxation, we’ve got it covered. Here are eight original stocking filler ideas that will make your sustainable Christmas extra special this year.
1. Multi-purpose reusable bags
A reusable bag is a practical and stylish eco-friendly gift idea. They're perfect for market day, trips to the beach or as a handy carry-all for daily use.
There are lots of cool designs available, from chic minimalistic styles to vibrant patterns and prints. And making sure your bags are made from organic cotton or recycled materials guarantees an extra-sustainable touch.
Bower’s Fairtrade Organic Drawstring Bag is available in two sizes, and makes a great alternative to gift wrap. And, once Christmas Day has come and gone, the bag can be reused to store toiletries, produce or as a mini laundry bag for travelling.
Reusable bags are also useful for storing food. These smart snack bags and bread bags by Helen Round make an ideal eco friendly stocking filler. Or for a super-minimalist vibe try these 100% cotton bags from Dans Le Sac.
2. Bamboo toothbrushes
Bamboo toothbrushes are a fun eco-friendly stocking filler for all members of the family. Just like traditional toothbrushes they come in a range of colours and bristle textures, but unlike their plastic counterparts they won’t clog up landfill.
3. Organic beauty products
Christmas is the perfect time to treat loved ones to some pampering with a selection of beauty products made with naturally derived ingredients.
Organic cotton pads also make a perfect stocking filler; reusable, washable and free from wasteful plastic packaging, they really are the gift that keeps on giving.
4. Beeswax food wraps
Getting rid of single-use plastic wrap at home is one of the easiest ways to make a difference and improve your eco-friendly lifestyle.
Beeswax food wraps are a great substitute for cling film and can be used over and over in all the same ways, whether that’s to cover bowls in the fridge or wrap up sandwiches for lunch.
Simply wash them and they’ll be ready to reuse. Another great thing about beeswax plastic wraps is they come in lots of great designs, making them fun for packed lunches.
5. Seed bombs
Green-fingered friends and family will love finding seed bombs in their Christmas stockings this year. These little balls of clay, compost and seeds can be thrown into garden beds or pots where they'll grow into beautiful flowers or herbs.
They're a fun, easy way to encourage biodiversity and are often made with native plant seeds to bring lots of colour into your garden.
6. Compostable eco sponges
For something different in the stocking this year, Bower’s eco cleaning sponges make a great little gift for eco-conscious friends and family.
Long lasting and fully compostable, these sponges offer a greener way to clean up. Simply take one and add water, and watch as it 'magically' grows.
7. Bamboo pot brush
Bower's smart plastic-free pot brush make light work of the dirty dishes. With an easy-grip beechwood handle and sustainable plant-fibre bristles they scrub up pots and pans nicely, on Christmas Day and beyond.
8. Essential oil sleep spray and room spray
Bring some calm to the festive season this year with essential oil stocking fillers. Choosing natural sleep sprays and rooms sprays are an ideal way to take in the restorative properties of essential oils, while also bringing beautiful eco-friendly scents into the home.
For even more eco-friendly gift ideas, check out our full range of natural skincare and handy every-day accessories, including stainless-steel straws, barista-standard keep cups and organic muslin cloths.
Happy holidays everyone! 🎄