A Sustainable Gift Guide for the Holiday Season
As holiday season fast approaches and we scramble to buy last minute secret santa presents, or stocking fillers, it is important to think about the impact of the products we gift this year. Holiday season definitely brightens our winter days, but unfortunately is also a time of huge wastage- from wrapping presents to cooking excessive food. Sustainability is at the very heart of what we do at neubau. We are committed to making products that create as little waste as possible, using the most sustainable materials and taking our time to create our frames.
This Christmas, we want to encourage you to consume consciously, which is why we have compiled a guilt-free, sustainable shopping guide, that will hopefully help you make greener decisions.
Klean Kanteen Water Bottle
Perhaps one of the biggest sources of plastic pollution is the single use plastic bottles we have been so carelessly using. Easy access to these products, whether you’re in a supermarket or in your office kitchen, resulting in nearly 60 million plastic water bottles ending up in landfills and incarcerators everyday! We can change this number by creating a simple change in our lifestyle habits– by picking up a reusable water bottle. Klean Kanteen was the first BPA free stainless steel water bottles on the market, and continue to be a winning product. They come in different shapes, sizes and colors and aren’t going to break your bank either. It is the perfect gift to give someone you love in a more sustainable direction.
(Images courtesy of Klean Kanteen)
We’ve already written a separate blog post on Kaffeeform, but we think it rightly deserves a mention on this gifting guide. The founder of the company was intrigued by the idea of creating something using coffee grounds eventually realizing that he can mix these grounds with other renewable raw materials to create coffee cups, or as they are known Kaffeeform cups. Products range from espresso cups to ‘take away’ coffee cups, making this a perfect gift your coffee loving friend!
(Images courtesy of Kaffeeform)
Yoloha Yoga Mats
Yoloha yoga is the sustainable yoga brand taking the industry by storm. These mats are made using cork, one of the most renewable and reusable materials, using one of the most sustainable harvesting methods. It is the perfect material for yoga mats as it outlast and outperforms any other natural material, and most importantly is non-slip, eliminating the need for oil based wax or EVA foam for traction. Not only are they great for the environment, but they’re also beautiful to look at– the perfect gift for some of our most active members of the family.
(Images courtesy of Yoloha)
This unique brand is not only making all natural soy wax candles that are paraffin and chemical free, but more importantly are made using repurposed wine bottles! The discarded wine bottles are collected and artisanally crafted to create beautiful candles in various scents. With over 7 different collections, there is definitely gifting potential here for a loved one.
(Images courtesy of Rewined Candles)
You might already know this brand that has taken the skincare world by storm, producing great products from natural materials that are gentle and healing for the skin. Since its inception, the company has been focused on ensuring sustainability remains at the core of its ethos, which is why the products are created almost exclusively from controlled organic cultivation (plants, oils and waxes) under fair trade conditions. From serums and oils to make up products, we are confident you will find the perfect gift from them!
(Images courtesy of Dr Hauschka)
neubau eyewear naturalPX frames
We think it’s worth mentioning that at neubau we produce optical frames made out of naturalPX, an eco friendly material, organically sourced from renewable primary products such as oil extracted from the seeds of castor oil plants. This product is light in weight, super flexible, sturdy and comes in a wide range of colors. They’re also extremely comfortable for all day wear! Our range of optical frames range in colorways, shapes and materials — ensuring there is something for everyone!
(Images courtesy of neubau)
Subscription to their favorite online magazine/ music streaming service/ audiobook
We’ve all been in the position of deciding whether or not we want to commit ourselves to buying an audiobook subscription or paying for online access to our favorite journals and magazines — this is why it’s a great gift to get for one of your loved ones. It’s a gift that can’t go wrong and won’t break the bank either. Most importantly however, the lack of a physical presence
Write a cheque to a charity of your loved ones choice
Perhaps the most selfless gift of all — you could donate money on behalf of someone else to a charity working for a cause close to their heart! From city cleaning patrols to refugee assistance, there are thousands of organisations that would benefit greatly from a charitable donation. What better time to help than during the holiday season — after all, that’s what Christmas spirit is all about!