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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. 

1006095 KK Classic Sport 532ml Sierra Sunset

(Images cour­tesy of Klean Kanteen)

Kaffeeform

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!

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(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. 

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(Images cour­tesy of Yoloha)

Rewined Candles

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.

Signature Merlot Lifestyle 1 1000x
Signature pinot grigio lifestyle 1000x

(Images cour­tesy of Rewined Candles)

Dr Hauschka

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!

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(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! 

23 Dec 2019 · neubau eyewear
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