The holidays are fast approaching and with it is the stress of picking out a gift for your loved ones. You wouldn’t want to be shopping online or visiting malls last minute so we put together a quick list of the best sustainable items you could give as gifts this year. It could be as simple as hygiene kits and kitchen cleaning tools or as amazing as a subscription for a composting service. Check out some gift ideas below!
There’s nothing quite like expressing your love during these times than gifting your loved ones with items to improve their hygiene and health. Scandinavian oral care brand Jordan has been caring for people’s teeth since 1927 and has recently landed in the Philippines. Their toothbrush designs are minimalist and aesthetic, made with carefully selected materials which even had them recognized by international award-giving bodies. You can get your friends and family a set of the Green Clean Toothbrush. It’s made of sustainable and recycled materials – with bio-based nylon bristles, a 100% recycled plastic handle, and packaging made of recycled paper fibers.
Stylish biodegradable phone cases
Know a loved one who recently got a phone? Gift them with Coli PH biodegradable and eco-friendly phone cases. These come in an assortment of colors from Cream White and Space Black to Canary Yellow and Shell Pink. The cases are made from wheat straw and polylactic acid and will be sent to you in equally biodegradable packaging. No plastics found here! Aside from iPhones, Coli PH also has cases for Samsung smartphones.
Reusable face mask
The MASQ Collection, Classic w/ microBLOQ™ Kit, starts at P400
If there’s one thing we’re going to use for 2022 (and beyond), it’s face masks. Hence, they’re perfect gifts anyone can use year-round. Encourage a loved one to switch to cloth masks (and save nature from disposable waste) without sacrificing their safety. The MASQ Collection has a range of designs to choose from. Each of their masks has four layers: silk fabric, woven fabric, MicroBLOQ™ Antimicrobial Thread, and an optional PureMASQ Filter. The design eliminates gaps on the side and has a snug fit over the nose and under the chin. Safe, secure, and stylish!
Reusable “paper” towels
The Fine Life Market Unpaper Towel Roll, P690 (without stand)/P980 (with stand)
Ever stopped to think about how many paper towels you use in a day? How about in a month? After learning that globally discarded paper towels result in 254 million tons of trash every year, folks behind The Fine Life Market decided to do something about it. Enter the Unpaper Towel Roll, 10 pieces of 100% organic cotton towels snapped and rolled together. Every time you need to use it, just unsnap, wipe, and wash. Encouraging a loved one to switch to Unpaper Towels might be a small step to help waste and deforestation but it’s a start. The Fine Life Market also gives a percentage of its profit to organizations protecting children against online sexual exploitation.
Kurin All Ready Holiday, P904
Got a loved one who absolutely loves cleaning? Introduce them to a bottle of Kurin super alkaline water. The water goes through a process called reverse osmosis which raises its pH level so it has the same cleaning power as bleach or soapy water while remaining safe to touch. Kurin water can remove deep-seated dirt on surfaces, house fixtures, stovetops, everyday items, jewelry, and even food. All you have to do is spray, wait for a few seconds, and wipe (or soak if it’s veggies and fruit). It effectively de-greases, sanitizes, deodorizes, and cleans. In other words, it’s every adult’s dream cleaning weapon.
Simula PH Period Kit, P1,200
For someone who has used disposable napkins since they first had their period, it would feel strange at first to shift to cloth pads. But when you take into account that you’re saving Mother Earth by sparing her from tons of napkin waste (the average woman will use 12,000 napkins and pantyliners her whole life), it’s a small sacrifice. Cloth pads save you money since you don’t have to buy a new pack every month. They can also prevent rashes and are free from toxins.
Eco-friendly kitchen cleaning tools
Instead of throwing away disposable sponges and buying plastic bottle after plastic bottle of dishwashing liquid, why not switch to eco-friendly options? This set from The Fine Life Market includes a plastic-free sponge, dish brush long handle, dish brush head, pot brush, dish soap bar, and bamboo soap dish. It would make for a cool gift for someone who lives alone and wants to minimize their waste.
Composting service subscription
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Green Space Book-A-Bucket Composting Service, starts at P1,950/3 months
Gift a subscription service other than Netflix and Spotify for this holiday. A loved one interested in zero waste living is guaranteed to love Green Space’s Book-A-Bucket Composting Service, especially now that we’re hitting the holidays, a.k.a a season for food waste. Choose from three services, SoilMate Rookie (3 months), SoilMate Enthusiast (6 months), and SoilMate Hero (12 months). How does this service work? Green Space will be delivering the bucket/s, 1.2kg Bokashi bran (mixture used for composting), plus a composting manual via email. All the food waste goes into the bucket mixed with the bran. Once the bucket is full, the subscriber can book a bucket exchange via the SoilMate app to be delivered a new, empty one. And that’s it. The food waste is turned into soil, which will in turn yield crops we can eat.