Kair's Sustainable Gift Guide
It’s more important than ever to shop with intention, and at no time more so than Christmas: that most wonderful time of the year is also one of the most wasteful, with an extra 30%, or three million tonnes, of rubbish produced and discarded throughout the festive period compared with the rest of the year. And that’s without factoring in the environmental impact of the gifts themselves. But with more and more brands making greener choices and boasting eco-conscious credentials, there’s a veritable array of sustainable, thoughtful pieces to choose from if you know where to look, which both your loved ones and our planet (and you!) will love. Read on for our 2021 Sustainable Gift Guide, so that you can shop with a clear conscience this Christmas.
A super soft, sustainable cashmere sweater, made using Re.Verso™ yarn from Italy, which demonstrates the latest in eco-innovative technology. Pre-consumer textile waste offers the same quality as virgin cashmere, but with a much, much smaller carbon footprint: it’s CO2 free and untreated yarn. Plus, it’s gender neutral, so sure to please everyone on your list. Not to mention it comes with a lifetime guarantee, so you can wear it again and again.
We can’t get enough of PANGAIA’s cosy 365 Signature Hoodie. Made from Organic Cotton - 100% natural and biodegradable, with 95% of the water rain-fed - it’s a climate-positive gift to cherish. Plus, it’s part of PANGAIA’s oh-so-soft essentials, designed to be worn across all four seasons, 365 days a year. So you can wear it on repeat.
It wouldn’t be Christmas without socks! These ones are made from sustainable bamboo yarn, and come in recyclable, plastic-free packaging made from recycled paper and wood from FSC-certified sustainable sources. And every order guarantees a pair of socks for a homeless person in the UK. So not just socks for Christmas, but socks for good.
We adore these sparkly, best-selling huggies from Astrid & Miyu’s collection - sure to dazzle and delight that special someone on your list. They’re made from recycled sterling silver, and come in recyclable packaging. You can also recycle unwanted jewels, and in so doing contribute money to a food redistribution waste charity. Plus, they’re super versatile - you can wear them alone, or stack them with other huggies for a statement finish.
With Hourglass’ newly released palette pans and refillable eyeshadow collection, you can create your own palette, choose your favourite shades, and help reduce waste. Each palette is consciously crafted from tin and post-consumer recycled plastic in lieu of virgin plastic, with each individual eyeshadow pan made from fully recyclable aluminium.
Lush’s products aren’t just lush, they’re eco-friendly and cruelty-free. What’s not to love? The Twilight range is gloriously soothing and relaxing - the perfect way to unwind after the Christmas celebrations! And in lieu of wrapping paper, it comes in a waste-reducing Knot Wrap made from cotton or recycled plastic bottles - great for re-wrapping, or even wearing!
We adore Liberty’s gorgeous Print With Purpose collection, which takes a considered and innovative approach to its iconic floral prints by using polyester yarn respun from discarded garments and textiles. This Poppy Park recycled tote bag is functional and versatile - it’s fully reversible for double the wearability without compromising on style.
An innovative diver’s watch made completely from recycled ocean plastic. It’s filled with charming ocean references, such as the 3D swirly ocean pattern on the dial, the oversized luminous indexes and hands, and the rotating bezel. And it’s 10 ATM water resistant, for activities on and under water. Perfect for ocean lovers and sports enthusiasts alike.
This one’s for the yogis and artists on your list. Its unique design lets you draw on it, so you can intersperse your routine with some mindful doodling and colouring. It’s non-toxic, PVC-free, uses no industrial dyes or glue, and is 100% recyclable and biodegradable (not to mention vegan). Plus, 5% of profits are donated to two NGOs: one on a mission to remove ocean plastic; the other to help develop remote rural communities.
Give the gift of a good night’s sleep this Christmas, with Thought’s super soft and planet-friendly hand-printed floral eye mask. It’s made from leftover nightwear fabric, which would otherwise go to waste, and derived from certified renewable wood sources using an eco-responsible production process. This generates up to 50% lower emissions and water impact compared to generic viscose. The fabric is made from natural fibres which are anti-static and breathable, while the filling itself is 100% recycled polyester.