In recent months, we’ve seen people push for more sustainable ways to reduce waste in the country, and the upcoming holiday season should not be any different. There are a number of ways to lessen your ecological footprint this Christmas, and what better way to do it than to give eco-friendly products as gifts to family and friends?
10 Eco-friendly Products To Gift This Christmas
By giving environment-friendly items as presents, you can already inspire the receiver to start a zero-waste lifestyle, or at least take better care of the environment. The best part is that these gifts look great, so even if they only cost a few hundred pesos, hindi ka mapapahiya!
1. Plantable pencils
Plantable pencils are exactly what you think it is—pencils that can be planted after it becomes too short to use. Instead of the small eraser on one end, the pencil is tipped with a gelatin capsule that contains the seeds of different plants. It comes with a cute holiday paper packaging, which also makes it a perfect giveaway for your parties!
Plantable pencils, P28 each, ECO YOU PH
2. Bamboo toothbrush
Switch plastic toothbrushes with a bamboo toothbrush that will naturally decompose after it’s been disposed of. These eco-friendly products are made of nylon bristles, which are firm enough to sweep and capture bacteria from around each tooth.
Bamboo toothbrush, P75 each, GO ZERO PH
3. Amortensia Body Bar
These plant-based soaps are eco-friendly and cruelty-free. Made from rose tea, French pink clay, and lavender, rosemary, and geranium oils, the Amortensia soap will help relieve stress and keep negative energies away.
Amortensia Body Bar, P95 each, HERBOLOGY PH
4. The Pink Bloom Shampoo Bar from The Little Green Home PH, Php140 each
Solid shampoo doesn’t just reduce plastic, but it can also improve the quality of your hair. The Pink Bloom from The Little Green Home PH claims to moisturize the scalp, reduce hair fall, and make hair long and shiny.
The Pink Bloom Shampoo Bar, P140 each, THE LITTE GREEN HOME PH
5. Organic anti-bacterial soaps
You’ll love these anti-bacterial soaps that target different skin needs. We especially like the Honey Propolis, which claims to smoothen and soften the skin while helping kill bacteria that cause acne. Plus, the cute packaging is hard to resist! Every purchase you make helps the company provide hygiene kits to children in underserved communities, so think of it as a way of giving back this Christmas, too. You get to make a lot of people happy!
Organic anti-bacterial soaps, P175 each, SQUEAKY CLEAN KIDS
6. Metal straw and cutlery set
More and more people are seeing the convenience of having a set of reusable utensils with you at all times—apart from reducing plastic, it also helps you avoid getting infected with different sorts of illnesses. If you’re giving one as a gift, it would help to get colorful ones that show off a little personality. Choose from blue, violet, rose gold, black, and rainbow-colored utensils that come with metal straws and a case!
Metal straw and cutlery set, P300 each, KLARA'S
7. Stainless steel razor
Even the men in your life can reduce plastic by getting this sustainable alternative to a disposable plastic razor. It’s made of stainless steel, looks stylish, and can last you years with proper care.
Stainless steel razor, P350, LOOP STORE
8. Silicone bags from Reduce Reuse PH, Php380 set of 3 sizes
A nice alternative to zip-lock plastic bags, these food-grade silicone bags are airtight, heat-proof and freezer safe, so it’s perfect for grocery trips and storing food. It’s also easy to clean and can be used for storing small items when traveling!
Silicone bags, P380 set of 3 sizes, REDUCE REUSE PH
9. DIY Garden Kit from Qubo PH
If you want to see if your friends and families have what it takes to become plantitos and plantitas, then this Green Thumb Set will make the perfect gift! Each box comes with a DIY garden kit of your choice, a set of 3 tools, and a glass plant mister.
DIY Garden Kit from Qubo PH, P1500, QUBO
10. Kadungganan Tote
For that extra special friend or relative, get them eco-friendly products like this handmade bag that’s sustainably sourced (made of tikog grass, the same material used to make banigs) and from a company that gives back to its weavers. This tote is not only beautifully made, but it’s also spacious enough to hold all the essentials! (Hmm, maybe you can gift it to yourself, then?)
Kadungganan Tote, P2000, GUGMA ARTISAN
*This story originally appeared on Smartparenting.com.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.