10 Ideas For Reusable Gifts To Give This Christmas
Giving reusable Christmas gifts is a great way to wake up friends and family to the idea of embarking on a zero waste journey. But what’s the best low waste gift item or idea? A zero waste starter kit will cover all bases. It means you do not have to decide between a reusable toothbrush and a plastic free straw. What’s more, it will fully equip and inspire your loved one to embrace a life less throwaway.
Thu 21 Nov 2019
A Zero Waste Starter Kit is as much a Christmas gift for the planet as it is for your friend or relative. The reusable gifts below are examples of the many beautiful, durable products that come in BuyMeOnce’s Zero Waste Starter Kits.
Built to last, they are the antithesis of their single use counterparts. This means that, by giving someone one of these gift kits, you are actively preventing so many more plastic razors, pieces of cling film and tangles of dental floss from clogging up landfills and polluting our seas.
Who Should I Give A Zero Waste Kit To?
Do you know any product junkies with ingrained single-use habits? We all have well-meaning friends and family members who do not have a life less throwaway on their radar. These zero waste starter kits are made for people who don’t know how to begin to cut down their waste. Each one contains lovely, simple solutions and plastic free swaps that will help them to consider their environmental impact, save money and value their possessions. Buying a gift bundle is an ideal option for financially savvy consumers too. It’s far thriftier to give a kit than it is to buy each product individually.
Here are a few of the reusable gifts that these zero waste kits contain.
1. The Guppyfriend Washing Bag
Made from 100% fully recyclable polyamide, the Guppyfriend Washing Bag is a great, simple way to help any zero-waste rookie prevent ocean pollution, learn more about it and see how simple the solutions are.
We all own at least a few items of synthetic clothing. Some people see buying second-hand as a onestop sustainable shop. Unfortunately, because of the many bonuses of purchasing pre-loved pieces the microfibre factor gets neglected. According to Greenpeace, ‘one piece of clothing can release 700,000 fibers in a single wash.’ These fibres take centuries to decompose and are devastating for marine life and our already fragile ecosystem.
When you wash your clothes inside the Guppyfriend Washing Bag, their fibres undergo less friction. This means that they are better protected and fewer are released. Not only is this drastically better for the environment, but the lifespan of your clothing will be greatly increased too.
2. Georganics Toothpaste
Toothpaste is an essential item that is frequently replaced in most households. According to Georganics, a standard size tube of toothpaste lasts between 3-4 months. Since there is currently no council in the UK that is able to recycle them, around 300 million empty tubes get sent to landfill every year.
This Georganics Mineral Rich Toothpaste comes in a recyclable glass jar with an aluminium lid and a compostable box. The fact that it is vegan and PETA-approved gives it further environmental plus points. Whichever lucky person receives this sustainable present will not miss their old, wasteful tubes. This products is mineral rich and flavoured with peppermint oil. The antibacterial properties it has will protect gums, fight germs and keep breath fresh.
3. Short Handled String Bag
However eco-unconscious your friends and relatives are, they are bound to know that plastic bags are one of the biggest enemies to the environment. A report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation predicted that by 2050, plastic in the oceans will outweigh fish. So, bringing a reusable bag to the shops with you is an absolute no-brainer when it comes to zero waste living.
This lovely organic short handled string bag by Turtle Bag is strong, stylish and durable enough to carry 40kg of groceries. It is GOTS certified as well, so no fertilisers or chemical pesticides have been used to produce it and the cotton farmers are treated fairly.
4. Georganics Toothbrush
Toothbrushes are toothpaste’s partner in plastic pollution crime. According to Georganics, most manual plastic toothbrushes are replaced around every three months. This means that the UK contains around 260 million toothbrushes. Along with toothpaste tubes, they are adding 18480000 kilos of waste to landfill.
BuyMeOnce’s Zero Waste Starter Kit contains this beautiful bamboo toothbrush from Georganics, to keep your tub of toothpaste company. Made from sustainable FSC beechwood, this toothbrush alternative is so sustainable that its handle can actually go straight in your home compost. Who knows, when you give this gift to a zero waste newcomer, they might get inspired to start their own compost as well.
5. A Life Less Throwaway Book
This extra item will start the reusable ripples rolling for an extravagant friend. Founder of BuyMeOnce, Tara Button, has included her book ‘A Life Less Throwaway’ in this Zero Waste Starter kit. In it, she dives into the issue of how we are constantly sent the message that we can spend our way out of stress and into happiness.
Tara recounts her personal journey of how she went from depressed big-spender to frugal and fulfilled entrepreneur. The book offers tips, advice and a story about how we would all actually be happier with less, as would the planet of course.
6. Dental Floss
Dental floss is often left out of the zerowaste oral hygiene routine. Still, it is as crucial to swap it for a sustainable alternative as it is to use it. Conventional store bought floss tends to be made of nylon. It takes 50-80 years to break down in landfill, and the plastic pot it comes in takes far longer.
This environmentally friendly alternative by Georganics is made from Ahimsa silk, and coated in Candelilla wax. It comes in a reusable glass tub, sealed with a metal cap dispenser inside a plastic free and fully compostable kraft card box. You can keep topping up the tub with refills from Georganics for years to come.
7. Stainless Steel Straws
Although the ban on plastic straws is a planetary triumph, paper straws are not the sustainable solution they seem. Many councils in the UK cannot actually recycle them. We saw this illustrated in a big(mac) way when McDonalds had to confess that the 1.8 million paper straws they had stocked in the UK were being sent straight to landfill.
This gift kit will help someone to avoid the issue and protect their teeth in the process. These reusable stainless steel straws by Globi actually come with a BuyMeOnce exclusive lifetime guarantee. Unlike their paper counterparts that are blighted by mushiness after a few minutes, these straws will last for years. They are non-toxic, BPA free and have no metallic taste. Extremely light, your friend can carry them about effortlessly in their little drawstring sack. They are dishwasher as well as environmentally friendly too.
8. Reusable Razor
Disposable razors come with all the aforementioned plastic ills. On top of this, they are made of many different parts. This renders them difficult to separate once they have reached the end of their short lives and extremely hard to recycle.
The Rockwell Razor included in the Zero Waste Starter Kit is a great sustainable swap that comes with a lifetime guarantee and recyclable blades. It is made from a Chrome Alloy and comes accompanied by five Swedish stainless steel blades that are easy to change. The grip of the handle means that the shaver will have more control and the capacity to achieve a safer closer shave.
9. Beeswax Wraps
Cling film is the go to for so many people when it comes to storing food safely. Each year, UK households use around 745,000 miles of cling film. This plastic wrap takes hundreds of years to degrade and often leaches chemicals into our groundwater.
Beeswax wraps are an attractive reusable answer to this terrible polluter. They are made from 100% cotton, pine resin, organic jojoba oil and locally sourced beeswax. You can use them for everything from sealing jars (possibly filled up at your local zero waste shop...) to wrapping up sandwiches to covering bowls of food. The wraps last for a whole year and once they start to lose their grip they can be composted.
10. Grocery Bag
Any reusable shopping bag is great in our book, but we think these classic organic cotton string bags by Turtle Bags are a cut above. Naturally super strong and durable, they are perfect for filling up with veggies so you can use as little plastic as possible at the supermarket.