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It's Christmas! The Best Eco-Friendly Advent Calendars

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Advent calendars are an annual ritual but there are plenty of eco-friendly options, for kids and big kids alike.

Tia Grazette

Wed 11 Nov 2020

There’s nothing like counting down to the excitement of Christmas Day than with an advent calendar.

Luckily this year there is a massive trend for eco-friendly advent calendars to help us continue this fabulous tradition.

Here’s our list of some of the best.

string of felt pockets strung across the room

The Best Eco-Friendly Advent Calendars

Play in Choc

The Play in Choc 12 and 24 drawer advent calendars are perfect for children. Fun and educational they will keep any child entertained for hours on end.

Each draw is filled with a 10g mini-chocolate bar, a 100% recyclable festive 3D puzzle toy, 3 stencils for creative drawing, and a fun facts educational info-card. On top of that, each opened drawer can then be re-inserted backwards every day in order to build a new festive illustrated play mat design just in time for Christmas Eve - again offering up hours of fun as it becomes the basecamp for all the new 3D puzzle toys. Clever eh?

100% plastic free and recyclable, with award winning ethically sourced chocolate made from just three natural and organic ingredients (cacao, vanilla and coconut), makes this advent calendar free from 14 of the main allergens and suitable for pretty much everyone - if the kids will let you get anywhere near it.

3d advent calendar from Play in Choc

Play In Choc will keep the kids amused every day they open a drawer

Teapigs

If you prefer a healthier option this Christmas why not try the 24 days of Teapigs advent calendar with an assortment of teas to calm you down and boost your energy - you’ll discover a whole host of winter favourites.

100% plastic free and eco-friendly, this advent calendar will help you not only start the the day off feeling good but know that you are doing the world good before you’ve even changed out of your pyjamas.

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Cardboard advent calendar from Teapigs

Start each day of December with a calming cup of Teapigs tea

Divine Chocolate

Adults on the other hand will love Divine’s vegan friendly, deliciously dark and rich 70% cocoa calendar or their seriously smooth milk chocolate calendar. Designed by the illustrator & author, Stephen Waterhouse, each chocolate treat is hidden behind a beautiful illustrated nativity scene and comes with an interesting fact.

Palm oil free, totally natural and Fairtrade, these advent calendars can be enjoyed completely guilt free as each of the cocoa co-operatives of farmers receive a share of the profits to invest back into their families, farms and communities.

Divine blue cardboarda advent calendar

Divine's ethical advent calendar is vegan friendly and palm oil free

Lush

The Lush advent calendar sold out within the first few weeks it went on sale but thankfully Lush has a number of other options which are great to use in the countdown to Christmas.

The 12 days of Christmas comes in a lovely reusable and recyclable box and is full of bath, body and shower products including the vegan Celebrate body Milk bursting with citrus, the Yog Nog Shower Gel which smells like Christmas and the delicately cleansing and plastic free golden pear soap.

On the other hand if you love a relaxing bath during the winter months, the art of Christmas bathing is the perfect treat. But beware, you may find it difficult to decide on which bubble and bath bomb to use, as they are all so good.

top down view of red box stuffed with lush products

Lush has self care covered this December

Advent of Change

One of our all time favourite advent calendars is this eco-friendly, plastic free and recyclable charity advent calendar from Advent of Change.

Simplistic in nature and beautifully designed, this advent calendar will put a smile on your face each and every morning, as it donates 50p from the cost of the calendar to a new charity everyday in the lead up to Christmas.

But it doesn’t just take your money, it also tells you how that donation will make a difference - such as providing food and medicine to those in need or protecting our oceans and endangered animals. Be inspired everyday throughout December with this advent calendar, knowing that you have already helped to make the world a better place before you’ve even had your morning coffee.

Close up of cardboard advent calendar

Support a range of charities with Advent of Change's eco-friendly festive calendar

Greener Beauty

90% plastic free, zero waste and with the lowest carbon footprint possible for an advent calendar.

This has to be one of the best vegan beauty advent calendars out there. It contains 29 natural beauty products of which 23 are full size and 6 are organic, including Eden Perfumes, Tisserand, White Rabbit Skincare and Zao Essence of Nature.

On top of that you’ll find bonus discount vouchers and edible treats within the calendar, while each advent calendar plants 10 trees and feeds a turkey for a month at the Huggletts Wood Farm Animal Sanctuary.

top down view of a black box wrapped with blue ribbon

Greener Beauty is 90% plastic free, zero waste and with the lowest carbon footprint possible for an advent calendar

Pukka

Everyone has their favourite herbal tea blend but why not mix things up and discover a brand new tea every morning or throughout the day with the Pukka advent calendar.

With 24 different organic herbal teas to try each day including peppy turmeric gold & warming wild apple and cinnamon, your taste buds will be in overdrive at the assortment of flavours and you may even come out the other side of Christmas with a new favourite herbal tea.

Pukka cardboard advent calendar

Try out all of Pukka's teas with this eco friendly advent calendar

Love Cocoa

It’s the first time this luxury ethical chocolate brand created by James Cadbury (the great-great-great grandson of Mr Cadbury) has produced an eco-friendly advent calendar with not one but two chocolate treats behind each door - enough chocolate to share or maybe not.

The beautifully illustrated A3 calendar showcases quintessentially British icons throughout the ages, ice skating on the Thames including William Shakespeare, the Queen, James Bond and The Spice Girls and houses a selection of Love Cocoas best selling signature flavours as well as it’s celebrated truffles.

Made using palm oil free, sustainably sourced chocolate it's completely plastic free and 100% recyclable and for every calendar sold, the brand has pledged to plant three trees, working in partnership with the charity Trees for the Future.

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blue cardboard chocolate advent calendar

Love Cocoa has two ethical chocolate treats per day

Dr Hauschka

What could be better than perfect skin for Christmas?

Dr Hauschka's limited edition Advent Calendar is brimming with natural skincare goodies that will soothe the senses and the skin just in time for Christmas Day.

Full of Dr. Hauschka's favourite products made from ingredients all harvested from his very own natural botanical garden, you’ll find classics such as the Rose Day Cream aside must-try products like his Soothing Cleansing Milk and Hydrating Cream Mask.

top down view of coloured boxes in advent calendar

What could be better than perfect skin for Christmas via an eco-friendly advent calendar?

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