Recycling can apply to blog posts, too! Here’s my still-relevant eco-friendly Christmas Shopping Guide…

November is with us and thoughts may legitimately turn to Christmas shopping.

When buying presents for family and friends, do you ever think “what can I find that’s green?”, as in environmentally-friendly?

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Make mine a fox!


Well, there’s a first time for everything – here’s how to get started, from wrapping paper to Secret Santa.

Recycled wrapping paper

Rewrapped Christmas collection
Pretty prints

Let’s get extra-prepared this year and start where we’ll finish – with the wrapping paper.

London company Re-wrapped produces a Christmas range of eco wrapping paper and gift tags. Their pretty designs are printed on recycled paper using vegetable ink. And the more sheets you buy, the lower the cost per sheet!



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Avoid the crowds!

Now for something to wrap up. Ethical Superstore has some great gift ideas for him, for her, for kids and more. You can filter results to fit your budget.

Not On The High Street supports small producers and a search of their site for eco returns a lot of results. Protect the Planet and Nigel’s Eco Marketplace have more eco goodies.

Friends of the Earth has a list of environmentally-friendly gift suggestions of its own, from second hand books to cycling-themed presents to gift hampers from local suppliers.



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Wind by hand – no batteries required

This is an area where it’s easy to fall down and cave in to the urge to buy cute little gifts – “surely it can’t hurt, it’s only tiny?” But think of a whole production line of them…your picture of the resources used to make them will grow!

Protect the Planet rises to meet this challenge with fun small presents for under a fiver from butterfly seed bombs to circuit board keyrings.

Nigel’s Eco Marketplace also provides answers to the under £5 small gifts dilemma, with eco-friengly tote bags, luscious aromatherapy soaps like lemongrass and rosemary, book clips and key hooks.


Secret Santa

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And for that office Secret Santa? How about a sustainable cork smartphone cover,protecting a parrot fish in their name – or a Kate Bush beer can lantern?

See, the possibilities are endless when you go eco. It might just be hard to keep it a secret.

On your marks, get set, go eco

Good luck with your sustainable Christmas shopping!