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Green Is The New Black

Stuff Sustainably: Have Yourself A Greener Christmas With These Sustainable Stocking Stuffers

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Stocking up on beautiful things that are sustainable are how you can ease your family into sustainability and have yourself a greener little Christmas, too. If you’re in need of a little help with ideas, we got you — peruse our list of sustainable stocking stuffers and #LittleGreenGifts below.

For me, it was beeswax wraps by Abeego that changed Christmas. I’d heard about them — reusable food wraps that use the heat from your hard to seal. Then I finally picked some up at the last Conscious Festival in Hong Kong, and they completely transformed my kitchen practices, almost entirely eradicating saran wrap from my kitchen. Immediately I thought about what a great stocking stuffer they would make, and smugly thought I was one step ahead of the game having my Christmas shopping sorted in June. Then November 23rd rolled out (this past weekend), and I realised I had a lot more stockings to fill and not a lot of time to fill them.

I racked my brain in a panic, and after a glass of wine, had an a-ha moment: stocking stuffers were the perfect opportunity to “push” sustainability onto my friends and family. Along with the beeswax wraps I’d already purchased, I made a list of what conscious products that I thought would actually make my family’s life more comfortable and save them money while saving the planet, too. Beeswax for the cooks, reusable straws for the dad’s whose habits are hard to change — no need to be extreme. That’s the key to pushing sustainability, don’t ask them for a vegan Christmas dinner because it’s not going to happen, but suggest a vegan dish or two and introduce them to this world one #LittleGreenGift at a time. Here is what I came up with:

BEESWAX WRAPS

If anyone in your family spends a lot of time in the kitchen, beeswax wraps are an excellent way to ease sustainability into one’s life through cooking habits. Minimakers wraps are our go-to. The wraps can be used to cover dishes and leftovers or wrap half-eaten fruit, vegetables, cheese, bread and more. Made from a blend of cotton infused with beeswax, tree resin, and organic jojoba oil, the wraps are zero-waste, all-natural, reusable and washable. Best of all, they require only the warmth of your hand to seal. Say goodbye to plastic wraps, aluminium foils and say hello to fresh food and fatter wallets (they save you money, duh). Shop them here.

REUSABLE STRAWS

Cheap and easy, reusable straws should make their way into every family member’s stocking. From paper to steel, glass and bamboo, Deep Blue Straws has got reusable straws for everybody. Encourage your friends and family to help join the movement and helping turn the tide on plastic pollution by sipping sustainably, made fun by Deep Blue Straws. Sip sip hooray! Shop them here.

PACKAGE-FREE SOAPS

Pamper your loved ones with a Naked Knot Wrap, without the packaging. Lush has been a staple in stockings for a long time now, but this year it’s really upped the ante. Since introducing its package-free line called Naked, eco-friendly gift ideas have fallen into place. This year, you can pop a few Naked items into a Knot Wrap and call it a waste-free day. Knot Wraps are inspired by the Japanese art of furoshiki and are essentially linens that are used to wrap things. Lush’s Naked line includes things like shampoo bars, shower gels, solid deodorants, solid foundation and even lipstick — everything naked. Combine them together, and you’ve got yourself a stocking stuffer. Shop them here.

COCONUT LIP GLOSS (THAT DOUBLE AS BLUSH)

Lip balms from Coconut Matter

Lip glosses as stocking stuffers? Old news, we know. But we found a vegan, all-natural and coconut-based lip gloss that doubles as a highlighter for your cheeks so you can show them some love too all in one go. Coconut Matter is a brand that’s got us going loco for coconuts with a plethora of products like natural deodorants, soaps, and body butter, but it was the lip balms and lipsticks that won us over. They come in a variety of colours for every complexion and are packed with natural emollients that hydrate and soothe while they’re at it. Coconut Matter’s lip gloss and lipstick is the perfect addition to your on-the-go collection for last-minute depth and angles to your (already) pretty face, and for anyone who’s known to go from the office to the bar from time to time. Shop them here.

ECO-TOOTHPASTE

Sometimes the best stocking stuffers are the ones that you didn’t even know you needed. In this case, it’s toothpaste. Did you know that traditional toothpaste is full of chemicals and then there’s the packaging? After realising that in France alone, six tubes of toothpaste are consumed every second, NOICE was born as a new kind of toothpaste that is natural, organic and relies on eco-friendly packaging and distribution. NOICE has reinvented the traditional toothpaste formula, experience, packaging, and distribution, and worked closely with dentists to create an all-natural toothpaste with ingredients like eucalyptus oil to prevent gum disease, liquorice oil to fight dental cavities, anise oil to fight bad breath, and more. Stuff a little NOICE in someone’s stocking, especially if it’s someone you spend a lot of time kissing. Shop them here.

FAIR TRADE HOMEWARES

If you’re stuck on an idea for a stocking stuffer, homewares are a great go-to idea that works for almost everyone. Green Gaea offer an omnifarious array of homeware so you can pluck a few from one place knowing that all of their products are personally curated to ensure that the people behind the products are being truly celebrated through fair trade and fair wages and supporting human rights. Give the gift of a house full of botanical scents with one of its many smudge sticks — our favourite comes bundled with sage, lavender, and dried white rose, or for something a little more subtle, opt for the rose and juniper spray. For someone with a green thumb, handmade planters from Rwanda would look good in a stocking or a teak salad bowl for the cook in the house. Candles infused with essential oils work for just about anybody and some rose quartz is something a person will be able to carry with them all year. Green Gaea ensure that you’re giving back at the same time as giving a gift. Shop them here.

CRUELTY-FREE COSMETICS

4MEGlam lip kit

Every woman’s stocking should be brimming with beauty products. This time around, elevate your beauty gift-giving game thanks to 4MeGlam. Its website is a perfectly curated mecca of the world’s best cruelty-free brands. Think Glossier, Milk, The Ordinary, and Winky Lux. 4MeGlam also creates its own super cute products to specifically meet the needs of women in Southeast Asia, and it’s these lip kits that we’d love to find in our stocking this year.

TRINKETS YOU CAN TREASURE

Stray away from the norm and give the creative in the house some unique trinkets to treasure. We’ve recently taken to Sylph, who make beautifully handcrafted miniature origami accessories. The unique and bespoke service delights in creating waterproof paper handicraft accessories that are designed to showcase traditional Japanese craftsmanship by using a single sheet of paper without cuts or glue. Each piece is a work of art and a modern fashion statement, created by using a folding technique alone. Their best-sellers are earrings, which are paired with a gold plated or gold-filled attachments, and might be the most mindful and unexpected (but perfect) holiday stocking stuffer. Shop them here.

PAPER GOODS (WITH A TWIST)

People often joke about getting stationary for Christmas, but it’s actually an ideal stocking stuffer, and left-handesign is here to rekindle the love for paper. Inspired by the simple joys of travel, art, nature, food with its roots in paper goods, left-handesign creates unique, sustainable product ranges designed for gifting. There is a twist, too. From good old fashioned stationery to business cards, notebooks and pencils, its products are also plantable, meaning they are made with seeds that you can later plant into tomatoes, chilli, marigold, tulsi, spinach, okra, morning glory, and mustard seeds. In addition to that, it also plants a tree in your name for every purchase over SGD 30 that you can track. Can you think of a greener gift? Shop them here.

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Olivia is a bon vivant with an insatiable appetite for...everything. Upon being horrified at the amount of rubbish she produced in a single day, her journey towards finding a better balance between being extravagant yet sustainable began. Like most obsessions, down the rabbit hole she went and it wasn’t long before she decided to shift her sustainable preachings from Friday nights after too much wine to every day at Green Is The New Black. Olivia is still trying to figure all this ‘the end of the world’ stuff out, so she is keepin’ it real, one super small #LittleGreenStep at a time. Be like Olivia.

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