Hiya! How’s it going? I have been avoiding Brexit news this week, feeling like it was the most sensible thing to do. Never fear, I’ve been able to keep up with the latest environmental news. Here’s this week’s bitesize roundup.
Also, I realised I’ve been writing these Ten Things posts, rounding up the week’s environmental news and my green finds, every Sunday for a year and a half now. A record! I love writing these posts and I’m so glad you like reading them too!
This week’s links:
1 The IPCC says we have 12 years to cut carbon by 45%. What does that look like exactly? A 27 point radical list that’s certainly food for thought. Some points I readily agree with – free bicycles for everyone, mass rewilding, and my personal favourite – no more lycra cycling gear. Some I’m not so sure about. No Google maps for one. Google maps is my life!
10. Finally, I’m loving Jen’s guide on how to have a crap free Christmas. If you are starting your shopping soon then, in case you missed it, this week I wrote an ethical Christmas gift guide featuring lots of budget-friendly gift ideas – from plastic-free to vegan, to zero-waste and palm oil free and beyond.
It’s that time of year again – Christmas is less than 6 weeks away – and so I’ve put together my annual ethical Christmas gift guide packed full of ethical ideas for him, her and for little ones. From vegan, to palm oil free, to plastic free, to zero waste, to organic, I hope there’s something here for everyone.
I don’t subscribe to the idea that you should spend lots of money at Christmas so all of my ideas are around the £30 mark or less, and start from just £8.
Ethical Christmas Gift ideas for Him and Her
DIY origami paper lamp kit (£19.95) from OWL Paper Lamps. I love this paper lamp kit that you make yourself (full instructions provided!). Please note, this item ships from Portugal so bear this in mind with shipping times.
Stainless Steel Lunchbox (£18) by Green Tulip. A great gift for anyone. I have a stainless steel lunchbox that I use for work that my partner pinches on a regular basis!
Soap, candle and flannel gift set (£21.50) from Soapdaze. I love Soapdaze, and this gift box packed with a vegan candle, handknitted facecloth, and vegan soap is a lovely gift for someone that deserves a good pampering.
Vegan and plastic free candle (£11) from Vegan Bunny. After a delicious smelling soy candle from a plastic-free company? Vegan Bunny is the place to go!
The Danish Art of Whittling (RRP £9.99). I have been ogling this in my local bookshop and it looks like a wonderful guide to whittling (my new found favourite hobby).
Hydroflask (£23.99). I love my Hydroflask – I wrote an ode to it here – and I promise, whoever you gift it to is sure to love it too.
Safety Razor (£32.50) from Babi Pur. For ladies or men looking to swap from plastic razors.
Bamboo Multi-Tool (£15). I have one of those for my bike and it’s by far one of the most useful things I carry with me on a daily basis, and not just for my bike. There’s few things you can’t mend with a multi-tool!
Guppy Friend (£25.99) from tentree. For ocean conscious pals that want to help stop microfibres from their laundry.
Pretend Play Kitchenware Set (£29.99) from Toby Tiger. This sweet set contains enamel pans and metal utensils, and it’s so lovely to find a plastic-free set. I could imagine this being a lovely hand me down set that will last for decades.
The Lorax: How To Save The Planet Edition (£11.41) from Harper Collins. We have this book and my kids love it. As well as containing the classic Lorax story from Dr Seuss, it’s also packed full of ideas on how kids can help the environment.
Paper Bead Craft Kit (£11.95) from Ethical Superstore. Is there a kid that doesn’t love crafting? I certainly haven’t met one yet. This kit allows kids to make beads from recycled paper, which can then be used to make jewellery. Hopefully adults can get a shot too!
Banana Pyjamas (£19.99) from Toby Tiger. These fun GOTS certified organic cotton are sure to be a hit at bedtime. These beauties come in lots of other fun patterns too.
Personalised Water Bottle (£15) from Not On The High Street. Which kid doesn’t love seeing their name printed on anything? I know when I was little I used to get incredibly excited when I saw my name printed on anything in a gift shop. Now some 30 years later my kids are the same.
Recycled Fire Engine (£19.95) from Ethical Superstore. This cute fire engine is made from recycled milk bottles and is sure to provide tons of fun.
I'm Wendy and welcome to Moral Fibres, a green lifestyle blog. I believe that sustainable living should be hip, not hippie. Here you'll find all sorts of easy hints and tips here for living a greener life that won't compromise your sense of style.
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