1 of 10 This soft leather orange tan shoulder bag has a neat shape and will add a touch of sophistication to any woman’s outfit. The stylish metal buckle detailing and metal hoop strap attachments also give the bag a distinctive look. Priced at £69, the bag has been made to Fairtrade specifications and is part of Oxfam’s ethical collection. Oxfam: http://www.oxfam.org.uk/shop/ethical-collection-accessories/HN301639 Oxfam This soft leather orange tan shoulder bag has a neat shape and will add a touch of sophistication to any woman’s outfit. The stylish metal buckle detailing and metal hoop strap attachments also give the bag a distinctive look. Priced at £69, the bag has been made to Fairtrade specifications and is part of Oxfam’s ethical collection. Oxfam: http://www.oxfam.org.uk/shop/ethical-collection-accessories/HN301639 Oxfam Choose from Corona Extra or Desperados for this set of two gift-boxed tumblers made from recycled beer bottles. Handmade in the UK, Love Eco's hi-ball glasses retain the bottles’ original famous logo and iconic contours, which will leave you in no doubt that they are the real thing. Durable, weighty and tactile, at a price of £15.99 the beer bottle tumblers have proven to be a firm favourite as an eco-friendly gift for Christmas. Love Eco: http://www.love-eco.co.uk/products/recycled-tumblers# Love Eco This artistic lampshade is designed specifically for energy-saving light bulbs and can be used with any fitting. The Bloom Lampshade, available through Eco Outlet at a price of £37.50, was winner of Best Eco-Friendly Product at Top Drawer 2006 for combining a contemporary design with an energy-saving function. It is produced by Blue Marmalade in Edinburgh, which makes products according to a zero landfill policy utilising recycled and recyclable materials without the use of harmful chemicals or glues. Eco Outlet: http://ecoutlet.co.uk/bloom-lampshade.html# Eco Outlet These iron tea light holders are beautiful and look sublime when lit. The soft candle light flickers through the hand-cut holes, casting shadows that help to create a serene atmosphere. They are produced to Fairtrade standards and are available from Nikuku in small (£12.95), medium (£18.95) and large (£24.95) sizes. Nkuku: http://www.nkuku.com/product/lanterns/petal-t-light-holder Nkuku This manual, non-electric espresso machine produces the necessary pressure to make delicious cafe style coffee in your own home. Simply fill the steel filter with the coffee of your choice, attach it to the Presso via the chrome holder and pour boiling water into the heat-proof cylinder at the top. Then lift the arms of the lever, place a coffee cup in position and lower the arms to deliver the perfect cup of coffee. The device, available from Presso through Eco Outlet at a price of £79.95, does not require electricity to work, so it is more energy efficient than standard espresso makers. It is also made from polished aluminium and is built to last, though the material can be recycled at the end of its lifespan. Eco Outlet: http://ecoutlet.co.uk/presso-espresso-coffee-maker.html Presso These eco-friendly planters are handcrafted from recycled tyres and make a perfection addition to the home or garden. Frostproof, durable and maintenance free, the tyre planters can be used to store small garden tools, wood for the fireplace, plants, flowers or any other bits and bobs for the garden. They are available in small (£15), medium (£20) and large (£22) sizes from Eco Outlet. Eco Outlet: http://ecoutlet.co.uk/recycled-tyre-garden-planters-3.html# Eco Outlet Combining a range of organic food, this hamper has something for everyone in the family to enjoy. The hamper includes organic chocolate, shortbreads, tea, jam and chutney, among other items. The Duchy Originals organic hamper, available for £45 from John Lewis, includes the best of British organic food, which means that it has been grown and produced sustainably without the use of pesticides or artificial fertilisers. Even better, a percentage of Duchy Original sales are donated to the Prince's Charities Foundation. John Lewis: http://www.johnlewis.com/230683574/Product.aspx John Lewis This travel blanket is made from 100 percent organic cotton, so it is sure to be soft and smooth against a baby’s skin. Organic cotton is typically less irritating and helps keep moisture at bay. It is also grown without the use of toxic pesticides and harmful fertilizers, so it has a low impact on the environment. Measuring 80cm x 80cm, the blanket is available from Ella & Otto at a price of £24 and its neutral coloured animal print means that it is suitable for both boys and girls. Ella & Otto: http://ellaandotto.com/#/organic-travel-blanket/4534933146 Ella & Otto Keep the kids busy over the festive holiday season and teach them about sustainable living with the innovative Paper Potter. This simple device will enable them to make hundreds of pots in a short space of time. Once they are filled with compost and the seed has germinated, the entire pot can be planted directly into the ground. By making use of newspapers that have accumulated around the house, this gift recycles while offering a biodegradable option for planting since it will break down naturally once it is in the soil. The device itself is also environmentally sound, as it is made from oak grown in managed woodlands that have been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. It is available for £10.50 from Nether Wallop Trading or through the following retailer: http://www.paperpotter.co.uk/retailers/10 Nether Wallop Trading: http://www.netherwalloptrading.com/product_detail.php?id=100&catId=51 Nether Wallop Trading Spoil the grandparents with a collection of family photos by giving them this sentimental Christmas gift. Handmade from sheesham wood that has been taken from sustainable forests, this photo frame is crafted from both natural and recycled materials. If that is not enough to persuade you to buy it, the item is available for £49.95 from the Eden Project Shop, so you can be sure of its environmentally-friendly credentials. Eden Project Shop: http://www.edenproject.com/shop/Sheesham-Wood-Photo-Frame-9-x-4x6-9510.aspx# Nkuku
It is hard enough to try to do the Christmas shopping when you have no idea what to buy and so many people to buy for. This year, why not opt for an eco-friendly or green gift that will have a positive impact on the environment?
International Business Times UK has specially selected a range of gifts for you to buy for people on your gift list with an environmental conscience. And, possibly, the best part is that they are all priced below £80.
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