The most wonderful time of the year can be sustainable!
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It’s Black Friday today and many retailers are going to bombard you with discounts for things that you don’t really need. Some of these discounts are not even real, so don’t be fooled by this myth. Experts say that you are much happier having adventures and buying ethical products.
What do you think? Shall we turn this Black Friday Green?
Despite being impressed by some of the green initiatives that are starting to take root around the world, here at Thelma & Louise Club we are still shocked by the amount of plastic this festive season throws at us. In a tiny stand against the plastic tide, we’ve curated this list of eco-friendly, recyclable and ethical Christmas gifts ideas so you can give (or receive – feel free share the list with your nearest and dearest with your favourite items highlighted!) with less guilt.
Fashion in climate-change environment
These are the softest organic cotton products we’ve seen. They are made using renewable energy and delivered in plastic-free packaging. More than this, every product these innovative people have made is designed to be sent back free of charge and the material will be turned into a new product.
Image credit to Rapanui Clothing
Supersoft clothing made from bamboo. It’s the world’s most sustainable crop, superfast growing and requiring limited water and pesticides. The material is 3 times more absorbent than cotton and keeps you feeling fresh, dry and comfortable. For us travellers, on other super power is that it dries fast and does not crease as much as cotton.
Matt and Nat stands for Mat(t)erial and Nature. It’s a vegan brand therefore there are no animal products used in production. As well as being vegan, they use sustainable materials like cork and rubber. They are a thoughtful company based in Quebec, Canada who encourage their staff to volunteer as much as possible, and customers to upcycle – ie if you haven’t used something in the last six months, somebody else might. They have some amazing brand ambassadors like Nathalie Portman, Fearne Cotton, Olivia Wilde, Charlize Theron and Rory Freidman. Oh and yes, they also have some beautiful backpacks!
These shoes are made with purpose, sustaining the environment, cultures and communities. The trainers are stylish and designed in the UK with family run workshops. They are fair, safe and crafted with love. They are so confident you’ll like their product, that if after 30 days you decide you don’t want to keep them, they will refund you.
For every pair of Sevens you buy, the company will donate money to the World Land Trust to conserve 100 square feet of the world’s most biologically significant and threatened habitats. To date, the sales of Sevens have afforded the conservation of over 250,000 square feet.
Seven Feet Apart had an ambitious project recently – to launch a superlight, eco-friendly shoe designed for the modern traveller. The shoes, called Flite, were vegan, made from recycled plastic (eight plastic bottles for each shoe) and had the world’s first sugarcane sole. Despite raising the money to fund this project in just a few hours, the project needed more financial support and without it, it could not go ahead.
It is so hard to get it right and we would like to salute them for all the research and hard work they put into it and the vision for this wonderful product.
Sustainable travel items
Guppyfriend Washing Bag – the bag that deals with
Plastic pollution in the oceans is one of the biggest environmental issues of our time. This eco-friendly washing bag is made of untreated nylon and is a pragmatic solution to prevent synthetic microfibres from entering rivers and oceans. Every time you wash your clothes, tiny fragments of almost invisible fibres from the garment get washed into our rivers, waterways and oceans. These fibres are so small that sewage treatment plants cannot effectively filter out these microfibres. Once in the environment, these microfibres create problems that ultimately work their way up the food chain.
The Guppyfriend bag captures these micro fibres and hinders them from making their way into the marine ecosystem. After a while you can peel out a ball of fibres and discard it in the plastic recycling bin. Due to Its soft surface, it also results in less fibre loss which protects your garments thus extending their lifetime as well as being a daily reminder to wash less and to buy better – something we can all do to make a difference.
Liquid detergent should be used for best results. Wash at low temperatures.
Image credit to The Clean Market.
Survival kit from The Clean Market to support a women only expedition in the name of science and sustainability
The Clean Market have a great selection of sustainable boxes, they are the sustainable version of a goodies’ hamper. You can choose from natural, sustainable, vegan or even zero waste ones. Their whole website is full with eco-friendly product, but the one product that attracted our attention most is the Survival kit. 10% of the sales of each kit will go directly to eXXpedition supporting more research and community outreach projects. The Survival Kit is not just for the sea fairer, but designed for all low-waste, light weight adventurers. It’s everything you’ll need to stay fresh and clean without weighing you down!
The eXXpedition Round the World will start on 10th of December 2019 when an all-female crew will set sail from Aruba to Panama through the breath-taking San Blas Islands in the name of science and sustainability. eXXpedition will span 2 years, traversing 38,000 nautical miles split across 30 voyage legs. 300 women will experience first-hand the challenges we face from single-use plastics while contributing to cutting-edge scientific research and solutions-based thinking.
Bamboo Reusable Eat & Drink Tool Kit
Did you know that bamboo is naturally stain resistant and antimicrobial? This eco-friendly organic bamboo portable cutlery set includes everything you might need on the go: a knife, fork, spoon, spork, chopsticks, bamboo straw and a straw-cleaning brush packed in an organic cotton mesh bag to keep them altogether. It’s lightweight and durable, perfect for throwing in your bag every day so you’re never caught without.
You can find below some other stocking fillers. There are many sustainable companies offering these, so take your pick.
Creams from sustainable companies.
Eco makeup and Cotton makeup removal pads
Biodegradable Rice husk lunch box and Huski home reusable tea cup
Plastic free tea bags
Beewax cloths to keep your leftovers fresh in an environmental friendly and cute way
And finaly some Sustainable Tech
This nature-friendly speaker from Sono Ambra amplifies music so there is no need for electricity. The speaker is 100% organic and fully recyclable.
And this is just the beginning. Every day we discover new sustainable options to products we use on a regular basis, so why not help the planet and help yourself in the same time?
We hope this will make your Christmas shopping easier and plastic free!
Any other gift ideas we should have on our lists? We'd love to hear from you.