Make a difference to our environment this Christmas by selecting ethically sourced and environmentally responsible gifts for your loved ones. We have compiled a list of unique Earth friendly, cruelty free and educational gifts available from online Australian stores this festive season.
1. Australian Native Flora Gift Pack $39.95
Available from The Diggers Club https://www.diggers.com.au/shop/garden-supplies/garden-gift-ideas/australian-native-flora-gift-pack/s908/
‘Celebrate the diversity of our native flora with this botanical collection that includes Billy Buttons, Blue Lace Flower, Native Everlastings, Sturt’s Desert Pea, Helichrysum Tom Thumb Mix and Helipterum Pierrot. An ideal gift for nature lovers or garden enthusiasts. This gift pack also includes seedling labels and mini shears all packaged in a beautifully designed gift box’.
2. Box of 12 Recycled Paper Coloured Pencils $9.90
Available from Buy Eco Green Australia http://www.buyecogreen.com.au/art--craft-supplies-c108/pencils---recycled-paper-c108120/recycled-paper-colour-pencils-box-of-12
‘Recycled paper is wound tightly around the colour core to form the body of the pencil. Sharpens just like a wooden pencil. Use recycled and save waste, water, and energy’. The store also sells all natural eco paint and face painting kits.
3. Gumnut Spinning Tops $10.00
Available from Ecoo https://ecoo.com.au/products-page/handmade-wooden-toys/gumnut-spinning-tops/
‘These gumnut spinning tops are handmade in Australia from renewable and plantation woods. Completely plastic free with no wasteful packaging. Beautiful natural colours’.
4. ‘Cute Little Tree’ Child’s Organic Tee Shirt $20.00
Available from Ecobella http://www.ecobella.com.au/cute-little-tree-childs-organic-t-shirt-natural/
‘The softest 100% Certified Organic Cotton child’s t-shirt. Guaranteed sweatshop free. Australian made. Exclusive to Ecobella’.
5. The Green Mother Goose: Saving the World One Rhyme at a Time, by Jan Peck and David Davis $23.00 (Hardback).
Available from The Book Depository http://www.bookdepository.com/Green-Mother-Goose-Jan-Peck/9781402765254
‘Mother Goose has gone green and this playful picture book invites kids to join the fun. It features nursery rhymes with a ‘recycled’ twist and whimsical, eco-friendly collages created from ticket stubs, newspapers and other reused items. Suitable for children aged 5 years and up…Old Mother Hubbard shops with cloth grocery bags, and Old King Cole is working to keep our skies smoke free. The book is printed on recycled paper’.
6. Upcycled Bike Tyre Belt $60.00
Available from Ecoo https://ecoo.com.au/products-page/eco-friendly-accessories/bike-tyre-belt/
‘Each belt is completely unique. Some are 2.5cm wide from a road bike tyre and some are 3.5cm wide from a mountain bike tyre’. Also available is an upcycled Bike Tyre Stubby Holder for $20.00.
7. Paperwallet $29.00
Available from Greenlife Online https://greenlifeonline.com.au/products/paperwallet-black
‘This eco-friendly slimline wallet is made from Tyvek, a material that feels just like paper, but is actually waterproof, tear proof and made using recycled materials. The wallet has two credit card slots, two business card holders, two side pockets and one large cash compartment’. The wallet is available in a range of colours and designs.
8. Child’s Gardening Gloves $4.50
‘These gardening gloves are made with Cotton Terylene that is hard wearing and gives full protection from the soil. The elastic wrists ensure the gloves do not fall off small hands’.
9. Sprout Pencils $5.00 each
Available from Ecoo https://ecoo.com.au/products-page/stationery/sprout-pencil/
Sprout Pencils are ‘an amazing product that is also Australian. They are a handmade cedar pencil with a water activated seed at the top. When the pencil becomes too short to use, plant it in soil, water it and watch it grow into either a herb, flower or vegetable. You choose! The pencils are non-toxic, made from 100% natural materials and lead-free’.
10. Ten Christmas Gift Tags $7.95
Available from Earth Greetings https://www.earthgreetings.com.au/christmas-gift-tags---pack-of-10-p832/
A pack of ten delightfully unique Australian gift tags with red and white baker’s twine. ‘Printed carbon neutral in Australia with vegetable based ink using 100% post-consumer waste paper. Packaging is made in Australia from 100% post-consumer waste and has a recycled sticker seal’.
11. Fire by Jackie French $15.99
Available from Eco at Home http://www.ecoathome.com.au/Fire-by-Jackie-French-1-9781742838199-6387/
‘An Australian children’s book addressing the important issue of bushfires. The book is a beautiful and timely expression of the strength of the Australian spirit during times of adversity’.
12. Handmade Banksia Tea Light Candle Holders $55.00 (for a pair)
Available from Ecoo https://ecoo.com.au/products-page/sustainable-home/tea-light-candle-holders-handmade-from-banksia-seed-pods/
‘Banksias grow in coastal areas of Australia. These particular pods are collected from WA after they have fallen off the tree, ensuring the birds have taken the seeds out before collecting. They are then turned on a lathe and handcrafted into the candle holder. Being made by hand means each one is a one off piece’.
13. Botanical Australia Cosmetic Bag $17.50
Available from Greengifts Australia https://www.greengiftsaustralia.com/shop/index.php/product/botanical-australia-cosmetic-bag/
The Australian native flower design is ‘screen printed onto unbleached organic cotton using eco-friendly water-based dyes. The packaging uses recycled board and is printed with soy inks’. The company making the bags is listed as a ‘carbon neutral company'.
14. Blue Planet Recycled Sunglasses – Black Cork and Bamboo $79.00
Available from Greenlife Online https://greenlifeonline.com.au/products/blue-planet-recycled-sunglasses-black-cork-bamboo
‘These eco-friendly sunglasses are made from recycled plastic, metal and cork. They have a 100% cork and plastic frame, with real bamboo arms. For every pair of sunglasses sold, they also donate a free pair of reading glasses to visually impaired people around the world. To date they have donated over 75,000 pairs of glasses’.
15. CSIRO Climate Change Kit $29.95
Available from Mad about Science http://www.madaboutscience.com.au/store/csiro-climate-change-p-131.html
‘A topical science kit that explores why our climate is changing and how changes affect life on our planet'. It includes 'over 22 hands-on activities to learn about ecosystems, greenhouse gasses, alternative energy sources, rising sea levels and much more. For ages 10 and older’.
16. Vegan Christmas Pudding 400g $24.40
Available from The Cruelty Free Shop http://www.crueltyfreeshop.com.au/collections/gifts/products/traditionalchristmaspudding
‘Handmade in Australia, this delicious Christmas plum pudding is a vegan version of the traditional Christmas pudding. Serve hot with custard or vegan brandy butter’.
17. Vanessa Megan Mini Natural Perfume Collection $69.95
Available from Flora and Fauna https://www.floraandfauna.com.au/vanessa-megan-mini-natural-perfume-collection-5x15ml/
‘A pack of five 100% natural and alcohol free perfumes. The perfumes are infused with certified organic essential oils for aromatherapeutic benefits. Australian Certified Organic’. The store specialises in vegan products and offers a range of vegan cosmetics, skin care and perfumes.
18. Sow ‘n’ Sow Christmas Cards $9.95 each
Available from Biome Eco Stores http://www.biome.com.au/gardening-gifts/16130-sow-n-sow-christmas-card-with-seeds-sweet-pea.html and http://www.biome.com.au/secret-santa-ideas/12340-sow-n-sow-gift-card-with-seeds-christmas-thyme.html
‘Each card has a packet of fresh seeds inside. 100% recycled brown craft envelope. Made in Australia'.
19. Lab Girl: A Story of Trees, Science and Love by Hope Jahren $21.80
Available from The Book Depository http://www.bookdepository.com/Lab-Girl-Hope-Jahren/9780349006185?ref=grid-view
‘Jahren tells remarkable personal stories about her discoveries in the lab, her struggle to get there, field trips throughout the world, her constant striving to be the best, and her dedication to her life’s work studying plants and the natural world’.
20. A Patch from Scratch by Megan Forward $21.98
Available from The Book Depository https://www.bookdepository.com/Patch-from-Scratch-Megan-Forward/9780670078295
‘Jesse and Lewis want to grow their own fruit and vegies, just like people do on a farm. An engaging book, with beautiful illustrations, that helps show children the joys of growing, harvesting, preparing and sharing fresh food in their own backyard’.