The festive season is fast approaching, and our busy little Ecozine elves have rounded up a selection fantastic eco-friendly gifts that will delight anyone in your life!
For The Ladies
What’s Christmas without chocolate? PANA’s Merry Christmas Chocolate Gift Pack includes four rich, velvety vegan bars of their bestselling flavours, all packed with antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins and minerals. Available at Food For Life.
Light Up The Night
This gorgeous soy wax candle is paraffin- free, made from natural renewable resources and biodegradable. It will fill her room with its uniquely fresh tea scent, and proceeds from each sale will go to WWF-Hong Kong to help conserve wildlife. Available at Candles HK.
Hula is a new buy-sell site hoping to inspire social change with luxury consumerism. Selling is invite-only, so you know you’re getting the real deal, and five per cent of Hula’s profits go to charity. This fab Joomi Lin necklace is just one of the many treasures we favourited!
Bring The Glam
She’ll be ready for party season with the Stella McCartney Falabella handbag. Updated in a metallic finish with chain trim, it’s crafted from faux leather, of course; all of Stella McCartney’s products are vegan, and the company is a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative.
Sometimes the best gifts offer an experience rather than a thing. For busy people, a soothing all-natural treatment at Emmanuel f. will go down a treat. Chose from organic hair treatments, relaxing spa time or a professional makeup session for that New Year’s party!
Tea For Two
The perfect winter warmer: A cute set of teacups and bestselling Teapigs tea blends. All of Teapigs’ gorgeous ‘tea temples’ are completely biodegradable, and the company works closely with the Point Foundation to support orphans in Rwanda, where their teas are grown.
The Scent Of Snow
This season’s limited-edition reed diffuser from Cochine combines the crisp, wintry scents of juniper and eucalyptus with the sweet spiciness of ginger, clove, and patchouli for a truly festive feel. Cochine’s products are all ethically and sustainably sourced.
When celebrity Jill Vidal founded jewelry brand VIDAL, she reached out to Anthony Lance, co-founder of PhatRice.com, a company that promotes and sells ethical and sustainable products. Anthony suggested that Jill travel with him to visit their workshop, and meet the girls there who had been rescued from sex work and given a new job in making jewelry. The results are these beautiful bracelets featuring red and blue Burmese sapphires set in 18k gold settings.
For The Gents
So Fresh And Clean
Sort of Coal’s Bincho water purifier softens, ionises and removes chlorine from tap water, plus adds vital minerals such as potassium and magnesium... all the while looking seriously cool. Available at JustGreen.
Let Your Garden Grow
Not many of us are blessed with a garden in space-starved Hong Kong, but you can still indulge his green thumb! Paris Garden Urban Farming offers a wide selection of mini growing kits, from basil, wheatgrass and mint to strawberries and tomatoes and even pine trees!
Get With The Program
Help him be organised in the New Year, with a sleek new agenda. All Moleskine notebooks are made with acid-free, Forest Stewardship Council certified paper. They’re vegan, too; that gorgeous ‘leather’ cover is synthetic.
One For One
Perfect for the hipster on your list are these Del Rey woven sneakers by Toms Shoes, which pioneered the ‘one for one’ concept, where for each item purchased, one is also given to someone less fortunate. So far Toms have given over 60 million pairs of shoes to children in need. Available at Lane Crawford.
Run With It
Why not give him a way to kick off the year right, with an entry for The Green Race Braemar Hill on January 9th? The Green Race is super committed to sustainable racing, right down to their medals, which are made from sustainable wood and can be reused as coasters!
Raw And Reclaimed
This uniquely designed wine holder from TREE is made from reclaimed solid teak wood and reclaimed iron, for a striking way to display his favourite vintages. Some of the teak could have had a former life as an old Indonesian house, fishing boat or even railroad sleepers!