Loam and Lore's Green Gift Guide!
Gift confidently and consciously this year. Our thoughtful pick of unique earth-friendly gifts from small businesses helps you make little changes that can make a big impact on the planet and our communities.
Whether you are making the switch from Amazon because you want to support more local businesses or because you want to make more planet-positive choices - there has never been a better time to find unique, ethical and sustainable gifts for loved ones. Whether you are looking for gifts for your son, daughter, wife, husband or work colleague we think you will be delighted with this collection of eco gifts.
Supporting brands that think deeply about their impact on the earth, their ethical standards of production, their transparency in the supply train, their carbon foot print and their customers’ journey is becoming easier and we are here to celebrate that!
We’ve compiled a selection of sustainable gifts from small businesses that are doing their bit. Discover a little something for everybody - from gentle skin products to sandwich wraps and everything in between. These gifts come from artisans and makers who really care about their products - meaning that it really is a treat when these gifts come through the door!
Sophie from @bonbondesignboutique makes jewellery, cushions, and up-cycled homewares. Her earrings are made from repurposed leather sofa swatches - saving them from landfills and making something gorgeous out of them is really at the core of Sophie's values.
The cushions are made from vintage fabrics collected on travelling adventures. Her love of geometric shapes and colour shines through - making all of her products a unique, vibrant must have.
Victoria Wade from OhMyEtoile makes and sells accessories that have been re-imagined from vintage and preloved fabric & garments.
She mainly uses vibrant colours and print, Hawaiian prints, Sari fabric, and some reverse dyed denim, so it's for Eco-conscious colour lovers! Find inspired gifts created for women and kids: Victoria's fabulous fabrics injects colour and fun into everyday life.
Kerry @Trend Tonic makes amazing earrings from Cork leather - you may have seen some of our collaborations with her last year! Not only are they beautiful, fashionable, lightweight and colourful but all their earrings are made from sustainable cork.
The bark is carefully stripped away without damaging the tree and it regrows! As such each pair is totally unique with natural markings on! The backs are left plain so that you can use essential oils on them - and to ensure they are fully sustainable.
Did you know that 426,000 cell phones are thrown away every day across the world? That equals about 155,490,000 cell phones that are disposed of each year! That is a huge amount of plastic pollution - we are fighting against this with our plant based, compostable phone covers.
Amy from Loam & Lore also collaborated with @trendtonic to draw and create these gorgeous cork mask wallets. Super helpful for keeping your mask free from dirt and fluff while in your bag or pocket!
Eco Beauty & Skin Care
Handmade with love in small batches in London. Stina’s aim is to reduce single-use plastic and harmful chemicals inherent to daily skincare products. Juste Nature cares for the legacy they leave behind and how they can have a positive impact on our environment by buying responsibly as well as ethically.
Also check out Loxa Beauty for an amazing selection of Cruelty-Free, Gluten-Free, Paraben-Free and Sulfate-Free beauty products.
Bath bars from Olio Lusso are an essential luxury. The non-irritating moisturizing benefits of glycerin with the skin softening benefits of essential oils for a dewy and clean smoothness.
Sharon from @WildDogCo creates dog nose balm that is made from vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, ethically sourced ingredients, that respect our planet and are specifically created for dogs' skin, coat + well-being. Lick-safe for your total peace of mind! Made in the UK, wild dog balm is an ethical dog product that nourishs, soothes, nurtures + calms your dog so you know that they are always ready to explore.
The simplicity of this print makes it perfect for every occasion, and looks great under a hoodie or a shirt. And even better, this product is constructed from 100% organic cotton and printed in the UK in a renewable energy powered factory.
Sandra from More Than Swim https://morethanswim.com/ is an incredible example of a biz that is putting our planet first. To quote Sandra -
“I founded More Than Swim because I was tired of never seeing people like me looking happy in beautiful swimsuits. When I did choose a swimsuit, it fell to pieces and contributed to the damaging industry of FAST fashion….
I’m here to celebrate you AND the beautiful planet we live on.
The fashion industry is the world's 2nd most polluting industry after Petroleum.
This is why our production is based in the UK so that we can maintain a small carbon footprint, as well as choosing to use eco-friendly and ethical manufacturing practises.
Plus for every sale a donation is made to the charity Plastic Oceans UK and your postage is offset automatically with a donation to charities based in the Amazon jungle to conserve and preserve stress and wildlife.”
Sandra’s prints are elegant and stylish, as are all her products, so whether you are buying a gift for yourself or a loved one you know you are benefiting yourself and the planet.
Cassandra, the owner of TweedlesHandmade creates fabulous, reusable eco-friendly products for the home or on the go.
This gorgeous eco Overnight Pampering Zero Waste Letterbox Box Gift Set, in a fabulous leopard print- with eye mask, make up remover wipes, bamboo toothbrush and comb is a unique and stylish "pampering" gift set, perfect to send directly as a letterbox gift to someone special. It also includes a sticker telling the recipient not to open before Christmas!
Helen from @badgerandbobbins has made the wonderful, bag sized Cutlery Pouch with bamboo utensils. The perfect way to eat lunch on the go without having to resort to single-use disposable plastic knives and forks. This set is lightweight unlike metal cutlery so you’ll barely notice it in your bag!
Gemma @cosmicbloom sells vegan, eco-friendly candles and wax melts and is plastic free! Gemma sells a range of scents that are unisex. Enjoy her exuberant named fragrances: Candied Maple is a spicy spring scent, Energy Meadow is rejuvenating, zesty and wild and Misty Café smalls like fresh coffee and almonds.
Rosie from @_hilda.co brings to you the luxury and joy of plant care- perfect for all the plant mums and dads out there! Check out this Isla Aegean cork plant pot, lovingly handcrafted from sustainably sourced cork, the gold band gives off Wonder Woman vibes, perfect as a gift for your bestie, or maybe as a treat to yourself?
Maria from @serenityandsolace has created the Serenity & Solace journal for wellness and balance. It will help you make time to breathe deeply, to create space and rituals for your wellbeing, to check in with the people you care about, to move your body in ways that feel good and nourish it with healthy fuel. This journal is a sanctuary in which you can explore your feelings.
Delicious Drinks and Subscriptions
Many people are not aware that your sense of smell is linked to anxiety and these boxes smell absolutely incredible so have a calming influence right from the moment you open them. The online relaxation covers your sense of sound. The recipe cards and chocolate for taste. The beautiful cards are for visual comfort.
Bird and Blend are an amazing UK tea company - revitalizing tea cups across the nation! "Sustainability has been at the heart of our business from day one. From leaf to cup, every part of our tea’s journey is carefully designed to minimise the impact on our planet."
Our personal fave is the GingerBread spiced Chai and we plan on getting all of our loved ones a bag of tea this year!
With this kind of attention to detail, delicious coffee and wonderfully designed products you know that your coffee lovers gift is in the right hands - they won’t be disappointed - and neither will the planet :)
Fancy a bit of special honey in your coffee? Try the gorgeous CBD honey from JustCBD. We love the organic CBD Honey Sticks made with Coconut Oil - a perfect blend of all organic honey mixed with organic hemp isolate powder and coconut oil.
Alice from @AuthenticHouse sends out gorgeous eco boxes every month - all the surprise, luxury and delight of a sub box but without the waste! Check out the amazing collection here and have fun choosing your next delivery!
And that's it for our Eco Green guide. We hope you have found some new favourite eco businesses to follow as well as some beautiful gifts.
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