Unnecessary plastic packaging finds its way to our oceans - Photo by Dustan Woodhouse@SunsplashUnnecessary plastic packaging finds its way to our oceans - Photo by Dustan Woodhouse@SunsplashImagine the world’s oceans inhabited by more plastic than fish - this is our reality by 2050 if we don’t make the changes our planet so desperately needs. When considering buying gifts to mark those annual special occasions, many of the more traditional options contain plastics, or at the very least are stifled by plastic packaging. Over half of the presents we receive end up discarded on landfill sites every year. Opt out of this materialistic mess and get creative for an alternative gift that proves you care - and not just about your loved one.

Potions And Lotions To Protect Our Oceans

Most of us have practiced that ‘grateful for the lovely gift’ face to perfection. No one wants to unwrap a gift and appear to be disappointed, but no one wants to unwrap the usual generic plastic bottles of strange smelling fluorescent gunk either. Consider a more natural alternative that won’t clog your loved one's bathroom - or our oceans - with unnecessary plastic packaging.

A quirky alternative to the regular shampoo bottle is slowly gaining momentum in the market in the form of solid shampoo bars. Functioning in the same way as a soap bar and using natural materials like coconut oil, solid shampoo bars have fewer chemicals than liquid shampoos and usually come in eco friendly packaging. If you are particularly creative you could try making your own solid shampoo for that special, more personalized touch.

Commemorate Our Matriarchs With Chemical Free Candles

The matriarchs of our family deserve an extra special treat those days of year that are carved out just for them. Consider choosing a long lasting gift that will infuse her evenings with delightful fragrances that endure far longer than the traditional flowers or chocolates. Eco friendly soy candles beat traditional paraffin candles hands down for a longer lasting, cleaner, biodegradable alternative. The dangers of paraffin are well known for giving off harmful fumes that have been linked to asthma and cancer. Why would anyone knowingly present their loved ones with gifts that pollute the air inside their homes? With toxic pollution rising outdoors, we need to keep our homes as chemical and carcinogen free as possible.

A Tantalizing Taste Of The Future

The future of sustainability lies in veganism. If you haven’t already, try some of the amazing DIY vegan jar gifts and home bakes. Use biodegradable materials like cardboard food cartons, or reuse old jars to contain your home-made goodies. Your friends and loved ones will be delighted with a batch of raw chocolate and almond truffles or coconut chocolate fudge, or a jar jam packed with chocolate pumpkin cake, a gingerbread cake or even a no-bake vegan cheesecake! Dress them up, make them pretty, and you have the perfect healthy, eco friendly treat for the deserving recipient.

With around 7.6 billion of us now inhabiting the planet, it has never been more vital for each and every one of us to aim for a greener way of living. Role model your passion for an eco friendly lifestyle by ensuring that every gift you give enables you to show your love and appreciation for the planet, as well as for your loved ones.

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