Green Gift Ideas

In an age of mass production and consumption, it’s a real treat to find original gifts for friends and family. And of course you can’t go wrong when you go green! Here are some awesome eco-chic green gift ideas… 

For the Gardener

Instead of cut flowers or wine, plant seedlings or herbs in washed and painted tin cans for an inexpensive dinner party gift alternative.

 Find the DIY tutorial by clicking here. If your hosts are keen gardeners, they’ll be absolutely charmed by this unique and thoughtful gift.

For the Fashionista

Buy something stylish for your fashion savvy friends from Township, a South African an eco-conscious fashion label and social enterprise.  Built on a thriving network of 7 worker-owned sewing co-operatives, the initiative supports about 70 women and their families.

You can find the Township Boutique at Shop 10 in the New Cape Quarter, De Waterkant, Cape Town.

For the Home Décor Enthusiast

 Ever since we started making ISOTHERM Thermal Insulation out of recycled plastic PET bottles, we’ve marvelled at the creative use of recycled plastic in construction, home décor and art. So it’s no surprise that we love the work of South African artist Heath Nash who turns discarded plastic packaging into pendant lights and lamps like this one…

Nash has exhibited around the world and if you would like to buy one of his designs, click here. 

Trees For Everyone

 Dedicate trees to friends and family this festive season and help make our world a greener place!

You can purchase a tree for R75 each through Greenpop, a non-profit organisation which plants trees in under-greened South Africa communities, and give friends and family their personalised tree certificate which includes the GPS coordinates of where the tree has been planted. Click here to buy a tree. 

Wrapping It Up

Instead of buying gift bags or wrapping paper, use paper waste creatively. Newspaper and magazine pages could be used to make gift bags. Click here for the tutorial. And to find out how to make a striking rosette like this by clicking here for the tutorial.

Wishing everyone celebrating the festive season a happy, fun green one!

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