Sustainable and Mindful gift guide: Part 2

We hope you enjoyed the last week’s Sustainable and Mindful gift guide, if by any chance you missed out, you can find it here. And remember, wrap your gifts simply, use old newspapers or paper you have used before, and a simple thread to tie it all up; or simply just use a thread and don’t wrap them at all in a paper. Here is the Week 2 of Sustainable and Mindful gift guide.

Part 2

Hats

Christmas aka winter time is also the coldest times of the year, well at least in the Northern Hemisphere. Plus, to fully enjoy fun in the snow, it is nice to bundle up and keep your head warm under a cosy hat. So warm up someone’s head this Christmas by gifting thoughtfully made hats with stories behind them.

Our favourites are:

HoodLamb by Hemp Tailors

If you are not sure whether your loved ones’ skin isn’t too sensitive or maybe they are vegans, then try HoodLamb by Hemp Tailors. All their products are made out of hemp and are GOTS (the Global Organic Textile Standard) certified. In addition, they pack their items using recycled materials and a minimum of ink to reduce print footprint, even their cardboard boxes are made out of 85% recycled paper and feature organic hemp cord handles, and their plastic bags are made out of recycled plastic. Cruelty free, planet friendly, HoodLamb beanies will satisfy even your pickier loved ones.

Krochet Kids intl.

Each of Krochet Kids intl. products are thoughtfully made and signed by the person who made your product. Even more so, the company encourages you to read the person’s story on their homepage and leave a thank you note, when you purchase a product. Krochet Kids intl. combines quality, functionality and they consider both our planet and people who live on it. Try their World’s Greatest Beanie or maybe try their Beanie Surprise pack.

Love Your Melon

This brand not only will keep your head warm, but they also strive to give a hat to every child battling cancer in America, as well as they strive to support non-profit organizations who lead fight against paediatric cancer.

Wooden combs and brushes

How to keep your mane untangled and frizz free under your hat, you might ask? Try a wooden comb or hair brush. Wood is an ideal material for taming your hair, as it is anti-static by nature. In addition, wood is natural and sustainable material. And if you want to make your comb extra special you can fragrance your comb (can’t do that with a plastic brush). Simply pick an essential oil that you like and dilute it with carrier oil (almond, coconut), and then using your fingers rub it into your comb. Prep the fragrance oil for your friend and gift it together with the wooden comb, we guarantee they will be wowed.

Some of our favourites include:

KostKamm

Their comb making is based on a long family tradition, for several generations they have been comb makers. The respectful use of natural resources is in the very basis of this company’s philosophy.

Widu

Widu is Italian brand that is both environmentally and animal friendly, since they don’t use any animal by-products and any synthetic materials in their products. They only work with suppliers who agree and utilise a policy of Forest Stewardship Council sustainable forestation.

 

Earphones

If you have an audiophile friend or family friend, then look no further, we have a perfect gift that will bring pleasure to their ears, planet and will give a gift of hearing for the first time to someone in need. LSTN Bowerys’ ear-buds look chic, are made out of wood and for every pair sold LSTN will help to provide hearing aids worldwide to a person in need through their charity partner, the Starkey Hearing Foundation. LSTN aims to change lives through the power of music.

 

Sustainable Bags

There can never be too many tote bags hanging in your home, they are so versatile and can work as shopping bags, beach bags, travel bags, carry-on bags and the list could go on and on. Plus, why not wrap your Christmas gift this year in a tote bag? A gift within a gift, perfect little solution to save on wrapping paper that in most cases gets thrown out anyways. Save the hassle and give a tote bag instead.

Our favourite is:

The Tote Project

There is a heart-warming and heartbreaking story behind The Tote Project which was founded by Fay Grant and Michelle Chavez. They both believe that there is “hope for the millions of victims of modern day slavery worldwide, and they want to do their part to support recovering survivors pursuing their dreams.” These fair trade products are sewn in India by women who have found their way out working within the sex trade. And 20% of The Tote Project profits are donated to Two Wings to help the survivors of human trafficking in the United States to pursue their dreams. Go find your dream bag at The Tote Project, and help to fulfil someone else their dreams.

 

Candles

It is so easy to create a warm and magical atmosphere in the house with couple of candles. Light few candles around the house, make a cup of hot chocolate, put your feet up and enjoy cold winter evenings in a cosy atmosphere. If you are or know a beekeeper you can get beeswax sheets or pearls and make your own beeswax candles. With the sheet it is easy, put the candle wick in the middle and roll the sheet, the pearls you can melt and pour the wax into jars; you can find some ideas here. Beeswax candles fill the room with a wonderful and sweet scent. If you don’t have time for DIY projects, then here are some other of our candle maker favourites that do good:

Beez Pleez

These hand poured beeswax candles are natural, don’t contain any carcinogenic chemicals and also fight honey bee crisis. Proceedings from all of Beez Pleez sales go towards expanding regional, ethical honey bee farms, effectively fighting the bee crisis; 1 candle = 20 new honey bees.

Prosperity Candle

These vegan friendly soy blend candles are hand poured by women artisans supporting refugees and artisans around the world.

Baiba Šustere

Baiba Šustere is a staff writer and wellness expert for My Good Planet. Specialising in mindfulness, health and wellbeing, Baiba's work has inspired and touched many of our readers over the course of her time with us. Her time studying to become a Yoga teacher in India gave her a unique perspective on life; one which she generously shares with us regularly.

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