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The Best Eco Friendly Gift Ideas For Your Loved Ones

The term ‘eco friendly’ has become a buzz word in recent years with everyone trying to live a more eco friendly lifestyle due to environmental reasons. Read on to find out some eco friendly gift ideas and some of the best eco friendly christmas gifts.

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What Does Eco Friendly Mean?

The term eco friendly encompasses a large range of ideas and is used to describe a variety of different things. It generally means that it’s produced or uses materials that are not harmful to the environment. The term usually refers to products that contribute to sustainable living, such as eco friendly skin care, eco friendly gift ideas or engaging in an eco friendly lifestyle.

Why Gift Giving Can Be Bad For The Environment

Thinking of eco friendly gift ideas is a good start to engaging in an eco friendly lifestyle. Studies have shown that in countries such as the United Kingdom, during the Christmas period, 30% extra waste is produced, along with one billion Christmas cards and approximately 500 tonnes of Christmas lights that are thrown away each year. This is why it’s important to find the best eco friendly gifts to help become more sustainable.


Some of the reasons giving gifts can harm the environment include:

  1. Production & Transport: The production and transport of gifts all year round and especially at Christmas, utilises huge amounts of energy that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and Co2 emissions. Additionally, since the Coronavirus pandemic, as shopping online is our preferred method of buying gifts, this will contribute even further to greenhouse gas production through transport.

  2. Packaging: Firstly, the huge amount of packaging for actual gifts, including paper and plastic, adds to the waste issue. Additionally, for Christmas or birthday gifts, we use an obscene amount of wrapping paper, which usually ends up in the bin as excess waste.

  3. Giving Gifts For The Sake of Giving A Gift: Millions of people each Christmas receive at least one unwanted gift, meaning millions of gifts are thrown away instead of being regifted. This adds enormously to the waste problem. 

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Now you know why gift giving can be unsustainable, take a look at how you can make it more sustainable and a few eco friendly gift ideas.

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How To Be More Sustainable With Giving Gifts

It’s estimated that a third of the UK population don’t consider the damaging effects on the environment from giving gifts. Here are some of the ways you can be more sustainable when giving gifts:


  1. Second Hand Gifts
    You can find almost anything second hand, whether it be unused or in great condition. Many people will appreciate second hand gifts, whether that be from a charity shop or an online second hand shop. 

  2. Buy Eco Friendly Gifts
    There are sustainable options for many products out there, such as reusable water bottles, eco friendly fashion brands and eco friendly skincare brands, such as Florena.

  3. DIY gifts
    Making your own gifts is a great way to help be kinder to the environment by using supplies you already have at home. It’s also a fantastic way to make the gift feel more personal.

  4. Minimise Packaging Waste
    Ensure you use materials that are recyclable when wrapping gifts and reuse old materials when possible.

  5. Use Sustainable Brands
    Buying gifts from brands that make an effort to reduce waste and their carbon footprint and uses materials that are sustainable such as Florena, is a great step to becoming more sustainable with gift giving. 

  6. Re-gift 
    Approximately 23 million Christmas gifts will be thrown away each year, without them being given to people in need. 

Are you struggling to think of some amazing eco friendly gift ideas? Read on to discover the best eco friendly gifts.



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The Best Eco Friendly Gift Ideas

Now you know how to be more sustainable when giving gifts, here are a few eco friendly gift ideas for your loved one who loves being pampered and having gloriously clear skin whilst being environmentally friendly.


Florena’s Eco Friendly Skincare
Here at Florena, we have some of the best eco friendly gifts as we believe in sustainable, natural skin care that is both kind to our skin and the environment. We pride ourselves in the fact that our bouquet of products is all eco friendly, making the best eco friendly Christmas gifts!

1. Eco Friendly Skincare Gift Bundle

Two of the best eco friendly gift ideas from our Florena range are our gift bundles. Our Anti-age Bundle combines all your necessary anti-aging products, including our Anti Wrinkle Day Cream, Antioxidant Night Cream, Illuminating Facial Oil and Firming Face Mask to give you everything you need for younger looking skin.


We also have our Essentials Bundle, which includes both our Day and Night Cream as well as our soap free Cleansing Bar. This bundle is perfect for your every day, natural skincare routine. If you are looking for eco friendly birthday gifts or Christmas gifts, these bundle’s are a great idea for your loved one

2. Eco Friendly Face Masks

Another great eco friendly gift idea is one of Florena’s Face Masks. Our 5 minute mask treatments are the perfect gift to give to a friend or family member for their birthday or Christmas, allowing them to take some time to themselves to have a relaxing spa-like experience in the comfort of their own home. 


3. Anti Wrinkle Day Cream

One of the best eco friendly Christmas gifts is our Anti Wrinkle Day Cream. Give your friends or family a luxury skincare experience with our eco friendly cream, which will improve skin firmness and elasticity, whilst visibly reducing lines and wrinkles in 2 weeks.

Why Florena Is Eco Friendly

We have chosen to follow the principles of green chemistry in order to create our skincare products and ensure they are eco friendly. Green chemistry means using raw materials that have come from renewable, sustainable sources and minimising the need for chemical processing.

We have chosen to use 97.5% recycled plastic in our jars and at least 70% recycled paper in the packaging of our other products. These products can then be recycled after use, helping to tackle the waste issue.

We also manufacture our jars for our creams smaller and lighter, making them weigh 6 times less than standard jars, helping to significantly reduce our plastic usage and CO2 emissions.

Eco friendly skincare products not only are beneficial to the environment but also to your skin. As we use a minimum of 99.46% ingredients from natural origin, our products are gentle on your skin, making them perfect eco friendly birthday gifts.

When you are next buying gifts for Christmas or a birthday, if you stick to some of these eco friendly gift ideas, you will help make a massive difference to the environment.