Here are some gift ideas that will help reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfills.
Beeswax food wraps and good quality reusable food containers are a great gift idea for foodies – goodbye plastic food wrap!
Reusable ‘keep cups’ are another great gift, especially for coffee lovers, and good quality reusable drink bottles can last for years and prevent countless single-use plastic bottles ending up in landfill.
Reusable straws made from bamboo or metal are becoming popular, and with the mandatory phase out of single-use plastic shopping bags set to take effect from 1 July 2019 in New Zealand, a lightweight material bag that can be kept in a handbag, backpack or briefcase is sure to be well received.
Gifts made to last the distance
Choose useful gifts that are made to last and can be easily repaired, over gimmicky gifts made of low quality materials that are likely to end up in landfill.
Low waste winners
Many environmentally-conscious businesses in New Zealand and around the world are actively supporting the recycling market by using recycled materials in their products and packaging. Whether it’s a kids’ bike made with recycled plastic or jewellery created from items that would have gone to landfill, there are now countless ways to gift recycled.
Made with love
If you have the time, making a gift from used materials is both thoughtful and good for the environment. New Zealanders are known for their ingenuity, so take a few minutes to brainstorm or jump onto the internet for ideas and get crafty. How about making a stylish cushion with some textiles you’ve had lying around or could find in a second hand store? Or putting a fresh coat of paint on an old photo frame and gifting it with a great photo?
A popular low-cost gift idea is a glass jar filled with dry ingredients for a cake or biscuits and the recipe on the gift card. Why not use a jar you already have in your pantry? You might like to add a note about recycling to your gift card.