Sustainable gifts – We yearn for a more sustainable lifestyle, to stop excessive packaging and plastic waste and to leave a smaller carbon footprint. So, when it comes to luxury gifts and experiences, we at Luxuriate Life have pulled together a guide full of sustainable gifts and ideas which have a sense of sustainability and ethical responsibility.
SUSTAINABLE GIFTS – EATING AND DRINKING SUSTAINABLY
Coravin Sparkling™ Sparkling Wine Preservation System
In the UK alone, around 50 million litres of wine are poured down the sink annually – that’s enough to fill 333 Olympic-sized swimming pools. October 2021 will see the launch of one of the most exciting innovations in wine, that will transform how we can enjoy champagne and sparkling wine at home. Coravin, a company on a mission to change the way we experience wine, has created Coravin Sparkling, a first of its kind product that which will end all attempts of the many mythical solutions we currently use (such as spoons placed in open bottles!) to maintain the fizz in sparkling wine. The sparkling wine preservation system retains the flavour and effervescence of sparkling wines for two weeks, meaning we can now enjoy sparkling wine by the glass without affecting the rest of the bottle. Genius.
From – Coravin
Price | £399
Bullards Spirits is a historic, Norwich-distilled gin that is leading the drinks business in sustainability with the innovative Eco-Refill Pouch and Bottle for Life concept. Bullards Spirits encourages the single purchase of their Bottle For Life, with subsequent purchases of the gin then bought in a recyclable Eco-Refill Pouch, with Bullards Spirits partnering with Terracycle and Royal Mail, so empty pouches can be returned by Freepost – simple pop it back in the postbox back to the distillery with ease. Gins in their collection include the Coastal Gin (w/ botanicals foraged from the coast of Norfolk), Strawberry and Black Pepper Gin (which features a whole punnet of strawberries), Old Tom Gin (the natural sweetness comes from Norfolk honey) and London Dry Gin (which won the World Gin Awards in 2017).
From – Bullards Spirits
Price | £35 (70cl refillable pouch)
Koskenkorva Vodka Climate Action
Not only does this special bottle contain a smooth single-estate vodka from the Nordics, but it’s incredibly sustainable, as it’s made from a unique method using regeneratively-farmed barley that helps fight climate change. The only barley-based vodka in the world that’s made this way.
Smooth and creamy, with peppery spice throughout the palette, the one-of-a-kind method produces a premium taste that has already got London’s best bartenders buzzing. But better still, its regenerative farming aims to remove CO2 from the atmosphere and store it in the ground, creating carbon sinks that reduce the impact of climate change. The process improves biodiversity, stops nutrients leaking into water bodies and provides better crops at the same time. The ambition? To make Koskenkorva the most sustainable vodka in the world – and to lay claim to carbon-neutral production by 2025.
From – Master of Malt
Price | £22.95
Russell & Atwell – Refillable glass jars
This is the ideal gift for chocoholics everywhere – and a wonderfully simple and effective idea.
Buy a couple of refillable glass jars with delicious restaurant quality, fresh chilled chocolates made from sustainable ingredients and pop them in the fridge (if they last long enough to put in the fridge that is). Then, after every sweet has been despatched go online and buy a letterbox friendly refill eco pack for more delicious delights and start that process again. Remember these are fresh chocolates too, not the normal long-life bars …
The recycled and recyclable jars come in four flavours: Outrageously Creamy Milk Chocolates, Sumptuous Salted Caramel Chocolates, Extra Dark Chocolates and Ridiculously Smooth Dark Chocolates.
From – Russell & Atwell
Price | £29.90 for a twin pack
Lakrids by Bülow
Now this is liquorice like you have never seen or tasted before. This collection of premium confectionery features gourmet pure liquorice in a range of flavours including sweet, salty and spicy plus their bestselling chocolate coated liquorice. The new SELECTION BOX makes it easy to enjoy the chocolate coated liquorice variants A, B, C, D, E, Anniversary Edition, The Classic and Gold-edition.
The guys behind the company are equally passionate about sustainability and the environment. Everything is in sustainable packaging – the first confectionery brand in the world to use 100% recycled and recyclable plastic packaging and since 2020, the company uses 100% green energy in their factory, reducing Co2 emission by 98%.
From – Lakrids by Bulow
Price | £38
PLAYin Choc – Dinosaurs box set
If you are looking for dairy free chocolate that has zero refined sugars, then take a look at PLAYin Choc. They’ve created a collection of small, recycled, recyclable, biodegradable or home compostable boxed gifts especially for children. Containing chocolate, a 3D toy to build, a range of five different collections and 66 animals to collect. There’s even a fun facts card to learn about the animals they build.
PLAYinChoc chocolate is free from common allergens – gluten, soy, nuts, dairy and sesame. Their entire supply chain, factory and machinery does not handle common allergens – their only ingredients are cacao, coconut and vanilla.
From – PLAYin Choc
Price | £43
Take a journey of taste exploration around the world with premier Belgian chocolatier, Pierre Marcolini and his new Grand Crus 20th anniversary tablets from various regions around the world including China, India and Indonesia.
Marcolini was one of the first to successfully source beans ethically directly from plantation owners – something he calls from Bean to Bar. He is committed to sustainability, sourcing all his cocoa beans from five unique plantations around the world. In 2019, these plantations signed a charter pledging to respect three fundamental ethical criteria in order to protect the planet and its people. 1. no children work on the plantations 2. Plantation owners use natural herbicides instead of glyphosate which was labelled by WHO as a probable carcinogen 3. The company strives for biodiversity so does not use cocoa beans from the genetically modified “hyper productive” CCN-51 cocoa tree.
So not only is this delicious chocolate comparable to a fine wine, the chocolatier is also showing the world how to behave in an ethical and sustainable fashion. Bravo.
From – Pierre Marcolini
Price | From £6
field&flower founders James Flower and James Mansfield believe everyone should know exactly where their meat comes from. This is why for the past 10 years they have built a reputation for supplying 100% British free-range meat and sustainable gift fish boxes nationwide. In order to provide the finest ethical produce, they work with independent farmers such as Devon-based Pig farmer Simon Price, who is 100% committed to sustainability and regeneration and fishermen who have animal welfare at the heart of everything they do.
Their meat and fish are the highest quality and tastes great too! We can see why they have been voted UK’s #1 online butcher and Observer Food Monthly’s Independent Retailer of the Year.
From – field&flower
Price | varies
SUSTAINABLE GIFTS – LOOK AND FEEL GOOD
MrQuintessential make beautiful timeless cashmere for men. These lightweight, soft and stylish cashmere sweaters & luxury loungewear are made with the purest Mongolian cashmere. The cashmere is sourced sustainably and each piece is handcrafted in small, family-run factories in Mongolia — no mass production or sweatshops. This ensures that each piece is finely crafted for the highest quality without cutting any corners. The time and dedication that has been put into producing these gorgeous pieces is evident in the quality, style and compliments you will receive.
From – MrQuintessential
Price | varies
Loop Cashmere – Cashmere Hoody
You don’t necessarily expect sustainable gifts to look this good! Loop Cashmere is dedicated to bringing you feelings of luxury, comfort and unparalleled quality with its capsule collection of exclusively curated styles. Like all their products, this cashmere hoody is 100% sustainable, so is kind to the environment and your skin and just as comfortable as it looks.
Perfect for downtime at home, to throw on after yoga, or embrace weekend athleisure style. It’s the perfect gift for a loved one – but that’s whether you want to part with it or not! Even better, their packaging is either 100% recyclable or compostable.
From – Loop Cashmere
Price | £279
Ark Journey – Arabesque Gold/Bridal Collections
Ark Jewellery is owned by Kristina Smith, an artist, designer who focusses on ethical production and sustainability within jewellery making and always tries to use recycled gold and fair-trade gold to fashion her creations. Based in Kent, Ark Jewellery collaborates with professional jewellery services with the highest standards, skills and reputation based in Kent and Hatton Garden in London. All of the gift packaging is made of recycled materials and produced in the UK.
The Arabesque Gold/Bridal collections are sustainable gifts crafted in recycled gold and inspired by Middle Eastern architecture, the collections are intended to symbolise beauty, tranquillity, and eternity, making them perfect for brides planning their special day. The collections are available made to order in 14ct or 18ct gold.
From – Ark Journey
Price | From £980
The Diamond Store – Sustainable Diamonds
Who doesn’t love a beautiful sparkly diamond? Well, new to The Diamond Store’s collection is their dazzling sustainable diamond range, so you can have that added extra sparkle, without the added price.
Identical to mined diamonds, however these are mimicked in a lab to imitate the natural diamond formation found under the Earth’s crust. Lab diamonds can be anything from 15% – 60% cheaper than mined diamonds with gemmological experts considering them to be real diamonds, not imitations or fake diamonds. And you can obtain a certificate to prove it!
From – The Diamond Store
Price | Up to £50,000
Absolutely Bear – Oxford Blue Organic Cotton Shirt
Absolutely Bear is a sustainable men’s fashion brand on a mission to reconnection urbanities with nature. They stock a range or men’s t-shirts, polo shirts, shirts, knitwear and accessories. All their clothing is made from certified organic cotton and their knitwear is made using merino & lamb’s wool. They also use ‘Leave No Trace’ packaging which means they are not only biodegradable and water-soluble, but they also break down harmlessly to non-toxic biomass in soil and sea.
This Oxford-blue shirt is made from organic cotton grown without the use of harmful chemicals and pesticides, using methods that have a low impact on the environment. It also uses a staggering 91% less water than conventional cotton.
From – Absolutely Bear
Price | £65
The Frugi brand has been built on putting people and the planet first with 90% of their kids’ clothes made from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton. The remaining 10% constitutes their outerwear and accessories (back packs, lunch bags, pencil cases, wallets, picnic blanket, etc) which are all made using recycled PET plastic bottles. Plastic pollution is a huge problem for us all but Frugi are using old plastic to create new products. It takes 36 recycled plastic drinking bottles to make just one of their winter jackets!
Their sustainable gifts are really cute too. Who could resist the Doug Applique top with a dog and a fire engine or the Campfire Hooded top? These parsnip pull up pants are very handy for kiddies enjoying a growth spurt. The Green Life at the Farm celebrates Swedish farming life.
From – Frugi
Price | Prices from £21
SKIIM-Paris – Leather Card Holder
SKIIM-Paris began in 2016 when Caroline Sciamma-Massenet recognised a gap in the market for modern, versatile and conscious leather pret-a-porter. All pieces are thoughtfully designed, with longevity and sustainability in mind, and created with outstanding attention to detail by highly skilled craftspeople. SKIIM-Paris aims to be less excessive, reduce production waste and be less impactful not the environment – from repurposing off-cuts to creating timeless pieces that evolve with its wearer. We particularly love the Leather card holder.
From – SKIIM-Paris
Price | £140
MORI’s day and sleepwear ranges for babies and children aged 0-6 years are made from the softest organic cotton and bamboo, using sustainable and ethical manufacturing processes that are kind to our environment. The latest sustainable gifts include the Forest Bear collection, which is ideal as the colder autumn days roll in. Inspired by the world in which we live and need to protect, the range features a gorgeously playful bear and tree print for snuggly evenings in.
From – MORI
Price | £32.50
SUSTAINABLE GIFTS – LIVE MORE SUSTAINABLY
ReGrow Kit from Brabantia
This is a totally different take on sustainable gifts, and we love it! Take your vegetable leftovers from spring onions, garlic cloves or cabbage and regrow your herbs and vegetables from scraps – a great way to cut down on your kitchen waste!
This handy ReGrow Kit from Brabantia offers two pots (one small, one large), the perfect size for any vegetable or herb so you can regrow your celery, cabbage, leeks, spring onions, lemongrass, avocado pits and much more.
From – Brabantia
Price | £24.25
MM Linen – Dita Duvet Set
MM Linen are creators of elegantly designed and crafted bed linen and homeware. Luxurious, sophisticated and affordable, their botanical and floral prints are hand-painted by artists and digitally printed on beautiful 300 thread count sateen. This approach can be appreciated with their duvets, using anything from simple pure linen to intricately embroidered cotton and velvets.
Sustainability and being an ethical manufacturer have always been part of MM Linen’s core values. A carbon neutral company, offsetting all emissions created from seed to store by investing into clean energy, the company introduced fabric packaging to its range last seasons, in a bid to proactively reduce the amount of plastic waste that ends up in landfill.
From – MM Linen
Price | From £95
Green & Heath – Sheep Wool Cushion Velvet Cover
Green & Heath believes in creating great quality pieces that are handmade in the UK and will last not just season after season, but year after year, embodying a passion for sustainable gifts and manufacturing.
All products produced at Green & Heath’s workshop in Bristol are made using natural ingredients and handmade by a team of skilled artisans. The brand sources its materials locally where possible so that they are investing money back into their community. This also means that their products come with zero air miles, helping to keep emissions low. Even their packaging is recyclable, and their cushions are plumped with 100% British wool, the most eco-friendly filling available. Enough said.
From – Green & Heath
Price | £59.95
Samuel Groves – Cast Iron Cookware
If a pan is what you need, then head for Britannia, the all-new hand-cast, Cast Iron Cookware range from Samuel Groves designed and manufactured in the heart of the Midlands. The essence of any Samuel Groves product is its environmental impact and this range is no different, Britannia utilises Samuel Groves waste material from their Carbon Steel Bake and Cookware production lines, to produce Cast-Iron pans with a conscience.
Their range is built to last, holds a lifetime guarantee and an impressive 70% of each pre-seasoned pan is made from recycled material. Essentially, it is also 100% recyclable.
From – Samuel Groves
Price | From £60
Solid Nature – Stone and Reed Diffuser
If you like your home smelling fragrant, SolidNature might have the answer. SolidNature is a boutique design brand specialising in natural stone and their luxury line of Stone and Reed diffusers have been designed in partnership with glass artist, Carina Riezebos, created from sustainable off-cuts of stone.
The interior fragrance evokes a warm ambiance with a touch of luxury, composed of the finest natural ingredients, all ethically sourced. The diffuser is available in one of two naturally coloured onyxes, soft Magnolia Breeze Onyx or warming Desert Journey Onyx.
From – Solid Nature
Price | From €225
This is Silk – Silk Pillowcase
Cotswolds based This Is Silk’s award-winning products soothe and nourish skin and hair, are sustainably produced and biodegradable. They have just launched their one-sided, tie-on silk pillow covers in white, pink and grey. The covers use This Is Silk’s award winning, signature 22 momme, Grade 6A pure silk. The half silk tie pillowcases give all the benefits of pure silk, but only cover half of the pillow. They are ideal for those wanting to try sleeping on silk without investing in a full pillowcase. It is machine washable and Oeko-tex certified, which means it’s been tested for any harmful substances.
From – This is Silk
Price | £25.99
Launched on World Ocean Day, LOVE OCEAN is a sustainable and ethically conscious bathroom product for kids. Gabi Jennings, the founder, spotted a gap in the market for an iconic bath brand for kids but designed with sustainability and ocean conservation at its heart.
So here is LOVE OCEAN kids bubble bath and hair & body wash, all contained within a unique whale-tail bottle which is fully recyclable and encourages refill – the idea being to reappraise our attitude to plastic and to cherish the bottle and reuse. It’s fun too!
From – LOVE OCEAN
Price | From £8.99
Little Butterfly London
Little Butterfly London’s luxurious organic skincare range for mothers and little ones uses the finest natural and sustainable ingredients. The Wrapped in Love anti-pollution face cream acts as a barrier protecting delicate skin from harsh environmental pollutants, while also soothing and calming reactive skin with its very special anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant combination of organic ingredients. Suitable for newborn, eczema-prone and ultra-sensitive skin, this is the perfect face skin cream for everyone in the family!
From – Little Butterfly London
Price | £27
AND FINALLY …
Buyagift – a range of fantastic experience gifts, perfect for the whole family
For a more sustainable gift, why not give a Buyagift experience? Buyagift is proud to be a carbon neutral company with their experiences designed to cut down on the amount of “stuff” we consume. So their gifts can be confidently bought knowing full well that the gifts are not contributing to unnecessary waste.
Why not reconnect with nature and join the Botanical Boys in their botanical bible factory studio for a masterclass or what about a visit to Kew Gardens and Palace? For the ultimate experience escape for a treehouse break on the edge of Snowdonia National Park.
From – Buyagift
Price | From £36
All imagery courtesy of the brands featured. Leading image courtesy of Buyagift.