Time is running out to get your Christmas shopping done. To give you a helping hand, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite environmentally friendly gifts. No matter who you’ve still got to buy for, we’ve got something green for everyone!
For that ethical but unpunctual friend (we’ve all got one), WeWood watches are a beautiful collection of eco-friendly timepieces made from natural wood, recycled and sustainable materials. Lightweight, durable and crafted with precision details, each of their pieces - which come in a variety of colours and combinations - makes a unique and stylish gift.
WeWoodWatches.co.uk - Prices vary
Aden and Anais are quickly becoming one of the most sought after baby product manufacturers by those in the know. Why? Organic cotton requires less water and no polluting fertilisers so your baby is more likely to enjoy our planet as we have. Their organic muslin line that includes blankets, bibs, swaddles and sheets is sure to delight any environmentally conscious parent who's recently received a visit from the Stork.
uk.adenandanais.com - Oasis Organic Swaddles £24.95, Pure Organic Sheet £36.00, Organic Burby Bib £13.95
The Helios Smart is a USB battery pack that doubles up as a solar charger, providing continuous power no matter where you are. Its three separate solar panels means that it fully charge up a phone in just 90 minutes of sunlight. No more scrabbling around for plug sockets.
Solpro.com - £78.50
For anyone conscious of their energy footprint in the kitchen, a slow cooker is the must-have gadget. Using far less energy than an ordinary oven, slow cookers have taken off in recent years with a plethora of recipes flooding the internet. Just throw the ingredients in, head off to work and come home to a beautiful dinner.
This hi-tech version from Heston is actually a multi-cooker, coming with a specific risotto function that prepares a beautiful rice dish without any of the ordinary hassle. What’s more, it turns itself off once finished cooking.
John Lewis - Risotto Plus Slow Cooker £89.99
Made are a handmade jewellery company committed to using the most environmentally sound materials possible. Most of the materials are locally sourced near the company's workshop in Kenya, which aims to harness the skills of local artisans, giving them long-term job security and training. Many of their signature designs employ reclaimed brass and they use recycled materials wherever possible. And they look great too - just ask Tommy Hilfiger or Louis Vuitton - two of their collaborations.
Made.uk.com - prices vary
This is no ordinary solar power charger. Makers WakaWaka claim that their Base 5 model converts solar energy into battery power significantly faster than any other solar charge pack on the market today, and with a whopping 5000 mAh battery you can charge up your phone several times a day and still power a reading light in the evening.
The Solar Light Company - £95
Teaching younger children about renewable energy is vital to our fight against climate change. We really like this build-your-own Solar Rover because of the fact that the body of the car is made out of an old drinks can, giving the project the double threat of having a recycling and a renewable energy angle. Put it together, pop it in the garden and watch it whizz away (so long as it’s not chucking it down!).
Ecoark.co.uk - £12.50
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We include almost twice as much renewable electricity as the national average: At least 33% of electricity in all of our tariffs comes from renewable sources. The national average, according to Ofgem as at March 2014 was 16.7%. For more information please visit this page.
33% of your electricity comes from renewable sources: 33% renewable electricity as standard as of 1st April 2015. Renewable electricity is generated from wind, solar, geothermal, wave, tidal, hydro, biomass, landfill gas, sewage treatment plant gas and biogas.
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95% of new customers save when switching to OVO: Based on all new customer signups between 01/02/2016 and 31/07/2016
94% of surveyed customers would recommend us: OVO conducted a survey of their customers in between 1st January 2016 and 15th April 2016. Out of 15,312 customers who responded, over 94% rated OVO 6+ when asked 'how likely would you be to recommend us to a friend and family, on a scale of 1 to 10.
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