2015 Green gift guide
By James Fritz Monday 14 December 2015
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 the person who’s always late
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
For the new parent
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
For the gadget addict
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 the chef
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
For the jewellery lover
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
For the adventure seeker
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
For the next generation
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