The Good Green Gift Guide
As Christmas is right around the corner, you’ll probably already have a list as long as your arm of things to get finished before the big day. One of the trickiest tasks most people face is to find perfect and unique gifts for those on their list. With that in mind we have compiled a list some great eco-friendly ideas we have come across recently.
UPSO, a Lancashire based company and fellow Made in Britain member, specialise in the manufacture of recycled bags. Using lorry tarpaulins normally destined for landfill at the end of their life on the road, UPSO embrace circular economy. They limit their environmental impact by not only sourcing materials locally, but the manufacture of their product is done in just one factory where the sewing machines used are powered by solar energy generated by PV panels on the factory roof! UPSO Bags are not only environmentally friendly, but also very fashionable! Their range varies in shapes, sizes and colors, so there’s something for everyone. To browse their selection, click here.
If you’re after something unique and practical, do not look further than Muggi. A cup holder, which holds up to four cold or hot drinks. It would be a perfect present for any home, office or as originally designed for – boats. Muggi is made out of recycled polypropylene, which makes it very robust, and does not bend. To check out Muggi, click here.
If it is lovely smelling soaps and gift sets you are after, look no further than Clarity. This company not only manufacture these gorgeous gifts, they are also a wonderful charity who employ, trains and support people with disabilities.
Clarity also minimise their environmental impact by only sourcing materials in the UK, and also recyclable materials. 100% of Clarity’s revenue is re-invested into their business so they can provide more opportunities for people with disabilities. If you think Clarity’s gift sets would make a perfect present for someone on your list, find out more by clicking here.
Should something for your loved one’s home or pet is what you are looking for, take a look at What More UK! Their product range includes storage, kitchenware, garden pots and essential gifts for four legged family members. What More UK not only make robust re-usable plastic products, they also ensure to recycle their own plastic waste. To go through their large variety of products, click here.
Although Ecodek and What More UK manufacture completely different products, one of the common aspects of both companies is the in-house recycling. If a product doesn’t pass quality tests, they are thrown into the grinder and reabsorbed into the manufacturing process. Ecodek also offers a waste buy back scheme, should customers have an excess of offcuts we are more than happy to take the material off their hands, reducing landfill in the process.
All of the companies mentioned above, including Ecodek, are all proud members of Made in Britain – a not for profit organisation promoting and supporting British Manufacturing. MiB are also enthusiastic supporters and drivers of sustainability and circular economy among its members. Circular economy focuses on keeping resources in use for as long as possible, extracting value from whilst in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials, also known as recycling!
If you’re still unsure about your Christmas presents, make sure to have a look at our guide from last year written by my colleague Catherine! – https://ecodek.co.uk/blog/ecodek-green-christmas-gift-guide/