Conscious living - a global movement
Scientists have been warning us about climate change, pollution and plastics for decades, and in the last few years, it seems like the general public has woken up to saving the environment too. Whether it’s the Attenborough effect, the actions of a certain Swedish climate change activist, or the increasingly apparent impact of global warming on our planet, there has been a marked increase in environmental awareness and more and more of us are making the move to a conscious way of living.
We love a bit of sustainable swag and reusable stuff...call it what you want, but gifts that give a lot and take very little are all good with us! Conscious living doesn’t stop when it’s their birthday or at Christmas time. Whether they’re a fully-fledged eco-warrior or just taking their first baby steps into the world of sustainability (even Greta had to start somewhere), we’ve got an eco-friendly or sustainable gift for them. We know it can be hard to come up with sustainable gift ideas but we've got your back...as always.
Green Books, Not Literally!
Blue Planet II highlighted the problem of plastic pollution in our seas with harrowing scenes of albatrosses feeding plastic to their chicks. Since then, over 50% of consumers in the UK have been actively trying to reduce the amount of disposable plastic they use– yay! Say No to Plastic has 101 easy ideas for using less.
In 2018, lovely Stacey Dooley made a brilliant programme called Fashion’s Dirty Secrets, which revealed what our addiction to fast fashion is doing to the planet. We’ve been doing our best to cut back, but we’ll be honest, it’s hard (because Zara), so How to Break Up with Fast Fashion, a guilt-free guide to changing how you shop, is at the top of our reading list.
2019 was the year that Greta Thunberg became a household name. She gave voice to the vague environmental anxieties most of us feel and kick-started a global movement calling for urgent change. She was named Time Magazine’s person of the year and was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. No One is Too Small to Make a Difference gathers her ground-breaking speeches in one handy book. “Everything needs to change, and it has to start today.”
Love coffee but hate waste? These gorgeous Huski Travel Cups come in a fetching range of sorbet shades and can be used again and again. Or how about these Stojo Travel Cups that collapse into a compact disc when they’re not in use, to save space in your bag – nice!
In the UK alone, 7.7 billion plastic water bottles are thrown away every year – yikes! Things are changing though and with lots of businesses offering free refills, all we need is to carry a reusable bottle, to save money as well as the environment. Help them help our planet with one of these sleek stainless-steel Smidge Water Bottles in aqua, grey or steel (and pop one in the basket for yourself too!).