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Positive News - Positive presents: 25 sustainable gifts to give this Christmas

Posted 3rd December 2021 • Written by •

From hedgehog tunnels to wine that funds ocean conservation, these sustainable gifts benefit the planet as well as recipients

A hedgehog tunnel

Hedgehog numbers are in decline in the UK, and many have to roam up to a mile each night to find food. Creating throughways in the built environment is one of the easiest ways to help the species survive. This tunnel is made from recycled plastic and turns a garden fence into a hedgehog highway. £12.99; 

A jigsaw that funds reforestation

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a puzzle to work on. All Cloudberries’ jigsaws are made from recycled paper and cardboard, and printed with vegetable-based inks, making them sustainable gifts. Plus, it’s the first and only puzzle company to plant a tree for every one sold. We like this retro 1,000-piece Poolside puzzle, designed by the artist Yoko Honda. £16.99;

Organic cotton boxer shorts

Extra soft, breathable and with fun prints, these organic cotton boxer shorts are made in a wind-powered factory and come wrapped in plant-based, recyclable packaging. Rapanui Clothing is an advocate for circular fashion, creating new items from old garments, which customers send back for free when they are worn out. £12;

Positive News gift subscription

Uplift someone this Christmas, with a gift subscription to Positive News magazine. Each issue features inspiring stories about what’s going right in the world, brought together in a certified carbon neutral magazine. Your recipient will receive the magazine throughout 2022, as well as a copy of the current issue at Christmas and access to the digital edition. £30;

Trainers made from waste coffee

As they break down in landfill sites, used coffee grounds generate methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times more potent than CO2. Doing its bit to tackle the problem is Rens, which turns used coffee grounds and old plastic bottles into lightweight, waterproof trainers, which are available in 10 colours. Earth-friendly, feet-friendly and good for jumping in puddles – what’s not to like? €87 (£73);

Wine that funds conservation

Did you know that seahorses could be extinct within 30 years because of plastic pollution? Do your bit to clean up the ocean by buying the oenophile in your life a bottle of award-winning, eco-friendly Provence rosé from Sea Change. Every bottle sold helps fund ocean conservation projects and is shipped using low-waste packaging. £16.99;

The Last Bear by Hannah Gold

The Last Bear is a moving adventure story about April and a polar bear, which has been shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2022. Suitable for readers over eight, the book introduces the climate emergency and its impact on endangered species to children in an accessible, thought-provoking way. £7.43;

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