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The 21 Best Sustainable Gifts for 2021

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 Eco-friendly gift ideas for all your friends and family

Sustainable gifts are not just for your ethical friends, they are a great way of showing everyone how being eco-friendly does not equal boring. Gifts made from sustainable materials, natural ingredients and recycled, reusable packaging are not just good for the planet, they are also good for your body and your soul!

We have a look at 21 of the best eco-friendly gift ideas for 2021, all from small UK businesses, made using the finest natural ingredients - and a lot of love.

The best sustainable gifts

Safety razor £24.99

This stainless steel safety razor is made by Shoreline Shaving, a Manchester-based ethical company committed to cleaning up our oceans putting an end to single-use razors. It comes with 5 blades and a handy travel bag and is designed to last. As lockdown comes to an end and summer is upon us, this is the ideal gift for anyone wanting to sort out their excess hair!

Candles from £11.99

This collection of sustainably sourced soy wax candles are a great eco-friendly alternative to paraffin or beeswax candles – and they last just as long. They come in an enticing range of scents, such as coffee and hazelnut or saffron and lavender, so you are guaranteed to find the right one to gift to your loved one.

DIY Vegan Wax Wraps £14.99

Wax wraps are a great alternative to cling film to keep food fresher for longer, without polluting the planet. This DIY kit is a great gift for your ethical, creative friend who likes to get stuck in. It contains enough kit to make 3 reusable wraps which can be used both as food covers and sandwich bags.

Witty soap bar (No Fux & Dirty Basterd) £5.99

For your friends with a sense of humour, these natural soap bars also have a cheeky message. Various gorgeous oils mixed with white clay makes them the ultimate soap bars for hands and body.

Natural soap gift set £26.99

This selection of natural soaps and shampoos makes a great gift for someone just starting out on their eco-friendly journey. They’ll soon realise that plastic-free skin and hair care is easy – and they’ll smell great to boot.

Loose tea in a tin £9.99

Brew Tea Co. is another Manchester-based business, certified B Corp and completely plastic-free. Their delicious loose leaf tea comes in a beautiful tin that will look great on the shelf long after the tea is finished!

Brew Tea Co Tin Collection - Life Before Plastic


Eco kids books £7.99

This series of books by Wild Tribe Heroes are a fantastic addition to any child’s library. Each of the beautifully illustrated stories contains an important ecological message, with characters including Buddy the orangutan and Duffy the turtle.

Water bottle £23.99

Water bottles are a staple for all ethically conscious people now and this bottle is perfect for your bee-loving friend! As well as being made out of lightweight stainless steel, £2 from each sale is donated by makers Qwetch to the establishment of new beehives.

Bath gift box £23.99

Dorset based company Bramblewood Soap Co., make all of their palm-oil-free products in small batches using only natural ingredients. This eco-friendly bath set is scented with their beautiful Botanical Bloom blend and is the perfect gift.

Happy balm £5.99

This handy balm is not just for lips - it can be used on any area of the body that needs a boost. Made by Cambridge-based company Zero Waste Path, using 100% renewable energy, happy balm will leave your skin feeling soft as well as helping with pain relief and decongestion.

Pampering gift set £69.99

A selection of natural, plastic-free products, this set is all you need for the ultimate pampering experience. It contains a body and bath oil, face mask, body scrub and body butter to leave any body soft and smelling divine.

Avocado soap dish £12.99

These fun ceramic soap dishes are handmade in Essex by Beci Callow, so each one is slightly different! Measuring roughly 10cm x 7.5cm, the raised bit in the middle stops your soap from going soggy. The perfect gift for your ethical, avocado loving friend.

Hair & Beard Care Kit £39.99

Made with UK-sourced, simple ingredients, this kit from Rugged Nature contains everything you need to keep your hair and beard in great condition. The kit, which includes hair oil and beard balm, comes in an organic cotton wash bag.

Hair & Beard Kit - Life Before Plastic


Wash bag £12.99

This beautiful cotton wash bag by vegan beauty brand Lani is the perfect gift for your traveller friend. Lani is committed to being eco-friendly and supports great causes making it a priority to donating to charity.

Bamboo cutlery set £14.99

Strong, durable and lightweight, bamboo cutlery is fully biodegradable and naturally anti-bacterial. The set includes a spoon, knife, fork, set of chopsticks, straw, straw cleaner, all wrapped up in a handy cotton pouch.

Luxury skincare gift set £69.99

Treat someone you love to this all-round skincare gift set by Lani. Completely vegan and cruelty-free, the set contains all you need to leave your skin glowing and comes in their gorgeous reusable wash bag.

Lunch boxes from £7.99

From tough stainless steel tiffin-style containers to fun lunch bags for kids, you are bound to find the right gift option in this collection of sustainable, eco-friendly lunch boxes.

Chocolate gift set £22.99

Being vegan doesn’t mean missing out on the good stuff! This collection of 10 different chocolates is free from refined sugar and is produced in partnership with a social enterprise chocolate factory.

Eye pillow £17.99

This organic cotton eye pillow is a great replacement for hot water bottles or heat packs. Filled with wheat, it is designed to block out sunlight during meditation, or as a hot or cold therapy to help with muscle relaxation.

Bath salts £11.99

Founded in North Yorkshire, Salt + Steam have produced a gorgeous range of eco-friendly bath salts to help soak away any stress and tension. Made with Himalayan salt and infused with various scents, the healing power of a salt bath makes a great gift!

Tote bag £4.99

At Life Before Plastic, we have teamed up with UK based artist and illustrator, Kat Williams, to create this uniquely designed tote bag. 100% organic cotton, the bag reflects our Mancunian roots with a witty "That's well ace, Cheers".



If these eco gifts are not exactly right for your needs, search our full eco-friendly gifting collection by recipient, price or type. We're certain our products will provide an eco solution for all your gifting needs.


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