2018’s statistics show that Singaporeans spending an average of $460 during Christmas. 43% of that amount is spent on food, 31% on gifts and 23% is spent on acquiring new Christmas outfits. Though the numbers are benefiting the economy, they may not be benefiting the environment nor sustainable lifestyles. But hold up, this doesn’t mean that we’re not for holiday shopping. We’re all for some Christmas goodies!
Instead, let’s take a moment to ponder over the environmental impact that all our shopping produces. How much sustainable value do our Christmas purchases have in terms of contribution to a greener lifestyle? Are we supporting organisations who are truly taking a step to reduce climate change? Are our purchases encouraging others to adopt a sustainable lifestyle?
So if you’re game for positive change, consider purchasing these eco-friendly products for your loved ones (or yourself, can’t forget self-love!). Furthermore, these are Singapore-based online companies so you’re helping local business as well! There you go, we’re opening two Christmas Crackers with one pull!
Beaming Baby Bio-degradable Nappy Sacks are fragrance-free, 100% are degradable and 100% compostable. This sustainable gift is perfect for young families or expectant parents! Instead of placing soiled diapers into non-degradable plastic bags before tossing them into the bin, go for an eco-friendlier choice. Even if children aren’t on the agenda, it doesn’t hurt to reuse these nappy sacks to hold your trash too. Win!
Beeswax Wraps / Birds of a Feather @ $10.40, Mushroom Village @ $12.90
Beeswax Wraps are all the rage right now and they’re the perfect gift for food aficionados. Its reusable properties make it a more sustainable alternative to single-use plastic wraps! These Beeswax Wraps from Minimakers are made with 100% Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified organic cotton, beeswax, tree resin, jojoba oil. All that goodness makes the products biodegradable as well as compostable!
Stasher / $34.90
Say goodbye to shapeless Ziploc bags! You can now store soup, fruits and dumplings in these reusable silicone Stasher stand up food bags. This will replace numerous plastic storage bags in the home because it’s almost indestructible (just don’t place any sharp objects in it)! The Stasher is microwavable, ovenbake-able and freeze-able! It’s crafted from 100% platinum food-grade silicone and comes with an airtight seal. With the Stasher, your children (or hungry spouse) can have lots more food on the go!
Snack Bags / $22.00 – $25.00
If Beeswax Wraps aren’t your thing, consider the traditional snack bag from The Sustainability Project. Their Snacks Bags come in many adorable designs and are made with 100% cotton exterior and a waterproof liner. It also comes with a button closure for that extra sense of security!
Bamboo Toothbrush / $7.50 for a set of 5
earthy_singapore’s bamboo toothbrush is a tree hugger’s favourite bathroom accessory! It is highly biodegradable and it boasts equal effectiveness in maintaining oral hygiene when compared to its plastic cousins. Moreover, Bamboo is naturally antimicrobial. Simply put, natural properties within the bamboo can kill any bacteria that attempt to penetrate its surface. In summary, this tool for oral hygiene cleans your teeth and kill bacteria. What’s not to love?
A Greener Christmas Shopping List
There are numerous other eco-friendly products out there but these 5 are already tempting us to go greener! As you continue your search for the perfect sustainable Christmas gift, remember to ensure that plastic packaging is at minimal and use recycled wrapping paper! Have a meaningful time on your Christmas shopping!