Gifting can be at odds with a sustainable ethos. Be it packaging and non-recyclable goods, to the transport, cost of production and materials used, choosing what to bring into the world as a gift can be fraught.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. From wine to sunnies and rugs, here’s five eco-friendly gift ideas for all types and tastes.
Round Theory Wines
Round Theory’s creed is “great wines that have a positive impact on the planet.” Based in New Zealand, its vegan wines – including a rosé boasting hints of strawberries and blackberries – are sustainably grown and sourced from its Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand-accredited vineyards in Marlborough and Hawke’s Bay in New Zealand.
You’ll notice it on the shelf. A redesign of the traditional wine bottle (according to sustainable principles) has resulted in the distinct Round Theory bottle, which is 30 percent lighter than the standard premium burgundy bottle. It’s made from clear glass for improved recyclability, and it’s also shorter, which means it can be packed into smaller cartons for improved shipping efficiency. Even the labels have been designed with the planet in mind, using FSC-certified paper and de-inkable gold foil. Round Theory has also partnered with CarbonClick to offset double its carbon emissions, with its carbon credits supporting forest conservation and renewable energy projects around the world.
Round Theory’s “consciously crafted range” includes sauvignon blanc, pinot gris and a “white field blend” which features notes of mandarin, lemon and crisp pear – a perfect palate for sustainable summer sipping.
We like the Marlborough Vegan Rosé: $19.99
Hayden Youlley Personalised Paper Series 250ml Keeper with Rainbow Lettering
Single-use products have had their day. Since War on Waste host Craig Reucassel filled a Melbourne tram with 50,000 takeaway coffee cups – the number consumed by caffeinated Australians every 30 minutes – in 2017, a reusable coffee cup has become a must-have accessory for all eco-conscious consumers.
Among the most covetable keep cups are Sydney ceramicist Hayden Youlley’s delightfully crumpled creations, part of his signature Paper series. Made in his Marrickville studio, Youlley’s Keeper cups are 250ml and come with a silicone lid and protective sleeve. Make it yours (or theirs) by personalising the cup with a name or message in rainbow lettering.
Waverley Mills Recycled Wool Picnic Rug
Australia’s oldest working textile mill is located in the Tasmanian city of Launceston. Since established by a Scotsman in 1874, Waverley Mills has remained committed to quality craftsmanship while at the same time embracing innovations in sustainable manufacturing practices.
Among the mill’s Merino blankets, cotton throws, and alpaca scarves is a range of sustainable products made from merino wool waste, unused wool fibre, off-cuts and older blankets that are shredded, spun and blended together to make a recycled yarn. The 150cm by 170cm forest green and navy checked travel picnic rug ($229) and leather carry case ($99) make an ideal gift for anyone who plans to spend the summer picnicking with friends in the Covid-safe outdoors.
Seed & Sprout Crunchbox + pots
It’s the ultimate in packed lunches: a stainless steel lunch box featuring four separate compartments of varying sizes for a day’s worth of snacking. Suitable for kids and adults, this bento-style box fits a sandwich and comes with two leak-proof pots for “dribbly stuff”. Unlike plastic versions, the stylish Crunchbox is designed to last a lifetime.
Good Citizens Palm Beach Cola sunglasses
Plastic waste is an environmental problem of planetary proportions. According to one estimate, there are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean, which kills at least 100,000 marine animals and one million seabirds each year. One solution to lessen its impact is to use discarded plastic to make new products.
Sydney outfit Good Citizens makes its modular sunglasses from recycled plastic – it takes one 600ml plastic bottle to make one set of shades. Designed and manufactured in Sydney, Good Citizens sunglasses feature premium polarised lenses and have picked up a swag of design awards. We love the wayfarer-style Palm Beach frames in Cola.
This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Round Theory.