When it comes to gifts (birthday, new year, birth, christmas, etc.) most of them are made of plastic, wrapped in plastic, comes in plastic packaging, etc.
Beauty products come in plastic, flowers are wrapped in plastic, toys are made of plastic, the wrapper is made of plastic, food gifts are wrapped in plastic, etc.
But it can be different. You just need to get a little creative or just think around the corner.
1. Chose the right gift:
Go for chocolate from a chocolaterie and let them put it in your own container, let it be a nice glass jar.
Go to a flower shop and choose unwrapped flowers, tell them you dont need packaging.
For kids, chose wooden toys.
For beauty products, chose organic products that comes in glass or with wood or chose soap bars.
2. The right packaging:
You can easily wrap your gifts in old newspaper (like my dad does since a couple of years now). Wrap them into natural fiber fabrics or just dont wrap them at all.
3. Give your time as a gift:
What is nicer than spending time together with people you like? Give your free time as a gift. Go hiking, make a picknick, go for a day of swimming, into the cinema, or cooking together. Make a bike trip together or a city trip, there is so much you could do without needing any plastic wrapper, buy any plastic products, etc.
4. Make your own:
You can print your own jute bags or cotton shirts in print shops, you can learn how to knit a cap, a scarf, a bag. Use old cloths or bottles caps to make art. Make a müsli/granola and fill it into a nice glass jar. Make a cake or energy balls. If you are good in fixing bikes, and a friend has a broken bike, this could be a great gift too.
You see there are many plastic free options!
You have a favorite one? Or are already giving plastic free gifts? Let me know if you have any tips you like to share with us.
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