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Ethical and eco-friendly gifts / Photo by Kira auf der Heide on Unsplash

Ethical and eco-friendly gifts / Photo by Kira auf der Heide on Unsplash

Ethical and eco-friendly gift ideas

02 Dec 2018

  • Christmas

With the holiday season almost upon us, it’s time to whip yourself into a frenzy and start stressing out about what you’re going to give your friends and family for Christmas this year… right?

Wrong. After scouring the web for you, we’ve come up with a list of noteworthy Christmas gifts that are green, help wildlife and are kind to the environment.

Here’s your eco-friendly gift guide!

1. Adopt a tree

For less than 50 cents a day with WWF-Australia

Koala mother and joey seeking refuge on a bulldozed logpile © Briano / WWF-Aus 

Across Australia koalas are losing their homes and their lives. 95% of koalas are already gone and in New South Wales, they're  on track to go extinct by as early as 2050. By adopting a tree, you’ll be providing the first 10,000 urgently needed trees which will provide habitats for koalas. This is start of WWF-Australia's ambitious 'Towards Two Billion Trees Campaign' which aims to secure two billion trees over the next decade by stopping excessive tree-clearing, protecting existing trees and woodland, and restoring and planting new trees. 

 Adopt a tree today


2. Eco-friendly gift sets

From $23.45 at Flora & Fauna

Flora & Fauna have a range of beautiful gift sets to make gift shopping easier! There’s a gift set for everybody, including mums, dads, kids, friends and colleagues. You can also customise the sets, making them a truly personalised gift. Their products are great for people who want to start their plastic free and eco-friendly journey.

3. Sugar cane plasto toys

From $13.50 at  Love to Spoil

Child playing with sugar can plasto toy truck © my3ratbagz3614 

Plasto Toys are great for the Australian outdoors, whether in water, sand or in the backyard. They’re designed with children’s development in mind and help encourage self-belief in physical and social skills.

The good news? Plasto toys are made from bioplastic – produced from sugar cane which is 100% renewable material. 

4. Vegan leather wallets and lifestyle goods

From $48 at Matt & Nat

Looking for stylish and unique gifts for a loved one? Matt & Nat have a range of eco-friendly, sustainable lifestyle products. Some chic present ideas include wallets, boots, backpacks, dog accessories and more. They’re committed to not using leather or any other animal-based materials, and experiment with recycled materials.

5. Adopt a koala

From $15 with WWF-Australia

Koala mother and joey © istockphoto / Stanciuc 

By adopting a koala you’ll help plant new habitats for this little mammal and provide care for sick and injured koalas, as well as urging governments to stop excessive tree-clearing.

An adoption kit includes a cuddly koala toy, koala fact book, adoption certificate, tote bag, a copy of Living Planet magazine and a WWF sticker. There are more endangered animals to adopt too, including tigersorangutans and turtles.

Adopt a Koala

6. Jewellery made from recycled Australian wood

From $18 at Ispa Designs

For a sustainable and recycled gift from close to home, this Western Australian based online shop takes offcuts from local timber and turns it into simple stunning jewellery designs. They’ve got a wide range of pendants, earrings and cufflinks, all natural and all recycled. The designer and artist also used to work here at WWF-Australia!


7. Send a wildcard

From $2 with WWF-Australia

Looking for a last minute gift? This Christmas, do something unexpected. Give your friends and loved ones a gift that helps make our world a better place - a wildcard! You can print it out, or we'll email it directly to your recipient! Your wildcard will help plant trees and protect our existing forests.


Send a wildcard

© Shutterstock / Martinho Smart / WWF

Give a gift that gives back

Only 5% of koalas remain. Protect and restore their homes before it’s too late.
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