Galaxy research suggests that each Christmas Australians spend over $1 billion in unwanted gifts that will eventually end up in landfill. Here at Biome though we champion gift ideas that are practical, built to last or that are designed to biodegrade at the end of its life. So continue reading as we share our top eco gift ideas that are practical, unique, extra special, and that won't get dumped.
Seagrass Net Bag
Our seagrass net bags are handmade from sustainably harvested seagrass fibre in Vietnam. Seagrass is 100% naturally biodegradable and is one of the most abundant natural fibres. It has remarkable strength and durability and can be woven into strong baskets and bags with little treatment. It will also breakdown naturally, won't contribute to landfill. One of our favourite eco gift ideas! Shop our range of seagrass net bags here >
Mighty Good Undies
Mighty Good Undies are designed in Australia and made lovingly in India, following several strict Fairtrade and organic textile standards. Mighty Good Undies is n ethical business that treats people with respect, actively manages the eco-impact of the production process, and delivers on customer demands for comfortable undies for bodies of all shapes and sizes. Mighty Good Undies hold ethical production at the heart of everything they do. They achieve this by sourcing the finest certified organic and Fairtrade cotton, and partnering with the world's best ethical factories. Shop Mighty Good Undies here >
Solidteknics wrought iron cookware is made in Australia and built to last generations. In fact, Solidteknics comes with a multi-century warranty, helping you to break the cycle of disposable synthetic imports that end up in landfill. Solidteknics was founded by Australian-born, international chef equipment engineer and innovator, Mark Henry, who has 30 years experience in diverse manufacturing and patented innovations designed to last for multiple generations, such as Füri knives. Shop Solidteknics cookware here >
Root To Bloom
Root To Bloom is a modern guide to whole plant use, guiding you how to grow, eat and celebrate whole plants. This book will be treasured for generations by gardeners and lovers of the outdoors. Root To Bloom features chapters on using plants for medicinal and skin care purposes, as well as guides to herbicides, weeds, foraging and preserving flowers. It also includes ideal growing conditions, nutritional information and guides on preparing and preserving 35 edible plants. Shop Root To Bloom here >
Stainless Steel Ice Cube Tray
Made from heavy duty 18/8 stainless steel, this fast freeze ice cube tray is easy to use, easy to clean and will last a lifetime. This kitchen essential features an elegant, timeless and unbreakable design - no more bent, cracked and split ice cube trays leaking in the freezer! Shop our stainless steel ice cube tray here >
Tasi Travels Native Sarong
Tasi Travels is an Australian made and designed travel wear label. Their pieces are versatile, designed to be appropriate for both conservative cultures and hot climates, and made from Tencel, a fabric that dries quickly, doesn't wrinkle and is blissfully breathable. Depending on your destination, a sarong can be used to tie around your waist after a swim, protect your shoulders from the sun, wrap across your chest to cover up in more conservative cultures and they also make a great picnic rug or beach towel. Shop the Tasi Travels range at Biome here >
Planetbox Stainless Steel Lunch Box
A Planetbox is a high quality, stainless steel lunch box that is designed to last a very long time and at the end of its life, be recycled. Suitable for adults and children, the Planetbox and it's bento lunch box style design allows you to pack a waste free lunch without food touching. It is easy to open, easy to use and easy to clean. Depending on the style the Planetbox also comes with one or two leak proof containers for wet food. Shop Planetbox stainless steel lunch boxes here >
Est Soap Balls
The Est range of extra virgin olive oil soap is produced in Australia from the highest quality cold pressed extra virgin olive oil, spring water, 1st grade essential oils and organic grains, herbs, spices and flowers. Est soap is free from artificial dyes, synthetic fragrances, alcohol, preservatives and foaming agents. It is entirely handmade and hand rolled giving them a rustic and unique look. One of our favourite eco gift ideas. They come naked without packaging. Shop Est soap balls here >
Banksia Aroma Pod Range
These scent pots are without doubt among our best unique corporate gifts from Australia.
Stainless Steel pegs
Our stainless steel pegs will last a lifetime, and at this time of year are a very popular eco gift idea. They come packaged in a hemp bag, don't get too hot in the sun, and they won't break as they are made from one piece of stainless steel wire. Choose based on the length of the peg and diameter (thickness) of the stainless steel wire, and the grade of stainless steel to suit the conditions your pegs will be exposed to. We offer three grades: 201 standard, 304 medium grade and 316 never-rust marine grade (some peg sizes not available in all grades). Shop stainless steel pegs here >
Stainless steel pegs are also very popular for eco friendly corporate gifts!
Stainless Steel Straws
A stainless steel straw is designed to last a lifetime. They are a great, practical gift idea, and will help your gift recipient reduce the waste of hundreds of single use plastic straws for years to come. Our metal straws are made of food grade 304 stainless steel and come in a variety of shapes, sizes and diameters. We have reusable bubble tea straws, reusable cocktail-size short metal straws, reusable smoothie straws, bent straws and straight straws. Rose gold straws are also available! Shop stainless steel straws here >
Organic Cotton Pyjamas
Organic Nights organic cotton pyjamas.
Cheeki stainless steel water bottles and insulated coffee cups help you reduce single use waste every day with ease. They are high quality, designed to last and replace the hundreds of single use bottles or coffee cups over their life. Cheeki's stainless steel water bottles are available in a range of sizes, from 400ml to 1.6L capacity, and in a range of stylish colours. Cheeki's insulated coffee cups are comfortable to hold, easy to clean and fit into the cup holder in your car. Shop Cheeki here >
DIY Bath bombs
DIY bath bombs are a low waste, low cost, fun and personal gift idea. Here you can find five recipes for How to Make Bath Bombs.
Further reading https://www.forbes.com/sites/lauraheller/2017/12/28/the-dark-side-of-christmas-5b-pounds-of-returned-gifts-get-thrown-away/#28c180b210ad https://probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2013/12/dont-let-gifts-end-up-as-landfill-donate-instead/