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Don’t Forget Your Eco-Efforts This Christmas

Don’t Forget Your Eco-Efforts This Christmas
Written by Julia Eden

Christmas Eco-Efforts Come In A Variety of Shapes & Sizes

To all my fellow eco-warriors out there, the holidays are again upon us and we must raise our banners in preparation for war. Figuratively speaking, of course. It’s hardly eco making a banner that gets used only once a year. When the internal battle begins of caring for the earth versus getting wrapped up in the magic of Christmas (and it can be oh so magical!), I am here to help you love Earth, while also showing love for your friends, family and fellow work mates. So, let’s take a look at the various ways to do the following:

Gift Without Waste

Right now there are designers, brands, manufacturers, and even bio-engineers working on better ways to approach packaging. From compostable packing peanuts, to reusable tote bags, to 100% post consumer waste recycled boxes, companies are learning that the sustainable movement not only helps decrease costs, but there is also the value-add to the consumer, which can be used in marketing. Our article on zero waste gifts features some amazing companies helping make your Christmas cleaner.

Zero Waste Gift Goals

Zero Waste Gift Goals

Zero Waste Gifts Goal

Written by Julia Eden

This holiday season, many of us are trying to stay eco, but still give amazing presents. Wading through the multitude of eco (or eco-leaning) companies can be overwhelming any time, and with the added pressure of gift-giving, how do you decide what to buy? Well, we here at Socially Conscious Brands want to help! This curated list of companies not only offer serious eco street-cred, they are also looking to their packaging to reach zero waste gifts goals. Check these out for some unique twists on reusable materials [read more…]

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DIY Your Way to Neutral

Another way to approach this season is by breaking out your creative side. Like to cook? Enjoy sewing? Do you knit or crochet or macrame or have a weird obsession with nautical knots? Try making your way through your list of gifts by giving something of yourself. On the other hand, if you feel you fall more on the creatively-challenged side of things, check out this handy guide on DIY wrapping ideas. Lots of super simple eco wrapping options with heaps of room still for you creative types to experiment and have fun!

DIY Your Way to Zero Waste

DIY Your Way to Zero Waste

DIY Your Way To Zero Waste

Written by Julia Eden

The holiday season is officially upon us, and with it, the incredible increase in waste, much of which is the result of some spectacular gift-giving! Extending your sustainability efforts to include the thoughtful sentiments you give friends and family this Christmas is not difficult, and it does not have to be expensive. Lack sewing skills? Not really a “creative” person? Don’t count yourself out! [read more…]

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Your Nearest and Dearest

We’ve also got your closest friends and family covered. From the functional to the just plain fun, those hard to shop for members of your inner circle really just want to know you care. Tailoring an experience for just the 2 of you, or a small group can be a great way to create lasting memories and show that you care about their interests. And don’t forget about those custom DIY projects for the candle and soap lovers out there!

Zero Waste Gifts

Zero Waste Gifts

 Zero Waste Gifts for Everyone in your Family

Written by Julia Eden

It’s the time of year again and bank accounts everywhere are quaking in fear. Christmas is the biggest spending holiday of the entire year. Americans drop several hundreds of dollars in gifts alone. On average, we spend over $400 in gifts just for our family. Sometimes the gifts we give are a hit and sometimes … not so much. Why risk giving a gift that will be buried within the depths of your favorite aunt’s closet? Instead, you can give your loved ones zero waste gifts that will have a real impact? [read more…]

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The Future Is (Almost) Here

Looking ahead at what’s to come in the world of packaging is akin to Alice’s first encounter with the caucus – I keep finding myself thinking, “Well now, would you look at that?!?” or “Curiouser and curiouser”. While many of these innovations in packaging materials and concepts will never make it to the manufacturing stage – sometimes because of cost or ability to be produced, sometimes simply because no one decides to employ it – some of the solutions proposed in years passed are actually in use, many of them making consumers’ lives easier while cutting down on the use of virgin materials.

There are a few ideas floating around right now that I’m hoping to see become available at a store near me soon…

Jinah Lee + Incessant Shoe Brand

This is not the first time I’ve lauded a box. I can’t help but want all of them. Especially this one that turns into a shoe tree and display stand. It’s a wonderful selling point for customers, but mostly it’s a stunning box!

Jinah Lee + Incessant Shoe Brand

Jinah Lee + Incessant Shoe Brand

Andrea Mangone + Urban Oasis

This home kitchen herb planter is a lovely example of modern, minimal design, but also a fantastic example of product and package as one. The level of detailed attention paid during the design of this product is exactly the kind of integrated thinking we need to see in all product design. Plus, pretty.

Andrea Mangone + Urban Oasis

Andrea Mangone + Urban Oasis

Swedbrand + Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Swedbrand is a design company founded in Hong Kong with a focus on quality. In their recent post about a presentation on packaging, they introduced me to some amazing concepts. One of my favorites is the edible membrane known as WikiCells; a cornstarch based cover to keep food fresh. My absolute favorite one, though, is a honey pot that, once empty, becomes a flower pot and includes seeds for flowers that attract bees. The best part? The lid is the seeds. If they’re available next year, everyone I know is getting one!

Swedbrand + Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Swedbrand + Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Swati Agarwal + Cafe Desk

This one is a bit of fun, but still quite functional. The coffee mug gets a cozy new package, and my desk gets a new caddy. I kind of love it. I definitely recommend clicking the link. Swati was kind enough to include a template and folding instructions so that you can make your own. If you’ve been saving your cardboard boxes, you already have all the supplies you need to use this idea this Christmas!

Swati Agarwal + Cafe Desk

Swati Agarwal + Cafe Desk

So What Will You Do?

I’m pretty sure there are enough ideas here on Socially Conscious Brands to get you through the next few holiday seasons…But did we miss anything? What are your favorite ways to shop and wrap and decorate in a way that shows your spirit and your concern for the environment? Is there a brand doing really special work that we missed? Let us know what you think and which ideas are your favorite!

About the author

Julia Eden

With a passion born in rivers, Julia Eden has spent the last decade crusading for the environment. Educated in fashion design and English Literature, and skilled in dance, she is dedicated to finding the information needed to live a new and better life. While not quite a Luddite, she would very much like to live in a cave with a wolf and an internet connection.

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