Whoop whoop it’s 1 December which means we can officially shout the C word from the chimney tops!
For the next 12 days we’ll be posting a zero waste Christmas present idea to help you jingle-all-the-way to the big day. Did you check back in with our post everyday to see what we added? Here’s a round-up if you missed it:
Dec 1: Mutiny large shave gift set £30; Dec 2: Beebombs £8; Dec 3: Jedz bottle £20; Dec 4: Kids Fight Plastic book £7.99; Dec 5: Kukena candles £10-12; Dec 6: ReFill Shop gift vouchers £ you chose; Dec 7: Soy and Fir Firelighters £4.50; Dec 8: Kutis gift set £26; Dec 9: Beeswax wrap kit £7-12; Dec 10: WGAC toilet paper (yes really!) from 70p; Dec 11: Sabins coffee gift pack £10 approx (depends on bean); Dec 12: Re-useable Christmas crackers.
Keep an eye out for our stocking filler ideas post in the next few days – small pressies under £5.
reuseable christmas crackers - £28 set of six
To ensure your Christmas goes with a bang, we’re bringing you the ultimate in sustainable celebrations – Travelling Stitches re-useable crackers!
Made from scrap sourced materials, Sarah has handmade these quirky Christmas must haves – a set of six in a box makes a truly thoughtful present for your own big day, or to bring to someone elses.
These come empty, and are roomy enough for you to fill with treats of your choice – we’ve got lots to offer in the shop – kutis lip balm (£4); Haribo (60p/100g); shade suncream (£4); and Chewsy chewing gum (£1.50) are just a few ideas that will go down a lot better than the usual comb/ nail snippers/ plastic fortune telling fish typical of cracker toys.
We have limited stocks of these, so grab a box while you can.
SABINS coffee gift pack (£ depends on bean)
The blurb: Bude based bean roasters Sabins ethically source speciality coffee beans from small farmers across the globe. Some in politically unstable countries. Many embracing women growers in patriarchal societies. This year they are starting their own cooperative on a West African archipelago.
This gift pack includes a re-useable recycled steel Sabins branded coffee tin, and up to 250g of the bean of the month – either whole, or we can grind it three ways for you in the shop – just ask!
Perfect for: Hard to buy for friends and family, your boss, your coffee loving neighbour.
Why we like it: A thoughtful gift that can be enjoyed every morning. We also love their story and they’re quite nice people too!
wgac toilet roll box - from 70p a roll to £31-36 for 48 pack
The blurb: Yes, we really are including toilet paper in our 12 days of sustainable giving gift guide! A cheeky present that will be a sure hit with the whole family: The WGAC Gift issue! Spread the joy of reuse with a limited edition that’s designed to make gift giving a little greener.
You can use the packaging to wrap gifts and craft decor. There’s even gift labels on some of the rolls so that they’re ready to live under the tree.
Perfect for: Who wouldn’t want a roll or even a year’s supply of ethically sourced and community spirited toilet paper? But specifically, those in charge of the shopping. One less thing to lug home from the shops. Oh, and your weird friend’s toilet trained cat.
Why we love it: A cheeky name, 50% of profits to those in sanitation poverty: this is the toilet paper that builds toilets! Oh and the Christmas themed paper wrap has sooo many upcyling uses, I’d be here all day if I had to list them (so just check out Pinterest instead please).
beeswax wrap kit - £7-12
The blurb: Waxilicious Beeswax Wraps handmakes reuseable food wraps in local to us Hartland, Devon.
The uses are endless – wrapping lunches, picnics, covering containers in the fridge, wrapping bread, fruit and more…and now you can make your own.
The kit includes 1 block of beeswax and 1 square of fabric, with full instructions giving you a popular method to use.
Perfect for: crafty friends and family.
Why we like them: Another local supplier we’ve been working with since day 1. Reduce your single use plastics and tin foil, by switching to beeswax food wraps.
We also stock a vegan version pack (not a kit) in the shop.
kutis gift set - £26
The blurb: The ultimate luxury gift pack. Simple, quality, and organic ingredients are carefully sourced and combined to bring to you our natural handmade skincare products. Indulge in a little luxury from head to toe. This kit contains lip balm, body butter (moisturiser), face serum and washing grains (face wash).
Kutis products are genuinely preservative free, containing neither stabilisers nor fillers, not even the “natural” or “naturally derived” ones.
Perfect for: pampering a special someone (your mum!). We’re stocking both ‘nourish’ and ‘renew’ so suitable for all skin types.
Why we like them: We’ve been stocking Kutis deodourant since we opened and we love it! We’re happy to extend the range of Kutis we can offer with these beautifully crafted gift sets. Kutis use materials which are widely recyclable. All ingredients are either shipped or delivered by road.
soy and fir firelighters - £4.50
The blurb: These extra-large firelighters made here in Bude make a fantastic seasonal alternative to chemical versions. Naturally non-toxic and fume free, the soy wax makes them extra effective while the pine cone adds character and subtle scent.
Perfect for: chilly days and stormy evenings, sundowner bonfires on the beach, wood-burners and open fires.
Why we like them: amazingly good value, these hand-made small batch firelighters make the perfect gift for anyone wishing to live more sustainably.
ReFill gift voucher £ - choose your own amount
Just about the most thoughtful gift ever – a ReFill voucher!
Chose the amount and gift your loved one a shopping trip in Bude’s most sustainable retail outlet 🙂
Vouchers can be exchanged up until 30 June 2020, so buy now and the recipient will have over 6 months from Christmas day to decide on that essential purchase.
kukena candles £10-£12
The blurb: what a loverly bunch of coconuts! These quirky candles are made just down the road in Newquay, using ethically sourced, high quality natural, sustainable ingredients.
Perfect for: creating ambience, extending the holiday, hygge homes, power-cuts 😉
Why we love them: Not only do they look and smell shamazing, they’re also made using soy wax – a natural and sustainable alternative to nasty polluting paraffin typically used to make candles.
Soy burns 50% slower than paraffin, which means more bang for your buck. And they’re vegan and biodegradeable. You can even reuse the containser by simply washing in warm soapy water.
kids fight plastic - £7.99
The blurb: Have you got 2 minutes? That’s all the time it takes to become a #2minutesuperhero. We need superheroes to fight plastic and help save our oceans.
Read this essential book and find out how you can become a #2minutesuperhero by completing 50 missions to fight plastic at home, school and on your days out.
Perfect for: Children, grandparents, anyone who wants to be a #2minutesuperhero
Why we love it: Informative, practical and positive, this guide for children is written by Bude’s own Martin Dorey, anti-plastic campaigner and author of the bestselling No. More. Plastic. Not only is Martin a regular customer of ReFill shop Bude, he’s also the founder of the Beach Clean Network and the #2minutebeachclean movement!
JEDZ BOTTLE - £20
The blurb: Like us, Jedz are on a mission to reduce single use plastic and move toward reusable products. Reduce your single-use plastic waste,
with this stylish, practical bottle that keeps water cold for up to 24 hours (and hot for 12).
Perfect for: lunchboxes, storing ice cubes in the summer, walking holidays, trips in the car, your bag, hot chocolate on the beach, your desk at work or school – anyone who gets thirsty!
Why we love them: Jedz fund charity projects to give water to people who don’t have it, donating £1 from every bottle sold to safe water initiatives. Father and Son team Jedz are also helping us change our consumer behaviour, providing us with an option to single use plastic water bottles.
BEE BOMBS - £8
The blurb: Beebombs are a mix of 18 British wildflower seeds, fine, sifted soil and locally sourced clay. The seeds are native species and designated by the Royal Horticultural Society as “Perfect for Pollinators”
Beebombs just need to be scattered onto cleared ground to create a wildflower meadow that will #bringthebeesback
Perfect for: anyone into guerilla gardening! Beebombs need no gardening skill and can be scattered straight onto open ground at any time of the year.
Why we like them: you can re-create these lost habitats and to help bring back the bees. Handmade in Dorset and no nasty single use plastic in the packaging.
MUTINY LARGE SHAVING SET - £30
The blurb: This set contains a traditional razor that will last years and give a close, smooth shave. It’s better for your skin than disposable razors, better for your bank balance (as replaceable blades are very inexpensive) and better for the environment.
The set also contains a synthetic shaving brush that helps exfoliate your skin and soften your stubble ready for the shave. No animals were harmed in the making.
Also included is a handmade (using the traditional cold process) ‘Black Pearl’ Rosemary & Lime Shaving soap, made from 100% natural ingredients. This soap lathers up and smells beautiful with a citrus scent, active charcoal to detox your skin and kaolin to add a smooth moisturising, cushioned layer to your shave.
All sets come with 5 FREE recyclable razor blades to get you started. You’re welcome!
Perfect for: hairy friends and relatives that like to be smoooooooth.
Why we like it: 100% natural, not tested on animals, no Parabens, no SLS, only natural, ethical ingredients.
Mutiny are committed to providing a shaving experience that produces zero plastic waste, is eco & vegan friendly, cruelty free, contains no harmful chemicals and retails at a significantly lower cost to both you and the planet.