It’s all about conscious consumption and low-waste giving this year at Green Queen headquarters. We are practicing what we preach and insisting on a holiday season that’s as plastic-free and sustainable as possible, and that means being extra-careful with our gift choices. In case you weren’t aware, much of what’s on displays in malls across town is made in this town in China under the most deplorable conditions. The ideal zero waste Christmas would involve no consumption at all but we know that’s not realistic. So instead, we have compiled a list of the most low-waste, ethical, conscious presents in town. So go on, be a #GiftActivist: give a present that initiates social and environmental change!
Green Queen x Live Zero Limited Edition Zero Waste Christmas Hamper
For the low-waste addict
This beautiful hamper is actually a bamboo steamer traditionally used for dim sum and it’s made by hand by the last bamboo steamer artisan in Hong Kong! It’s packed with everything you need to embark on a plastic-free life including a metal straw, a solid shampoo bar, a Stasher bag, a bamboo toothbrush, produce bags and more. It also features a surprise Hong Kong themed Christmas ornament by the Lion Rock Press- a festive keepsake to pass down to your kids. Everything has been carefully sourced by Green Queen and Live Zero and chosen to make zero waste living as easy and stress-free as possible.
Green Queen Eco Cred: Well, we created this hamper for the express purpose of helping make Christmas as low-waste and plastic-free as possible so it’s as Green Queen friendly as it gets with locally made products, toxin-free beauty products and 100% reusable products.
Zero Waste Hamper, HKD 790+, order online
SORA Sustainable Yoga Towel
For the wellness addict
With a commitment to sustainability at the forefront of the brand, each of Sora’s multipurpose yoga towels are made from at least 8 recycled post-consumer plastic bottles.These environmentally friendly yoga towels are also incredibly versatile because of their lightweight and absorbent fabric- they can replace your go to beach towel for lounging on the beach or your favorite sarong. Apart from being ingeniously sustainable, the towels are available in a stylish range of original botanical prints and classic muted colors.
Green Queen Eco Cred: We are all about supporting products that rethink waste like these towels made from upcylced post-consumer plastic bottles.
SORA Towel, US$ 59, available online with free international shipping
Coconut Matter Pampering Gift Set
For the beauty addict
Coconut Matter has created the perfect pampering pack for the eco beauty maven with a bevvy of gorgeous products, all handmade locally with a base of the brand’s signature organic virgin coconut oil, harvested from wild coconut palm trees in the Solomon Islands by fair trade small holder cooperatives. The set features a WILD virgin coconut oil jar, their CLEAR Intensive Lip care, a tin each of their Wake up & Smile Body Butter and their Sleep well & Dream Big body butter. It’s moisture heaven basically, exactly what you need with the dry winter weather.
Green Queen Eco Cred: Local, handmade with only the purest and most sustainably sourced ingredients, what’s NOT to love?
Pampering Gift Set, HK$ 500, order online
Ava Female Health Tracker Bracelet
For the techie addict
Green Queen Eco Cred: Infertility is huge source of grief and anxiety amongst women today so we love that this bracelet empowers us with data that we can trust.
AVA Fertility Tracker 2.0, HKD 2,388, order online
PURE Power Pack
For the fitness addict
PURE’s Power Pack is the perfect gift for your sweat-inclined family and friends: it’s got everything they need to get restore them during the festive season with exercise, nutritional and lifestyle benefits. Valued at over HK$6,200 in retail, the Power Pack contains a month-long pass to all Pure Yoga and Pure Fitness locations throughout Hong Kong, as well two guest passes for friends, HK$200 voucher from nood food redeemable for raw and organic “healthy-licious” food and drinks and HK$200 voucher from Pure Apparel.
Green Queen Eco Cred: This gift is 100% digital and packed with experiences, not things. We love!
PURE Power Pack, HK$ 1,488, buy online
Green Toys Tea Set
For the kiddos in your life
Your little ones can host tea parties to their hearts content with the colourful Green Toys Tea Set made from recycled plastic. Designed with the benefits of unstructured play in mind (and built to be durable- they can even be thrown in the dishwasher), this environmentally-friendly 17-piece set includes a tea pot, sugar bowl, creamer, cups, saucers and spoons.
Green Queen Eco Cred: We love that all Green Toys are made from 100% recycled plastics packaged
in 100% recycled cardboard. Once again, we need to rethink how products are made and make use of all the plastic waste we create so brands like this are absolutely the way forward.
Green Toys Tea Set, HK$ 275, available in store at Baby Basics HK, 7t Lansing House, 41-47 Queen’s Road, Central
The Everyday Scarf Kit
For the craft addict
The Knitting Room was born in Hong Kong from a desire to break stereotypes about knitting, showcase the true calming benefits of knitting and crochet and offer simple starter packs to get people started on their craft journey. Did you know that knitting offers similar benefits for the mind as yoga? The repetition and focus on the movements help to reduce stress and enable mindfulness. The Knitting Room sources and packs their kits themselves to ensure the best quality ad their yarns are suitable for even the most sensitive skin. This Beginner kit contains everything needed to create a beautiful handmade scarf including bamboo needles, UK yarn, step-by-step instrucitons and a sewing needle.
Green Queen Eco Cred: We love that this is an activity gift that enhances mental health. So unique and creative!
#plasticfreefoodie vol. 2 2018 Plastic-Free e-Recipe Book
For the food addict
The #plasticfreefoodie annual eMagazine (vol 2) is a collection of recipes showcasing 60 recipes contributed by 50 inspirational food Instagrammers and zero-waste influencers. From Tasmania to Rotterdam, New York City to “somewhere on the road in Spain”, the contributors of this e-recipe book have created a gorgeous collection of seriously delicious recipes, all made with ingredients that aren’t packaged in single-use plastic to show that we can eat deliciously, without creating waste! 100% of proceeds will be donated to Plastic Oceans International and Lonely Whale.
Green Queen Eco Cred: this book is the ultimate Green Queen gift with its plastic-free, zero waste ethos, commitment to creating delicious, nourishing food at home and support of important environmental NGOs. We plan on giving it to all our favourite foodies!
#plasticfreefoodie vol. 2 2018, USD 8.99, available online
Bahini Fair-Trade Bamboo Linen Scarf
For the travel addict
Newly launched Bahini offers fair-trade scarves made by marginalized women and sex-trafficking survivors out of eco-friendly 100% natural bamboo linen, and azo-free dyes. Each scarf comes with a Bahini pin that can be used to hold the scarf in place or as a pin on any other garment. For every scarf they sell, Bahini gives back to the community by supporting girls in need with scholarships via the SHE=Precious foundation. The scarf is the perfect present for that someone in your life who is always in a plane, ensuring they look chic and stay warm no matter where they land.
Green Queen Eco Cred: Ethically made from environmentally- friendly materials with a built-in give-back philosophy? This is the fashion brand of the future.
Ruth bamboo linen scarf, HK$ 733, shop online
Heritage ReFashioned Vintage Kimono Clutch
For the fashion addict
Heritage ReFashioned is a collection of handbags and accessories made from upcycled vintage textiles from China, Japan and South East Asia, giving forgotten fabrics with serious cultural chops a new life. Their series of purse clutches made and designed in Hong Kong from vintage premium Japanese kimono obi fabrics are especially gorgeous and we love that they are also one of a kind- the ideal gift for the style-maker you love.
Green Queen Eco Cred: Upcycling vintage textiles is right up our alley, plus there’s the handmade element- this is the ultimate slow fashion.
Vintage Kimono Clutch, HKD 1,878, shop online
Bonus: Twopresents Online Charity Fund
For those of us with family and friends scattered around the world, the holiday season is the perfect time to celebrate together, no matter the distance.This year, instead of asking grandparents, aunts and uncles to post gifts to Hong Kong, why not have them contribute to a Twopresents gift-charity fund- you can make a real difference by sharing your celebration with a charity of your choice:
- Choose a charity your family would like to support
- Choose a gift to enjoy together
- Or set set-up separate gift-charity funds for each family member
- Look forward to Christmas morning with no more unwanted presents and less waste
All images courtesy of the brands listed, lead photo from Pexels.