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Forget 12 days of Christmas, we’re doing 25!
Christmas is around the corner and now more than ever we need to vote with our dollar and #GiftGreenGiftKind from local, cruelty-free, plant-based and low waste businesses.
It’s been a really tough year for most businesses and this season, we’re supporting smaller, community brands that don’t list on Amazon. We know and love each and every company listed here and we believe in their mission to create products that don’t harm the Earth.
1. The Green Dragon And The Oh No Bird Children’s Book
The Green Dragon book series, authored by British Hong Konger Suzanne Younan, a true nature enthusiast and environmental guardian, focuses on raising awareness about the importance of protecting nature and encourages children and families to get outside and enjoy it responsibly.
In the second book of the series, The Green Dragon And The ‘Oh No’ Bird, Willy, The Green Dragon ventures into the beautiful Hong Kong country parks.
The Green Dragon And The No Bird are available online through Bleak House Books and Tree Children’s Lodge.
2. Pekes Playing & Caring Eco-Friendly Toy Kits Subscription
Taking sustainability to the next level: their mission is “Zero Toys To Landfill”- ONLY pre-loved, excellent quality toys for our kits collected from their member community, ensuring all unwanted toys get re-homed to encourage reusing, recycling and donating to kids around the world.
Subscribe and receive a different age-relevant kit of 8-10 units including toys, books, games and puzzles every month, at your doorstep- the perfect to gift to families with small kids.
Pekes Toy Subscription is available here.
3. European Bedding Heveya Natural Organic Latex Pillows.
Their 100% bamboo lyocell pillowcases are also so dreamy and soft! We have tried them and swear by this brand. Here’s our full review so you can find out more.
Find out more here: your loved ones will be hooked!
4. Zero Yet 100 Xmas Gift Set
ZeroYet100 offers natural yet effective skincare solutions free from toxic ingredients – they are especially famous for their eco deodorant. Handcrafted in Hong Kong, Zero Yet 100 products empower you to take the best care of yourself, your loved ones, and the planet. No compromises required.
BUT THERE IS MORE! ➔ From the 1st of December to the 1st of January, enjoy 30% off on a curated selection of their best-selling products. Just in time for Christmas.
Get 1 Revitalise, 1 hand sanitizer and 1 living guard face mask + redeem a FREE gift- their small Day Cream (7g), perfect for on-the-go nourishment.
Head over to Zero Yet 100 to order the gift set.
5. Please Drink Sustainably x Local Hong Kong Artists Limited Edition Reusable Cups
Please Drink Sustainably reusable cups are designed to be easier and more cost-effective than single-use plastic in every way they are perfect for parties (to buy or rent!).
Their LIMITED EDITION cups partnering with local Hong Kong artists (including our very own Jennifer Chua who creates our Green Queen Weekly illustrations!) make a great gift as pint glasses. Every glass not only helps bring their vision – a disposable free future – closer to reality but also supports their wonderful creators who each get a share of the sales.
Disposable doesn’t need to be the norm.
Get the cups here.
6. LUÜNA Naturals Reusable Suoer Soft Silicone Period Cup
Did you know regular period products contain insane amounts of plastic that can produce various (and very uncomfortable) symptoms while using them? LUÜNA is on a mission to change that! They are also changing the conversation about period care and menstrual health, which we also love.
Gifting LUÜNA naturals is gifting health and gifting health is gifting love. Plus these make perfect stocking fillers 🙂
BONUS: LUÜNA Naturals is running a ‘Buy a cup, give a cup’ campaign. With every period cup purchase, they will donate a period cup to someone in need.
Check out the full menstrual range here.
7. Coconut Matter Eco Xmas BUY 4 GET ONE FREE Stockings
Handmade with non-toxic ingredients, Coconut Matter essential self-care items are safe for our skin and the planet. Founder & Hong Kong mom Diane Van Zwanenberg created the brand in honor of her daughter- she wanted to build a legacy of planet-first and humanity-first and her products do JUST that.
We love the lipsticks, the deodorants and the body balms the most but basically everything in the range makes for the perfect Christmas stocking stuffers (and budget-friendly for under US$20)- especially thanks to the special Xmas offer.
Shop the range here.
8. Sustenir Locally Grown Nutritionally Packed Produce
Sustenir produce that is good for you, good for the environment and good for your city. It’s basically an alternative to vitamins in pill form. 100% clean & 100% grown in Hong Kong– this may be obvious, but locally grown greens have a MUCH smaller carbon footprint than imported ones (and yes, they are working on their packaging, stay tuned).
Another type of stocking filler you might not have thought of: clean, locally grown and nutrient-dense produce. Talk about gifting healthy & green!
Find stockist and recipes here.
9. PureAll Handmade 100% Bamboo Salad Bowls & Servers
PureAll products are Fair Trade & support the communities where they are made.
This salad bowl is made from 100% natural bamboo, like all their products, making it sturdy, anti-bacterial and biodegradable.
Find PureAll products directly at their online store.
10. cbdMD Premium Freeze Relief Gel From CBD Hong Kong
Fitness lovers rejoice! cbdMD’s Freeze Relief Gel combines the proven relief properties of menthol with the natural power of CBD. Perfect for those you love who suffer from muscle and joint discomfort- this is something you always want to have in your pocket/bag. To be honest though, we love the entire cbdMD range by CBD Hong Kong- and honestly, with 2020 being such a crap year, who doesn’t need an anxiety-reducing home remedy?
Discover all of CBD Hong Kong’s products here.
11. Tsunami Sports Eco-Fit™ Facemasks
Tsunami Sports’s masks are just as sustainably made as everything else in their range (they are the leading eco fabric sportswear brand and manufacturer in Asia)- we love that they are made from repurposed trims of their Eco-Fit™ fabric and breathable even during hot or humid summer months and with adaptable ear straps to make it extra comfy. But we were already sold at breathable (and repurposed)!
Find Tsunami’s Facemask here.
12. REEMI Self-Sterilising Period Underwear
Ditch the sock gifting this year (at least for the females in your life) and switch it to something just as practical but way more beneficial for their overall health. NGO Reemi’s period underwear is leak-proof, super comfy and all profit goes towards their work on menstrual innovation for garment workers in Bangladesh.
Gift while supporting a cause. Find Reemi’s products here.
13. Hong Kong Greeters Vegetarian Hong Kong Food Tour
The veggie foodie in your life will love this: a three-hour plant-based food and culture tour combining a curated selection of the most delicious vegetarian cuisine available alongside one cultural, one beautiful and one historical place of interest in on the Kowloon-side of Hong Kong. Here’s our full review – spoiler alert- we absolutely LOVED it.
Check their plant-based tour here and as an extra, their Hong Kong quests are perfect for the little ones. At their own pace and socially distanced.
14. The Green Queen Vegan & Zero Waste Recipe Ebook
The Green Queen Zero Waste Vegan Meal Plan & Recipe eBook is the world’s first 28-day meal plan for the climate-conscious and it contains vibrant Asian vegan recipes that’ll make living sustainably a breeze.
With detailed Weekly & Daily Shopping Lists plus convenient Weekly Meal Planners and a complete zero waste lifestyle guides including grocery shopping & beauty tips, you are sure to gift complete inspiration to live a healthier, heartier and more cruelty-free life.
Get your digital copy here – use promo code XMAS for 30% OFF.
15. SoL The Label Classic Long Set
Consciously crafted from responsibly sourced Ecovero™ fabric, SoL essentials are designed for laid-back days and endless wear.- in fact the brand has trademarked its own apparel sector: sustainable SelfWear™ -perfect for those work from home weeks and slow Sundays with the family. Find out more about this pioneering label here.
Go to their website and order via email to get your hands on this dreamy set for the homey of your life.
16. Featfashion Knitted Breathable Facemask
The feat.MASK is made of tightly-knitted and highly-breathable layers of functional yarn, making it safe for you and those around. Using 72% sustainable viscose made of pulp from renewable resource wood, the feat.MASK is seamless and soft on delicate skin. Plus, it is also reversible, so you get a new design after every wash – how cute are they?
With tons of styles, their limited edition ‘FROST’ design, kids and adult sizes, you’ve got presents for the whole family sorted.
ECO BONUS: feat.MASK will plant a tree for every purchase made!
Gift a loved one a Featfashion mask and get special discount code code “greenqueen10” for a 10% off.
17. Bamford Home Diffusers from 1010 Hope
Help your friends and family feel like in a luxurious spa… at home.
Bamford was born out of a belief that what we put on our body should be as nourishing and nurturing as what we put inside it through our food. It creates items for the body and home that are inspired by our connection to the earth and a desire to protect its future.
- Scent the home for up to 6 months
- Have a non-toxic oil base
- Come in a glass bottle
- Their willow reeds from a sustainable source
Explore the whole range here.
18. Rooftop Republic Grow Your Own Food
Want to grow your own food but not sure where to get started? Rooftop Republic’s has an online academy with courses exactly for that, introducing The Grow Your Own Food: Online Academy, a series of online webinars, each covering different topics about growing your own food and awake your inner gardener. You can join in for just one class on a topic of your choice, or you can join for as many classes as you like.
Buy one for the green-thumb-in-need here.
19. Beyond Plastic Zero Waste Personal Care Products
Beyond Plastic aims to reduce and ultimately end the single-use plastic system that we live in and provides biodegradable, compostable and ecological products to help people change easily to a more sustainable living. They regularly organize beach cleanups around Hong Kong, so join one if you can, but in the meantime, you can shop their range for Xmas gifts including bamboo toothbrushes and dental tooth tablets- ideal stocking fodder- and zero-waste hamper personal care options.
Check out Beyond Plastic’s zero waste personal care collection here.
20. Edgar Zero Waste Gift Collections
Especially designed for kids, Edgar.hk’s zero waste discovery kit from Mas Du Roseau is a great starter for the new generation of eco-conscious mini warriors. We’re grabbing some for all the little people in our life it comes with kid-friendly solid shampoo, soap and toothpaste.
Get the zero waste discovery kit here.
21. Waterlinks GRAYL Ultralight Purifier Bottle
Purify your water no matter where you are with Waterlinks’ GRAYL! At 10.9 oz (309 g), the Ultralight is perfect for trekking the globe, outdoor adventures and emergency kits. Provides full-spectrum protection against pathogens (viruses, bacteria, and protozoa), particulates, chemicals and heavy metals on the go, what more can you ask for?
Give the gift of clean water: no batteries, UV bulbs, chemicals, pumping, sucking, squeezing or prolonged waiting.
Grab one for the adventurer in your life here.
22. NECTAR H IS FOR LOVE Light Face Oil From Le Melior
NECTAR is H IS FOR LOVE’s lightest moisturiser, which means it’s suited to everybody and everyone, even those who aren’t used to using facial oils. Just a few drops of NECTAR are needed to massage the luxurious oil into damp skin after cleansing and toning. Made from nourishing plant-based oils like Jojoba, Argan, Macadamia and Rosehip Seed oil, all high in linoleic acid and omega-3s, this superstar face oil (beauty editors can’t get enough!) helps to promote cell renewal, fight inflammation and strengthens skin against daily oxidative stress. Enriched with soothing herbs such as Calendula and Chamomile as well as essential oils of Grapefruit and Frankincense, this toxin-free all-natural is the perfect addition to your clean skincare routine.
NECTAR Face Oil by H IS FOR LOVE. Get it on Le Melior here.
23. The Green Platters Vegan Palm Leaf Trays
Their conscious luxury platters are customisable, support local businesses and seasonal produce and can be done 100% vegan. Their gorgeous palm leaf platters make entertaining so chic. These biodegradable, chemical-free platters are great to take along for events or give as gifts.
Book a platter for a special occasion or grab a gift card here.
24. OraSi Walnut Milk Drink
We’re crushing on OraSi Walnut milk will give a totally new depth and flavour to your holiday hot chocolate. 100% plant-based and made with Italian nuts naturally full of Omega-3s, you won’t be able to stop drinking it- ideal for making vegan eggnog too! The plant-based brand also does a great vegan cooking cream and whipped cream so make sure to explore the whole range.
Note: This is the only product on our list that comes in Tetra Pak but bear with us (1) You can now recycle muti-layer beverage cartons in Hong Kong and 2) plant milks are WAY better for the planet even if their packaging is not ideal).
Find OraSi products here.
25. Raze Self-Sanitizing Alcohol-Free Starter Set
Did you know regular sanitisers and disinfectants can contain high levels of toxic methanol? The Raze Starter Set has everything you need to help your loved ones set a new foundation of hygiene in their homes. One without harmful ingredients- safe for children and pets, Raze products destroy the widest range of pollutants. You may have spotted their logo in taxis and buses around town (the transport companies use it to keep the seats as germ-free as possible)- THAT’S how badass their tech is!
Get their starter set here.
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