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Christmas shopping needn’t cost the Earth. This year, choose nature-friendly gifts and greetings that will protect natural resources, reduce environmental impact and directly help the wildlife you love. Here are several green options from the RSPB shop.
One of the easiest changes to make is to move from single-use water bottles to a reusable metal one. These stainless steel bottles keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold, thanks to their triple-layer construction. Choose from three exclusive designs: barn owl, puffin or blue tit, £24.99.
Glitter is a microplastic, that can end up in oceans to be ingested by fish and shellfish. Glitter and foil on greetings cards also renders them non-recyclable. Good news though: RSPB Christmas cards are printed on FSC © certified cardboard, without glitter or foil, £3.99–4.99.
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Every year we throw away approximately 500 billion coffee cups. Most go into landfill, but some are being recycled into these brilliant, insulated mugs with a leak-proof screw top. The rCup is also recyclable at the end of its lifespan. Medium £10, large £12.
Go nature-friendly with this pretty “Robin” gift wrap roll (5m for £4), printed on FSC® certified paper. It can be recycled again after use. Tie it up with ultra-sustainable hemp twine (shown, £3.50 for a pack of three colours).
RSPB Gift wrap
Gift a nest box to any bird lover. All RSPB nest boxes are made from FSC ® certified wood. This ensures that they are sourced from a forest that’s well-managed: from the protection of indigenous people’s rights to the methods of tree felling. Bird homes from £9.99. Pictured: Apex classic nest box, £15.99.
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Naturally grown under the rainforest canopy, this organic, fairtrade ground coffee provides a haven for birds and other wildlife in ideal conditions for nurturing deliciously different beans with a taste of the wild. Two blends available, with instant on the way in Spring! Try Espresso blend, £3.79.
The world’s largest non-food crop, cotton makes about half of the world’s textiles, but its environmental impacts can be devastating. Its production uses huge volumes of water, draining water habitats around the world. Toxic pesticides contaminate rivers, destroying wildlife and communities. Organic cotton avoids this. The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) ensures ecologically and socially responsible production, limits water use, treats waste to protect water, and demands social criteria such as safe working conditions. £15 each.
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Some brands marketed as ethical can still include chemicals that are harmful to nature, and rainforest-destroying palm oil. Not so the RSPB’s range, guaranteed free of parabens, phosphates and palm oil. It’s vegan and made in the UK. The range celebrates the RSPB’s founders – a group of pioneering Victorian women who campaigned to outlaw exotic bird feathers in fashion – with our heritage blend of orange blossom, rose geranium, cedarwood and petitgrain, so you can opt for guilt-free giving this Christmas.
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