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Christmas is a time for giving, but single-use plastics can also make it a time for waste. This year we've reduced plastic and found sustainable alternatives, so you can find nature-friendly gifts and greetings that will protect natural resources, reduce environmental impact and directly help the wildlife you love.
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All our gift wrap is made of FSC® recycled 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). Or try the recycled paper gift bags (including a bottle bag) in the woodland design.
RSPB Gift wrap
Thanks to a clever redesign, the majority of our calendars are now entirely plastic-free. We have removed cellophane wherever possible. Printed on FSC® certified paper, calendars can be easily recycled after use too.
You won't find plastic boxes in our packs of Christmas cards this year. Our 2020 designs are supplied in a cardboard box, or in compostable wrap rather than cellophane. With no glitter (microplastic!) or foil and printed on FSC® certified cardboard, the cards themselves are eco-friendly and fully recyclable.
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Crackers are a tradition in many households: loved by young and old alike. Often in card and hard plastic boxes, with disappointing plastic toys, they end up in landfill. We have removed all plastic from our boxes, and from inside the crackers too. Choose from origami cracker gifts, fairtrade chocolates or wooden decorations you can make for the Christmas tree. Box of 6, £13, or 12 crackers for £24.
A tactile selection of eco-friendly materials that suit a range of Christmas decoration themes: Wool felt, ceramic (pictured) and sustainably sourced wood (pictured) all look and feel beautiful. Try the glass bird decorations - now glitter-free and in a cardboard box, £13.99, or the inviting bird in a bird box, £4.99.
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.
Over 25 nest boxes
Naturally grown under the rainforest canopy, this organic, fairtrade ground coffee provides a haven for birds and other wildlife whilst nurturing deliciously different wild-tasting coffee beans. Two blends available, and now incredible instant coffee too! Pair with sumptuous, ethical Booja Booja truffles, which also make a great gift for vegans.
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 five exclusive designs including: barn owl, puffin or blue tit, £27.99.
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.
Christmas gifts for her
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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