Westpac is a member of the Sustainable Business Network (SBN). The network includes more than 500 businesses from all round the country. Every Christmas it showcases the best sustainable gift ideas from among its members.
Here’s the best of the best.
How about getting the Kids Adventure Series from the Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation Centre Wildlife Trust? There are 10 books for $90. Great to have in stock for those forgotten nieces and nephews.
Or for the adults, check out Bird on a Wire Gift Cards, a delicious way to get lovingly prepared chicken instead of more left-over turkey.
Or spice up those leftovers with a House of Dumpling sauce.
You could also offer some festive cheer with Yeastie Boys brewery and Gladstone Vineyards. The two have teamed up to support the Arts Foundation with Pushmi, a co-ferment of Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier, and Pullyu, a strong white ale incorporating some ‘Pushmi’ wine.
Or why not set your loved one up for a charging 2018 with a coffee subscription from Kokako?
No Christmas is complete without buying some smellies. The Body Shop has a global reputation as a conscientious company. Choose the 200ml body butter and the company contributes 20c to SBN’s Million Metres Streams project to help restore the nation’s waterways.
Jewellery always brings a sparkle to the eye of a loved one. Select from Stone Arrow’s range of designer 100% recycled earrings and bracelets. They donate a percentage of their profits to charity.
You can also support Million Metres by buying from Duffle & Co’s exclusive range of hand crafted bags. Every sale either helps Million Metres or supports food rescue and redistribution with KiwiHarvest.
Garden to Table helps Kiwi kids learn to grow, harvest, prepare, and share good food. Support them by buying any of their range of note books, aprons, tote bags and tea towels.
Or show ‘em how it’s done by the pros if you are in Wellington, with Organic Boxes full of organic goodness.
And if you like gifts that grow but don’t get eaten, check out Tree Gifts NZ.
Finally, if you have to buy them undies, make sure they are organic and Kiwi made! Thunderpants offers a huge range of quirky designs, including a festive design just right for the season.
Rachel Brown is CEO of the Sustainable Business Network.
“When we all lead such busy lives it can be all too easy to end up buying duff presents in a rush,” she says.
“And they often end up in landfill before New Year. Taking the time to shop with a bit more care shows you care about our planet and about the person you are giving for. It’s well worth it.”