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Ethical Gifts: A Guide to Eco Friendly Presents

Sep 05, 2019

Eco-friendly, ethical gifts could be the perfect present alternative for that special person. Knowing what to buy someone for a Birthday, Anniversary or Christmas can seem to be a daunting task every year, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

There are hundreds of options on the market including gifts with an eco twist! Let’s look at why eco-gifts could make the perfect present for your loved one.

What makes an ethical gift?

There are numerous amounts of markets to find the perfect eco-gift, it’s just about finding the right one for you or the person you’re buying for. From well-known sites like Etsy to small bespoke shops like Paguro, there is a marketplace to find the perfect eco-gifts in all corners of the internet. The great thing about buying eco-gifts online is the whole idea that you never quite knowing what you might get.

Usually, ethical gifts are handmade or DIYlike projects which leave a lot of room for interesting and unique features, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes the stranger, wackier and more off-the-wall eco-gift shops you can find the gift more interesting the outcomes can be.

Making your own eco-friendly gifts can be a great alternative if you can’t quite find what you’re looking for on the high street. Handmade gifts using recycled, vegan or sustainable products are a great alternative and truly make a present that is heartfelt and unique. DIY green gifts are also a great way of getting everyone involved, whether they’re young children or DIY dodgers, there’s an eco-gift craft project for everyone.

Again, the internet makes a great place to source recycled gifts and ideas for homemade eco-friendly gifts, it’s just about knowing where to look.

Where can I get ethical gifts?

There are numerous amounts of markets to find the perfect eco-gift, it’s just about finding the right one for you or the person you’re buying for.

From leading brands like Etsy to small bespoke shops like Paguro, there is a marketplace to find the perfect eco-gifts in all corners of the internet.

The great thing about buying eco-gifts online is the whole idea of you never quite knowing what you might get.

Usually, eco-gifts are handmade or DIY like projects which leave a lot of room for interesting design flaws and changes, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes the stranger, wackier and off-the-wall eco-gift shops you can find the better the gift outcomes can be.

Making your own eco-gifts can be a great alternative if you can’t quite find what you’re looking for on the high street.

Handmade gifts using recycled, vegan or sustainable products is a great alternative and truly makes a present that is heartfelt and unique. DIY eco-gifts are also a great way of getting everyone involved, whether they’re young children or DIY dodgers, there’s an eco-gift craft project for everyone.

Again the internet makes a great place to source eco-gifts and ideas for homemade eco-gifts, it’s just knowing where to look.

What makes ethical, green gifts the perfect present?

Just because someone isn’t completely interested in green gifts, recycling or saving mother nature, it doesn’t mean they won’t enjoy or benefit from an eco-gift.

For some, an ethical isn’t really something they will have thought about before, making this the perfect opportunity to give someone the gift of nature, for your benefit and theirs.

For others, a green gift is something they seek. Basically, eco-gifts can keep you covered on all bases because there are some incredibly weird and wonderful eco-friendly gifts available. With a lot of room for bespoke, unique and individual products available, finding an eco-gift for someone that is one of a kind is quite the present show stopper.

Ethical gifts also make the perfect present because of the pure fact they’re eco-friendly. It’s estimated that 114,000 tonnes of plastic packaging will be thrown away and not recycled during the Christmas period purely due to high amounts of presents being wrapped or encased in plastic packaging.

There shouldn’t be any excuse for such an inordinate amount of plastic when there are so many eco-gifts available. There is no excuse for price either, eco-gifts make perfect small presents or, for those who want to splash the cash, larger eco luxuries.

Eco-gifts are great for targeting our modern problems. Plastic being one of our biggest ocean issues at the moment means that people are thinking more about how they can do their bit for mother nature. There is no more of a perfect way to start than to ditch the commercial, plasticheavy gifts for environmentally friendly eco-gifts.

Christmas: Vegan Gift Ideas

Vegan gifts are simply storming the Christmas market. As alternative options, vegan gifts could be the ticket to finding the unique item that will surprise those closest to you this Christmas.

Whether it’s yourself or your family and friends who have embraced the vegan lifestyle, vegan gifts are becoming more and more popular as a way of sharing the values of veganism with others.

At Paguro, all of our products are 100% vegan and cruelty-free, focusing on ethical ways to produce fashion products. If you’re stuck on choosing the pieces that will make your gifts memorable, our collection of artisan-crafted vegan gifts could be the answer.

Let’s explore just some of our collection of vegan gifts to give you the inspiration you need to put a smile on someone’s face this festive season.

The Globe Trotter

Do you know a travel enthusiast who is also an advocate of an ethical lifestyle? Our collection of vegan gifts includes pieces that have been designed and crafted to stand the test of travel.

The Soldier Waterproof Backpack

Many travel accessories aren’t designed to last, but the durable nature of our upcycled bags and accessories showcases the strength of upcycled materials, making sure that your vegan gifts will perform under pressure and last. As one of the newest additions to our collection, The Soldier Waterproof Backpack is ideal for travellers who are always on the go. Made using recycled canvas from military tents, this hardwearing and water resistant bag is perfect for those who like to tackle tough terrains for them to trust that their essentials and possessions are kept safe.



The Nova Large Waterproof Toiletry Bag

Why not give your loved one a complete matching set of reliable gear for their travels? The Nova Large Waterproof Toiletry Bag is the perfect accompaniment to the Soldier Backpack with its matching material and similar style. If you’re looking for vegan gifts that make a statement and stand the test of time whilst performing a useful purpose, the Nova Toiletry bag makes for the ideal present. 



The Statement Stylist

Do you know someone who prides themselves on their outfit’s personality? Our selection of recycled earrings, bracelets, necklaces and cufflinks are all handcrafted giving each one a bespoke finish, meaning you can give your nearest and dearest something that is as unique as they are.

For Him – The Recycled Bicycle Chain Cufflinks

Vegan gifts aren’t always what you might expect. Our Recycled Bicycle Chain Cufflinks are the perfect accessory for those looking to add individual interest to their suits whilst sharing their hobbies with others in a subtle, fun way. Handmade using bike chains sourced from repair shops, these cufflinks create a true statement to complement any office shirt. 



For Her – The Autumn Recycled Rubber Collection from

The Autumn Collection features a bracelet, necklace and earrings that are handcrafted by artisans from the finest upcycled rubber to create bespoke and unique pieces of jewellery. These versatile pieces of statement jewellery can be worn every day or can be dressed up at night. By being different from the pieces you might normally find on the high street, these vegan gifts can be as unique as the recipient for them to value the meaningful thought behind the gift itself. 






The Big Spender

Looking for vegan gifts that don’t break the bank? Our collection of vegan gifts has been crafted from the most interesting and durable of materials, making them a mighty investment. Our bestselling vegan wallets and purses are essential for those in need of practical pieces whilst also wanting to enjoy flaunting the unique nature of upcycled and eco-friendly products each day.

For Him – The Dody Slimline Recycled Inner Tube Wallet

Unique and useful vegan gifts don’t have to be hard to find. The Dody Wallet is a vibrant and unique wallet that has transformed recycled inner tubes into something practical and pleasing. Its slimline size and minimalist design makes this the ideal gift for those searching for simplicity.



For Her – The Aurore Recycled Rubber Purse

The Aurore Purse is a great example of how strong design and the clever use of materials can enhance a once simple product to be even more useful. Whilst being slim and understated on the outside, this vegan gift is spacious and vibrant on the inside, making it entirely convenient. Vegan gifts such as this purse are the ideal balance of functionality and personality.



The Secret Santa

Feel like you’ve been thrown in at the deep end when it comes to Secret Santa? Our collection of vegan gifts spreads across a range of prices so that you can easily stick to your Secret Santa budget whilst giving a memorable, quality gift to suit even the most hard to please recipients.

Under £10 – Dackel Recycled Rubber Sausage Dog Keyring

Have you found yourself looking for something cheap and cheerful? We have a range of interesting vegan gifts that meet the mark of quality whilst keeping under £10 so that you can find something that suits your Secret Santa recipient whatever your budget. Whether the name you drew from the hat is a dog lover or biking enthusiast, our collection of inner tube keyrings has been handcrafted to resemble a whole range of interests so that you can give the vegan gift that will brighten up your colleague’s office keys. 



Under £15 – The Recycled Rubber Phone Case

We all know a co-worker who’s hand is constantly glued to their phone, so why not introduce them to a phone case that is handcrafted by our master artisans. Our Riley Recycled Rubber Phone case is a unique way for your colleagues to keep their prized possession safe and stylish. Finding unique vegan gifts doesn’t have to be hard, we have a wide range of recycled rubber gifts that make a statement as well as being durable, for a present that is truly unique. 



Vegan gifts can make for the most interesting of presents at this time of year, their unique design and interesting material composition means that no two products are ever the same. If you’re stuck on what to buy that picky person, a vegan gift could be just what they need. Go online to view our wide range of unique bags, accessories and jewellery and gift someone the gift of upcycling.

Mother’s Day: Ethical Gift Ideas

‘Mothers hold their children’s hands for a while… their hearts forever.’

In preparation for Mother’s Day, we wanted to bring together some of our favourite producers to give our readers some gift inspiration. All of the designers listed make their products either ethically, organically or from recycled materials. With such interesting stories and such quality products, we’re sure that you’ll be able to find something perfect for your special Mum.

Anne Wiggins– Ethical Luxury Homewear

Whether for your Mum, or the mother of your children, how better to?indulge her than with some luxurious limited edition silk pyjamas.?Nothing is softer against the skin than their ethically produced

Turtle Dove – Recycled Cashmere Gloves and Wrapsilk. 

A gorgeous pair of cashmere gloves must be the ideal accessory for an early spring walk. Made using recycled textiles, the quality of the finishing and the materials makes these lovely products perfect for your Mum.

The Rose Tree – Luxury Organic Skincare and Candles

With no synthetic fragrances, colourings or other chemical witchery, the natural ingredients used in their products are beautifully complemented by essential oils. A naturally good gift for Mothering Sunday. This is an indulgent gift worthy of your special someone

Weaver Green – Contemporary Rugs made from Recycled Plastic Bottles

It is difficult to believe that these beautiful rugs have been made using recycled materials. With such a strain on the world’s natural resources, it is wonderful to see reccled materials being such in such an innovative way. We particularly like the Provence collection

Teatonics – Natural Alternative to Coffee

Not your average herbal tea, this great tasting drink will give you the caffeine boost you crave. Blended with Yerba Mate, widely popular in Latin America for boosting mental alertness and controlling the metabolism, it is also proven to contain unique antioxidant properties.

A stunning vase from The Recycled Glassware Company – made from recycled glass

Many people just get their mum flowers for Mother’s Day, but why not go one step further and buy her this striking vase to go with some beautiful blooms?

There are an assortment of colours and shapes available on the website, though we particularly love this solid blue one. All of them are made from recycled glass and, as a company, The Recycled Glassware Company really strives to reduce their impact on the environment to ensure that your purchase is an eco-friendly choice.

Luxurious fingerless gloves from Turtle Doves – made from recycled cashmere jumpers

As spring arrives and the weather begins to warm up, gloves may seem an odd choice for a gift suggestion, but these fingerless gloves are perfect for those in-between days where it’s a bit chilly in the morning or it cools quickly in the evening.

They’re super soft as they’re made from cashmere, but you don’t have to worry about adding to mass consumption as all the wool they use is from pre-loved clothing.

Beautiful flowers from Sarah Turner Eco Art and Design – made from recycled plastic bottles

Flowers can brighten up anyone’s day, but mass-farmed cut flowers have a huge environmental cost. That is unless they are made from upcycled plastic bottles that would have otherwise been heading to landfill, like these ones.

These daffodils are our favourite. They’re as beautiful as the real thing – plus they’ll last forever!

More Ethical Gift Ideas from Paguro

Donald Recycled Canvas Shoulder Bag

Eco-Friendly and Vegan Upcycled Shoulder Pouch The Donald Recycled Canvas Shoulder Bag is the perfect combination of function and fashion.



Squad Cross Body Sling Hobo Bag

A perfect little bag for us to use around her city break. A small but compact bag that can be used in a variety of ways.



Reina Black Vegan Handbag

This eco-friendly and vegan recycled inner tube handbag is the new black.



Candle Holders

This distinctive tealight holder creates a perfect centerpiece for a coffee table or fireplace and, best of all, it is made from reclaimed whiskey barrels.



Handcrafted earrings made from recycled electrical wire

Our beautiful earrings have been handmade using a traditional Celtic design, but the electrical wire that they’re made from helps to give them a distinctive, contemporary feel.



They’re available in three colour options, each with a burst of brightness that will tie in perfectly with all the spring flowers that will be blooming by Mother’s Day. Plus, they’ll look great dressed up or down and they’re really lightweight, so your mum will be able to get loads of wear out of them.

A stylish clutch made from upcycled rubber

This clutch is one of our most popular pieces. It’s so stylish, incredibly functional and it’s made from upcycled inner tubes using an eco-friendly, cruelty-free process. What more could you want from a bag?



You’ll find a velvet-lined, zip-up compartment where your mum can keep her cash and cards, as well as a separate one that closes with a popper for her mobile phone. Plus, there’s a detachable wrist strap to keep it secure when she’s carrying it.

Inner Tube Satchel - £145

Putting a modern touch on the classic satchel, this stylish bag is all about the reclaimed inner tubes. Showcasing the texture and patterns of this unique material, each bag has its own individual character. Fitting a laptop or tablet up to 13″, the satchel is the perfect functional urban bag.



Slimline inner tube backpack – £125

For those who prefer two shoulders to one, this backpack is a mature and stylish accessory. The hand punched detailing on the straps brings elegance and grace to the simple design. With a large compartment, the backpack has the capacity for both business and pleasure.



Eco-gifts make the perfect present for any event or person. Paguro has an extensive range of eco-friendly and cruelty-free bags, belts and accessories for every gifting need. Go online to find out more about how we repurpose a range of materials to make unique and interesting accessories and gifts.

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