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Oxfam’s Zero Waste Gift Guide - 13 Unique Ideas

Want to help save the planet, one gift at a time? Every gifting experience is an opportunity for you to shop zero waste, whether it's for Christmas, birthdays or everything in-between. Zero waste gifts seek to reuse excess materials and promote recycled products to reduce overall waste production.

Below, we've gathered a collection of excellent zero waste gift ideas from the Sourced by Oxfam range. Sourced by Oxfam products champion the best of ethical, sustainable and brand-new items. All products come from accountable suppliers who put people and planet before profit.

Recycled Cotton Fair Trade Rainbow Throw

Rainbow weaved striped throw with tassels

This exquisite and vibrant throw is crafted with care by talented artisans from Asha Handicrafts in India. Constructed entirely from 100% recycled materials, it serves as an ideal zero waste gift. Whether for friends or family, this throw is an excellent choice for a housewarming present, providing both warmth and a touch of colour and charm to any room.

Kantha Yoga Mat Bag

Kantha Yoga Mat

Have a friend who adores both yoga and the planet? Consider gifting them this stunning yoga mat bag. Meticulously crafted by skilled artisans in India, it is made from recycled cotton, making it a thoughtful zero-waste present that breathes life into old material.

Recycled Sari Fold Away Shopping Tote Bag

Recycled sari tote bags in a range of colours and prints

What's more zero waste than a reusable bag? This silky, lightweight foldaway bag is perfect for on-the-go use. These beautiful shoppers are handmade by Indian artisans using recycled saris, making each one beautifully unique.

Kantha Blue Paisley Purse

Handcrafted by artisans in India, this lovely purse made from recycled sari fabric provides a beautifully unique means to organize and carry your small belongings. It's the perfect way to breathe new life into old textiles, making it an ideal zero-waste gift.

Luxury Recycled Kraft Wrapping Paper

Bee print recycled gold and black wrapping paper

This luxury recycled gift wrap features beautiful metallic bees on black, ideal for birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, and any special occasion.

Dopper Insulated Drinking Bottle

three thermal water bottles. One black, one navy and one light blue

This thermos bottle keeps your water hot for 9 hours or cold for 24 and keeps you saving our oceans. It's the ideal zero-waste gift for those committed to eliminating single-use plastic bottles from their daily routine. Available in a range of different colours on the Oxfam online store.

Faith in Nature Shea and Argan Shampoo Bar

Faith in Nature conditioner bar, reads 100% Natural, No SLS or parabens Shea & Argan

Faith in Nature’s Vegan, cruelty and plastic-free shampoo and conditioner bars harnesses the natural benefits of argan oil to gently cleanse and nourish your hair. A perfect zero waste gift for anyone wanting to ditch single use plastic packaging to be as kind to the planet as they are to their hair.

Voysey Bird Recycled Plastic Travel Cup

Embrace the Arts and Crafts aesthetic with this reusable cup crafted from recycled plastic. Boasting a silicone lid closure and band, this exquisite cup showcases the designs of British artist C.F.A. Voysey. It serves as the ideal zero-waste gift for coffee enthusiasts seeking to bid farewell to single-use cups.

Fair Trade T-Rex Love Greetings Card

A yellow and Green T-rex card which reads. I love you this much, That's not very much.

One person's trash is another person's treasure! This Fair Trade and handmade T-Rex card transforms excess office waste into a unique greeting card. Crafted in Rwanda, this card is the perfect pairing for your zero waste gifts.

Recycled Sari Pack of 3 Gift Bags

Recycled Sari Pack of 3 Gift Bags - Extra Large yellow green and orange colours

Available in small, medium and large this pack of 3 beautiful handmade gift bags is perfect for making a gift to a loved one even more special. Made using recycled sari fabric the bags can be reused after gifting making them the perfect plastic free zero waste gift wrap

10 Floral Gift Tags

Yellow gift tag with purple blue pink and red hand draw flowers

This pack of 10 beautiful floral gift tags made from recycled paper is ideal for giving your zero waste gifts a special touch.

Turtle Bags – Fairtrade Short Handled String Bag

Dip dyed white and blue net bag

Say farewell to plastic bags forever with this 100% organic Fairtrade cotton string bag. Countless plastic bags journey through rivers and streams, ultimately ending up in the sea. Turtles arriving in UK waters are increasingly confusing plastic bags for jellyfish. Plastic bags pose a hazard, but Turtle bags offer an alternative. Turtle Bags are an ideal zero waste gift that remove the need for single use plastics. Currently offered in 8 different colours, these Turtle Bags are ideal for carrying groceries, shopping, and more.

Recycled Sari Flower Bunting

This colourful flower bunting has been carefully handmade by skilled artisans using recycled saris. A beautifully unique addition to enliven any room. We think this would be the perfect zero waste gift for friends and family moving into a new home or a gift for a student moving into their new halls.

For more inspiration on sustainable and ethical gifting, shop the Sourced by Oxfam range online today!