Friendship Day is celebrated on August 1st and over time has evolved into an opportunity to show real love to those who unconditionally support us through the ups and downs of life. With growing awareness of climate change and irresponsible consumption patterns, it seems only natural not to make this day another excuse for buying meaningless gifts. Why not show your friends and mother earth some love with these eco-conscious gestures instead?
Here is our pick of five sustainable and environmentally friendly ideas:
Ethical Beauty Products: There are many high-profile and lesser-known brands in India these days that make zero cruelty and ethical beauty products and you can make your choice based on your budget and preferences. Check out websites where every product is handcrafted using certified organic ingredients. Look for ingredients with organic certification to make sure there is no adulteration from the bottom to the water you use. And then you can choose from treats for face, hair and body, wellness treats and gifts for him and her to environmentally friendly household products such as laundry and dishwasher bars and organic towels. You’re sure to find something online that is just right for a friend who cares about the environment and whether or not a gift is biodegradable.
A well thought-out piece of clothing: Sustainable farming methods are the foundation of slow fashion and green clothing brands. Such brands respond to the plight of Indian farmers struggling with debt, poverty, the high costs of modern cultivation techniques, genetically modified seeds and weather irregularities. Support companies who swear by ecological and fair trade cultivation methods. Many brands are not only going vegan, but also climate neutral. So get something special for someone special and help the planet and a farmer. Fast fashion is no longer trendy. Well-designed, eco-friendly garments are the way forward, so do a little research and you will find several options that are kinder to the planet.
Greetings with trees! : Why not choose a living and breathing gift that will greatly benefit the planet? Why not give away trees to honor a cause or a loved one? Surprise a friend with a green gesture and inspire others to do the same. Check out Grow-Trees.com, a movement to expand green spaces, nourish wildlife and forests with reforestation measures. It binds and promotes local communities and also involves companies and individuals. Grow-Trees.com sends your greetings to the person you are honoring via an eTreeCertificate® to let them know of your warm gesture. You can also give trees to several people at the same time. This social initiative leads the way in providing web-enabled, low-cost service to individuals and businesses so that they can easily plant trees around the world. Go ahead, be a part of this mission and show a friend that your love for them is evergreen.
Environmentally friendly utilities: Big changes start with small gestures. So why not introduce a friend to a more sustainable lifestyle by offering them a gift basket filled with eco-friendly goodies like bamboo or a neem toothbrush, scrub loofahs, and other waste-free and eco-friendly personal care products? Products? Check out websites that offer guilt-free gifts that promote slow living, resource conservation, biodegradable packaging, fair trade, ethical sourcing, herbal consumer products, and more.
Environmentally friendly stationery: If your friend loves to keep a journal, check out websites that have quirky, sustainable, and recycled stationery, notepads, diaries, pouches, newspaper pens, and pencils. Make sure that the products are 90% upcycled and handmade. Opt for reversible, washable and organic face masks, vegetable bags and home accessories for furnishings, glasses, planters, coasters and much more upcycling items. Support eco-friendly brands that use trash, scraps, and extra fabrics and buy a gift that is really green.