The goal of zero waste is to not send any rubbish to landfill or incinerators. It revolves around the responsible production and consumption of products with emphasis on the responsible management of packaging.
I was first introduced to Zero Waste by Bea Johnson’s book ‘Zero Waste Home’. It was eye opening and most definitely kick started my understanding of the direct impact I had on the climate crisis by over consuming the wrong products and as a result creating needless waste. Absolute Zero Waste can be difficult goal in modern society but that doesn’t mean we can’t make huge strides to significantly reduce our waste production. We can incorporate the principals of Waste Management including Re-think, Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Repair, Rot (Compost) and Recycle.
Green Outlook has collated a selection of products which strive to support consumers to reduce their use of single use plastics and reduce the waste produced in their homes. These Zero Waste Gift Ideas will inspire you and your friends to shop sustainably.
1. Bamboo Toothbrushes the Easy Zero Waste Swap
Replace your plastic toothbrush with a sustainable alternative. The perfect introduction to eco-friendly products. This bamboo toothbrush set contains 4 Medium or Soft toothbrushes.
Irish brand Bambooth supply the World’s first Bamboo toothbrush approved by the Oral Health Foundation.
- 100% biodegradable handle
- Slim neck
- Multi-length bristles
- Bambooth uses 100% plastic free recyclable packing.
2. Remove Makeup with no plastic waste
Did you know most face wipes are made from plastic?
Plus the skin and makeup pros are telling us to avoid them as they are not only damaging the environment but our skin too!
Introducing Reusable Makeup Remover Pads! Your friends will enjoy using these super soft cotton and bamboo pads to cleanse their skin. Pop them in the wash in the handy carrier bag.
Pair with an all natural skin cleanser.
3. Natural Soaps for all occasions
Soap is making a BIG comeback!
It’s a multipurpose wonder. Choose from a selection of all natural soap bars, scented with essential oils. With no plastic packaging they are the perfect Zero Waste gift.
Pictured, Three Hills Soap Thyme and Citronella is a very unique warming bar. Great for skin and soul!
Thyme & Citronella Hand & Body Warming Soap
Carrot Hand & Body Moisturising Soap
Eucalyptus and Lavender Hand & Body Cleansing Wash
Shop the range of Natural Body, Hand and Face Soaps
€7 – €14
4. Make me a Zero Waste Muffin
Perfect for sweet and savoury baked goods. Gift them to a friend who loves to bake, who knows they might make you a Zero Waste Muffin in return.
These Baking Cups are totally chlorine-free, so no chlorine or chlorine derivatives are dumped into our lakes, rivers and streams. Certified compostable for home and industrial/municipal composting.
5. Stay Hydrated Without the Plastic Bottle
Carrying a reusable bottle is an easy way to cut back on plastic waste.
Pack this leak proof bottle into your bag and stay hydrated all day long.
Available in 5 Colours. Keeps drink Hot for 12 hours and Cold for 24 hours
6. Zero Waste Electronic Gift Card
An Electronic Gift Voucher could be an ideal gift to introduce a family member or friend to zero waste living.
Available in values from €25- €250.
Green Outlook gift cards are valid for 5 years from date of purchase.
Choosing a gift voucher from Green Outlook supports multiple Irish businesses and makes the perfect sustainable gift for friends, family or colleagues.
Please contact Fiona for bulk corporate gift voucher orders.
7. Plastic Free Shampoo Bar for all Hair Types
You’ll find 13 Irish Made Shampoo Bars at Green Outlook.
Shampoo Bars are a concentrated form of shampoo so you get the equivalent of two bottles of shampoo for a shampoo bar. Plus, they include all GOOD ingredients, no nasties.
Shop the full range of Zero Waste Hair Care products
8. Zero Waste Soap Set
A selection of 3 Janni soaps!
Our skin is the biggest organ of the body, and all that we put on it will be absorbed, for better or for worse.
Made in Ireland. Cruelty free. No nasty chemicals used such as: parabens, SLS, Parfum etc.
9. Plastic free, all natural deodorant
100% Zero Waste Deodorant with all natural ingredients.
Here’s why your friends will love this deodorant:
- Plastic free deodorant will last for over one year with normal daily usage
- Biork provides twenty-four hours of effective protection against sweat odour.
- It leaves no trace on clothing or skin.
- All ingredients have been dermatologically tested.
- The potassium alum stone is 100% natural. There are no hormones in this product.
10. The Zero Waste gift for Tea Lover
Did you know that nearly all tea bags have plastic lining on them? These tea bags cannot be placed in compost bins as they do not fully degrade. The Zero Waste Club reusable tea strainer is the sustainable alternative to tea bags for your tea loving friends and family.
Use with all loose leaf tea.
Easy to clean, dishwasher safe, and won’t rust
Zero Waste Tea Strainer