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Christmas Is Your Chance To Subtly Convert Your Family To Sustainable Living

29/11/22

Author: Lucy Jones

DOCUMENTED BY: Pinky & Kamal

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After another long year of reminding your mum to pack her KeepCup and monitoring the rubbish bin for recyclables, it’s time to try a different tack. Think of yourself as a secret sustainability agent on a mission to show your loved ones how easy it is to support brands making a positive impact on the planet. The Trojan horse for creating a secure future without even mentioning climate change? Expertly selected Christmas presents.

It’s not that your friends and family don’t want to put their hard-earned pennies towards great products. Often, they just don’t realise that there are better options – with far less reliance on plastic (and thereby fossil fuels) – out there. Which is why the gifting season is so perfect: it’s your chance to show them what’s possible and convert them to your favourite planet-friendly picks. 

The trick to success is offering substitutes that are as good as, or better than, the products they’re accustomed to. Like replacing the leggings your sister (and every second person in your Pilates class) is always wearing with equally high performance activewear made from recycled nylon. Once she gets a taste for that flattering cut, she’ll never look back.  

To help you with your covert assignment, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite sustainable swaps for the products that regularly pop up on Christmas wish lists.  

Swap: trend-based, designer handbags with Brie Leon’s Paloma Tote Bag

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Paloma Tote Bag

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Paloma Tote Bag

Brie Leon

Documented By: @brie_leon

Swap: trend-based, designer handbags with Brie Leon’s Paloma Tote Bag

We get it, some trends are hard to resist, especially when you keep seeing them on the arm of your favourite celebs. But here's a gentle reminder that finding a unique and timeless accessory that you will love for life can give you the same dopamine rush and will save you money in the long run.  

Brie Leon’s Paloma Tote Bag is case in point. The clean design and compact shape will slip seamlessly into your handbag collection, but with the knowledge that you won't trade this one in for the new model in years to come. What's more, it's is made from materials with a lower environmental impact, like apple leather and recycled cotton. 

Swap: single-use sheet mask with Foile’s Angel Eye Jellies

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Skin Sponge Serum

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Swap: single-use sheet mask with Foile’s Angel Eye Jellies

Everyone loves a sheet mask – the affordable way to create a spa experience at home and give skin a refresh. But single-use products create a lot of unnecessary waste, especially when there’s great reusable options to choose from, like Foile’s reusable Angel Eye Jellies.  

Designed to elevate at-home facials (and reduce waste and save you money), these eye jellies can be placed over a luxurious serum (such as Foile's Skin Sponge Serum) to help lock in hydration. Simply wash, pat dry and store in their aluminium case between uses.  

Swap: store-bought scented candles for Vahy’s

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Desert Nōmad Candle

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Documented By: @vahy.co

Swap: store-bought scented candles for Vahy’s

The gift-du-jour for the mum who enforces mood lighting with vigilante-like vigour. She’s all about lamps and “non-artificial light” and the scent of sandalwood can often be smelled wafting through her house.  

While we’re all about this vibe, what she probably doesn’t realise is what's really in those candles she loves to light up. Most store-bought candles are made from petroleum-based paraffin wax, a by-product of oil refining, and scented with synthetic fragrances which are also derived from petroleum. Alongside being made from fossil fuels, paraffin wax also releases toxins into the air when burning or melting, two of which are carcinogens.  

Don’t worry, candles aren’t cancelled this Christmas. Australian fragrance house Vahy have beautiful scents that are cruelty-free and made from 100 per cent natural soy wax. Our personal “mum-scent” recommendation is the Desert Nōmad Candle. Woody and rich with spicy, summery undertones, this scent will satisfy any Santal fan. Packaged in luxe black glass and free from petrochemicals, it’s sure to get her tick of approval.  

Swap: plastic-packaged highlighter for Axiology’s Balmies

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Golden Hour Trio Set

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Malibu Magic Trio Set

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Swap: plastic-packaged highlighter for Axiology’s Balmies

Remember when highlighters first hit the market and we were all walking around looking like literal coins? Thankfully, highlighter has iterated since then, with plenty of products that offer a subtle and natural glow to choose from. 

Axiology’s multi-use cheek, lip and eye crayons are one of the best new-gen highlighters we’ve tried. They rival some of the bestselling makeup products with their lightweight texture and bright pigments that seamlessly blend into the skin to create an iridescent post-facial finish. Free from plastic and zero waste, they are a no-brainer for your beauty-obsessed pal who wants to do better by the planet.  

Swap: activewear made from virgin materials for Pinky & Kamal

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Ribbed Legging

Pinky & Kamal

Documented By: @pinkyandkamal

Swap: activewear made from virgin materials for Pinky & Kamal

The two questions that are always top-of-mind when choosing new workout clothes are: 1) does my butt look good in this? And 2) will these withstand a high intensity workout?   

Meet both criteria with Pinky & Kamal’s body-sculpting recycled nylon leggings. In addition to veering away from virgin resources, they are sturdy with a good amount of stretch and a thick waistband. Pair with stylish one-shoulder crop tops and halter-necks in a sweet shades of lemon, burgundy or olive – surprisingly versatile wardrobe staples that can be worn beyond the yoga mat.  

Swap: chemical-heavy, plastic-packaged hair products for Oway’s Silk’n Glow Hair Mask

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Silk'n Glow Hair Mask

Oway

Documented By: Oway Australia

Swap: chemical-heavy, plastic-packaged hair products for Oway’s Silk’n Glow Hair Mask

When you're trying to tame an unruly mane or keep your blonde in check, product packaging and ingredient lists can fall to the wayside. But we've found a brand that ticks all the boxes for haircare without single-use plastic.  

Packed with effective natural actives, Oway will convince even the most hardened critics to convert to organic haircare. Its Silk’n Glow Mask harnesses the power of biodynamic oat to restore hair fibre and uses vitamin-rich brazil nut to calm frizz. It comes in recyclable aluminium packaging and is a chic addition to any shower shelf.  

Swap: perfumes made from petrochemicals for Roemy’s

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Halcyon Perfume

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Solstice Perfume

ROEMY

Documented By: @roemyau

Swap: perfumes made from petrochemicals for Roemy’s

Forget being traumatised from finding out Santa isn’t real. How about growing up and finding out that pretty much everything you use and love is made from petrochemicals, including most popular perfumes and colognes. Yep, there are around 4,000 chemicals currently used to scent these kinds of products and more than 95 per cent of the chemicals in synthetic fragrances are derived from petrochemicals

Cue the perfect opportunity to ditch the scent of fossil fuel with one of Roemy’s beautiful scents. The Melbourne-based brand creates scents from a mixture of safe synthetics (which are made from nature-identical ingredients) and natural ingredients. The Halcyon Perfume is our pick for lovers of tropical fragrances. With notes of cedar, pepper and fresh pine, the calm, grounding scent recalls bushwalks and coastal forests. It’s hypoallergenic, making it great for that extra sensi friend, and formulated without sulphates, parabens and phthalates too.  

Swap: bottled body wash and exfoliants for Sphaera’s Pumice Hand & Body Soap

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Wild Kelp, Sea Salt & Pumice Hand & Body Soap

SPHAERA

Documented By: Sphaera

Swap: bottled body wash and exfoliants for Sphaera’s Pumice Hand & Body Soap

Classics are classic for a reason. A mainstay in your parent’s and grandparent’s shower, pumice soaps were the original way of gently exfoliating and restoring skin (without fancy ingredients or plastic). Bring back the OG soap bar with Sphaera’s Pumice Hand & Body Soap. Packed with wild kelp and sea salt, it leaves skin smooth, cleansed and purified. Tip: this one is perfect for someone who works in harsh environments or suffers from dry, flaky skin.

Swap: plastic-packaged blush for Flavedo & Albedo’s Dew Tint

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Dew Tint

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Documented By: @flavedoandalbedo

Swap: plastic-packaged blush for Flavedo & Albedo’s Dew Tint

Another day, another viral blush trend. While we love to try a new look, it can sometimes feel like every new must-have product on TikTok is wrapped in plastic. Luckily, Flavedo & Albedo have come through for all the beauty girlies who want to reduce their environmental impact.  

The brand makes long-lasting, highly pigmented and fun products with zero plastic. Our pick for your “naturally” flushed bestie is the Dew Tint, a cream blush with a dewy finish. Its added plant extracts help to plump the skin and smooth fine lines, leaving the complexion healthy and hydrated.  

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Dew Tint

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Wild Kelp, Sea Salt & Pumice Hand & Body Soap

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Halcyon Perfume

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Malibu Magic Trio Set

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Kawakawa and Activated Charcoal Soap

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Ribbed Midi Short

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V-Neck Tank Top

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Golden Hour Trio Set

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Glow Up Set

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Glam Duo

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Resort Perfume

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Solstice Perfume

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No. 6 Perfume

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Fragrance Discovery Set

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Forest Perfume

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Moisturizing Hair Bath

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Moisturizing Hair Mask

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Silk'n Glow Hair Mask

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V-Neck Tank Top

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Ribbed Legging

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Ribbed Midi Short

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Balmie Super Fan Pack

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Cinnamon & Champagne Duo Set

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Cotton Candy Skies Trio Set

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