Are you ready to celebrate Christmas in July in a sustainable and eco-conscious way? It's the perfect opportunity to support local businesses in Melbourne while finding unique and meaningful gifts for your loved ones. Let's dive into a selection of eco-friendly treasures that will bring joy to both the recipients and the planet!
Hunter Lab Nourishing Kit with Wooden Box
Encourage self-care with Hunter Lab’s Nourishing Kit. Packaged in a limited-edition light bamboo box, this set offers a blissful hand hygiene experience. The Hand & Body Wash provides a deep cleanse, while the non-greasy Healing Hand Cream nourishes and reduces the appearance of dark spots. It's a luxurious gift that pampers while caring for the environment.
Melbourne-based brand Hunter Lab, was born out of sheer frustration with all those chemical-laden and synthetic skincare products that have ruled the market for way too long. Hunter Lab goes all out in squeezing out the most amazing and unique natural ingredients that you probably won't find anywhere else, especially when it comes to their nourishing benefits for the skin. We're talking about activated bamboo charcoal, black clay, cranberry seed powder, and even grape skins, among others. These guys have scoured the globe to source the highest quality natural ingredients, making sure to keep synthetic fillers and all those nasty additives at bay.
The result? They've concocted some seriously top-notch formulas that not only work wonders but also provide an absolutely delightful experience. You won't find any compromises here.
Chai Addict Original Blend
Calling all chai enthusiasts! Chai Addict's Original Blend is an authentic masala chai brewed by talented spice-masters. This delightful concentrate features ethically sourced spices and certified-organic tea. It's unsweetened, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free, making it suitable for a wide range of dietary preferences. Enjoy a delicious cafe-style chai latte in the comfort of your own home, knowing you're supporting sustainable and ethical practices.
Chai Addict is a small-batch delight that's crafted right here in Melbourne, not too far from our neck of the woods. The greatest part about this chai is that it surpasses the homemade version we labor over for a good 10 to 15 minutes. With Chai Addict, all it takes is a quick mix of three spoons, some milk (no sugar needed), and it's even vegan! Pop it in the microwave for a minute, and voila! Your chai fix is ready to enjoy.
Mork SUPER LIMITED HOLIDAY EDITION
Indulge in the ultimate chocolate experience with Mork's Super Limited Holiday Edition drinking chocolate. This micro batch of dark chocolate is infused with sweet ginger and delightful citrus notes, perfectly capturing the essence of the holiday season. Crafted with the finest Colombian cacao beans in Mork's chocolate foundry in North Melbourne, it's a truly special treat for chocolate connoisseurs.
Mork understands that enjoying a delicious treat shouldn't come at the expense of ethical standards. From the very beginning, starting with those precious cacao beans, Mork takes the utmost care to ensure that they know every step of the production process. They're all about transparency.They want you to feel good about indulging in their brew, knowing that it has been ethically prepared from bean to cup.
Otto and Spike CABLE BEANIE
Stay warm and stylish with the Otto and Spike’s Cable beanie. Made in Melbourne from premium Australian lambswool, this beanie is both sustainable and ethically sourced. With excellent heat retention and a comfortable lightweight feel, it's the perfect accessory for chilly winter days. Complete with Otto & Spike's signature fluffy pom-pom, it adds a touch of whimsy to any outfit.
Known as the knitting legends of Brunswick. For a whopping 40 years, these knitting aficionados have been keeping the craft alive right here in Melbourne. Back in the day, Brunswick was the place to be for all things textile-related, and Otto and Spike were right at the center of it all. While many companies hopped on the overseas production train in search of cheaper prices, leaving local craftsmanship in the dust, Otto and Spike have stuck to their knitting needles and continued to create and produce top-notch knitted goodies.
Lil Bit Peppermint Twist Room Spray
Make your home smell like a winter wonderland with Lil Bit's Peppermint Twist Room Spray. The sweet peppermint scent captures the essence of candy canes without being overpowering. Plus, it's organic and comes in 100% post-consumer recycled packaging, making it a sustainable choice for refreshing your space.
Lil Bit takes sustainability seriously by using recycled plastic bottles, and they go the extra mile by sourcing only the finest ingredients through extensive research. We recently put their Shoo Organic Insect Repellent to the test at the park, and were we impressed! Not only did it yield great results in keeping those pesky insects at bay, but here's the kicker: you can even spray it on a baby's face, which is quite a rare find in the market. Lil Bit is definitely a brand that knows how to deliver quality with care.
Milton Ashby Wooden Toys
Get ready to meet the coolest wooden toys in town, straight from the land Down Under! Milton Ashby has got you covered when it comes to stylish and oh-so-adorable natural wooden toys that are perfect for babies and toddlers.These Melbourne-made treasures are more than just playthings. They're handcrafted works of art that make for stunning keepsake gifts. Imagine the joy on the little one's face as they unwrap a beautifully crafted toy that's been lovingly made right here in Australia.
Now, let's talk about the star of the show: the wood. Milton Ashby knows that quality is key, so they choose only the finest beech timber for their creations. This wood is not only strong but also oh-so-smooth and durable. It's like the superhero of timbers, ready to withstand all the rough and tumble of playtime.
But hold on, we're not done yet. These toys aren't just good-looking; they're also safe. Milton Ashby takes your little one's well-being seriously, which is why they coat their toys with non-toxic water-based or natural-based surface finishes. That means no nasties and peace of mind for parents.
Apiary Made Illustrated Beeswax Wraps
Imagine a set of wraps adorned with a hand-illustrated pattern featuring beehives, bee smokers, honey jars, buzzing bees, and the beautiful Jelly Bush flower. It's like a mini work of art that brings the wonders of the bee world into your kitchen. Talk about making a statement!
But these wraps aren't just pretty faces. They're also a natural, healthy, and sustainable alternative to plastic wrap. Made with organic cotton and coated with beeswax, they provide the perfect solution for storing your food and keeping your produce fresher for longer. No more plastic waste or harmful chemicals leaching into your meals. It's a win-win for both you and the environment!
Apiary Made's Sustainable Beeswax Food Wraps come in a range of sizes, catering to all your wrapping needs. And let's not forget about the stunning hand-designed patterns that make each wrap a unique treasure. They're like a visual reminder of the importance of bees and their incredible role in our lives.
Singleuse Multiverse Triangle Studs
Get ready to be amazed by the incredible Triangle Studs that are not only stylish but also eco-friendly! These studs are a fantastic way to give single-use plastic a second chance and keep it from ending up in landfills or oceans.
These contemporary Triangle Studs are actually made from repurposed materials like milk cartons, straws, plastic lids, shampoo bottles, and even meat trays. It's like turning everyday throw-away plastics into something beautiful and useful. Talk about a creative transformation!
Each piece of Singleuse Multiverse jewelry is a testament to the endless possibilities of recycled single-use plastic. Every vibrant color you see is actually melted plastic. The artist, Jessica, has mastered a unique technique where melted plastic acts as her paint palette. It's a true 'multiverse' of creativity and innovation!
Not only are these Triangle Studs environmentally friendly, but they're also crafted with care and attention to detail. Each piece is handcrafted by Jessica herself in the serene forest setting of Blackwood, Victoria. It's a blend of nature's beauty and human creativity coming together.
STREAT Christmas Pudding
End your Christmas in July celebration with a delicious handmade STREAT Christmas Pudding. Made with organic vine fruit and rich warm spices in their Collingwood kitchen, it's a traditional suet pudding that brings joy and nostalgia to the table.
At STREAT, their chefs work their magic by handcrafting a variety of delicious pantry essentials and seasonal goodies. They stick to the good old-fashioned, preservative-free methods, ensuring that every bite is packed with flavor and authenticity. Plus, they're all about using the finest local produce, with a keen eye on reducing waste and promoting circular food systems. In fact, they team up with the Moving Feast collective to make it happen.
But here's the cherry on top: STREAT isn't just any ordinary business. They're a social enterprise, meaning that every single profit earned goes right back into their youth programs. These programs are a lifeline for disadvantaged and marginalized young people, providing them with essential support and incredible opportunities to train and carve a path towards a sustainable livelihood.
By choosing these eco-friendly and locally made gifts that also give back, you're not only spreading festive cheer but also making a positive impact on the environment and supporting Melbourne's sustainable businesses. Let's celebrate Christmas in July with conscious choices that create lasting memories and a greener future!
Shop local, shop sustainable, and make this Christmas in July truly special!