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Black Friday? No, it's Green Friday! Six perfect sustainable gifts.

Posted on Nov 23, 2018 1:00:00 PM

CafeDirect 450In case your reading this on Moon, you’ll know that today is Black Friday, the Christmas shopping phenomenon that has spread out of its American base to inspire deals and offers in shops and online retailers around the world. Once known just as the day after Thanksgiving, the fourth Thursday of November now heralds the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. We at Bio-Based World News are not a big fan if truth be told. In fact we like the approach that Patagonia make, in 2016 they pledged to donate 100% of its Black Friday profits — over $10 million — to grassroots environmental groups. But those Christmas gifts won’t buy themselves – so we decided to select a set of presents that will delight… but not cost the earth.

The Meru Farm Project Box from Paddy and Scotts.

  MERU-1Perfect for coffee lovers and eco-warriors, for EURO 67 / GBP 60 / USD72 / the lucky recipient will become a member of the Meru Farm Project which literally means you own a tree in a coffee plantation in Kenya. The membership from Paddy and Scotts ( @PaddyandScotts )   box will include a shipment of single origin Kenyan coffee to try whilst you register your plot. You will also receive a farm pass card (you'll need this card to access the farm if you ever visit), your tree plot number, branded reusable steel coffee container and a strictly limited edition Meru Farm Project coffee cup. Members will get special access to member discounts on Jerry Can coffee as well as regular updates from the farm and Meru community projects.

For more more information and how to buy click here. 


Noma Swimwear.  

 Untitled design (3)-2Noma Swimwear ( @NomaSwimwear )  is a sustainable children’s swimwear brand based in London. It uses ECONYL(r) regenerated polyamide from ghost fishing nets and other waste in its swimwear fabric. Since r-polyamide is no different to virgin polyamide Noma Swimwear is able to offer fantastic quality swimwear with feel-good, ocean-positive vibes. The swimwear fabric is also UPF50+ rated for sun protection and is suncream stain resistant and ultra-chlorine resistant. The current range is for babies and children from 6m to 11y, with new designs, products and sizes arriving in 2019. Noma Swimwear offers a re-recycling pilot project, taking back used Noma Swimwear items with a view to making the polyamide lifecycle circular. 

For more information and how to buy click here. (PS - Sign up to the newsletter on the homepage and get a 10% discount on your first order. 


BabyDam. 

Babdam 450

A revolutionary bathwater barrier that creates a baby bath within a family bath, helping to save water, time and money. BabyDam retails at EURO 34 / GBP 30 / USD 39 and will pay for itself over and over during its lifetime. You can save up to 28 litres of water per bath when using BabyDam in a standard sized bath. That’s 10,220 litres per year!

Currently the BabyDam ( @BabyDam ) is being widely used in Cape Town, South Africa during the water restrictions. Hotels are even purchasing them in for their smaller guests. We had customers contact us during Hurricane Harvey to let us know that they used BabyDam to preserve their emergency water supply. It also became a hot product in the news this summer due to the threat of hosepipe bans in the UK.

BabyDam is the product of tomorrows world, available today - it is a must have gift for water conscious individuals and is a present that will benefit both the parent and baby at bath time.

For more information and how to buy click here. 


Christmas Blend coffee from Cafédirect.

Sustainable coffee pioneers Cafédirect have launched a new Christmas Blend as a seasonal extension to their popular organic range. A perfect stocking filler for any coffee lover, organic and Fairtrade coffees from Peru and Honduras have been blended together to inspire the taste of Christmas with festive notes of praline and brown sugar.

Christmas Blend is roasted in small batches in their London Fields Roastery, giving a ridiculously good taste experience. The rich and full-bodied organic coffee can be enjoyed in a filter or cafetiere and has been grown without pesticides and with minimal environmental impact. Share your #RidiculouslyGood coffee experiences this Christmas by searching for @CafeDirect 

For more information and how to buy click here. 


Nim-Véda Australia cosmetics.

 MAssage 450We think this is a great company – Nim-Véda's ( @NimVedaAust ) products combine proven ancient practices with modern day technology so we can all reap the benefits of what our ancestors used but still have all the luxurious of the 21st Century beauty care field. Something that busy people would love to include in their busy lifestyles but can't find the time to do!

Neem & Ayurvedic Extract Hair Care Solution and decadent Natural Massage Oils are perfect for the festive customer interested in a natural full body care solution using the highest quality ingredients used in Ayurveda over 4500 years ago.

For more information and how to buy click here. 


Deakin and Blue swimwear.

   Deakin 450All their swimwear is made from regenerated post consumer waste, such as industrial fabric, and manufactured locally in the UK in small production runs to avoid contributing waste stock to landfill. They have removed single use plastic from every stage of our supply chain and all their packaging is 100% recyclable. Plus Deakin and Blue ( @DeakinandBlue ) regularly partner with marine conservation organisations where we donate a portion of profits to help clean up beaches around the world.

For more information and how to buy click here. 


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 Read: Five bio-based Christmas gifts that won't cost the earth.

Read: Recycled, reused or composted - Danone announce trio of actions to be fully circular by 2025.

Read: The Fresh Prince goes bio-based with launch of new water bottle in 800+ UK shops.

Read: Meet 'For The Better Good', the NZ social enterprise making bottles from plants.

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