Living sustainably is a way of life for many Australians. Eco products are now a hot topic at many dinner tables and eco-friendly gifts are rising to the top of everyone’s wishlists, even Queen Elizabeth’s address to the world during the COP26 Climate Summit had much to say about living more sustainably and making changes today that impact tomorrow. Though, with all this talk of sustainable products, it can be hard to know what to buy and how much of our efforts impact our future. That’s why IOco Gift Designers aims to bring you great recyclable, sustainable and reusable products and gifts that look great but are also equipping our communities for great change through combined efforts. So we're bringing you our list of eco-friendly gift ideas that take the guesswork out of ‘how to’ and make living sustainably easy.
It is estimated that the world's plastic consumption is in excess of 12.5 million tons of plastic waste per year. So, how is this relevant to each of us? This equals a 100kgs of plastic waste per person, per year thrown into landfill. This changes the goal post for each of us individually. Finding more sustainable products and developing sustainable habits in our daily lives, with a personal goal to reduce our own plastic waste each year, ultimately has a huge effect on our environment. Ten people have the ability to reduce our national waste by 1000 tons per year.Sustainability is living in a way that means we can more purposefully choose sustainable alternatives that allow our world to flourish, not diminish. It means not exploiting Earth’s resources but creating a today that supports our tomorrow.
Now, you may ask, why should I bother to live an eco-friendly life? Here at IOco we are designing beautiful, convenient and eco-friendly products that you will love to use and things you need in your everyday life while still supporting a more sustainable lifestyle.
A basic fact of living is that we share the planet with millions of other species in thousands of ecosystems, whom we can do real damage to. By not depleting resources we ensure other species have access to them or make sure that their habitats don’t get destroyed through unsustainable practices.
Recycling and reusing products, and cutting down on use of single use items, including plastics, means less waste ends up in landfill or ends up in our forests, lakes and oceans. This keeps animals safe and ecosystems healthy for everything and everyone to enjoy. It also improves air and water quality. Doing our individual part can help regenerate the earth and save species from extinction.
At its heart, sustainability is about making and using goods that meet our current needs without sabotaging the ability of future generations to meet their needs. It recognises that the environment is an exhaustible resource. We have a moral obligation to help future generations. By reusing products, we can make sure that future generations don’t have to pay the price for our actions. Every action we make has an impact but by being eco-friendly we reduce that impact.
Beyond the great environmental benefits, reusable products are designed to last. No more will you constantly have to go and buy new water bottles, clothes pegs or earbuds. With IOco Gift Designers’ eco-friendly products, all they often require is a quick, easy wash and they’ll be ready to use once more. They also make amazing sustainable gift ideas that, because they last so long, will be a fun and useful product for your friends and family to enjoy and think of you for years to come.
A reusable product will also save you money. Because sustainable products can be reused again and again, you won’t have to waste your money on wasteful or single-use products. You won’t need to buy bottled water when you carry your glass water bottle with you. Alternatively, our reusable shopping bags will save you money when you buy groceries. Living sustainability won’t only be saving the planet, but it will be saving you loads.
So, living sustainably is great, but how do you know what you’re buying is eco-friendly? Anytime you buy with IOco Gift Designers, you’ll be buying environmentally friendly products. The IOco Gift Designers re-use range is made out of recycled and reusable materials guaranteed to make you smile while you use them. IOco Gift Designers’ amazing designs use materials like metal and glass that are sturdier than plastic and therefore will last longer, even with regular use. Additionally, these materials won’t stick around for thousands or millions of years to continue to cause damage to the environment.
IOco Gift Designers’ range of reusable glass coffee cups and water bottles are amazing, whether you’re at home or on the move. They’re made from hardened borosilicate glass, so they’re perfect for warm or cold liquids. Plus, their stylish design works for anytime of day or for any occasion.
They’re easy to clean and come with a silicone sleeve to give better grip. Plus, IOco Gift Designers’ range is the only reusable coffee cup with a glass lid, meaning no more plastic or silicone taste. This makes them great environmentally friendly glass gifts for someone you know who wants to cut down on the plastic they use. Plus, they literally can be passed down to the next generation – the definition of sustainable.
A fun fact: straws are called straws because in the olden days they were made from straw.
Reusable and recyclable straws are a great way to avoid single-use plastics. Don’t you hate sitting in the movies, eating popcorn, drinking your favourite soft drink and then your straw goes soggy and naff halfway through the movie? We have a range of reusable straws to suit everyone, ranging from colourful Stainless Steel straws, Natural Bamboo Straws and even Real Wheat one-use straws that are perfect for cocktails and BBQs.You’ll be eliminating millions of plastic straws from the environment in style.
IOco Gift Designers’ range of Beauty Buds are made of super soft silicone and are ideal for make-up application and removal, ear cleaning, and cleaning minor cuts. They come in a variety of styles, for whatever your needs, and they are 100% reusable. Durable, easy to clean, and eco-friendly, once you buy these you’ll never go back to the one-time buds and wipes again.
If you want to travel green and in style, then IOco Gift Designers’ collection of environmentally friendly travel cutlery is for you. The fashionable alternative to plastic, IOco Gift Designers’ travel cutlery have everything you need: knife, fork, spoon, chopsticks and straw in one easy pouch that’s easy to carry and fits at the bottom of your bag. Get them in metal, bamboo or wheat fibre.
Strong, lightweight, and a natural alternative to plastic, IOco Gift Designers’ shopping bags are small enough to fit into a small backpack or handbag but can stretch out to accommodate your big weekly shop. Easy to sling over your shoulder and coming in a variety of colours, if you want an environmentally friendly shopping experience, IOco Gift Designers has you covered.
Sustainability is our way of doing our part for the planet and if you want to start being more eco-friendly, then IOco Gift Designers is the place to start. We sell innovative, recyclable and reusable products in Australia that are great green products for you or gifts for your friends and family. If you want to put a smile on your face and have a positive impact on the Earth, check out the IOco Gift Designers range today!