Limerick is European Green Leaf City for 2020 and we all want to make an effort to have a greener, more sustainable Christmas this year. Here’s our top tips for some green gifts and stocking fillers available from local Limerick stores - ideas for an eco-friendly Christmas without skimping on the festive magic!
Founded by a Limerick mum and daughter, Mimi and Martha is a new brand focused on conscious shopping and celebrating the grá that goes into creating and making! Here’s a gorgeous gift box full of sustainable goodness for the eco conscious person in your life! Items include Chilly's Food Pot, set of 2 coconut bowls made from up-cycled coconut shells and a reusable steel straw.
Chilly’s Bottles are the Rolls Royce of resusable bottles constructed from durable, high-grade stainless steel preserving the flavour and freshness of your drink, without any tainting. Who wouldn’t want to have this gorgeous rose-gold bottle on your desk to keep you hydrated every day? (Duo, Denmark Street)
This Zero Waste Kit from The Urban Co-Op includes all you need to get started living without plastic! Includes the book Towards Zero Waste by Feidhlim Harty, The Urban Co-op Stainless Steel Bottle 500ml, Vivani Chocolate 100g, Dent Tabs Toothpaste 125 tabs, Hydrophil Toothbrush, Palm Free Soap, Hooked by Em Soap Saver, Wooden Ruler FSC, Wooden Pencil FSC, Cardboard Clip Pen and an organic shopping bag.
Swedish schoolgirl, Greta Thunberg sparked a global movement for action against the climate crisis, inspiring millions of pupils to go on strike for our planet, forcing governments to listen, and earning her a Nobel Peace Prize nomination. Her book, 'No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference, brings you Greta in her own words, for the first time.
The Sunvale Soap Company in beautiful Ballyhoura use organically grown ingredients from their own garden to make their beautiful products and source from responsibly sourced vendors in Ireland where possible. This rich, hydrating, 100% natural body butter is made with vitamin rich shea butter, coco butter and their own soothing calendula oil. Beautifully scented with a blend of 7pure essential oils, including neroli, geranium, chamomile and Rosemary. 180ml, recyclable amber glass jar.
Vegan treats? Yes please. Jam packed with all our favourite vegan friendly treat, the perfect vegan selection box full of sweet and savoury snacks to keep you or your loved ones going through the Christmas period - or eat them all in one, it's christmas after all we're not judging! (Duo, Denmark Street)
We're all trying to break the habit of fast fashion and turning to the laptop to browse every time we need to replace an item of clothing. So, when you really do need something new or indeed, if you're gifting clothes this Christmas, make a visit to the sustainable fashion hot spots about town —SPICE in Limerick who offer ethically made slow fashion and Vito Vintage at the Milk Market.
A beautiful caddy containing 30 individually wrapped Pukka Teas - Wild Apple & Cinnamon, Revitalise, Original Chai, Three Ginger & Turmeric Gold. Plastic Free tea bag with a recyclable paper envelope | 100% Organic | Vegan & Cruelty-Free | Ethically sourced.
Combat fast fashion this Christmas and bag yourself a bargain by shopping pre-loved clothing! Check out HAM salvage, a student based company from the University of Limerick, for vintage clothing and sustainable fashion ideas. Plus, for every order made, you’ll have an option to lower your Co2 footprint by planting a tree – win, win!
This beautifully fragranced candle from Homeland Candles in Clarina is infused with creamy tonka bean, tobacco flower, vanilla and cocoa is sure to create a relaxing and harmonising atmosphere in your home this Christmas. No unnecessary additives, no glass or metal containers, no excess packaging – just a traditional design made better.
Handmade by Textile Artist, Designer & Lampshade Maker Karen Cunneen Bilbow in her studio on the Limerick Clare border, these stunning tote bags are digitally printed with her own artwork and stitched to make a high quality fabric tote bag. We all need to do our bit for the environment no matter how small, and these bags are a great way of reducing plastic use.
Can you imagine eating the straw in your gin and tonic or strawberry daiquiri? Add some fun to your festive celebrations with these edible drinking straws from Ecostaws.ie in Hospital, Co. Limerick! They come in five flavours, are 100% biodegradable and environmentally friendly – a super fun, functional and flavoursome stocking filler for Christmas!
Go green this Christmas, and for years to come with your very own tree in a pot from Rockbarton Garden Centre, Bruff! With twinkling bright lights and the scent from the tree all over Christmas, it is perfect for a small garden, balcony or apartment. Once the festivities are over, plant in a bigger pot or in your garden. It’s the gift that keeps on giving!
Sparkle in style this Christmas with a timeless and elegant piece of vintage jewellery. This beautiful Trifari bracelet with berry motif design is one of the many sustainable treasures waiting to be discovered in the vintage accessories collection at the Antique Loft at Limerick Milk Market.
Reduce, reuse, recycle! These upcycled glass jars with striking cherry blossom from Sharon’s Craft Market on Etsy would make a pretty storage solution, add a tea light candle to create a stained glass effect, or fill with inspirational quotes and give them as gifts!
This wooden hamper is the gift that keeps on giving! The Pollinator Box from Ahern Nurseries (Sheerin’s Cross, Co. Limerick) is crammed full of perennials guaranteed to attract bees, butterflies and other essential pollinators to your garden. It contains Hebe Variegata, Lavender Hidcote, Buddleia Buzz Blue, Salvia Hot Lips, Thymus Doone Valley, Knifophia Vanilla Popsicle and Salvia Amethyst Lips and a large bag of 60 mixed bulbs that give between 6 and 8 weeks of flowering.
Packed full of flavourful plants, the Edibles Box from Ahern Nurseries is a must have for anyone keen to start growing their own herbs and fruit. Seasonal herbs parsley, thyme, sage, rosemary and mint are the perfect pickings for Christmas dinner, while blueberry, blackberry and currant plants will fruit later in the year acting as a lovely reminder of Christmas gone by!
Bye bye bulky travel mug! This keep cup quickly collapses into a leak-proof disk that you can easily pop in your purse, pocket or briefcase for life on the go. Made with recycled materials, the Eco Cup comes in six funky colours, so there’s one for everyone in the family!
Here’s a chance to introduce some sustainability to your skin care regime. Not only are these cotton face scrubbies from Anna Creations Accessories super pretty, they are eco-friendly, machine washable and hand crocheted with love in Limerick!
An aluminium free alternative to common mass produced deodorants, this handmade product from Lunar Harvest Lotion Co, Limerick City is available in three gorgeous scents - Litha - Summer Harvest, Mabon - Autumnal Equinox and Samhain - Halloween Fresh Scent. Each deodorant is made to order so it is guaranteed fresh, and made especially for you!
Help reduce plastic waste by replacing bottled shower gels and hand soaps with a beautifully crocheted cotton soap saver from Hooked By Em. Place a bar of soap inside your soap saver & then use it as a washcloth. Perfect for hanging in the shower too!