Shop eco-friendly small businesses this Christmas

When working on my Christmas gift guide for kids who love the outdoors, I realised I wanted to highlight not only more small businesses but also those who are more eco-friendly too.

So, in a bid to share some love for some small businesses who are doing their bit to be green, here are a few of my favourites, from eco-friendly wrapping to long-lasting wooden toys.

Button & Squirt

Anyone who follows me here or on social media will know we are massive fans of the amazing Button & Squirt. Ria is the absolute queen of eco friendly, with the most amazing products that are not only fun, but are educational and beautiful too.

Lily enjoying the Button & Squirt Amazing Animal cards on one of our camping pod trips
Lily enjoying the Button & Squirt Amazing Animal cards on one of our camping pod trips

Whether you’re looking for beautiful wooden necklaces, stationery, games or activities, there are a whole range of gifts for children and adults alike.

Everything is such fantastic quality, hand-drawn by Ria herself, and 5% of every sale even goes to charity.

What’s more, she also has some incredible gift bags, Christmas labels and decorations this year too, making it a perfect place to shop for everything this year.

Find out more about Button & Squirt here.

Happy post from Button & quirt, including their new gift bags and Christmas labels

Pom Pom

Another favourite of ours in our gift guide is Pom Pom, the perfect place for plastic free toys and gifts for children.

They have hundreds of wooden and plastic free toy choices which will make beautiful gifts for babies and children, helping them learn and giving them something to treasure for years.

Plastic free toys for babies and children over at Pom Pom (Photo: Climbing Triangle, Pom Pom )
Plastic free toys for babies and children over at Pom Pom (Photo: Climbing Triangle, Pom Pom )

They are also the home of the wooden climbing triangle, keeping toddlers active at home, as well as a huge range of indoor and outdoor toys, with so many inspirational ideas that we would have never thought of looking for.

The Pom Pom website says it all: “From product to packaging, we are plastic free and require our suppliers to do the same. We hand pick items created by brands that love design and creativity like we do. Our desire to be free from plastic works hand in hand with our aesthetic.”

For more information, check out the Pom Pom website here.

Nurture Collective

Another fantastic place for eco-friendly options, including toys, clothing and more, is the Nurture Collective, a beautiful collection of gifts and products for children of all ages, and adults too.

We particularly love the Nurture Collective’s eco Christmas gift guide, sorted by age for babies through to mamas too.

Beautiful gifts such as this paper kite making kit. Photo from Nurture Collective

They have a Zero Waste shop, eco-friendly cleaning options (always great to stock up on before the festive season too!), a toy shop, bedding, clothes and more.

If you’re looking for eco-friendly, natural gifts for young children this Christmas, check out the Wishbone Design gifts over at Nurture Collective, made out of sustainable wood too.

Find out more about Wishbone Design here or the full Nurture Collective shop here.

Wishbone Brand at Nurture Collective
Wishbone Brand at Nurture Collective

Vera Bee

I’d wrapped all my presents in brown paper with brown paper tape, but was on the search for something to make the parcels look a bit prettier, while still keeping everything recyclable.

On the search for a small business that was affordable and offered eco friendly wrapping, I came across the beautiful Vera Bee, an eco-friendly, vegan, plastic-free shop.

Photo: Vera Bee
Photo: Vera Bee

I ordered some beautiful paper bows and paper string, and then lost myself in the beautiful website, filled with stunning eco-friendly gift ideas, household items, cleaning products, wax wraps and more.

Delivery was fast and arrived beautifully packaged in a recyclable box too.

For more information, visit the Vera Bee store here.

Our beautiful delivery from Vera Bee
Our beautiful delivery from Vera Bee

For my full Christmas gift guide for kids who love the outdoors, click here

For ideas for days out with the family this Christmas in and around the East Midlands, click here

15 Comments Add yours

  1. Malin - Sensational Learning with Penguin says:

    Some really lovely ideas here, thank you! I think Button & Squirt in particular looks interesting to us! x


    1. kderbyshire says:

      They really are one of our favourite ever brands, Lily has loved everything she has had from them – they’re amazing quality, great fun, and educational too 🙂 Lily loves the activity books and cards on our camping trips too. Thank you so much! 🙂 x

      Liked by 1 person

  2. MamatoMoomin&Bear says:

    Love it hun, I’ve loved writing about supporting small myself

    Liked by 1 person

    1. kderbyshire says:

      I enjoyed reading your post yesterday too 🙂 I always love small shop inspiration 🙂 thank you x


  3. mummyest2014 says:

    Oh wow some awesome stuff there. I’ve definitely tried to be more eco minded this Christmas. I’ve also bought more from Facebook marketplace to help keep things from landfill x


    1. kderbyshire says:

      Yes, definitely. Lily wanted Playmobil for her birthday last year and I got loads from Facebook Marketplace for so much less than new too. It really is a great place 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Sustain blog says:

    Excellent! Thank you…


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