Where to buy sustainable and earth-friendly gifts

Celebrate a Christmas that's greener than ever with gifts that are environmentally friendly, sustainable, and stylish – everybody wins!

Nisa

99 Willis Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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Nisa is a socially-minded underwear and loungewear label that provides employment opportunities for women from refugee backgrounds, who make their sustainable products right here in Wellington. Made using certified organic cotton, Nisa’s products are soft and comfortable, and come in a variety of colours and styles for both men and women. Their eco swimwear is made from Econyl, a fibre made from 100% regenerated nylon from fishnets and consumer waste. 

Head to their Willis Street workshop and storefront to see their team in action and shop their products, and find a gift that truly fits the brief.

nisa.co.nz

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Hopper

11 Hopper Street, Mount Cook, Wellington

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Head over to Hopper just off Webb Street, a space where you can have a coffee, purchase an eco gift, and enjoy some free parking at the same time. Hopper is an eco-sanctuary supplying local environmentally friendly products from baked goods to zero waste cleaning products and more. 

It’s your one-stop-shop for all things plastic-free, supplying you with authentic goods to help make a difference to the environment.

For an extra eco-Christmas, pick up some of their Wellington-made Christmas crackers. They're filled with upcycled products, cracking jokes, and a sustainable crown made from the cracker itself, reducing waste.

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Recycle Boutique

143 Vivian Street, Wellington

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One of Cuba Quarter's most beloved thrift stores, Recycle Boutique sells pre-loved designer garments for a fraction of the original retail price. Head here to stock up on clothes, shoes, bags, accessories and more, often by local or international labels.

It's the perfect place to spend a couple of hours digging through the racks for your perfect piece. With hundreds of stylish Wellingtonians selling their clothes through the store, they only accept good quality items and prefer boutique labels over fast fashion, so you're likely to find a gem (or five) every time you visit.

recycleboutique.co.nz

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GoodFor Wholefoods Refillery

23 Jessie St, Te Aro

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Stock your cupboards from breakfast through dinner without costing the earth. GoodFor's Wellington store supports minimising waste by making sustainable shopping accessible. They've got refill stations for all your pantry needs, so you can get a feast sorted without the waste.

GoodFor also sells an array of reusable products, which would make the perfect gift for anyone. Choose from reusable cups and drink bottles, to cookbooks and ready-made baking kits, or beauty products and handy homewares that are equally beautiful as they are sustainable. 

goodfor.co.nz

Sustainability Trust Ecoshop

2 Forresters Lane, Te Aro

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Visit Sustainability Trust's Ecoshop on Forresters Lane for tips, tricks, and products to make your home and lifestyle eco-friendlier. From heating and gardening, to health and beauty and office supplies, they make it easy to find solutions that are kinder to your body and the environment. 

Sustainability Trust also offers recycling of products like e-waste, curtains, old bicycles, plastic bottle tops, metal lids, used stationery, and dental care products. So next time you're thinking about a trip to the landfill, think again.

shop.sustaintrust.org.nz

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What happens when shoes go to heaven? More often than not, it's landfill, where they stay for up to 1000 years before they break down. Local footwear company, Orba, is kicking this problem to the curb with their stylish, sustainable kicks.

Wellington startup Orba's sneakers are the world's first biodegradable shoe made from plant-based materials, keeping you and the planet looking good. Their kicks are classic and comfortable, and the perfect feel-good gift for your loved ones (or yourself!).

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Commonsense Organics

Te Aro, Kilbirnie and Lower Hutt stores

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Not just a supermarket – Commonsense Organics is full of wonderful Christmas gifts. Pick a delightfully scented hand cream or organic lipstick, go for a bottle of locally-pressed organic olive oil, and browse the fantastic range of stylish lunch containers, reusable straws, coffee cups, and drink bottles.

Put together a gift hamper of your favourite local organic goodies including some Wellington Chocolate Factory treats and Good Fortune Coffee.

commonsenseorganics.co.nz

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Wellington Apothecary

110a Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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Follow your nose to Wellington Apothecary, a haven of essential oils and dreamy scents – sandalwood, lavender, and something you can’t quite put your finger on.

This locally-owned herbal dispensary specialises in locally-made natural remedies, botanical teas, homemade skincare, and gifts. All of their products are made fresh by hand in small batches, right in their Cuba St store. Everything is made from high-quality organic ingredients – including cacao butter from nearby Wellington Chocolate Factory.

The friendly team offer free advice or you can book a consultation with one of the qualified herbalists in the on-site clinic.

wellingtonapothecary.co.nz

Good House Keeping

305 Cuba Street, Te Aro

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Good House Keeping is Cuba Street’s eco-friendly and sustainable store selling a range of recycled and biodegradable products. Walk through the store and select gifts that’ll help make a difference to the environment.

Whether you are shopping for yourself or your Secret Santa, there are plenty of gift options. Choose from refillable candles, natural shampoos, eco scrubs, and more.

Don’t be shy to stop by and say 'hi' to the friendly staff – they are always happy to help you find the ultimate green gift you’ve been searching for.

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Give the gift that grows this Christmas

Ditch the plastic presents this Christmas and give a native tree to be planted in New Zealand through Trees that Count. As well as being good for the environment, it's very affordable with native trees costing just $10. The recipient of your tree gift will receive a gift card and a notification as soon as their tree is matched with a planting project in the community.

If you want something to wrap under the tree, they also sell tees, posters, and Tree Snap (in both Te Reo Māori and English), and every item plants a tree, too.

treesthatcount.co.nz

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Still got some people to tick off your 'nice' list? Check out our other gift guides to spread some festive cheer

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