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Green gifts for Christmas – Part 2

by Elena Schöber

This week we are introducing part 2 of our Advent calendar with gift ideas for Christmas presents. Like last week’s gifts, this weeks are made with upcycled or recycled materials as well.


You’ve probably heard of the tons of trash take-away coffee cups are responsible for each year. Each year 100 Billion coffee cups are thrown away. The alternatives are often made of plastic which can contain plasticisers. And these can be dangerous for our health. But you can get a great alternative: the Ecoffee Cup. The cup isn’t only a lightweight with only 125g but also very robust. It is made exclusively from natural organic bamboo fibre.

A stylish backpack made from canvas and organic leather. Yes, we have that. The backpack “Michelle” is available in the FairTrade Shop and is manufactured under ecological circumstances. The eco-leather is made from nuts, fruits and barks. The irregularities in the leather show that it is a real natural product.

Nowadays you should always have one at hand. It is an everyday companion, small, lightweight and practical. And usually it’s sorely missed when lost. Exactly, the usb stick. Usually though the practical companion is made of plastic and unfortunately it’s the reason for a lot of trash every year. Wood though is a renewable resource. Now we’ve found a solution to the economical dilemma: a usb stick in a wooden case. Spare the world some trash without having to forego modern technology.

This beautiful travel folder can be customized to your wishes. The folder offers room for all your travel documents, a pen, a city map, two passports and is equipped with notepads. For the outside, you get to choose from a wide range of city maps. The map is foiled and sewed with a strong fabric. The perfect companion on you next holiday.

A special eye-catcher for this year’s Christmas tree are these upcycled vinyl records. The tree ornaments are made in cooperation with the “Lebenshilfe Erlangen”, a charitable organisation. The orange label makes it a special piece on your Christmas tree. Also a great gift for a special person.

Like last week, this week we have a tip for outdoor lovers: the Eco Grill disposable barbecue. The barbecue is made from black alder wood. It is much hotter than a regular disposable barbecue. But the best thing is that after you’ve had your food you can just leave the barbecue behind because it is made of 100% biological materials. An insider tip for your next excursion.

Not only the usb stick is our everyday companion. The iPhone is one of our favourite gadgets as well. The available cases are mostly made of plastic which produces a great amount of trash each year. The iPhone case made of cork combines natural material with a stylish design. It fits perfectly so that your phone is safe and doesn’t slide out of the case. The soft inside lining protects the touch screen from unpleasant scratches. A great gift for Christmas.

Last week, we’ve promised you a hot tip. Of course, we are keeping our promise.

This year is the first year that Vienna has an 100% biological Advent market. The ART-Advent at Karlsplatz offers a great mixture of music, fashion and Christmassy feeling. There are regular art installations, fire dance and street theatre performances. Culinary you’ll be spoilt with regional delicacies. The ART-Advent is open daily from 12 to 8 pm.

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