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Ethical Wedding Gift Ideas

By Kelly Green
08.05.19

Wedding season is upon us, and if you want to get the happy couple a thoughtful gift that is also kind to people and the planet, here are some ethical wedding gift ideas for inspiration. 

 

It's that time of year when every weekend seems to be filled with friends and loved ones' nuptials and celebrations of the next chapter in their lives together. If you're heading to a wedding this summer and are still looking for gift inspiration for the happy couple, we've collated a few of our favourite conscious gift ideas that will be treasured for years to come:

Handmade pottery, Aerende

For a practical yet stylish gift, Aerende's handmade pottery not only looks great in the home, but also comes with a lovely story that its recipients will love to share with their admiring guests.  Each piece is exclusively made for Aerende at a Derbyshire day centre for adults with learning disabilities.  As items are hand shaped and painted, your gift will be totally original as well as meaningful.

And if you're planning your own big day, Aerende has launched its own gift list service as an ethical and personal way for your guests and loved ones to make a difference with every purchase. 

Available from aerende.co.uk

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Spa Break

After the excitement of the big day, the happy couple will no doubt want to book in a few things to look forward to once it's all over. And with all of the stress that comes with planning a wedding, what better than an eco spa break? 

Treat the happy couple to a day or weekend at an eco-spa such as Cornwall's The Scarlet. This luxury eco spa hotel overlooking the beautiful Mawgan Porth Bay, which has carefully considered the needs of both its guests and the environment throughout its stunning, uber-zen design.

(MORE: THE BEST ECO SPAS IN THE UK)

Recycled Glass Champagne Flutes, Nkuku

Toast a long and happy marriage with these champagne flutes from Nkuku, made from recycled glass. Not only will the recipients be able to celebrate in style with these stunning flutes, but they can also rest safe in the knowledge that their new glassware was made ethically and sustainably.  Nkuku works closely with artisans all over the world to create beautiful, individual homewares, using sustainable materials that embrace traditional skills.

Available from nkuku.com

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House Plant

For a gift that keeps on giving, a house plant will not only add a little greenery to the newlyweds home, but will also help filter pollution in the air and have been shown to lower stress levels at home. 

See our Top 10 House Plants for Cleaner Air for inspiration.

House of Marley Bluetooth Speaker

This portable bluetooth speaker by House of Marley is a great gift for eco-conscious music lovers. It is made of mindfully-source materials - with a CNC-milled bamboo front and REWIND™ fabric weaved from a blend of 30% reclaimed organic cotton, 30% reclaimed hemp and 40% recycled PET.  The House of Marley is built on the principles of superior quality, earth-friendliness and a commitment to global charitable causes. 

Available from thehouseofmarley.co.uk

Organic Cotton Bedding, Rise and Fall

Send the newlyweds into married life with a set of clean (organic cotton) sheets. Rise and Fall's luxurious bed linen is produced in factories that run entirely on wind energy and recycles 99% of its water. Rise and Fall offers free education to its predominantly female workforce, uses plastic-free packaging, and also partners with the youth homelessness charity Centrepoint, which helps to get young people off the streets. 

Available from riseandfall.co

(MORE: ETHICAL BEDDING GUIDE)

Storage Basket, La Basketry

These handmade baskets from La Basketry will be a welcome addition to the newlyweds' home. La Basketry was founded to share Senegal's traditional basket-weaving craft with the world and to generate regular employment and job opportunities for their weavers. Each basket is made by hand, and therefore slight variations make it a totally unique gift. 

Available from labasketry.com

For more gift ideas, browse our full catalogue of recommended brands.

Planning your own big day? See our guide to planning a plastic free wedding.

Ethical Wedding Gift Ideas