Sustainable Christmas gift ideas 2015

By jay

Christmas doesn’t have to be a time of wasteful excess. To help make the gift buying process a little easier, we’ve put together a catalogue featuring some of our members, and the great products they have to offer.

Sustainable Christmas gift ideas.

Bicycle Junction

Meniscus Leather Handlebar grips.  

Hand-made in Wellington by Meniscus, these stitched leather grips are available only from Bicycle Junction. Available in brown or black. $95.00

Linus Brass Bells -$28.00

Linus Sac Pannier/shoulder bag – $130.00


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Earth Angel

Food Waste Bin & Worm Farm Combo – It’s important to reduce your waste to landfill and best not to send food waste so a worm farm at home or the office is a great way to achieve this. Earth Angel offers gift wrapping too. 


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Spruce, fir and pine trees are commonly known as Christmas trees. What’s less commonly known is that they also make ideal trees for paper production. Fifteen billion trees are used globally each year, a large portion of which is for office paper. Make a tree’s Christmas wishes come true this year by committing to becoming a paperless business for 2016. EasyForms will turn your paper forms into digital, cloud-based forms which cut paper and printing costs, simplify your processes and increase your efficiency.  


EasyForms - Gift Guide




Looking for a thoughtful gift?

If you are looking for some thoughtful gifts with a conscience Ecodeals have popped together top ten gift ideas. From upcycled designer jewellery to gorgeous organic cotton Honeywraps, beautifully crafted whole food cook books and loads more. These gifts are not only planet friendly they also support Kiwi businesses so we can all have a great holiday season. Take a peek…



Epicurean Tea Towels

These tea towels do more than simply dry dishes – they help thousands of Kiwi kids learn more about food.

How, you ask? The Garden to Table programme is empowering the next generation of New Zealanders with food knowledge and skills they can use forever.

It sees kids enthusiastically getting their hands dirty learning how to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh, seasonal food, delivering a wide range of skills both inside and outside the classroom alongside the traditional school setting.

To help fund its work, the trust is selling two beautiful 100 per cent cotton tea towels for $25 each or two for $40. The proceeds go to teaching fundamental life skills to enhance the futures of New Zealand children.

To purchase visit www.gardentotable.org.nz 

17.09.2015 Garden to Plate in Auckland. Mandatory Photo Credit ©Michael Bradley.


Formula E Indoor Raceway Voucher

Fast, furious and fume free. At Formula E Indoor Raceway, that’s exactly what you get! Twenty two electric race karts that’ll give you the adrenaline rush and thrill of real head-to-head circuit racing.

Offering a variety of race formats to suit your requirements and only five minutes from Auckland Airport, Formula E welcomes everyone, from walk-in drivers wanting to race family, friends or other customers, through to private or corporate groups, large and small.

To buy a voucher or make a booking contact Formula E on 257-4001 or bookings@formulae.co.nz to discover why Formula E Indoor Raceway is Auckland’s “Best Place To Race.”

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Green Ideas Subscription

Subscribe to Green Ideas magazine for a year’s worth of inspiration and advice to help you and your family to give more sustainably for only $23.50.

Plus every subscription receives a FREE GIFT, the Green Ideas string grocery bag – just like your Nana would have used.

Hurry! To receive your gift before Christmas you MUST subscribe by 14 December 2015 (offer closes 31 January 2016).

Order online NOW at www.greenideas.co.nz

Green Ideas - Gift Guide



Hakanoa Ginger Beer

Hakanoa Dry Ginger Beer and Lime and Chilli Ginger Beer

Hakanoa ginger beers have a ginger beer ‘bug’ or ‘plant’, just the way they used to be made in homes all over NZ.

Hakanoa’s hand-crafted beers contain less than 2 teaspoons of sugar per bottle, and are deliciously crisp and super-quenchy to drink.

Hakanoa uses fresh ginger, organic dried ginger, organic fair trade raw sugar, organic sultanas, fresh citrus juice and filtered water. That’s it. No preservatives, no artificial anything.

It’s real proper ginger beer. But it won’t explode in your garage.

Available in 4-packs from Farro Fresh, Nosh, Boric’s, and Commonsense Organics, or order online:


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Hakanoa - Gift Guide

House of Dumplings

Survival Essentials!  Grab a bottle of Mum’s Sauce paired up with a bottle of Chilli Oil for a combination guaranteed to jazz up any efforts in the kitchen.

Both sauces are vegan and in 250ml glass bottles, packaged together, they make the perfect Christmas gift.

Mum’s Sauce
This addictive tangy soy sauce is good to dress salad with or simply drizzle on your steamed veggies or rice.

Chilli Oil

You will find this sauce in every single noodle shop in Hong Kong. It is made with Szechuan peppercorn and it is HOT!

$25 for both.  


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The Viento folding ebike features component and performance quality that sets it apart from lesser brands.  The alloy frame is made by Dahon and operates elegantly and easily.  The ride quality is very precise, no flexing in the frame or steering. Puncture resistant tyres, German lighting, Sony battery and sealed bearings throughout. Hardware is stainless steel too. Five councils and the NZTA have picked these e-bikes as their fleet machines.  Kinetic has won every commercial bid entered so far.

Find out why at www.electricbikehub.co.nz.  $200 discount to SBN members

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Kokako AeroPress Summer Holiday Kit

We love how easy and fast it is to make quality coffee with the Aeropress and think it’s the perfect travel companion. This kit has everything you need to make a quality cup of coffee wherever you are – an excellent gift for the coffee lover or traveller in your life. Maybe that’s you. 

AeroPress Coffee Maker + 350 Filters + Porlex Hand Grinder + 200g Aotea Blend Coffee + special edition Kokako fairtrade cotton tote bag and comes in a custom box. $169.00


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Million Metre Streams

Do something for our freshwater ways this Christmas by buying a metre of stream bank planting as a gift for family and friends.  Not only will you be giving something unique but you will be supporting both those working hard to make a difference and the restoration our magnificent environment.  Go online www.millionmetres.org.nz and make 2015 green Christmas this year.

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Money Matters

A great investment for a Christmas gift is the new book ‘Wayfinding Leadership’ co-authored by Dr Chellie Spiller of SBN Member Money Matters, along with Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr and John Panoho. Their insightful book shines a new light on leadership and sustainable business.

Wayfinding Leadership conceives leadership from the perspective of traditional waka navigators or wayfinders. Wayfinding Leadership takes the reader on a compelling journey enabling them to adapt more easily to change; tap into their own and others’ capabilities; build reciprocal and respectful relationships; respond to nuances and comprehend the whole picture. Read it and be transformed. (Huia Publishing, $45).


Money Matters - Gift Guide


Mount Eden Village Centre

Christmas venue, Auckland central, Mt Eden: Rooms available starting at $34.50/h

The Mt Eden Village Centre is a self-catering facility, available for your corporate Christmas functions and celebrations.  It offers a beautiful and charming BYO venue in Auckland, located in the heart of Mt Eden village, a rarity for a central location.  Please contact Mt Eden Village Centre to talk about how they can help, including help with catering requests.

E: manager@mtedenvillagecentre.co.nz, or check out rooms on: www.mtedenvillagecentre.co.nz, T: 09 6310678

Mt Eden Village Centre - Gift Guide


Moxie Little Sun

Little Sun is:

  • An attractive, high-quality solar-powered LED lamp developed by artist Olafur Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen
  • A social business focused on getting clean, reliable, affordable light to the 1.1 billion people worldwide without access to electricity

Little Sun works with and trains people in off-grid communities to build profitable local businesses that distribute Little Sun light. Every lamp bought in a developed country underwrites supply off-grid at affordable prices. Little Suns were used at Wellington Lux Festival to promote the project now only $25 each incl P&P. Contact frances@moxie.co.nz to order yours or go to littlesun.com for more information.

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With Oxfam Unwrapped you can choose from over 50 gifts that are sure to keep your friends and family happy and feeling fantastic! With a wide range of gifts, from chickens to chocolate, you’ll be helping transform the lives of people living in poverty.

Visit www.oxfamunwrapped.org.nz

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Paradigm Associates

Dyed pencils – Paradigm’s pencils are extra special because, unlike ordinary pencils, the wood is dyed right through and they come from a sustainable German manufacturer. The pencils come in a variety of colours.

Paradigm also offers:

A6 Pocket sized spiral bind notebook made of 100 per cent recycled paper

A4 sized 100 per cent recycled billboard bags

100 per cent recycled jewellery


Paradigm Pencils - Gift Guide




Rockstock is paper made from waste rocks (e.g. from quarries and construction) and can be written on under water and doesn’t crack when it’s folded.

Rockstock is offering Wiro Bound notebooks in A5, A6, 117 x 75mm and Perfect Bound A6.

Features of Rockstock paper include:

  • No paper cuts, does not “crack” when folded.
  • Prints with great results
  • During paper production there is no airborne, waterborne or solid waste.
  • No water used
  • Raw material is from a waste resource
  • Non toxic
  • No acid, base or bleach
  • No trees
  • Recyclable, compostable and photo-degradable
  • Uses half the energy to produce than pulp paper
  • Waterproof, greaseproof, foodgrade, freezer grade, moth and insect resistant, mist-proof





Need to write down notes and can never find a piece of paper?  Save yourself paper and stress with Resene Write-on Wall Paint.  It’s a clear finish that you simply paint over your existing Resene paint for a coloured whiteboard finish.  You can then write all over your wall with whiteboard markers and rub it out when you need to write more.  Write-on Wall Paint is ideal for everything from to do lists in your kitchen and office to a fun area for family to doodle on and kids to draw all over.

Available from Resene ColorShops and resellers.


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Exclusive discount for SBN members only. This Christmas, gift your employees with something that will last in value over many Christmases to come. SavvyKiwi is an innovative technology solution to help users maximise their KiwiSaver potential. Fully independent of all providers, SavvyKiwi simply educates, engages and empowers users to make the best decisions. SavvyKiwi helps you identify KiwiSaver funds that fit your preferences, enables you to switch funds at any time and alerts you to any issues with your fund, prompting you to take action.

This Christmas, SavvyKiwi is offering a massive 40% discount off our normal subscription rate for SBN member firms only. Email us at hello@savvykiwi.co.nz to avail of this offer, or to find out more.”

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Smart Hot Water

How about a truly sustainable gift this Christmas.  An iSmart hot water cylinder controller – retro-fitted to your existing cylinder and set up to achieve immediate savings.  Approx 40 per cent of your power bill is attributable to your hot water cylinder. Smart Hot Water offers a free, no obligation assessment of your hot water heating needs and then if you decide that this technology is for you, how about a 15 per cent discount on the cost of installing and setting up your iSmart Controller.  (RRP $1,495 incl GST – fully installed). This offer includes access to our online help desk for useful tips on how to get the most out of your iSmart Controller.



 Smart hot water



Stone ArrowStone Arrow makes a wide variety of jewellery from recycled sterling silver and copper as well as up-cycled glass bottles.  

The image shows the brand new designs of Tui earrings made from recycled sterling silver and Huia Feather earrings made from an up-cycled Jaegermeister bottle.

Enter code: sustainablechristmas to get 15 per cent off all Stone Arrow products at www.stonearrow.co.nz

Stone Arrow - Gift Guide


Give some cheeky goodness this Christmas! Original prints, organic cotton and sustainably made in New Zealand. Thunderpants are great stocking fillers; they’re easy to post and make the perfect gift for everyone in the family.

Thunderpants range from $20 to $33.


Thunderpants - Gift Guide


Wellington Zoo

Zoo Crew Memberships – give the gift of education and adorable animals with unlimited entry to Wellington Zoo for a whole year with a Zoo Crew Membership (10 per cent of each membership goes to supporting Wellington Zoo’s conservation projects).

Zoo Crew members also get:

  • 10 per cent discount on Close Encounters
  • 10 per cent discount at the Zoo Shop
  • 10 per cent discount at Mojo Wellington Zoo and the Tuck Shop
  • 15 per cent discount on Birthday Safaris at the Zoo.


Close Encounters – For an unforgettable experience, you can’t go passed a Close Encounter at Wellington Zoo. Hear the Cheetah purr, feel the soft fur of a Red Panda or Black and White Ruffed Lemur, feed a Lion by hand, become part of the mob of Meerkats, or be dwarfed by a Giraffe – and learn about what makes these animals so unique.

Ten per cent from every Close Encounter purchased goes directly to conservation projects supported by the Wellington Zoo Conservation Fund.


Wellington Zoo (Close encounters)- Gift Guide



Yealands Family Wines is living proof that world-leading sustainability and internationally-acclaimed wine quality can, in fact, go hand in hand. Founder Peter Yealands, is deeply committed to pursuing his ambitious goal of becoming the world’s most sustainable wine producer.  His state-of-the-art winery was the first ever to be certified carboNZeroCertTM from inception and boasts one of New Zealand’s largest solar power installations. 

In just seven years since its 08.08.08 launch Yealands has won 17 trophies and more than 1,000 awards including the prestigious honour of being awarded New Zealand Wine Producer of the Year at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in 2014.

Available from all good liquor retailers.

Yealands - Gift Guide



The members featured in this Christmas Gift Special have put their names forward to be featured, however we have many more members offering sustainable products and services. To view the full range of SBN members check out the Sustainable Business Directory, which you can search by key word, category or geographical location.