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A Savvy Christmas list!

Updated: Dec 10, 2019

Quick, happy, snappy, but savvy Christmas inspiration.

How about a savvy Christmas list that helps turn the tide on plastic whilst enjoying the finer things in life.

Photo by Kira auf der Heide on Unsplash

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I believe many small acts will make a phenomenal difference, so my Christmas list is made up of lots of ways to make a big difference in a small voluptuous way but with of course a travel twist.

The thing is, I'm all about the planet, and if there's something I can do to help it I will, one of the saddest things I've come across traveling is the ridiculous amounts of plastic. It's utterly disgusting and upsetting, to walk along the beach and pick up handfuls upon handfuls of plastic, it just shouldn't be a thing.

We don’t inherit the planet from our parents we borrow it from our children.

How about it then? Perhaps a Savvy Christmas list may be the future, we need to think about what we use and how it actually impacts the planet and how long it's actually around for after use?

It is estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are used annually worldwide. That's nearly two million plastic bags every two minutes. On average plastic bags are used for a few minutes then thrown away. We all know the abomination of plastic straws but did you know that a straw is used for a few minutes but will last longer on the planet than you will. 8.3 billion plastic straws pollute the world's coastline today.

A Eco-friendly reusable bamboo cutlery set.

What I believe is soon to be all the rage, perfect size just to have in your bag and super handy.

My new favourite item is my bamboo toothbrush by Colgate! I love it so much, its so good, the bristles are so fine it flosses your teeth at the same time.

Massively in love with it.

Whilst I was in Indonesia the plastic items I saw most of on the beach were tooth brushes because they never bio-degrade.

A super cool Phone case

Pela is the first compostable phone case, we own our phones for around 12-18 months but our phone cases will be around for 1000’s of years.

The thing about owning or giving an eco-friendly product its not only a supporting step towards a plastic free world but it’s also a symbol of change and at the very least a conversation starter.

Stainless steel water bottle, single use plastic bottles are most definitely things of the past. Over 1 million bottles are purchased every minute around the world, best solution- refuse plastic bottles and seek alternative.

I’ve had my stainless steel drink bottle for years and use it everyday, it literally comes everywhere with me. Most of all, in our sweltering van my water remains cool, that my friend is a win win situation. I really like S’well bottles because they are very well dieted, they have literally thought of everything. They have lots of crave worthy designs, the bottle mouth is big enough to fit ice cubes in, the high grade stainless steel keep drinks cold or warm for up to 12 hours, AND the triple walled construction means condensation isn’t a thing, so your bag will remain DRY!

Keeper cups

My problem with disposable coffee cups is that 500 billion disposable coffee cups are produced each year. Even the paper and cardboard cups have plastic in them to make them waterproof, and the lips are often made out of single use plastic. Coffee cups alone contribute 125 tonnes of waste everyday, our poor planet.

My personal protest is with the use of single use plastic and waste. This issue has been created by our obsession with cheap convenience that has led us to a plastic world with a disposable culture.

Keeper cups its a great initiative to avoid this pointless contribute to the plastic planet. Joco set out to create fine looking, forward thinking and covetable reusable vessels that fight plastic and single use waste. Joco, has teamed up with my favourite movement called ‘take 3 for the sea’. This movement and brand hold a small place in my heart and I fully support there initiative.

Scrubba wash bag, now this is a bit of a different one but none the less super cool, and I would definitely have this on my Christmas list. A Scrubba wash bag is essentially a washing machine bag. I haven’t tried this but I’d be super keen to try, the reviews are good and supported by a lot of reputable companies for all those travel savvy explorers out there this may be a good addition to add to your travel savvy kit collection.

Photo by Chandra Oh on Unsplash

On another note.


Yes I’m a plant girl.

I love them.

You can never go wrong with plants.

They subconsciously make you feel calm and relaxed, but they also have lots of other health benefits, they're natures first air purifiers, mood enhancers- they can teach you a lot about caring and nurturing. Plants are also associated with post events and therefore can act as a mood enhancer. Most of all there’s nothing nicer than coming home to a flowery clean smell in you room/home, it’s as if someone has done your spring cleaning for you.

Favourite plants are my Gardenia and my lemon tree, I get super excited when they flower and they fill my room with the freshest and sweetest of scents.

Christmas is known to be an unnecessary plastic producer of the year, but none the less we all love a celebration, why don't we try to make it a little more world friendly and let our consciousness lay a little lighter this Christmas. After all there's only one planet and let's try leave it the best we can for our children and grandchildren.

No water, no life.

No blue, no green.

Each one of us can make a difference, together we make change.

I hope you enjoyed, please like and share if you enjoyed.

Stay tuned for more savvy reads.

Stay Savvy for now.


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