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Eco-friendly gifts for spring  

Treat your loved ones with one of these gorgeous gifts that help the environment, wildlife or wellbeing – ideal for Mother's Day, Easter or spring birthdays

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Dragon's Egg Lemon Twist Natural Soap   £5.50

After seeing first-hand the scale of the plastic problem while cleaning Scotland's beautiful beaches with Friends of Dumbarton Foreshore shore-cleaning group, Zoe Weir set out to find soap without a plastic footprint. Unable to find the vibrant and colourful plastic-free products she was looking for, Zoe founded Dragon's Egg Soaps. Handmade in Scotland, these natural soaps combine gorgeous scents with beautiful designs, and are cruelty-free, vegan, and packaged in recycled and recyclable materials. Suppliers are carefully chosen to ensure an ethical and eco-friendly behind-the-scenes operation. Lemon Twist soap is perfect for spring days: scented with uplifting lemongrass and patchouli essential oils, its creamy formula leaves hands soft and feeling pampered.

Doctor A Vitamin C Brightening Moisturiser   £30

As a young woman of colour, Doctor A Founder Anika wanted to create a skincare range that was more inclusive and catered for everyone, regardless of skin colour, tone or condition. This nourishing vegan moisturiser is packed with vitamins and antioxidants, including vitamin C to brighten and even skin tone. It's easily absorbed and leaves skin looking fresh and radiant. Made with natural, ethically sourced ingredients, it is fragrance-free – so is suitable for sensitive skins. All packaging is eco-friendly and made from recyclable glass, aluminium and cardboard – and for every purchase made, a mangrove tree is planted in Madagascar by Eden Reforestation Projects. Vitamin C Brightening Moisturiser is presented in a gorgeous outer box with butterfly design – making it an ideal gift.

National Trust Simple Pleasures book   £8.99

This wonderful little book by Clare Gogerty celebrates life's little joys, such as walking barefoot, cloud watching or picking blackberries. There's plenty of inspiration for activities that help you to engage with nature – from growing spring bulbs and learning to identify trees, to getting up early to listen to the dawn chorus. Clare brings each suggestion to life with vivid descriptions and snippets of useful information. A delightful and uplifting read from cover to cover.

Dr A Vitamin C Moisturiser
Dragon's Egg Lemon Twist soap
Flower and Bee bracelet
Simple Things book cover

English Heritage Flower and Bee Bracelet*   £70.00

This pretty, nature-inspired bracelet features the delicate beauty of a hand-tied daisy chain freshly picked from the grass – with the finishing touch of a bee visiting the nectar-rich blooms. Handcrafted in England, from Hallmarked sterling silver and 18-carat gold plate, each daisy features finely detailed sterling silver petals with a gold-plated centre. Presented in a gift box, this would make a fabulous gift for a spring birthday or Mother's Day.

Arran Sense of Scotland Mindful Bath Salts*   £20

Infused with lemon, patchouli and geranium, these bath salts have a wonderful soothing fragrance that's formulated to boost emotional wellbeing and create a sense of peace. The ingredients and fragrances are 100% natural, vegan and cruelty free. Made on the Isle of Arran in Scotland, using mineral-rich sea salt and pink Himalayan salt to relieve aching muscles, support skin health and aid relaxation. The bottle is made from recyclable aluminium. Arran Sense of Scotland supports the 'Plastic Free Community' status of the Isle of Arran. There's no plastic in its fully recyclable packaging, and non-aluminium bottles are made with 100% post-consumer recycled material. Two-litre refills in a selection of bestselling ranges have been introduced to further reduce waste. We also love Arran Sense of Scotland bath and shower gels*, which come in a range of lovely scents – all inspired by the natural beauty of the island.

St Eval Escape to Cornwall gift box   £32

St Eval have been creating sustainably made candles and gifts for 28 years. Each product is inspired by the Cornish countryside, and made with quality ingredients and materials from sustainable sources. The St Eval factory is powered by renewable energy generated by wind, solar and biomass, and the company is a certified B Corporation – demonstrating a commitment to high social and environmental standards throughout its operation. St Eval has also been awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development. The Escape to Cornwall gift set is inspired by nature, featuring the delicate scents of Cornwall in three attractive candles: fresh, floral Bluebell Wood, relaxing Wild Gorse and uplifting Sea Mist. Packaged in a stylish and sturdy reusable kraft box, this makes a lovely gift.

St Eval Escape to Cornwall candle gift set
Arran Sense of Scotland Mindful bath salts and range of body washes

Prestige Flowers Spring Flowers range*   from £19.99

Prestige Flowers is one of the UK's most sustainable florists – with an ethical rating of 100/100 – and has been awarded the Ethical Company Award. The company works closely with flower farms to ensure worker rights, ethical production and sustainability – with increasing support for British growers. All products are fully recyclable or compostable, and waste produced during production is recycled or composted – each year the company recycles 104 tonnes of green waste into compost. Production facilities are powered by solar panels. Prestige Flowers works with Green the UK, with a pledge to plant 12,500 square metres of wildflower meadows across the UK. The Spring Flowers range includes some beautiful bouquets, including seasonal tulips and hyacinths, and many bouquets are available for next day delivery.

Faith in Nature Body Wash*   £5.99

Faith in Nature offers a fantastic range of body washes, from relaxing Lavender and Geranium to uplifting Grapefruit and Orange. Made with 100% natural origin aroma and essential oils, the range is silicone, paraben, SLS and SLES free – as well as being vegan and cruelty-free. All of Faith in Nature products are produced sustainably, and the company is continuously striving to improve further. Bottles are recycled and recyclable, and large five- or 20-litre containers are available for many of the products – or you can refill at one of the company's many refill stores.

Flower bouquet close up

Little Green Space March 2023

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