In such uncertain times, it’s always good to know that some things never change. So as per tradition, here is the new NNFCC biobased Christmas Wishlist for 2020! We’ve drawn out our top 10 of the biobased products that we wouldn’t mind seeing under the tree this year.
Get them started early! Even our little ones
can participate in making our way of life more sustainable. The BiOBUDDi
building blocks will allow them to build castles, robots and spaceships out of
biobased plastics made from sugar cane. Not sure the blocks will be any less
painful when you step on them barefoot though!
Who said sustainability wasn’t stylish? Reebok
definitely think they can go hand in hand, and they’ve proved it! Their new
pair of city shoes, made from cotton and corn-based material, provide a
sustainable and fashionable quality product which also achieves a classic look
and remains affordable.
It wouldn’t be a proper Christmas without the
myriad of soap gift boxes and bath salt confections that make up easy, fragrant
and wholesome presents. This year, we thought you might like to lean towards Lush’s
Christmas shower gel gift set. The packaging is made from organically grown
hemp combined with mushroom mycelium, and grown from upcycled materials. The
result is a handy tray which can go in your home compost!
memory foam pillows
There is no doubt that all that Christmas food
will warrant an afternoon nap. Or two… We thought we’d give you a couple of
tips to make that a sleep worthy of royalty! You may know of memory foam
already, a material that will adapt to the shape of your body, ensuring a
comfortable and pain-free rest. You may however not know of this new
bamboo-based pillow, which ensures a sustainable solution to a comfy experience.
For the past few years, WOODWATCH is been
designing and producing… well, wooden watches. Each watch is made from
plastic-free sustainable material, and every time one of them is sold, three
trees are planted. Over 100,000 trees have already been planted since the
company launched. Although we might not get much sun throughout the next few
months, we thought you should also have a look at their range of cellulose acetate-based
sunglasses, derived from cotton and wood fibres. They look just as cool!
McCartney Falabella bag
This one might be a bit more of a strain on the
wallet; but could be a very special gift for a very special someone. This
luxury bag is made of Mylo, a mycelial-based leather-alternative developed by
Bolt Threads. The material is grown on sustainable and renewable organic
matter, before being tanned and dyed. Kate Moss and Rihanna have it… so it must
The company Patagonia have developed Yulex, a
sustainable and natural alternative to conventional oil-based rubber used in
wetsuits. They have designed a whole Yulex collection which contains all the
equipment any self-respecting diver, surfer and kite-surfer would need. It’s
even Fair Trade certified!
Would you ever wear algae? No neither would we…
Not straight out of the shore that is! We definitely would want to wear
Vollebak’s new algae and plant-based t-shirt though, which – while as durable
and stylish as any other cotton t-shirt – would biodegrade within 3 months once
discarded into the environment. So once you’re done with it, bury it in your
garden. That’ll make quite a feast for a whole lot of organisms.
This range of biobased kitchen utensils
comprises 20 items, from a cheese slicer, to a whisk. Not forgetting the
essential pizza cutter and bottle opener of course! These utensils are made of
98% biobased materials, including biobased plastics produced from sugar cane,
reducing the products carbon footprint by 60% in total.
Ok, we know it’s another crazy leather
alternative, but it’s Winter and be it a boot or a jacket, leather is a great
addition to a Winter wardrobe. The company Pinatex have developed a leather alternative
textile made out of pineapple leaves, an agricultural by-product of pineapple
farming. You’ll find it used by multiple retailers now, including big name
brands like H&M and Paul Smith.