• 10 Planet Friendly Gifts for Teachers they will Love

    October 31, 2017 • GUIDES, LIFE

    End of year – time to get organised

    The end of the year is fast approaching and everyone’s to-do list is growing. One group that will undoubtedly be counting down the days – no matter how much they love their job – are teachers.

    Pressure seems to be mounting for teachers these days. Whether it’s ‘teaching to the Naplan’, ensuring all their charges are safe and happy or making sure no one gets ‘left behind’ academically, it’s safe to say that teachers have a lot on their plates.

    Teaching is such an important but often thankless job. Ensure your child’s teacher feels appreciated with these comforting and thoughtful gifts that aren’t throw-away trinkets that will clog landfill.

    Read on as we share our top 10 gifts for teachers we know they will love.

    An Earth Friendly Thank You Card

    How do you start thanking your child’s teacher after a busy year? By writing heartfelt words of thanks of course and what better way than on one of these recycled thank you cards. These vibrant and sweet cards are just the ticket for brightening a harried teacher’s day. Made from 100% post-consumer recycled card using vegetable inks, the native flowers will remind your teacher of Australian summer and relaxing Christmas holidays. Bring it on! Also available are these beautiful wildlife thank you cards by Brisbane artist Paula Peeters.Earth Greetings Thank You Card

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    A Reusable KeepCup

    The perfect gift for your teacher’s New Year, is a Keep Cup. With early mornings and long days ahead, no one needs coffee or a nice sustaining herbal tea more than teachers. This range of bright, cheerful reusable coffee cups are a favourite with baristas due to their correct sizing. Made from BPA and Phthalate free plastic and also glass, they are good for the planet as they save trees and don’t clog landfill.Reusable KeepCup

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    Palm Oil Free Soap

    The Replenish Avocado and Macadamia Body Soap is a delightful palm oil free handmade soap. Using soothing essential oils of avocado, macadamia and ylang-ylang, this soap will help nourish and revive tired, dry skin. Avocado oil is particularly moisturising and ylang-ylang is useful for boosting energy and improving skin and hair. This heavenly soap will help put a spring in your teacher’s step, long after the last school bell has faded.replenish-100g-avocado-macadamia-body-soap

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    Organic, Handmade Chocolate

    Another great thing to include in a care-package for teacher is gorgeous Pana Chocolate. Biome stock a delicious range and this Fig & Wild Orange is a standout among our staff! Pana chocolate is vegan, organic and flavoured with 100% pure essential oils. Your teacher will think all their Christmases have come at once.

    Pana Chocolate - Raw Organic Chocolate

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    Natural Body Moisturisers

    Give a gift to pamper, such as Ohana Organics Whipped Shea Butter – Leilani. This light but nourishing mousse is scented with exotic tuberose as well as lavender and rose. It’s versatile enough to be used all over the body including face and hair. This product is made with ethically and sustainably sourced ingredients and Ohana Organics has a stringent recycling and upcycling program at its facility. You can be sure this is good stuff in every sense of the word. The gorgeous scent and calming properties of lavender will almost certainly help your teacher slough off the cares of the past year.ohana-organics-whipped-shea-butter-leilani

    Reusable Water Bottle

    A great addition to any teacher’s kit bag is this BBBYO 570ml glass bottle and cover. Made from pure glass, it won’t leave anything but water in your system. No leaching of nasty chemicals here! With its pretty blue blooms neoprene cover it’s protected from breakage and heat. Perfect for hydrating exhausted teachers over the hot summer break. It’s also handy for them to tote to school in the New Year.

    Another popular choice is the Camelbak eddy (pictured). This BPA free plastic water bottle is highly functional, lightweight and delivers fast and healthy hydration. The bottle features an easy-drink straw function with a spill-proof bite valve. There is no need to tilt the bottle upright, just bite down and draw up through the straw.

    Camelbak Reusable Water Bottle

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    Sprout Pencils & Grow Kits

    These super cute Sprout Coloured Pencils will provide a handy gift that is also a talking point in the classroom. This world-first plantable pencil contains plant seeds. When the pencil is too short to write with, you simply plant the pencil and watch the plant grow! Perfect for the school kitchen garden or a teachers own herb garden. The range includes lemon balm; oregano; mint and lavender among others.

    UrbanGreens Grow Kits (pictured) are packed with everything you need to grow your own nutrient dense greens at home! Each kit includes quality Australian seeds, peat pots, growing substrate discs, plant labels and a booklet with recipes and instructions. Available varieties include Groovy Greens, Summer Salad, Kitchen Herbs, Some Like It Hot, and Spicy Salsa.

    Urban Greens Grow Kits - Eco Friendly Gifts for Teachers

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    An Organic Cotton Pouch

    Teachers often need little bags and purses for keeping tokens and stationery. These pretty organic cotton purses by The Linen Press are the perfect size for little trinkets that need storage in class. Or just simply as a coin purse, for tuckshop treats.

    One Thousand Lines (pictured) have a beautiful range of pouches that that are designed and handmade in Australia. They make a beautiful gift with a touch of Australiana. The print is hand drawn and then screen printed with water based inks on heavy weight hemp and organic cotton.

    One Thousand Lines - Eco Friendly Gifts for Teachers

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    An Eye Pillow Or Heat Pack

    A sight for sore teachers’ eyes is this stylish Wheatbags Love Lavender Eye Pillow in a gorgeous gum design. This pretty eye pillow is made from organic materials and again, the lavender is soothing for sore, tired or irritated eyes. When you buy this product you are not only buying locally but helping refugees. The offcuts from the fabric are given to migrants that use them for quilt making. Another ‘good’ gift idea for teacher.
    Heat Packs and Eye Pillows - - Eco Friendly Gifts for Teachers

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    Organic Tea

    Pukka organic tea – relax is a thoughtful inclusion to any teachers end of year gift. This delicious tea contains chamomile and oat hops which aid relaxation and marshmallow root and liquorice help to calm and soothe. What a fab way for a teacher to unwind after a demanding year.

    Pukka Organic Tea - Eco Friendly Gifts for Teachers

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    So there you have it. A comprehensive list that will help you say ‘thank-you’ to a precious resource in your life – your child’s teacher.