Giving an eco-friendly or environmentally friendly bath and spa gift basket
is a great way to help the environment. Whether you buy the gift basket or make
it yourself, the environment will be better off for it. Think recycled paper
(100% post-consumer, waste/process, chlorine-free paper), organic where
possible, and recycling. Just follow these simple instructions for making your
bath and spa gift basket.
First of all you'll need to decide whether you'll be using organic items or
products, fair-trade items like soaps, items of clothing like new socks made
from recycled cotton, or recyclable used items. You probably won't want to use
any chocolate or food items in this basket. They generally don't go well with
fragrance items. But use your judgment.
Next decide on what items will go into the environmentally friendly bath and
spa gift basket.
For an organic and vegan bath or spa gift basket you can use: natural fiber
sponges, pumice stone, towels, scrubs, organic and vegan soaps, fair-trade
soaps, all natural toothpaste, organic lotions and shampoos without
hormone-disrupting methylparabens or other toxic preservatives or additives,
terry cloth and other types of bath pillows (very popular), spa pillows (very
popular too), spa supplies, natural hair brushes, natural foot brushes, candles,
aromatherapy goods, organic cotton socks, CDs of nature sounds or other soothing
music, handwritten poem on recycled paper, birthday poem, inspirational book,
book of poetry, Zen alarm clock, fair-trade art, handmade costume jewelry,
stones, crystals, beautiful rocks, homemade items or a no-expiration gift
certificate to a store that specializes in environmentally friendly items.
Now that you know your theme and what items to use it's time to put your
environmentally friendly bath and spa gift basket together.
For gift containers some ideas: fair-trade baskets, wooden baskets, wooden
bowls, fiber baskets, straw baskets, locally made pottery, buckets,
non-aluminum, non-Teflon cooking pots and pans, large tea pots, potted plant
holders, wire baskets, large pasta bowls, large popcorn bowls, clay pots,
colanders, fabric gift bags, used baskets and containers from Goodwill
Industries and Salvation Army stores or anything recyclable.
For gift basket liner some ideas: shredded newspaper, organic cotton tea
towels, organic cotton dish towels, organic cotton hand towels, colored
recyclable napkins, organic cloth napkins or fabric pieces.
For gift basket filler, if needed, you can use: crumpled newspaper comics,
straw or use your imagination.
And for gift basket wrap and tie some ideas: recyclable paper, butcher
paper, newspaper, newspaper comics, or reusable brown paper bags. Also check
with the Salvation Army or Goodwill Industries stores for inexpensive recyclable
wrapping paper. Tie with jute or raffia twine for a simple rustic look or leave
the gift basket unwrapped.
Now the instructions for putting your environmentally friendly bath and spa
gift basket together -- first start with your chosen container. Place the liner
inside and add the basket filler. Arrange the items with the tallest in back. If
needed, fill any holes with organic wrapped candies or crumpled shredded
recycled paper. Cover with wrap and tie with jute or raffia twine. Don't forget
the personalized, recycled card. If you're using a homemade card include a
great, happy, positive uplifting, spine-tingling favorite quote or saying.
That's it! You should have a fine-looking eco-friendly or environmentally
friendly bath and spa gift basket!