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Sustainable Father’s Day Gift Guide 2021

We all know the feeling – Father’s Day is around the corner, you need a present but your mind goes blank. Dad’s really can be the hardest to buy for, but this year, there’s no need to panic thanks to our sustainable Father’s Day gift guide. 

We’ve done the hard work for you and found these thoughtful, unique, sustainable and ethical gifts. We’ve found a whole host of eco-friendly, sustainably sourced Father’s Day gifts that the paternal figure in your life will be sure to appreciate for years to come. Whatever his interests are, there’s something for every Dad here.

Grand Dishes: Recipes and Stories from Grandmothers of the World

Grand Dishes: Recipes and stories book

Grand Dishes: Recipes and Stories from Grandmothers of the World book – An incredible coffee table cookbook that your whole family will enjoy.

Written by Anastasia Miari and Iska Lupton, this hardcover book is inspired by the authors’ love of their family and travel. It documents unique and perfected cooking methods, regional recipes and timeless wisdom from grandmothers around the world.

This is book features a collection of varied regional recipes and cooking methods from 70 grandmothers around the world, because who is a better cook than your grandmother? Whether your Dad is an experienced chef or is just keen to try his hand in the kitchen, the recipes in this book will not disappoint.

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Dr. Kavvadia Extra Virgin Olive Oil Gift Set

dr kavvadia olive oil set

Dr. Kavvadia Extra Virgin Olive Oil Gift Set – If your Dad loves Mediterranean cuisine, Dr. Kavvadia Olive Oil is a staple for the kitchen cupboard. 

Lovingly made on a farm in Corfu, Greece using traditional methods passed down through generations, this organic extra virgin olive oil is rich in polyphenols and packed with health benefits and flavour. The gift set includes one 500ml bottle of the Lianolia variety, which is fruity, spicy and aromatic, and one 500ml bottle of the Thiako variety, which is indigenous to the Ionian islands and has a unique and fruity flavour.

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CHOE Nefeli Hellenistic Soy Candle, 300ml

CHOE Nefeli Hellenistic Soy Candle​

CHOE Nefeli Hellenistic Soy Candle, 300ml – Who says Dads can’t like home decor? CHOE Candles create sustainable pure vegan candles and make for the perfect gift for any home. The Nefeli Soy Candles comes in olive leaf and lime or wild fig and amber – masculine, clean, luxurious scents. If that’s not enough to convince you, take a look at the beautiful and unique design, inspired by Ancient Greek art.

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Salty Bag Pipperi Pouch Bag

Salty Bag Pipperi Pouch Bag

Salty Bag Pipperi Pouch Bag – If your Dad is a man of practicality, the Salty Bag Pipperi Pouch Bag is the perfect gift for him. Made on Corfu from upcycled sailcloth, it is handily multipurpose and can double up as a pencil case, sunglasses case or sunscreen bag – so snatch this up in time for summer!

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This year, Father’s Day is on Sunday 20th June, so be sure to place your orders in time. You can also check out more gift ideas from our sustainable, eco-friendly brands.

To learn about our vision and values, visit our About Us page. 

Made in Corfu: Sustainable Greek Gifts for Easter

In the Greek Orthodox calendar, Easter is the most important and sacred time of year. It’s a time to get together with our families, forget about work and eat huge amounts of delicious, traditional Easter food. Though it may not be possible this year to be with your loved ones in person, why not show someone you care with some of these sustainable Greek gifts for Easter? Or better yet, treat yourself at this special time of year – because you deserve it. 

Dr. Kavvadia Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Dr Kavvadia extra virgin olive oil gift set

Fill your home and kitchen with the scent of the Mediterranean this Easter with Dr. Kavvadia Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Dr. Kavvadia is made sustainably on a family-run farm in Corfu; using a traditional family method that has been passed down through generations. Not only is this oil vegan-friendly, cruelty-free and extremely tasty, but it also has numerous health benefits. Each bottle is packed with very high levels of polyphenols, which are packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.

You can choose from two varieties, both of which have their own distinct flavour. While the Lianolia variety comes from olive trees predominantly found on Corfu, the Thiako variety is sourced from the islands of Cephalonia and Ithaca. 

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CHOE Nefeli Archaic Soy Candle

CHOE Nefeli Archaic Vegan Soy Candle

Cleanse your home this Easter with the refreshing, luxurious scent of CHOE’s Nefeli Archaic Soy Candle., inspired by Ancient Greek artwork. You can choose from two scents: olive leaf and lime or wild fig and amber.

All of CHOE candles are made from 100% natural vegan soy and are biodegradable. Each candle boasts up to 50 hours burning time, but once you’ve finished burning your candle, you can reuse this vessel as a beautiful vase or drinking glass. A perfect, sustainable Greek gift for Easter or any time of year!

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CORFOOT Leather Children’s Shoes

CORFOOT newborn leather shoes

Easter represents new life and rebirth, so what better time to honour the little ones in your life? If you have or know anyone with a newborn, CORFOOT soft shoes are the perfect gift.

Each pair is handmade in Corfu using naturally tanned 100% genuine Nappa leather. They’re super soft to ensure maximum comfort and are also proven to help with balance, muscle strength and coordination.

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Enikeoros Watercolour Paintings

Enikeoros Art and Photography

Easter is a great time to do some spring cleaning and re-decorating. Why not spruce up your home with Enikeoros art and photography?

Enikeoros is a brand created in Corfu by Budapest-born artist, Eniko Orosz. The influences of the island can be felt in her art – she even uses Ionian seawater in each piece. She uses recycled materials to complete each of her stunning watercolour paintings.

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Well, those are some of our favourite sustainable greek gifts for Easter. This year, Greek Easter falls on the 2nd May, so make sure you get your gifts ordered in time. For more information on Ionian Kind and our vision and values, you can visit our About Us page.  You can also check out more great gift ideas from our other eco-friendly brands.

Sustainable, Women-Owned Brands to Support

At Ionian Kind, we wish to contribute towards building a world that’s sustainable, inclusive and equal. As a woman-owned business, International Women’s Day is a significant date for us, as a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women and highlight ethical and eco-friendly, female-led businesses.

From fashion innovation and unique designs, to responsible packaging and up-cycled materials, these woman-owned brands are paving the way for a more sustainable future. And so, to celebrate the women and girls inspiring and embracing these values, here are five amazing female-owned sustainable brands to watch. After all, fashion and design has always been a form of self-expression and art, so why not do it a conscious way?

Myrto Zirini Ceramics

Myrto Zirini Ceramics corfu

Myrto Zirini Ceramics is a contemporary ceramics workshop creating beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces in Corfu, Greece. Having moved to Corfu in 2012 from Athens, Myrto’s distinctive style combines expressive textures with subtle, vibrant colours. Her unique and sustainable ceramics make for stunning yet practical homeware and gifts.

Mytro studied interior design and architecture in London before working within architecture and design in multiple areas. Myrto rediscovered her passion and creative drive in ceramics and is currently working with organic, fluid forms rough and smooth textures. each piece is made using natural, eco-friendly materials.

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CORFOOT - Leather Baby & Children’s Shoes

CORFOOT newborn leather shoes

Founded by Juliane Henkel, CORFOOT shoes for babies, toddlers and children are an award-winning shoe brand based in Corfu. Unable to find ethically-sourced and sustainably made shoes for her own children, Juliana decided to make her own – and CORFOOT was born.

Using only the best natural materials, each pair of CORFOOT leather shoes is soft, artisan-quality and entirely plastic free. As well as being made using environmentally friendly methods, CORFOOT leather shoes have been expertly proven to help children with balance, develop muscle strength and coordinate their moves.

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Handmade by Ddora

handmade by ddora leto bag

Dora Desylla of Handmade by Ddora creates timeless, sustainable women’s fashion accessories.

From handbags, scarves and gloves, each bag is sustainably and ethically made from upcycled materials. Born and raised in Corfu, Dora sources local fabrics and resources to create her products; from vintage clothing, antique furniture and more. Production is limited by choice and Dora keeps waste to a minimum to produce an artisan product you can enjoy for a lifetime. 

Packaging from Handmade by Ddora uses no plastic and all recyclable paper. Even the ribbon on the finishing comes from fabrics that have been rescued and recycled. Plus, all products have free shipping. 

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Poppy on Paxos

ionian kind hamper gift sets

Poppy on Paxos offers a selection of art and gifts – all created by painter and illustrator, Poppy Anemogiannis. Having grown up on the beautiful island of Paxos, Poppy is inspired by her love of the sea, cartography and produces beautifully illustrated map paintings, tea towels and gifts, all showcasing the picturesque island.

Poppy’s products are made using responsible, sustainable products and use fresh hues and colour palettes, embracing the colours of Paxos. The stylish illustrative prints, maps and tea towels make for an ideal gift for any loved one – allowing you to take home a little piece of the island.

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Enikeoros Art & Photography

enikeoros art and photography

Local artist and photographer, Eniko Orosz showcases her collection Enikeoros. Made up of visual art, photography and stone pieces, each piece by Eniko is unique and inspired by her love and passion for life, and the beauty of Corfu. Eniko is truly able to capture the essence of the island, even using sea water to create each piece. 

Eniko uses all-natural and upcycled materials to create every piece, making each one unique. Please note that individual items may vary and are created to order.

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That’s it for some of our favourite female-led, sustainable brands. How will you be showing your support for woman business owners this International Women’s Day? If you’d like to learn more about Ionian Kind and our featured brands, you can learn more about our ethos and processes via our About Us page. Alternatively, you can also shop by values here

Sustainable Mother’s Day Gift Guide

The tradition of honouring mothers and motherly figures dates back to ancient Greece and is now recognised worldwide as a worthy day to celebrate. And so, as Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to the mother figure in your life, we’ve put together a few sustainable gift ideas – all made with love in Ionian. 

Despite our ample appreciation for our mums, it can sometimes feel that no gift can match the love and care she gives us. Whilst flowers and a card are always nice, why not try mixing it up this year with a gift that is made to last? A sustainable and ethical gift is the perfect symbol for enduring love and gratitude! Celebrate all that she is and all that she does with a thoughtful Mother’s day gift that is eco-friendly and sustainable.

CHOE Aetheria Harmony Soy Candle, 300ml

CHOE Aetheria candle

CHOE Aetheria Harmony Soy Candle, 300ml – Nothing suggests ‘me-time’ like a luxurious scented candle. Made from 100% all natural vegan soy wax, these candles use slow-burning lead free wicks to provide 50 hours of burning time and the perfect eco-friendly way to unwind and relax.

The Aetheria candle comes in three delicious scents which are evocative of Mediterrean aromas. Each candle in the Aetheria range is available in a different colourway ensuring you can find the style that suits your loved-one best. 

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Salty Bag Kinira Adjustable Shoulder Bag

Salty Bag Kinira Adjustable Shoulder Bag

Salty Bag Kinira Adjustable Shoulder Bag – A beautiful accessory is a failsafe choice for Mother’s Day. Expand their wardrobe with a stylish, sustainable bag that can be used time and again. The Kinira shoulder bag has enough room to fit all day to day essentials, and has a handy adjustable strap and removable handles.

This versatile piece is made from repurposed upcycled sails and the practical design means it is the ideal choice for any mother with a busy and dynamic lifestyle. No two bags are the same in the Salty Bag range, making it the perfect useful gift that will have your mum feeling one of a kind.

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Poppy on Paxos Gift Hamper

ionian kind hamper gift sets

Poppy on Paxos Gift Hamper – If your mum loves a weekend away or is simply dreaming of some rest and relaxation on a faraway beach, give her a slice of the Ionian with our bespoke Poppy on Paxos hamper. A unique idea for any art and nature lover, the gift set includes: one A4 sized illustration, which can be picked from a choice of four styles; a 100% white cotton tea towel displaying a map of Paxos; a folded A1 map of Paxos and an additional A2 print.

Each piece in the hamper is lovingly created by painter and illustrator, Poppy Anemogiannis, whose upbringing on the Ionian islands inspires her to portray the beauty of the area through these distinctive and tasteful pieces.

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Dr Kavvadia Gift Set

dr kavvadia extra virgin olive oil

If your mum is a dab hand in the kitchen who just loves to try new flavours, our gift set from Extra Virgin Olive Oil specialists, Dr Kavvadia, could be just the thing to add to her pantry cupboard. The beautifully packaged set includes a pourer which means that she can finesse her favourite dishes with a professional finish. The oil itself has special notes of radish, freshly cut grass and almonds – and it’s also vegan friendly too.

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Ionian Kind Gift Cards

Ionian Kind E-Gift Card – Why not treat your loved one to guilt-free sustainable shopping? Ionian Kind e-gift cards are the perfect gift for those who just love to shop. Starting from €10, Ionian Kind e-gift cards are valid for up to 12 months so your mum or loved one can purchase what they really want.

To purchase an Ionian Kind gift card, simply select the amount and add to your basket – as you would any other product. The digital voucher will be delivered directly to your email inbox and can be redeemed by entering the gift card code at the checkout.

Please note that e-gift cards cannot be discounted or swapped for cash value. E-gift cards are non-refundable. See full details here.

So there you have it – our mother’s day gift guide. We think any mothering figure in your life will love this selection of sustainable, environmentally friendly gifts. There is truly something to suit any taste and you won’t find these products elsewhere as they are exclusively stocked with Ionian Kind. If you’d like to learn more about Ionian Kind and how we’re working to provide more sustainable, eco-friendly and quality products, you can visit our about us page or get in touch via our contact page.

Mother’s Day 2021 falls on Sunday 14th March in the UK, and Sunday 9th May in Greece – so don’t get caught out!

The Ultimate Sustainable Christmas Gift Guide

The small choices we make as consumers can make a big impression on our planet and, on a smaller scale, our communities too. When it comes to choosing gifts for our loved ones at Christmas time, there are many ways to make your gifts more sustainable planet for us all to enjoy. Whether you’re looking for stocking fillers or a long-lasting, unique gift for a loved one, we have Christmas all wrapped up. Here are our top picks for a sustainable Christmas – all with an Ionian twist. 

CHOE Body Candle, 170ml

CHOE body candles make a great Christmas gift

CHOE Body Candles, 170ml – For the eco-conscious loved one in your life, or a vegan who deserves some pampering, the Choe candle range is a must. Available in a range of colours and enchanting scents, CHOE boy candles are made using natural materials and high-quality ingredients.

These beautiful votives are inspired by ancient Greek culture and designed to suit any taste. Each candle contains a vegan blend of soy wax, almond and fragrance oil for a luxurious, moisturising, at-home massage. 

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Patounis Soap and Dish Gift Set

Patounis Soap and Dish Gift Set – Injecting some authentic Ionian charm into your home is easy with this soap and pebble dish gift set from our exclusive Patounis and Myrto Zirini collaboration. Hand washing has been a prominent theme of 2020 and now more than ever, it’s important to be mindful of keeping our hands clean.

This handcrafted pebble dish comes in both blue and pink and has been paired with a beautiful, pure vegan soap made via traditional methods. Guaranteed to keep your hands feeling soft and luxurious, this is a premium and timeless gift for any homeware and beauty connoisseur. 

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Salty Bag Face Mask Christmas Decorations, Pack of 2

sustainable-christmas

Salty Bag Face Mask Christmas Decorations, Pack of 2 – The ultimate fashion accessory of 2020 has undoubtedly been face masks. Born out of necessity, the mask is now part of our everyday attire but now our friend’s at Salty Bag have created a mask for your Christmas tree!

Made from up-cycled plastic bottles, these little red masks are a fitting addition for any tree this year. See off 2020 with sustainable style and humour – but you’ll have to be quick because they’re available for a limited time only.

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The Enikeoros Collection – Visual Art and Gifts

Enikeoros collection

The Enikeoros Collection – A year of restricted travel and lockdowns has left us all longing for the great outdoors. Thankfully, Enikeoros features a whole host of post cards, trinkets and art canvasses encapsulating the beauty of the Ionian Islands. Inspired by the artist’s love for the landscape and travel, these artworks would be an ideal gift for any keen traveller.

Made using sea water to create the unique painting style, each handmade piece uses recycled materials straight from the heart of Corfu. The Enikeoros collection is the ideal way to cure your holiday blues and capture some Ionian magic wherever you are in the world. 

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Ionian Kind Hampers

ionian kind hamper gift sets

If you’re still lost when buying Christmas gifts, an abundant hamper is sure to make anyone’s Christmas. You can pick from one of our hand-picked, sustainable hampers – designed to suit any household.

With multiple items to enjoy in each hamper, it’s a sure-fire way to make sure there is something for everyone to enjoy over the festive period. Furthermore, a sustainable hamper can be a great way to introduce a few green products to that loved one who is still striving to be more environmentally-conscious.

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So, there you have it – our ultimate Christmas gift guide. From the team at Ionian Kind, we wish you a very merry and sustainable Christmas and a wonderful new year. If you’d like to learn more about Ionian Kind and how we’re working to provide more eco-friendly, quality products, you can visit our about us page or get in touch via our contact page.

 

7 Top Tips For A Sustainable Christmas

Christmas is right around the corner and preparations in full swing. But whilst it may be the most wonderful time of the year, Christmas is not always the most environmentally friendly – so have you considered having a more sustainable Christmas?

From gifts, to food and decorations, Christmas is all about excessive consumption. Whilst that’s not necessarily bad for the economy, in just three days of festivities, the average person can be responsible for the same level of carbon emissions as taking a flight from the UK to the US. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up some top tips for a sustainable Christmas and a few ways you can have a greener, yet still ever-so jolly holiday season. 

Choose gifts that last

It can be easy to panic buy at Christmas time but often gag gifts and stocking fillers for Secret Santa can end up in the bin. A gift with value, meaning and purpose that will be treasured and reused is the kindest choice to both the environment and your loved one. Furthermore, why not buy one, extra special present instead to reduce waste? A sustainable Christmas could be a more meaningful one, afterall.

Decorate mindfully

Avoid single use plastic and give a miss to the traditional Christmas crackers on the table. Most crackers and their contents cannot be recycled yet end up in the bin the same day. Instead, look for sustainable Christmas crackers and decorations or simply dress your table with homemade party favours in their place.

When buying new decorations for your tree, choose handmade items using wool, wood, rattan, hemp, and recycled leather. Quality decorations can become family heirlooms that are passed down through the generations. 

Choose handmade gifts and shop locally

Another great way to help the environment – and save money in the process – is to make your own gifts. Consider handmade gifts such as food, hand-sown or knitted clothing, or perhaps paint a unique piece of art. Alternatively, if you are not artistically inclined or a dab hand in the kitchen, why not shop locally? Supporting local businesses will mean you’re likely to find a unique gift you won’t find anywhere else meaning your recipient is likely to not already have it or to be gifted the same item twice.

Many small businesses have a lower environmental impact in comparison to large corporations as many may use upcycled materials and are usually cruelty-free. Supporting local businesses helps boost a strong, sustainable local economy. 

Find an alternative Christmas tree

If you prefer to buy a real Christmas tree, make sure they are sustainably sourced and investigate donating for trees being replanted too. Once you’ve finished with your tree, your local government will have information on how to recycle the tree. Alternatively, you can opt for a local charity who will do it for you. Remember – never dump your tree in landfill. Whilst real trees seem the most eco-friendly option, it can have a big impact on land use and emissions.

Artificial trees, despite their immediate environmental impact, may actually be the best option. Quality artificial trees can usually keep and reuse it for at least ten years.

Go paperless & send e-cards 

According to research, a whopping 1.5 billion Christmas cards are thrown away by UK households alone in the post-Christmas period. That’s a lot of wasted paper! And glittery cards (which are in abundance at Christmas time) are non-recyclable due to their plastic contents.

If you can’t find cards suitable for recycling, try sending an e-card instead. There are ample free design sites that allow you to create the perfect online festive greeting. The same can also be said for gift vouchers. Instead of purchasing your loved one a plastic gift voucher, why not cut down on waste and opt for a e-gift card instead? Shop Ionian Kind e-gift cards here.

Recycle your wrapping paper 

Sticky tape, ribbons and paper covered in glitter cannot be recycled so they are best avoided completely. Switching to brown paper is the best option – it can be recycled or repurposed once your loved one has unwrapped their special gift. When decorated with twine and suitable ribbon, brown paper gifts have a beautiful, retro feel. More great options are gift bags that are reused time and again, or wrapping gifts in fabric. Fabric scraps are easy to come by and can be reused year after year.

Go meat free

If you’re looking to help the environment, one of the major moves you can make is opting for meat free meals. The meat and dairy industry is responsible for more emissions than all the world’s planes, trains, cars and boats combined.

Whilst we know turkey is the traditional centrepiece for Christmas meals, there are many brilliant alternatives that are cruelty free and good for the planet. If going completely plant based isn’t possible for you, cut down on meat and dairy trimmings and look for products that are ethically and sustainably sourced. When it comes to vegetables, opt for seasonal and local to cut down on your transport emissions too. Better still, why not create your own vegetable patch in your garden and harvest your Christmas dinner from your own back yard. When doing your Christmas food shopping be mindful of food waste too. Try to avoid overbuying and check the expiration dates on everything.

At Ionian Kind, we recognise the importance of sustainability and shopping locally. That’s why we work closely with ethical brands to reduce waste and promote quality, artisan products from local Corfu businesses. You can learn more about our ethics and values on our About Us page.