There’s no doubt that cycling is better for the environment than driving a car, but that doesn’t mean the bike industry is devoid of wastefulness. If you’re looking for a Christmas gift for an eco-conscious cyclist, here are some great ideas to get you started.
Green Oil Eco Rider Maintenance Kit
Green Oil may well be the greenest bicycle-maintenance products out there. Green Oil
There’s a wealth of cleaning and maintenance products on the market and they make excellent stocking-stuffers or small gifts. However, with a great range comes great responsibility to find something that’s not going to cost the earth.
Green Oil claims to be the world’s greenest manufacturer of bicycle-maintenance products, and the company works hard to raise awareness of the nasties that can be found in various lubes and cleaners.
Its products do not contain PTFE, which contribute towards petrochemical pollution, plus the bottles are made from recycled plastics and the formulas are plant-based and fully biodegradable.
Why not treat someone to this complete maintenance kit?
Upcycled inner tube wallets and bags
Clockwise from top left: Velo Culture, KatriKDesign, Stradasoul, Moab Bag Company – all available on Etsy. Various (Etsy)
We throw away an astonishing amount of inner tubes each year, so lots of small companies and individuals are finding exciting ways to upcycle them. Whether it’s a wallet, a saddle bag, backpack or a full bikepacking getup, you’ll be able to find a wealth of sustainable gift ideas made from old inner tubes, wetsuits, climbing ropes, yoga mats and billboard vinyl.
There are some great options on Etsy, from sellers such as KatriKDesign, Stradasoul, MoabBagCompany and VeloCulture.
Upcycled bicycle jewellery and gifts
Clockwise from left: AwesomeBikeGift, RespokeDesigns, RecycleAndBicycle. Various (Etsy)
Going one step further in the upcycling domain, cyclists love to show off their hobby by wearing recycled bicycle bits, or having them on display at home. Why not treat them to some upcycled jewellery or keychains, or go all-out and buy them a clock made from a recycled cassette?
Again, Etsy is a good place to look, and we recommend sellers such as AwesomeBikeGift, RecycleAndBicycle and RespokeDesigns.
Chris King components
A Chris King component will last a lifetime and cause as little damage as possible in its production process. Chris King Components
Chris King says the “the joy of cycling is intrinsically tied to the health of our environment,” and we couldn’t agree more.
His company has spent decades reducing its carbon footprint and exploring more eco-friendly ways to produce the oh-so shiny products it’s famous for.
Some of King’s planet-loving actions include using domestically grown soy, recycling waste-metal shavings, and hand-polishing every part before anodising to reduce the toxicity of this process. A Chris King component will last a lifetime, while causing as little damage as possible in its production process.
Solo Stove Lite
Help your bikepacking pal ditch the gas for a twig-powered stove. Solo Stove
If you’re buying for a bikepacker or someone who generally loves to sleep out under the stars, and they’re still using gas-powered camping stoves, then make them give gas the boot. Rather than carting around metal containers, they can still go on their microadventures and use renewable energy, with a twig-powered Solo Stove Lite. It’s small and lightweight so they can fit it in a bag, and they no longer need to carry their fuel because it’s there on the ground.
Bamboo Cutlery Set
A bamboo cutlery set is biodegradable, and makes a great eco-friendly gift. Bambaw
If your bikepacking friend already has a good camping set up, or if a stove is out of your budget, maybe they’d appreciate something smaller like this cutlery set made from bamboo. While we don’t deny that a good titanium set has its merits, the great thing about opting for bamboo is that it’s biodegradable, which means when you’re eventually done with it, it will no longer plague the planet.
This set from Bambaw comes in a beautiful jute fabric roll, so you don’t even have to wrap it in paper!
With cycling comes a great amount of laundry. Ecozone
Cyclists rack up a lot of laundry, so why not help someone opt for a more eco-friendly alternative to laundry detergents with Ecoballs? They’re filled with natural plant-based minerals and cleaning agents, and really work to lift dirt out of your previous kit. They’re claimed to manage about 1,000 washes before they need re-filling, and the pellets are readily available. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
Thought Bamboo socks
Socks are a classic gift. Why not treat someone to some bamboo ones? Thought Clothing
It may seem like a cop-out, but socks really are the quintessential gift to give at Christmas, and unlike most people who might roll their eyes, a cyclist will appreciate this beautiful gift box. Not only do these socks have very fetching bikes on them, they’re made from bamboo and are incredibly soft and comfortable.
Vaude TVL Pavei STX shoes
These TVL Pavei STX shoes from Vaude are made from recycled materials. Vaude
While we’re on the subject of footwear, if you want to treat the cyclist in your life to something really special, consider a pair of TVL Pavei STX shoes from Vaude.
They’re treated with a Sympatex lining and membrane, which is completely waterproof and breathable. That means dry, toasty feet throughout the winter, and that’s not something to be sniffed at.
They’re completely PTFE-free, and come in a unisex fit from sizes 36 to 50. They also feature Ortholite removable insoles, which are breathable, long-lasting and contain 50 per cent recycled polyester.
What’s more, the SUPtraction R20 outsole is made from 20 per cent recycled rubber. The toe cap is made from recyclable TPU and the shoe is compatible with SPD cleats. It’s bound to be a hit, delivering quality performance and eco-friendliness all at once.