Frequently Asked Questions About Our Sustainable Gifts And Eco Friendly Swaps


When making eco conscious purchases, I know you will have a lot of questions. Our FAQ's tell you everything you need to know about our choosing sustainable gifts and eco friendly swaps, including:

Environmental Impact Questions

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  • Why choose sustainable products?
  • Are eco friendly product swaps really the best option for the planet?
  • How do your eco friendly swaps help the environment?
  • Why are eco friendly products more expensive?
  • Do your sustainable gift boxes and eco friendly swaps really save me money?
  • Is your packaging plastic free?
  • How did you choose the boxes your eco friendly swaps come in?

Questions About Eco Friendly Swaps And Sustainable Gift Orders

  • How long do your eco friendly swaps last?
  • How long will my eco friendly swaps take to arrive?
  • What is seed paper?
  • How to grow bee friendly wildflowers from seed paper?
  • What if I am unhappy with my order?

Eco Friendly Gifting Questions

Earth Friendly Reusable Wrapping Paper
  • Can I give Sustainer Container eco friendly products as a gift?
  • Do you offer personalisation for your sustainable gifts?
  • Can I have my eco friendly swaps gift wrapped?

Additional Questions About Sustainable Gifts And Eco Friendly Swaps

  • Where are your eco friendly swaps from?
  • Do you sell an eco friendly subscription box?
  • Are your sustainable gifts and eco friendly swaps for students?
  • Is Sustainer Container just and a sustainable gift shop?

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Environmental Impact Questions:

Why choose sustainable products?

Preventing climate change is the responsibility of everybody. Sustainer Container provides eco friendly alternatives to help you to make simple eco friendly swaps which will have a big impact. For example, the average person will use 300 toothbrushes in their lifetime, so swapping your plastic toothbrush to a compostable bamboo toothbrush alone can have a massive impact on reducing the waste you produce. 

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Are eco friendly product swaps really the best option for the planet?

Before starting Sustainer Container, I spent 8 months researching the best possible options for the planet and I continue to do this to ensure we offer the most eco friendly products. So that you can trust your eco friendly swaps really are the best option for the planet, I provide the carbon emissions saved by using our eco friendly swaps. For example, the Everything Eco Box saves 6.610kg of carbon which is equivalent to driving 16.3 miles!! Treat your loved one and the planet with our Everything Eco Gift Boxes - shop now! 

Many of our products are also made from bamboo which is a sustainable material because:

  • It grows quickly and can be harvested after 3-5 years
  • Bamboo is grown without pesticides or chemical fertilisers
  • It helps prevent soil erosion
  • Bamboo produces 35% more oxygen than other similar trees

How do your eco friendly swaps help the environment?

Our eco friendly boxes include sustainable alternatives to everyday products. Our eco friendly swaps provide an alternative to single use and plastic products, helping you to reduce the waste that you produce. This is beneficial for the environment because plastic can take up to 1000 years to decompose and much of the plastic we dispose of ends up in the sea which is harmful to marine life. 

Additionally, our products are made using sustainable natural materials such as bamboo, beeswax and hessian, and do not include harmful chemicals. So what are you waiting for? Start your eco warrior journey today!

Why are eco friendly products more expensive?

Eco friendly swaps are made using the best materials for the planet and these materials are often more expensive than the conventional materials. Plus, eco friendly swaps are designed to be long lasting and are made with high quality materials.

Although eco friendly products can be more expensive initially, they replace single use items that you may otherwise buy repeatedly. So it it is possible eco friendly swaps can actually save you money in the long run!

Do your sustainable gift boxes and eco friendly swaps really save me money?

Yes! All of our sustainable gift boxes and eco friendly swaps are available for less than it would cost you to buy the products individually, to make sustainable living as affordable as possible. 

Is your packaging plastic free?

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Yes!! None of our products contain or are packaged in plastic. All of our packaging is reusable, recyclable or compostable. Our orders are packaged using recycled twine (which can be composted) with a Sustainer Container tag, made from recycled paper. Orders are then wrapped in kraft paper and sealed with kraft paper tape which is completely recyclable (even the tape). 

How did you choose the boxes your eco friendly swaps come in?

Our boxes are not just packaging. I have personally searched the internet to find beautiful boxes to package your eco-friendly swaps in, which can be reused as storage in your home. Not only are our boxes reusable, but they are also made from recycled card, making them the best possible option for the planet. 

Questions About Eco Friendly Swaps And Sustainable Gift Orders:

How long do your eco friendly swaps last?

The lifespan of our eco friendly swaps can vary, here is a breakdown of how long each product that we include within our boxes should last if taken care of:

Eco Friendly Product Gift Box
  • Beeswax wraps - up to 1 year
  • Boxes - several years
  • Cutlery sets - several years
  • Refillable bamboo pen - several years (refill with a standard biro refill)
  • Recycled notebooks - until you have filled all of the pages with notes
  • Shampoo and soap bars - up to 2 months
  • Bamboo straws - several years
  • Bamboo toothbrush - 3 months (this is the recommended period to use a toothbrush before changing)
  • Toothpaste tablets - 1 months supply
  • Produce bags - several years
  • Earth friendly reusable wrapping paper - several years                           

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How long will my eco friendly swaps take to arrive?

I work hard to start working on your order and get it posted to you as soon as possible. If you are in a hurry to receive your eco friendly swaps, there is the option to choose between first or second class UK postage. All orders are sent signed for, so that you can relax knowing your order will arrive safely. European and worldwide delivery is also available - full details on our delivery page.

What is seed paper?

We offer FREE seed paper with all orders. The seed paper is handmade by me from recycled egg boxes and wildflower seeds which are blended together and then dried to form the paper. 

Bee friendly wildflower grown from seed paper

How to grow bee friendly wildflowers from seed paper?

Seed paper can be planted indoors in a small plant pot, soak the seed paper in water and then place under a thin layer of soil to grow bee friendly wildflowers. Water thoroughly at the time of planting. Continue to water regularly.

What if I am unhappy with my order?

All orders are packaged with care and include handpicked, high quality eco friendly swaps that I am confident you will love. However, if you have any issues with your eco friendly swaps, I am happy to offer returns for a 30 day period.

Eco Friendly Gifting Questions:

Personalised eco friendly gifts

Can I give Sustainer Container eco friendly products as a gift?

Yes, our beautiful packaging makes our eco friendly products the perfect affordable eco friendly gift. Plus, if you let me know that your purchase is a gift, I will happily include a FREE handmade personalised gift card with your order. 

Do you offer personalisation for your sustainable gifts?

Yes! I am happy to handmake a personalised card to accompany your eco friendly gift orders, with the option to personalise both the front and inside of the card. Our handmade gift cards offer a personal touch for your eco friendly gifts and are available at no extra cost!! 

Can I have my eco friendly swaps gift wrapped?

Earth Friendly Reusable Wrapping Paper

Yes! To make it easier for you to celebrate with loved ones from afar, I am happy to beautifully wrap up your sustainable gift with our Earth Friendly Reusable Wrapping Paper. Simply add your gift and the Earth Friendly Wrapping Paper to your order and let me know in the "notes" section at the checkout that you would like your gift to be wrapped. Your gift will arrive with your loved one all wrapped up and with a personalised gift card so they know who their eco friendly swaps are from. The wrapping paper is reusable and becomes part of the gift, which your loved one can reuse over and over again - get your Earth Friendly Reusable Wrapping Paper.

Additional Questions About Sustainable Gifts And Eco Friendly Swaps:

Where are your eco friendly swaps from?

As a sustainable Scottish business, we love supporting other small UK based businesses with a similar eco friendly and ethical ethos. The eco friendly swaps and sustainable gifts that we sell are sourced from local Scottish and UK businesses as much as possible. 

Do you sell an eco friendly subscription box?

No, all of our boxes are a one off purchase. Sustainer Container does not offer a subscription box service because these boxes often contain several products and you may already have some of these items. Getting products every month, even if they are sustainable products, may include items you will not use generating additional waste.

Sustainable University Student Starter Pack

Are your  sustainable gifts and eco friendly swaps for students?

Our eco friendly swaps are designed for anyone who is trying to start being more eco friendly. We have put together a Sustainable University Student Starter Pack, which has been designed to accommodate the needs of a new student whilst also helping you to be more sustainable. Whilst this box would be the perfect eco friendly gift for a student, we offer a range of products which will help everyone, not just students, to start being more eco friendly.

Is Sustainer Container just an eco friendly products shop?

Sustainer Container does sell affordable eco friendly products and gifts to help you start your eco warrior journey. BUT this is not all we do, we also provide helpful resources including sustainable living tips and plant-based recipes over on our blog

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Still not found the answer to your question? I would love to support you with your eco warrior journey. Contact me or connect with Sustainer Container on Instagram or Facebook, and I will be happy to answer your questions and discuss everything eco!