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Five Gifts For Your Eco-Friendly Friend

Author: Nicola Fowlie, Front of House and Retail Team Leader

The lead up to the holiday season is well underway, whether you like it or not! Here at MINE: The Dowse Shop, we want your present shopping experience to be enjoyable and not a chore, so have put together some suggestions to help you out.

Presenting Five Gifts for your Eco-Friendly Friend!

Pattern Project Furoshiki Wraps
Furoshiki are a type of traditional Japanese wrap, able to be folded and knotted into countless styles of handbags, backpacks, wine bottle carriers, book bags or, very useful for summer, a watermelon carrier! It makes for a lot of fun learning to master the many different ways to wrap and use this cloth (don’t worry, ideas and directions included!).


You’ll also be supporting local artists and industry along with these furoshiki wraps – they are locally designed, printed and constructed in Aotearoa on 100% cotton, and the packaging is recycled board. The wraps are part of The Dowse Pattern Project, a merchandise range produced by The Dowse with all profits going towards supporting our museum.

Beeswax Wraps
Does your friend eat? Does your friend sometimes not eat everything at once and like to keep leftovers? If the answer to these hard-hitting questions is yes, then these colourful, fun, re-usable beeswax wraps will made an ideal pressie.


As well as being locally made by Lower Hutt local Jackie Pigou, these wraps have extra feel-good factor as Jackie donates part of her profits to Crohn’s and Colitis New Zealand.

Ceramic Nidito Keep Cup
One-use takeaway coffee cups are going the way of supermarket plastic bags, and for good reason.


These beautiful ceramic coffee keep cups are made in Martinborough by Carolina Vargas Gonzalez aka ‘Nidito’. Importantly for a keep cup, they are the perfect size for a flat white, have a well fitted lid and aren’t too heavy. Perhaps you and your friend could bring their new cup on its maiden trip to Bellbird Café!

Fran Carter ‘Ear Candy’ Earrings
Wellingtonian Fran makes these bright, light and swingy earrings out of recycled gelato spoons! They are aesthetically lovely, high quality (they are also made from sterling silver) and so creative and innovative in their use of material.

Wild Grey Fox Natural Organic Cotton Grocery Bag
These bags are becoming market trip essentials – a great size for holding your produce, and means you can avoid the single use plastic fruit bags.


Made by Wairarapa-based Wild Grey Fox (formerly Wild Honey Art), these grocery bags are made from 100% organic cotton produced in a fair trade certified mill in India. They are printed with designs of native New Zealand birds here in Aotearoa using water based ink, and even the packaging is FSC-certified paper and printed in Greytown. How good is that?

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