8 Sustainable Corporate Gift Ideas in 2022
Nowadays, as more people understand the importance of caring for our home planet, business owners have come to prioritise sustainability, in all aspects of operations. Increasing numbers of business owners now recognise the need of becoming more sustainable and ecologically friendly.
As such, sustainability initiatives have also influenced decisions when it comes to corporate gift ideas — companies want gifts that connect with their values and are sustainable.
In addition to looking for sustainable corporate gift ideas, these should also be appropriate and meaningful for their recipients. Of course, finding the ideal corporate present for your employees and clients is more than a simple gesture of gratitude. It is genuine recognition of their hard work, sacrifices, and worth.
Research even suggests that companies are now moving towards giving fewer but higher-value gifts which are geared towards creating and strengthening relationships — which is crucial in the new workplace setting. Read here to know more about your options for work-from-home gifts.
What Are Sustainable Corporate Gift Ideas?
"Sustainable" is not a formally regulated term, although it typically refers to corporate gifts that fall into one of the following categories:
- Eco-friendly, refurbished or recycled
- Merchandise made with locally sourced or organic materials
- Items created using alternative materials or verified sustainable processes (e.g. free from harmful dyes, bleaching, etc.)
- Products that can help the elimination of single-use plastics (zero waste alternatives)
- Products that are certified to meet sustainable industry criteria (such as Forest Stewardship Council, Global Organic Textile Standard, Leaping Bunny Program, Fairtrade International)
With these in mind, how do you select the best sustainable corporate gift ideas that will still prove meaningful to those who will receive them? And how do you ensure that your corporate gifting initiative provides value given the budget you’ve allocated to it?
To ensure that your sustainable corporate gift ideas are appropriate for their recipients, consider the following:
- Your company values and how the gift reinforces them
- The quality of your relationship with the receiver
- Company policies about corporate gifting
- Personalisation options (gift provisions for notes, greetings, personalised messages)
- The usefulness and practicality of the gift
- Presentation and packaging of the gift
- Options to personalise and create custom corporate gifts
Sustainable Corporate Gift Ideas Singapore
Here are some of our sustainable corporate gift ideas for clients, employees and colleagues in Singapore:
1. The Green Collective, E-Gift Card
Photo Credit: The Green Collective
Instead of giving employees traditional gift cards, virtual gift cards provide a safe and sustainable method to pay for products online. Furthermore, with this type of gift, the receiver may choose what they want to buy for themselves, so you can be confident that whatever they choose will not end up as an unwanted gift in a landfill.
The Green Collective’s digital gift card creates a unique code for the recipient to enter at checkout of their e-commerce The Green Tingkat and subtract the card’s value from their order’s total.
2. SoL Cups, High-Quality Reusable Coffee Cups
Photo Credit: SoL Cups
Crafted from 100% hand-blown glass, SoL Cups are made from a very high percentage of borosilicate glass. This makes each cup incredibly premium, lightweight and crystal clear. This sustainable solution is reusable, beautiful and easy to take anywhere, even in the office. The cups’ silicon sleeves and lids are also 100% food grade and chemical-free.
3. The Sustainability Project, Bamboo Cutlery Set
A lightweight and easy zero-waste addition to anyone's bag or BYO kit, The Sustainability Project's Bamboo Cutlery Set is natural and handmade. It also enables the company to continue pushing the zero waste movement in Singapore, support local makers and reduce the waste sent to the Semakau landfill.
4. Oasis:, Marseille Soap Log Gift Box
A limited-edition 1kg bar in a specially designed gift box, this soap from Oasis: is pre-cut into 6 blocks for convenient usage. A great sustainable corporate gift idea for soap fans. Another great corporate gifting option is their zero-waste shampoo bars that are crafted in a rainbow of solid shampoo caneles.
5. Hello Flowers!, Daily Flowers in a Jar
Strong believers that we need flowers every day, any day, Hello Flowers! offers eco-friendly design arrangements based on beautiful blooms that are in season. With their social initiatives such as floral workshops and floral repurposing, your corporate gifting becomes even more meaningful.
6. The Whole Kitchen, Wholesome Gift Hamper
Delivered with a beautiful wooden box, cover and greeting card, The Whole Kitchen's Wholesome Gift Hamper comes with delicious treats that are meant to delight its recipients. A wonderful corporate gift idea, the bundle includes all-natural, gluten-free and dairy-free Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti, Sea Salt & Caraway Lavosh and Nut Mix Jars.
7. Everything Green, Starter Kit: Micro Herb Grow Bags
Everything Green has created the perfect grow bag for growing herbs. Each set comes in 3 different varieties - Green Basil, Garden Cress, & Mizuna Mustard. Their kit is compact and contains everything needed to grow a micro garden. It’s a unique sustainable corporate gift idea that can also be a fun introduction to a new hobby.
8. Innerfyre Co, Inhale/Exhale Bundle
Send your good wishes for work-life balance with this wellness bundle from Innerfyre Co.
With your choice of an Aromatherapy or Affirmation candle and Essential Oil Room spray, this sustainable corporate gift idea reminds its recipient that they can always take meaningful inhales and exhales — even when there seems to be so much happening around them.
Made with 100% pure essential oils, the Innerfyre Co candles were born out of the founders’ love for scents and their desire to create candles that not only look good and smell good but also have real mood-boosting, aromatherapeutic effects. So if you’re looking for corporate gift ideas that are not only sustainable but also provide wellness benefits, look no further.
As the first Singapore candle brand to use a sustainable wax blend made from coconut oil and rice bran wax, Innerfyre Co packaging is 100% biodegradable, recyclable and plastic-free. With each order, we also plant a tree through our partner organisation One Tree Planted.