6 Eco Friendly Gift Experiences from Sustainable Yorkshire Businesses

If you are looking for sustainable gift experiences in Yorkshire we have put together 6 quirky gift experiences that won’t cost the earth. From Gin and Whisky Tasting to Beekeeping and Foraging we have a wide range of eco-friendly gift experiences to suit all tastes and budgets from Yorkshire businesses who put sustainability at the heart of what they do.

At Uniquely Local we are committed to sustainability and have signed up to not one but two carbon offsetting companies, one global – Ecologi – and one local – Make it Wild.

We really love what Make it Wild is working to achieve and want to support them in any way we can. Check out their website https://www.makeitwild.co.uk/

Cooper King Whisky and Gin Distillery Tour

COOPER KING WHISKY AND GIN DISTILLERY TOUR NEAR YORK

£12.50 including tasters for a 1.5 hour tour

Join the team at Cooper King for a guided tour of England’s only self-built whisky and gin distillery finishing with some complimentary tasters in their cosy tasting room and shop.

At Cooper King sustainable spirits are distilled from their self-built distillery powered by 100% renewable energy making them England’s first carbon-negative gin producers.

Buy vouchers for the Cooper King Whisky and Gin Distillery Tour near York

BLACKSMITH WORKSHOP WITH ZERO CARBON INDUCTION FORGE

£60 for a 2 hour taster workshop

Artist Piers Edsall teaches the ancient art of blacksmithing at his Environmental Art Workshop in Malton. Learn the basic techniques of hot metalworking using a zero carbon induction forge and create a unique item of your own to take home.

Environmental Art began as a circular design and manufacture company creating products and supplying services for more sustainable living. Now the company has grown to include a network of independent artists and craftspeople. In all their work and products we hope to educate and inspire people into living, enjoying and working in a sustainable way.

Buy a voucher for a Blacksmith Workshop with Zero Carbon Induction Forge

SEASONAL FORAGING EXPERIENCE WITH MAKE IT WILD

4 hour foraging experience with wild lunch £70

Join Nicola on a four hour foraging experience in Yorkshire and explore meadows, hedgerows and woodlands in search of natures ingredients. Learn about responsible and ethical foraging before preparing and cooking a light lunch with your foraged ingredients.

Buy a Seasonal Foraging Experience with Make it Wild

NATURAL MINDFULNESS WALKS WITH MAKE IT WILD

£12.50 for a 90 minute guided mindfulness walk

Reconnect with nature on this 90 minute mindfulness walk with Helen through a series of mindful exercises. Carve out a bit of me time and learn the Japanese art of ‘Forest Bathing’ in a Yorkshire nature reserve. The team at ‘Make it Wild’ are on a mission to help individuals and businesses with carbon offsetting through their workshops at 8 different nature reserves across Yorkshire.

Buy a Natural Mindfulness Walk with Make it Wild

 

Make it Wild’s mission statement is:

It’s not our aim to protect nature, it’s our purpose.

They have planted thousands of trees, dug ponds, restored wildflower hay meadows, made ‘leaky dams’, placed bird and bat boxes at Sylvan Nature Reserve,  Bank Woods , Dowgill Grange, and Dacre Woodlands. They have put up deer fence to protect their precious Ancient Woodland to encourage natural regeneration. Their Carbon Mitigation through Tree Planting scheme has been popular for individuals and businesses alike, and their new subscription scheme takes the hassle out of taking responsibility for your impact on the planet. 

 

Yorkshire Beekeeping Experience - Full Day

 

YORKSHIRE BEEKEEPING EXPERIENCE

£60 for a half day, £120 for a full day

Ever wondered what the inside of a bee hive looks like? ‘More Bees Please’ based in Sheffield offer a half day beekeeping experience where you can learn all about these amazing insects and how they create all their honey in a sustainable manner. This hands-on, interactive experience with our family run Yorkshire business is a day not to forget and will leave you buzzing!

More Bees Please is a family-run, ethical beekeeping business based in Sheffield and Rotherham. They are passionate about bees and improving the quality of bees in their local area. Working with schools they educate children on the importance of bees and plant wild flowers and maintain bee-friendly gardens. They also work with businesses, especially in city centres, to help improve their carbon footprints and sustainability, by placing hives on their grounds.

Buy a Half Day Yorkshire Beekeeping Experience

'Cosmeti-Craft' GO GREEN natural Cosmetics Making Experience

COSMETI-CRAFT ORGANIC COSMETICS MAKING WORKSHOP

£15.00 to make 1 product, £25 to make 2

Have you ever wanted to design and create your own toiletries? In this fascinating workshop learn how to make a range of organic cosmetics including soap, body butter, body scrub cream, lip balm and moisturiser.  Discover the origin of the ingredients you will use and their application in organic cosmetic making. You will fragrance and colour your products with natural ingredients to create beautifully unique blends.

Cosmeti-Craft put charity support work and environmental awareness at the heart of their business. They operate as a plastic free business and encourage their customers to be more environmentally friendly through their educational workshops and ‘Points for the Planet’ reward scheme.

They grow their own bamboo supplies and are the first cosmetics making workshop in the UK to supply fully compostable containers.

Buy a voucher for an Organic Cosmetics Workshop by ‘Cosmeti-Craft’

By choosing a gift experience you are already buying a gift that wont add to the mountains of stuff we are all accumulating. You’re also selecting a present that will give joy, make memories and may even equip the recipient with a whole new set of skills!

Take a look at our full range of local gift experiences