Eco-Friendly Gift You Can Buy in Portugal
Eco-Friendly Christmas Gifts
We selected a few Portuguese gifts that you can buy during your journey to Portugal or online. These are perfect for a conscious Christmas, birthdays, or any reasons!
In Portugal, you can buy handbags, shoes, umbrella, pen, belt, hat, etc. Everything is made of cork. Tourists love these products because it is 100% natural and eco-friendly material. The harvesting cork does not damage the tree in any way. One cork tree can live for 160 years; it is possible to use the same tree 15 times.
However, I recently was the victim of one low-quality brand. I bought one bag a few years ago. And, it was a cork leaf glued in cotton. I used a few months the bag, but now, it has a hole! The cork leaf took off! So the best brands are Pelcor, Cork & Company, and Montado.
Tiles (called azulejos) are a constant feature in Portuguese architecture and pride. You can learn more about the Portuguese tiles at Casa-Museu Frederico de Freitas in Funchal or the National Tile Museum in Lisbon.
Please don’t buy older tiles at Feira da Ladra. According to residents in Lisbon, we have group stolen the tiles in the buildings. Don’t encourage this theft!
One lovely option is tile painting workshops; you will learn about this important Portuguese heritage and paint Porto tiles yourself using traditional techniques. Contact us for more information.
Claus Porto was created in 1887 by two German businessmen who decided to set up Portugal’s first soap and fragrance factory. This company is very concerned with maintaining its cultural roots, from keeping its factories in Porto. The new liquid soaps and body moisturizers, for instance, are composed of 99% natural ingredients from organic farming.
Barcelos Pottery and Ceramics
Barcelos craftspeople have produced many diversities of ceramics over centuries. They are very dynamic, colorful, creative, versatile, and flexible, able to develop and produce a very large range of ceramic products using traditional techniques combined with modern finishing designs and processes.
Give them an experience they’ll remember! Purchase the perfect gift: a gift card with a value of your choosing and no expiration date! Invite them to explore Portugal! Purchase a Gift Card today!