To celebrate Christmas and get ready for Ethical Gift Week, and also in light of the #GiveGoodGifts campaign, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite sustainable and ethical brands to help you make your shopping list a little cleaner this christmas. It matters where you choose to spend, and if approached consciously, consumerism can be a force for change.
Here’s our 10 Christmas Gift ideas from the brands that we’re wishing to be under our tree this Christmas …
For the traveller: EST WST. In a strong commitment to minimizing their environmental footprint, each product is crafted from natural fibers, recycled materials, and traditional handwoven textiles sourced directly from their partner weavers in rural Nepal and India. The waterproof lining in their bags is made from recycled plastics, and the fabrics from certified organic cotton, hemp and stinging nettle (allo), so you can look and feel good when carrying your life on your back.
For those who love a good knit: ELEVEN SIX. A love of travel and eye for unique, handcrafted, and beautiful products influences ELEVEN SIX’s designs. Combining contemporary design with traditional Andean knitting techniques, this is an effortless, yet elevated approach to knit dressing. Products are handmade by a women’s cooperative of artisans in Peru and Bolivia.
For the beauty regime: WHITE RABBIT SKINCARE. Luxury skincare products which are naturally derived, vegan and made carefully in small quantities by hand in Scotland. The packaging is even fully recyclable. We’ve got our eye on the coconut and rosehip calming cream!
For those who tend to lose things in the bottom of their bags: GRASSMARKET TARTANS. Their Wee Purses are handy for your change, your lipstick, and other bits and bobs you carry around in your bag or pocket. Founded by the Grassmarket Community Project social enterprise in Edinburgh, products are made by a tartan textiles group where in-house tailor equips members with the skills required to create a range of beautiful handmade products. While making the products, members are undergoing a comprehensive textiles training programme and working towards becoming more employable, as well as gaining valuable life skills such as basic numeracy, improved communication and teamwork.
For the Fashionista: KOWTOW. For beautifully designed, certified organic, fair trade clothing that is ethically and sustainably made from seed to garment. We love their minimal, clean style and clever colour palette that allows you to build a diverse effortless wardrobe.
For the interior stylist: TORTUS COPENHAGEN. Perfectly balanced hand-thrown stoneware from the heart of copenhagen.
For those who like to make a stand: LAWRENSON. Slogan brand with strong feminist identity. The T-shirts are designed to empower and inspire, to stimulate conversation, and provoke a change in perspectives. T-shirts are climate neutral, manufactured in a factory run by wind and solar power, and made from a blend of Organic cotton and Tencel, whilst others are 100% recycled using recycled post-consumer polyester and recycled pre-consumer organic cotton fibres.
For the jewellery lover: ALICE CLARKE JEWELLERY. Based in North Yorkshire Alice Clarke is an independent jewellery designer and maker that creates everything from her own studio. She cleverly uses locally sourced materials in her work, and her eye for detail is exquisite.
For the kids: LITTLE ROOKIES. Planet and people friendly clothing. If you’ve got littlies lead by example with this range of cute but also be comfortable range of soft, organic clothing.
For the Stockings: LITTLE BLUE HEN SOAP. For anyone that likes a bath with a particularly festive fizz, little blue hen soap’s christmas robin bath fizzers are great stocking fillers, and even better are vegan and cruelty free.