5 on the fly: ethical Christmas presents

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by Sarah Halfpenny

In a world where conscious consumerism is gaining momentum, choosing Christmas gifts that prioritise fair trade, sustainability, and social responsibility allows you express your love for the recipient while also contributing to a better world. Here are five ideas for gifts that reflect the positive change we all wish for…

  1. Fair Trade artisanal crafts

Consider gifting handmade crafts that showcase the skill and craftsmanship of their makers. From textiles to jewellery and homewares, these unique gifts can carry cultural significance and support fair labour practices. Look for local markets or online fair trade stores that curate a collection of ethically produced items.

  1. Organic and sustainable food items

Create a custom hamper filled with treats. Include items such as gourmet savoury and sweet spreads, fair trade coffee, vegan chocolate, and ethically produced wines. This not only satisfies the taste buds but also promotes environmentally friendly and socially responsible choices.

  1. Donation in their name

For the person who has everything, consider making a donation in their name to a cause close to their heart. Many charities offer symbolic gifts – such as adopting an endangered animal or planting trees – which brings a smile to your loved one’s face and makes a positive impact on the world.

  1. Reusable and eco-friendly items

Reusable and eco-friendly gifts could include a sustainable water bottle, reusable face wipes, or even a cutlery set to have on the go. These practical gifts promote a reduction in single-use plastics, contributing to a greener and more sustainable planet.

  1. Ethical tech accessories

Upgrade their tech experience with ethical accessories. Look for compostable phone cases, eco-friendly pens, or even solar-powered gadget chargers. These items not only add a touch of cutting-edge tech to their collection but also support companies committed to ethical manufacturing practices and reducing electronic waste.



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