10 Dec How to have an ethical Christmas
The festive season can leave us feeling overwhelmed and in all the hustle and bustle it can be all too easy to let our good sustainability habits fall by the wayside. In this month’s Natural Mumma Magazine I wrote about the tradition of giving, and how we can rethink it to make our holiday season more mindful.
That’s been the ethos driving our #ShopEthicalInstead campaign so far, which reached over 1.6 million people worldwide during Black Friday weekend! We’re keeping the campaign going to showcase all the amazing ethical brands you can buy from and promote ways to have a more ethical and sustainable Christmas, and this December we’ve got some more brands to introduce you to.
Meet the Changemakers making Christmas a more ethical and sustainable holiday…
We make natural, organic skincare using high-quality ingredients that are sustainably sourced. We avoid controversial synthetic ingredients and unnecessary fillers. All of our products are certified organic by the Soil Association.
We like to keep things simple, and to be transparent about what’s in our products, so that you know exactly what you’re putting on your skin.
We believe that beauty comes from within, irrespective of age, colour, size or shape, and we don’t play on the beauty myth or body insecurities to promote our products.
We aim to do our bit for the planet by keeping our packaging to a minimum and using recycled or recyclable materials where possible.
Shopping with a brand like ours at Christmas not only helps to ensure that your friends and family receive beautiful, high-quality, environmentally friendly gifts that they love, but also helps to support a small, independent business with an ethical ethos.
AppyMaps are building maps of social impact places you can visit, and apps of social impact (ethical) events you might like to go to. Here’s a simple example for London: https://goo.gl/FUx4vR
We’re also building a special map for the winter season about where you can shop ethically for Xmas in the UK:
Are we missing one? Let us know!
Our current Impact Event app is mostly for London, but we will white label the app soon, so that any community (leader, or open source) can curate their own event list: https://goo.gl/8WJNXD
If you’d like to beta test, please just DM us your email address.
We believe that highlighting where to go and what’s going on is one of the most difficult things to find out, and as we build these platforms together, then more and more people will be able to shop ethically (rather than say it’s too difficult!
Aya Natural is a handcrafted skin, hair & body care range produced using natural oils, essences and ingredients. We use traditional, sustainable production methods to create our cruelty-free and vegan range. Aya Natural supports the local community by providing equal rights employment opportunities.
The skin is your largest organ and absorbs the substances we choose to feed it. That’s why we prepare our skincare products without a single drop of chemical or synthetic additives, so your skin can enjoy healthy, natural nourishment.
We encourage consumers to shop ethically this holiday season, because buying from organisations that have a positive impact is like voting for a better world – for people, the environment and animals.
Ayten Gasson is a luxury lingerie and nightwear label based in Brighton.
Everything is designed and handmade in their boutique using traditional sewing techniques. As well as silk, Ayten Gasson uses organic fabrics such as model (beechwood) and bamboo and utilises vintage and upcycled English laces – from some of the last remaining lace makers in the UK – for trims and accessories.
There is also a wide range of gift ideas ethically made by local designers and businesses in store. Ayten Gasson believes it is important for people to know the story behind the purchase – who made it, how it was made, and what materials were used. The best way to do that is to shop small. Having that close relationship gives the customer peace of mind and allows them to deal with small independent businesses that are passionate about what they do.
Beautiful Uprising is a company based in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Founded in 2017 by two friends, Beautiful Uprising is on a mission to bring ethically produced apparel and home goods to the marketplace both in Utah and around the country. Through in-person sales from the delivery truck turned boutique-on-wheels, as well as the e-commerce website, Beautiful Uprising has a lofty goal to give everyone the opportunity to use their purchasing power for good.
Keep This Cracker
A few years ago I gave myself the challenge to design an eco-friendly alternative to the disposable party cracker. In 2013 ‘Keep This Cracker’ was launched.
What makes these crackers different? You can re-use them. Pull and they go bang, but don’t tear. They come flat-packed and ready-made, simply pop them into shape and fill them with your own choice of gifts. The Patented construction allows you to easily replace the broken snap with a new one. To see how watch my short ‘How to’ movie at www.keepthiscracker.com
This year I have cut down on the use of plastic packaging, the crackers now come wrapped in paper sleeves.
Keep This Cracker – designed by Bea Thackeray and Made in UK.
Origins of Beauty
Origins of Beauty is the online boutique for the conscious consumer who values health, well-being and the environment.We sell beauty products which are natural, organic, vegan, vegetarian and free from harmful ingredients, animal derivatives, alcohol, parabens, SLS, GMOs, formaldehyde, synthetic fragrances and preservatives.
We strongly believe that what we put onto our skin is equally as important as what we put into our bodies and our ethos and strong belief is that natural beauty and wellbeing are derived from nature’s own ingredients…….…the Origins of Beauty!
We also believe in sustainability and environmental preservation and have partnered with brands also conscious about health, wellbeing, environmental preservation, sustainability and benefiting communities.
If you are passionate about natural, ethical beauty, skincare and wellbeing products with a purpose like we are, Shop Ethical Instead with us this holiday season and indulge in ‘Guilt Free Beauty and Wellbeing’.
Become part of the story, the dream, the desire to shape the future for the better.
RePack replaces single-use delivery packaging when shopping online. Their award-winning packages come in 3 adjustable sizes and are made to last at least 20 cycles. They’re made of durable, recycled materials. Best of all, RePack reduces CO2 emissions by up to 80% and there is no trash. It’s available at 40+ webstores in the EU.
See the RePacking stores here: https://www.originalrepack.com/stores/?lang=en
Rozenbroek is the ethical menswear brand that doesn’t compromise.
The first exclusively vegan and consciously sustainable British menswear brand, flawlessly created by international luxury fashion designer Jade Rozenbroek.
Garments are individually made to order, which not only minimises waste, but helps develop a lasting and personal relationship with our customers. With the repair or recycle service we strive to promote longevity and value. The aim is to give the power back to the consumer to help create the much needed shift in the marketplace.
Utilising the power of the sun, all garments are made from solar power in the Rozenbroek factory in East Yorkshire, where a small team, hand craft high quality menswear essentials in a sweatshop free environment.
This Christmas we are urging people to look at the products they buy and ask, who made this? Where did this come from and who is the money I am spending going to?
Support the farmers, makers and small businesses and most of all, support the planet!
The Crop Club
The Crop Club helps homes, businesses and communities experience the joy of growing food. In the UK many people are detached from the food we eat and how it has been grown. We want to reconnect people with food and nature. We want to encourage people of all ages to get back outside and back to nature.
The Crop Club make growing kits to simplify the process and help people grow in small spaces. We focus on the material choices and create eco growing kits made from renewable, recycled, natural and ethical sources that can be composted or recycled readily. Our smallest kit is a one pot growing kit, with larger kits featuring planter bags hand sewn from used coffee sacks destined for landfill. We also create eco promotional giveaways to enable our message to go further.
I want people to shop ethical instead because the environment suffers from high waste at Christmas, with excessive packaging, wrapping and unnecessary gifts.
Y.O.U is Your Own Underwear – an ethical business producing stylish, super soft, 100% organic cotton underwear for men and women where every purchase provides underwear to people in need. We use sustainable manufacturing processes, ‘real models’ to promote body confidence, and have a ‘buy one give one’ model to provide underwear to people who don’t have it.
Christmas is the time of year when consumerism and waste hits its peak, but it’s therefore also a time when small changes in behaviour can have an even larger impact.
People are often intimidated by the scale of the problem or feel powerless and that their individual actions won’t make a difference, but we believe that every little really does help.
By shopping ethical instead this Christmas, you can do your bit to make a difference. It’s a direct way to vote with your wallet and support good businesses who are trying to be good businesses!
Thanks to our sponsors for their support, we’ve been able to give 11 children a box of chalks. This is done through our giving partners B1G1 (as part of our new impact strategy which we’ll be revealing soon!) The chalks will be given to pre-school children at Balwadi – a program conducted in the slums of Mumbai. Slates and chalks are basic teaching tools that are very practical and re-useable, allowing teachers to educate the young minds and help these children maximize their potential.