Christmas is fast approaching and with it, the ever looming pressure of gift giving. Gift giving is undoubtedly an often stressful element of what should be a joyful and relaxing time. But whether you come from a gifts for everybody family or you are a firm believer of the Kris Kringle only rule, I think it’s time for everybody to stop burning through their pockets and start shopping with their brains.
In the hyper-consumption of the 21st century, it pays in every sense of the word to think before you shop – looking at where things come from, what they’re made out of and where the end money goes is a major part of what it means to be ethically conscious. It’s not a way of being reserved for dreads and hemp (let’s be real hemp is one of the softest most breathable fabrics around!) It’s a real choice everyone can make in small ways that will make a real difference for our future.
#1 Salt Gypsy
Summer is here, and we could all do with another bikini (or two!) And Salt Gypsy is make it even easier to do this whilst maintaining our love of this planet. Their products are made out of 100% regenerated Nylon Yarn which is sourced from old fishing nets, and other ocean and nylon waste. As well as responsible manufacturing and biodegradable packaging. They’ve got the lot! Their designs are gorgeous and better yet, you know you’re contributing to reducing waste on this planet. It’s a win win situation.
The next item on my list is all about supporting small business and reducing waste. Named after the small workers that help maintain one third of what we as humans eat, the honey bee. Each of these wraps are handmade in Byron Bay, NSW and are a lovely alternative for using plastic in the kitchen. They’re a perfect present for a friend who’s recently moved into a place of their own, or your mum will love the cute patterns and colours of the organic cotton they’re made from. They last up to 12 months with proper care, so if you’re lucky they might return the favour for you next year.
Orange Oranges, sell a wide range of vegan, cruelty-free accessories out of their Brisbane HQ. With products ranging from jewellery to shoes, my favourite collection would have to be their bags and wallets. They have men’s, women’s and genderless bags- plus wallets and iPad cases to match! All their products are ethical and cruelty-free made from vegan leather, though you wouldn’t know it to look at them. Matt and Nat is one particular brand of notable finery. The craftsman ship is exquisite and well worth the higher price range. These products are definitely an investment, but who doesn’t love a new bag for Christmas?
Seed & Sprout is an organisation with the community at its heart. Based in Byron Bay, they are working to create a world in which single-use plastic is heavily reduced. They stand by the ethos of encouraging more and more people to make small changes ‘which when done together, will have a real impact on our environment.’ They have a huge range that’ll kickstart your mission to saving the planet. With beautifully designed tote bags, eco food storage, metal straws, and drinks bottles, it’ll be easy to cut plastic from your lives. The Farmers Market Shopping Bundle is the perfect gift for just about anyone. And better yet, it’s currently on sale for just $99!
Happy Skin Care is an Australian cruelty free, vegan skin care brand with a huge range of products appropriate for all skin types. With 10% of every order (before profits) going straight into Australian charities (there’s a list on their website!) this Aussie brand is all about giving the best. They have products for everything anyone you know might need. The brand is run by a are super friendly husband and wife team, so get in touch if you have any questions. With fun names to boot (I’m looking at you Pig in Mud) Happy Skin Care is going to make you a gift giving genius. And get this, they’ve recently introduced skin scare for men, so get treating your boyfriend/brother/dad too!
Image source: Matt and Nat, Seed & Sprout, Salt Gypsy