Christmas is almost upon us. Every year, people around the world spend billions of dollars on gifts, many of which are not made ethically. This year, instead of frantically purchasing a myriad of presents, how about carefully selecting a few instead? You can limit waste AND ensure that your dollars are making a positive impact at the same time.
My top pick of ethically-produced Christmas gifts for 2017 are:
An elephant from Hope Handicrafts
A perfect gift for teaching children about caring for others, these elephants are made in Cambodia by the graduated sewing students from Human and Hope Association. There is a family of 10, and each elephant has their own name and a purpose they serve. For example, Amao Jr, a small blue elephant, provides clean drinking water for a whole month to the students at Human and Hope Association when adopted!
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Purchase a gift subscription for your loved one that is made ethically. The Artisan Box features exclusive and handcrafted products from global artisans, giving them access to a customer base they otherwise wouldn’t have had. Each box is curated around a monthly theme and connects the recipient with cultures around the world.
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A beach coverup from Alexandria Main
These beach cover-ups are perfect for the woman who lives at the beach. They are made by Fair Sew in Cambodia, a socially conscious business that provides an airy and safe working space where the seamstresses are paid more than a garment factory minimum wage. Fair Sew also offers benefits and training programs which give employees greater stability, and better work life balance than a garment factory could offer.
A beach cover up costs $159AUD plus postage and can be purchased online here: http://www.alexandriamain.com.
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For the environmentally conscious man, this box contains four vegan products. In it, you will find a toothbrush made from Mao bamboo with charcoal bristles, a face serum for sensitive skin, an activated charcoal face mask and a coconut lime soy candle.
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Enjoy your ethical shopping, and have a very Merry Christmas!