We've hunted for a few of our favourite ethically and sustainably made gifts, as well as organisations whose sole purpose is to donate to a worthy cause, so you can feel good about shopping this Christmas...
For the Gin enthusiasts, this African-inspired liquor was created with a vision to conserve African wildlife and uses rare, African botanicals for it's flavouring. Elephant Gin contribute 15% of their sales to different conservation charities and everything from the gin, to the bottle is entirely handmade, they even handwrite their labels. Their passion for helping wildlife was born following their adventures in Africa.
Made create simple yet unique jewellery, inspired by supporting local communities and providing sustainable employment in Kenya. Each item is hand crafted by skilled workers, whose techniques have been passed down in the generations within their families.
Always looking for new ways to be more eco-friendly, this brand leads the way in sustainability. They do not use any animal based products and experiment with different recycled materials, such as recycled plastic bottles and bicycle tyres. They have a great selection of wallets and purses.
Using only vegan, sustainably sourced ingredients, Maison Meunier have created a beautiful, natural skincare and candle range. They use organic products where possible and do not work with suppliers who test on animals. Unlike other skincare brands, their prices are very reasonable and if you catch them at an artisan market around Manchester, they have lovely Christmas gift sets.
For those who appreciate handmade homeware, Nkuku's collection is one of the best. Nkuku work with craftsmen all over the world and each of their beautifully handmade products has a story to tell. They ensure all materials used are natural, sustainable and recycled. Our favourite item is this super printers drawer for displaying all your worldly treasures.
Realising the sheer amount of waste involved in manufacturing, Daisy and Ozric decided to make use of these bi-products and create some wonderful, leather bags and accessories. All the materials are recycled and the leather is tanned naturally so there is no harm to the environment. Being believers of 'slow fashion' their designs are classic and the bags long-lasting and durable.
KK was born to create jobs for vulnerable women in developing countries and empower them to live independently, so they can care for their families. They provide fairly paid employment to these women as well as work with charities to provide training and education. When you purchase an item, KK will tell you all about the person who made it. Check out their beanies.
In an attempt to combat the issue of single use plastics, Chilly's mission was to provide a sustainable, reusable bottle that keeps water cold while on the go. Chilly's have now also created a food pot and a coffee cup to further increase the use of reusable products. All their packaging is also recycled and recyclable. They have a range of plain and colourful designs and our favourite is their summer collection.
Supporting up and coming artists and designers, Hetty & Sam encourage creatives to share their talents by using the artwork for their products. Animals are at the heart of their designs, so naturally all materials used are vegan and cruelty free. Purses and backpacks are their forte.
Two siblings have created an ethical and fair trade homeware and gift store. Their primary purpose is to work with artisans throughout the developing world to provide work, training and a sustainable lifestyle to those who need it most. Their products are handcrafted and they use only sustainable materials. We love this wood and marble board and their collection of terrariums.
Maik are passionate about how their products are made and believe it is important to control every aspect of manufacturing, from the sourcing of ethical fabrics and sustainable wood to working with suppliers who have only ethical and eco-friendly values. Their products are all based on interesting and abstract graphics and they have heaps of great socks.
Here at Otter & Goat, we also have strong, ethical values. We use organic materials to protect the planet from pesticides and work with ethical and eco-friendly suppliers in order to be 'climate neutral.' We also donate £1 for every item sold to Made With Hope and Christmas gift wrapping is free :)
Jonny & Laura
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