Years ago if you heard the word ‘ethical’ in relation to a gift, you would no doubt conjure up images of tie-dyed purple scarves or hessian bags with rainbow patches on them. Thankfully times have changed and the word ethical now encapsulates many different terms. It can mean working with local farmers and artisans, using only the purest ingredients, not using any harmful chemicals or animal products, or upcycling to help prevent rubbish going to landfill sites.
Whichever way you want to celebrate your green friend, we have ethical gifts ideas that are perfect.
Tiipoi keeps the traditional skills and methods used by Indians going and each one of their products is made working in collaboration with very small independent traders or workshops. This rug is handmade and hand-dyed using 100% cotton and inspired by floor coverings from the 15th century.
- Ally Bee – Throw Scarf – Alpaca, Grey and Cotton Print – £250.00
Ally Bee use only the finest British alpaca wool to create stunning products that will become classics. This is a limited edition scarf that you can also use as a throw that comes in a ribbed-style knit, with the other side a silky cotton print reminiscent of William Morris textiles.
- Hobo Crossbody GLANCE – CURRY – £120.00
Matt & Natt do not use any animal ingredients to create their stunning range of products. They also try and reuse everyday items such as plastics to keep rubbish from filling up landfills. This is a versatile hobo-style cross body that comes in several different colours and has a lining made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. Perfect for your ethical friend.
You might not think of a candle as being an ethical gift but think again. Neom candles are handcrafted in Britain and use natural, ethically sourced vegetable wax. They also contain the greatest percentage of purest essential oils. There are many different scents available but this Christmas Wish stood out for us, ingredients include mandarin, cinnamon and tonka bean.
- Heart Box Mixed Selection – £49.50
Rococo Chocolates have been awarded the Positive Luxury Butterfly Mark, this means they are committed to paying their cocoa suppliers a fair price. Made in small batches to keep them fresh, this is one of their best-selling products as it contains all the favourites, including double chocolate coated truffles, marzipans, ganache’s and floral creams, all presented in a heart-shaped Rococo print box.
- Christopher Raeburn – Quilted Mesh Bomber – £190.00
Christopher Raeburn is no ordinary designer, he likes to acquire objects people have thrown away or have no use for and turn them into designer clothes. For instance, this quilted mesh bomber jacket was made using an old parachute. Part of his collection that celebrates Sarawak, the jungle territory of Borneo. Available in S,M or L.
Guy Morgan Apothecary handcraft all their skincare products and only use the finest and most natural ingredients available. They are also committed to reducing and reusing packaging wherever possible. This Himalayan salt mask deep cleanses and opens pores to detoxify the skin.
- Marble and Mango Wood Serving Board: Round – £28.95
Utilising Fair Trade and using old trees that no longer bear fruit are just two of the rules for this company. This marble and mango board perfectly epitomises this as the mango trees are old and non-productive. This round serving board is great for pizzas and anti-pasta.
This brand focuses on sustainability, from the ingredients in products, to helping the suppliers, even to where they develop the products and the packaging. They often use recycled materials in their packaging and incorporate reclaimed products in their warehouses. This skincare collection includes a face cleanser, a balancing toner, a facial hydrating cream and a facial hydrating masque, all made with natural botanical extracts.
- NEW Pleated Camo Shirt – £175.00
How can a shirt be ethical I hear you ask? Well, this company use organic yarns from mills owned by families in Portugal, India and Mauritius, with proceeds going to support children living on the streets. This camouflage shirt has pleated detailing at the front and comes with long sleeves and a relaxed cut.