Christmas; the time for giving and receiving. For many, it’s a time of abundance and spoiling the people we love, especially if you spent last Christmas in lockdown. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the excitement of it all (pun intended), then afterwards, we look at the waste and question whether we should do things better next year.
There are some truly fantastic sustainable, luxury brands that you need to give some attention to this Christmas. You can still spoil those you love, but with the peace of mind that you’ve not only put thought into the gift, but the world too.
Tired of your Christmas tree being covered in plastic?
Then Pop A Cork with these beautiful stars and snowflakes. LIGA is run by a family that are passionate about eco living, and they’ve channelled that passion into a beautiful selection of cork homeware. LIGA sources ethical and sustainable materials for their amazing creations and 1% of all their sales goes to approved charities, dedicated to helping the environment.
Although the Christmas season is supposed to be about joy, it can also bring a heck of a lot of stress. Self Care Co’s award winning aromatherapy candles are 100% plant based and hand crafted. Make sure you take time for yourself when things get too crazy, with the beautiful, I AM CALM Affirmation candle set. Three naturally scented, 100% vegan candles for just £45.
3. Lucy & Yak
Planning to give the gift of new clothing? Look no further.
Lucy and Yak is an independent, handmade and ethical fashion brand. This inspirational duo have quite a story to tell, but the main thing to know is their clothes are manufactured by partners (not suppliers) in India, paying their staff a fair living wage. Even better still, the materials for their clothing are organic and sustainably sourced.
There is such a unique and vibrant selection available, and for those of you on a budget, you can shop for gifts under £20.
Born from the love that two sisters have for traditional Senegalese baskets, Artisanne now offers an extensive range of handmade products, bought directly from the artisans that make them.
Your skin deserves the best, and for some, that means a step by step ritual that you follow morning and night. However, Olga, the Founder of The Rose Tree, caters her products to people that have neither the time or patience for that sort of thing.
If you want to find a multitude of sustainable brands and products in one place, then be sure to head to Sancho’s. Planning to gift someone with slippers, this Christmas?
Make the sustainable choice. From Fair Trade and ethically sourced materials, to vegan slippers made from recycled plastic bottles.
Check out their ethical range of tops. You’re bound to find something you love as they have a choice for all seasons and occasions.
If being organic and sustainable from top to bottom, inside and out, is important to you, then take a look at the underwear range available from sustainability champions, Organic Basics. Dedicated to providing comfort and support to both men and women. This Danish company demands sustainability at every stage of the manufacturing process.
8. Buy Me Once
Do you want to buy a quality, long-lasting product but don’t have the time to spend researching? Well, look no further, because at Buy Me Once you can find pretty much anything: kitchenware, home furnishings, baby clothes and personal care, with many products coming with a lifetime guarantee.
Buy cheap, buy twice, is the phrase that’s bandied about, but with products guaranteed to last a lifetime, it’s worth paying that bit extra. It’s also better for the environment, with fewer, replaceable goods being sent to landfill.
Take a look at the selection of gifts they have for under £50.
Have you made yourself a promise to get fit and healthy in the New Year? Well, you need to factor your mind into that equation, as well as your body. Combining the most effective elements of Pilates and Yoga, Heartcore’s training programme will take care of both.
You can find the Natural Spa Factory’s natural and ethical products in hotels, spas and salons around the world. However, you can also buy them online and bring that luxury spa experience home this Christmas. From candles to facemasks, take a peek at their stocking filler section to find the perfect gift, or perhaps even a treat for yourself.
If the impossible has happened and you’ve not managed to find all your Christmas presents from the list above, then don’t panic! Dayrize, Generous Ape, Immaculate Vegan, and Wearth are ethical, sustainable and vegan marketplaces where you can find amazing gifts and everyday essentials.
Well, I’d say we’ve got your ethical and sustainable Christmas shopping guide well and truly covered, but don’t forget to browse the Luks Linen products as well.