With the holidays fast approaching, we thought we’d put together our top picks for an ethical Christmas. Here is a selection of some great brands that tick the sustainability boxes close to our hearts; organic, plastic-free and vegan. They could be a great place to look if you want to support small businesses this Christmas or are just after a gift with a great story!
Where Does it Come From? An award-winning social enterprise that creates clothing and textiles that are kind – to our planet, to garment makers and to you. They’ve got a range of beautiful, ethical clothing for men, women and children, as well as a selection of scarves and accessories.
Bushbells: They make colourful Kikoy clothes with a conscience! The profits from Bushbells' low-waste, colourful collections have built one school, and they're half way through building another! Sales profits also go towards providing bursaries, curriculum books and a breakfast club. Check out their beautiful key rings too - Bushbells will give away one feminine hygiene kit for every key ring sold!
Tors & Co: Organic t-shirts, bags sweaters and more for men, women and children. All their products are organic and plastic free. Every item is made and printed in a renewable energy powered factory and is designed to be sent back when worn out, and they make new products from the recovered materials. Circular fashion in operation!
Socko: a brand selling socks made from repurposed yarn that would otherwise have gone to landfill and built to last! They also run darning workshops that teach you how to extend the life of your socks.
Accessories & Homeware
Kin & Kloth: Ethically made luxury Turkish towels, throws and blankets for the conscious consumer. Slowly hand-woven on traditional wooden shuttle looms using certified raw organic cotton and dyes for exceptional quality to last a lifetime. Each purchase supports the preservation of traditional weaving methods whilst ensuring the livelihoods of some of the last weavers and their families in Turkey.
Yago Eco: An eco-friendly, sustainable ethical jewellery and accessories brand created in London UK. All products are handmade from single-use plastic carrier bags collected from the East London Community. Incorporating zero-waste principles, they aim to reduce, reuse and recycle plastic bags and provide affordable fashion accessories for environment lovers!
Hackney Herbal: A social enterprise promoting wellbeing and healthy minds through herbs and nature-based activities. They also have lots of events and workshops which explore the beneficial uses of herbs. Their loose-leaf herbal infusions are packed by hand in Hackney using organically sourced dried herbs.
Fatty’s organic spirits: 100% organic, sustainable, international award-winning artisan spirits that promise to be a fabulous addition to the organic lifestyle.
Toiletries & Cosmetics
Oxford Soap Company: A family-run business local to Oxford, they craft handmade soaps and cosmetics in Oxford’s iconic Covered Market, selling a range of soap bars, creams and salts that are suitable for vegans and vegetarians. And with their allergen-free and zero-waste collections, they’ve got something for everyone! Check out their beautiful gift sets that come at a range of price points.
Neve’s Bees: Natural skincare made from beeswax! All their products are organic, made from 100% natural ingredients and produced locally in a village in Oxfordshire. They use pure, sustainable plant oils and package all their products in recyclable tins, card and linen packaging.
Kind 2: High performing solid shampoo and conditioner, which are vegan and free from soap, sulphates, silicones and parabens. Instead, they’re full of active plant-based extract to gently treat specific hair needs.
…and before we go, Y.O.U Underwear also makes the perfect gift! All our underwear is organic, Fairtrade, and vegan. It also comes packaged in our exclusive, re-usable organic cotton bag and biodegradable mailer. We also include handwritten messages with each order – if you’re after a ‘letterbox’ gift that can be personalised from afar, just let us know at the checkout! And with our buy-one-give-two model, you can give a gift that keeps on giving!