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2020: Time for an ethical Christmas

Reduce waste

Reduce waste

  • Use fabric as a stylish and sustainable alternative to wrapping paper.
  • Be careful when you’re opening your presents and re-use your wrapping paper and gift bags next year.
  • Avoid food with excess packaging and buy loose produce.
  • On the run up to Christmas, eat the food you’ve got in your freezer to make room for lots of tasty leftovers.

Get crafty

Get crafty

  • As your deliveries begin to arrive, why not transform boxes and envelopes into Christmas decorations? Check out how to make these beautiful origami stars.
  • Instead of buying gifts this year, why not learn a new skill and make some cards or presents? These scrunchies are adorable and easy to make.

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Re-think sparkles

  • We all love a bit of sparkle during the festive season – and this might come as a shock – but please avoid products with glitter and sequins. They’re made from microplastics that can make their way into the sea, rivers, and lakes; threatening the safety of animals and sea creatures.
  • If you can’t live without the glam, buy biodegradable glitter.

Support small businesses

Support small businesses

  • Buy vouchers for your favourite local shops (think hairdressers, beauty salons, restaurants).
  • Find treasures on Etsy to support independent designers.
  • If you have a good experience with a small business, share, share, share your feedback online.

go veggie this christmas

Go veggie this Christmas

  • Try a vegetarian or vegan Christmas with Jamie Oliver.
  • If you eat meat, try to buy organic.

Give back this christmas

Give back this year

  • Instead of presents, you might find your friends and family would prefer to make a donation, so remember to ask them which charities they support.
  • We have a range of beautiful ethical presents that help communities living in poverty – check out our Real Gifts store.

Slow down your consumption

Slow down your consumption

  • For new clothes and accessories, try buying second hand in charity/vintage shops.
  • Why not borrow your Christmas outfits from a friend or family member?
  • If you’re buying new, research before purchasing: try to find brands who have fair working conditions and use good quality materials that will last a long time.

Christmas tree

Don’t dump your trees 

  • If you own a plastic tree, use it for as long as possible. 
  • For real trees, keep it in a pot, a garden, or a friend’s garden for years to come. 
  • Hire your tree – check your local plant nurseries or garden centres.