A guide to ethical gifting

December 16, 2016

OMG! You haven’t started your Christmas shopping yet either?! That’s okay, it’s fine, it’s fine. It’s not like Christmas is just nine sleeps away or anything…

 

*deep breaths into paper bag*

 

If you’ve left it all to the last minute (I feel ya!) or even if you’re just stuck shopping for those people that seem to have everything, here’s a gift guide with a twist. Check out these options if you’re keen shop ethically this silly season.

 

 

 

Who gives a crap? We do!

 

Who Gives a Crap toilet paper? Umm, hell to the yes! And as much as I’d love to bulk buy and send this stuff to everyone who’s given me shit this year (no seriously), this punny little package taps into something a lot deeper. Statistics show that 40 per cent of the world currently don’t have access to a toilet, contributing to endemic poverty and illness in some of our poorest countries. That’s why half the profits from this sassy toilet tissue go straight to WaterAid who build toilets and improve sanitation in the developing world. What a way to make every wipe count.

 

Nothing crappy about this gift.

 

Swimwear that’s fair

 

Styelle Swimwear is a great option if you’re looking to gift some cute Brazilian bikinis to the boss ladies in your life. The best part is, not only do Styelle pieces look and feel great, but the company is also committed to ethical sourcing. No children are employed at their production houses and even material off-cuts are donated for arts and crafts.

 

You'll feel good in their swimwear for two reasons: you look banging and you're doing something good for the world.

 

 

 

Get Socielle-y conscious

 

For eclectic chic meets fair trade/sustainable/organic/cruelty-free, Socielle is a must. Think delicate jewellery, luxurious organic beauty products, stylish stationery and the cutest fashion finds for the boho babes at heart. Their ethical, eco-friendly and sustainable approach to business, along with the fact that all purchases have a donation impact, is just a bonus.

 

 

 

Flip it, flip it good

 

Get your hands on some of Moeloco’s funky printed flip-flops and know that you’ve just put shoes on an impoverished child’s feet. Not only is their one-for-one model inspirational, but the soles of each pair of thongs are etched with words of hope, allowing you to tread your own path of meaningful words in the sand. It’s like a Tumblr photo waiting to happen! Kinda the sweetest thing ever, just saying.

 

 

 

Lavish leather goods

 

From purses to laptop sleeves, those looking for luxe leather goods can’t go past Issara. Using only the finest materials, each piece is masterfully crafted delivering premium personalised products. Committed to a socially conscious business ethic, Issara pride themselves on being as distant from the world of fast fashion and mass production as possible. And the results are effortlessly chic in their minimalism, the perfect guilt-free purchase.

 

 

 

Between the sheets

 

If that feeling of sliding into a freshly made bed fitted in crisp white sheets makes your soul all kinds of happy, Elkie & Ark are the answer to all your organic sheet set needs. Ethical from farm to finish…and just in time for cuddle season! *wink wink*

 

 

 

Ethical gifting goes mainstream

 

If you’re just looking for the chance to rip off the band-aid and do all your shopping in one place, online marketplaces are also embracing the idea of ethical gifting with curated selections of fair trade, sustainable and charitable items. Check out Etsy’s Make for Good selection or ASOS’ Eco Edit to shop the range.

 

‘Tis the season guys! Dig deep and give a gift that carries a little more value than its price tag. That’s what it’s all about.

 

 

 

 

Adrianna is a 22-year-old journalism graduate who is never seen wandering the streets of Sydney sans coffee in hand. A self-confessed sugar addict, she is a lover of sweet treats, sweet words and even sweeter fashion finds. When she isn't hitting the gym or buried in a horror film of some sort, you'll definitely find her Instagramming at @adri_zapp.

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