When it's only 20 days until the big day, this blog from Style Swipe is definitely worth it's weight in gold.
1. Go online! Pebble Magazine is a great place for inspiration. Founder and editor, Georgina, has fourteen years experience in the magazine industry and it shows. They have a constant stream of new and exciting articles on how to live, shop, eat and travel better. They have just published an ethical gift guide as well as numerous other useful articles such as how to make your own Christmas decorations. Other great websites include The Good Trade and Eco Warrior Princess.
2. Consider charities – Oxfam have an array of thoughtful gifts on their websites, for example, just £10 could provide safe drinking water for 10 people and £26 can support a refugee or purchase a goat which could help a family become self sustainable. Unicef and MustHaveGifts also offer great gift optionsor you could take part in CLARITY's 'Pay To Donate' scheme where you can benefit two charities at the same time.
3. Check out The Ethical Market. If you are a fan of Not On The High Street then we think you will love The Ethical Market. It offers endless amounts of quirky gift ideas, many under £25. They feature some of our much loved skincare brands such as BloomTown, Lucky Cloud, Laila London and, obviously, The Soap Co. The upcycled wallet made from a bike inner tube at is one of our favourites at £24.50.
4. Say it with jewellery - Vanina have partnered with NGOs to help refugee camps raise money through handcrafted collections. We adore the ‘message’ pieces which carry cute quotes like ‘head in the clouds’ and ‘like no other love’ - prices start at $58 (£43). Violet Gray also offer a beautiful array of hand crafted items - they are currently selling philanthropy bracelets for just £11.76 whereby 100% of the profit goes to supporting three small boys from India through school.
5. Christmas Classics - We don’t know about you but we can never have too many candles. Vineyard Candles are created using natural soya wax which is non-toxic meaning they don't release any nasty chemicals into the air as they burn. But best of all, they are hand poured into repurposed wine bottles! How good does it feel knowing that we are doing our bit by drinking wine? Merlot is our favourite scent - £20. Another Christmas classic is of course a good old fashioned (or not) pair of socks. Sexy Socks are a conscious fashion brand on a mission to make a difference in South Africa. For every pair sold, they give a pair of school socks to a child in need. And at under £10 this is a brilliantly affordable and feel good gift.
6. Add a personal touch An alternative to all of the above is getting crafty and making your own gifts. Fall For DIY blog is a great resource for this.
7. Skip the traditional paper wrap - How many textiles do you throw away throughout the year? Clothes, scarfs and bedsheets can all be used to wrap gifts using a technique called Furoshiki wrapping. This is an ancient Japanese technique where cloth is folded and tied to create packages. By adopting this style of wrapping, you save paper, reuse and repurpose old fabric, reduce landfill and each gift you wrap looks totally unique. As well as this, The India Shop sells eco friendly newspaper gift bags which are made from recycled Indian newspaper by grown up street kids, the objective is to provide education and shelter to Indian street children.
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Black Friday is the traditional day for bargains, discounts and special offers galore on your favourite brands. It is also seen as a great opportunity for a brand to tempt you into trying new products at a discounted price.
But what if there is a negative consequence to these ‘bargains’?
To celebrate our 3rd birthday we have launched our Eco and Bee friendly collection in the beautiful stores of The Conran Shop in Chelsea, Marylebone, and Selfridges on Oxford Street. Their considered design-led shops feature products that aim to inspire and excite and now include our award-winning ethical luxury products too.
The Soap Co. with its Eco & Bee Friendly collection is making real headway in the retail, corporate and hospitality space, affording us a unique opportunity to promote our eco and sustainability agenda to an ever-widening cohort of people concerned to make a difference to our planet's health.