Welcome to our Twelve Days of Christmas a series of blog posts and interviews to get us all into the mood for a guilt free Christmas. Our first interview is with our very own Camilla Marcus-Dew, founder of The Soap Co. and we talk about socks, wine and how this can all be guilt free.
What's the first thing you are planning to do this Christmas?
Well I already put my Christmas socks on, so I guess Christmas to me has already started. I know there are a lot people that don’t believe it should start until first of December, but I’m a big fan from mid-November really as it’s a chance for some get togethers and to spend quality time with the people most important to me.
I think this year I’m going to encourage more Christmas jumpers in the office – they always put a smile on your face. You never quite know what someone is going to wear!
If you had to create a reverse advent calendar, what would you put in yours and who would you give it to?
There are a lot of great social enterprise products around, so I’d make one with them all. Perhaps our (to be launched) soothing bath oil, some nice social enterprise chocolate and social enterprise wine for our volunteer guide dog walker Caroline. Did you know there’s a new vineyard called Forty Hall Vineyard? They’ve just opened up in London, and they are a community vineyard bottling in London. It’s delicious. Chutney from Rubies in the Rubble is also a must.
What does Guilt Free Giving mean to you?
Christmas is meant to be this selfless time of giving and thinking about others, but I guess we don’t always think about who has made the product and where it’s come from. Some of the products we can choose or the companies that sell them are not necessarily good for the environment or the people who make them.
So guilt-free giving to me means really thinking about where the product has come from. If you can be sure of who has made the product and how it has been made, you can give gifts at Christmas with a lot less guilt. Consumerism isn’t always bad. Gifts that help other people - in the way they’re made or where they’re made - can help make the world a better place. I think that’s what Guilt Free Giving means to me.
Thank you Camilla and thanks Gemma Day for the great pic as well.
You're in for a treat. Today we meet Jane, the founder and curator of Blue Patch (also a talented illustrator) to discuss the mysterious treasures she would put into her metaphysical advent calendar.
From handmade gifts to ditching Amazon we love Karen’s brutal honesty in what an ethical Christmas could look like. It's not too late to make a change!