Next in our 12 Days of Christmas series, we speak with Katie, founder of Tommy and Lottie.
Tommy and Lottie produce British made, unisex, baby clothing and prints. And even better, all of their clothing is sustainable and ethically produced without compromising on the quality.
We spoke to Katie about a reverse advent calendar and how important it is to support small businesses when purchasing gifts this time of year.
What's the first thing you are planning to do this Christmas?
The first thing I did was through my business. I wrote a blog about how to put together a reverse advent calendar, what to put in it and where to take it locally for distribution to the St Albans Food Banks. I also involve my two children, Tommy and Lottie as it’s important that they understand and think about others.
If you had to create a reverse advent calendar, what would you put in yours and who would you give it to?
I would put in it everyday food items that a large majority of us take for granted. There are 13m people living below the poverty line in the UK and this is rising. I think you need to be grateful for what you have and do what you can to help other people. Christmas is a time for giving so I will be giving the food to my local St Albans district food bank after Christmas.
What does Guilt Free Giving mean to you?
It means not thinking about just yourself, but looking outside into the world and giving back in some way shape or form. I don’t think it matters how big it is, you can start on your own street or community.
There is so much in the locally that you can get involved in. I also volunteer for Age UK as a befriender as so many people are living in isolation and are incredibly lonely. It takes one hour of my life a week, not much to give is it? There are also lots of smaller local charities that need help and support, not just the bigger ones.
So many of us have too much, and unnecessarily buy stuff that we don’t need. It is important to think more carefully about where to buy your products and presents from. Many smaller businesses such as ourselves and The Soap Co. have really got a story and are making a difference to peoples’ lives. Small businesses need as much support as possible, especially in this mass consumerism country that we live in, they are also so important to our economy. Smaller businesses get hidden amongst the noise of the large majors, and they just don’t have the large marketing budgets to compete with the bigger brands.
Guilt Free Gifting to me is when you buy smarter and you’re more thoughtful about what and where you’re buying from…..less is more. Quality not quantity.
Thank you Katie.
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!