I say it every year, and this year is no different. How is it almost Christmas again?!
As always, I am committed to shopping ethically at Christmas, and to encourage others to do the same, I have put together this 2018 Ethical Christmas Guide of my favourite brands. By my definition, ethical means the products have been created in fair working conditions, where the workers are treated with respect, have liveable salaries and a safe environment. These days, when you can buy an item with shipping included for $3 from China, you need to be questioning how your clothes, homewares and bric-a-bracs are made. In Australia we demand fair working conditions, so the same should go for the people who produce the items we use every day. In this 2018 Ethical Christmas Guide there are gorgeous, ethically made items for every person in your life. Best to get shopping now, as I am sure they will sell out!
For the practical person – Pintu Soaps
I swear by Pintu’s natural beauty products. I discovered them at the Grounds of Alexandria Markets last year and haven’t bought my soap from anyone else since. These soaps are ethically made in Balu with saponified coconut oil & palm oil, rice milk, honey and essential oils. They have a range of incredible smells, with my favourite being the 12 Red Roses.
Cost: For a limited time, a pack of eight soaps is just $38.00.
Shipping: Free shipping when you spend $60.00 or more.
For the kid in your life – Wild Mountain Child
Wild Mountain Child is a small business based in the Blue Mountains. Their focus is on great unique products for kids that are handmade, Fair Trade, eco-friendly and organic! Their sensory play items are particularly extraordinary, especially the Kinderboard. This multi-use toy was created to help children develop a sense of balance, stimulate their vestibular system, and gain a deeper awareness of their body and body parts. You can rock it. Balance on it. Push it. Spin it. Flip it and slide. Sit on it or use it like a footstool.
Cost: Natural tinder kinderboard for $165.95
For the Christmas Lover – Hope Handicrafts
I am stoked that Hope Handicrafts (which disclaimer, I run), has a new range of Christmas decorations out this year. They have been handmade in Cambodia by sewing graduates from Human and Hope Association; all of whom have broken free of the poverty bracket thanks to their work making these handicrafts! There is a limited range of Christmas gift packs available featuring decorations, bunting and stationery carriers, so it is best you get in before they sell out.
Cost: This Christmas gift pack which features three decorations, Christmas bunting and a month of education for a Cambodian child is $47.99
Shipping: $9.95 flat rate shipping within Australia
For the loungewear enthusiast – Sassind
I began purchasing Sassind clothing this year after discovering them through Sustainably Chic. Their clothes are sourced ethically from various suppliers around the world and are made from quality fabric. These cotton jersey drawstring shorts feature an extra wide elastic waistband for added comfort and have a relaxed fit around the hips and bottom. Available in light grey, charcoal and stripes, there is a colour for all tastes!
Shipping: Free shipping when you spend $129.00 or more
For the coffee lover – Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation
I must be honest here; I am not a coffee drinker. However, after buying my mum’s birthday present through the Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation, I promised myself I would spread the word about their fair trade items. These ethically sourced coffee beans come from smallholder farmers in the southern Sidamo region of Ethiopia. The Hamlin Roast is grown and harvested in Ethiopia, then roasted in Australia for optimal freshness. That sounds pretty good to me!
Cost: $15.00 for a 250gram bag of coffee beans
For the headband lover – Alice at Folkie
You will rarely see me without a headband. This is for two reasons; I am balding on top (thanks, mum and granny), and they make me feel confident. I buy my headbands exclusively from the wonderful Alice at Folkie, who makes them by hand in Victoria. Alice is always updating her shop with new designs, though my favourite is the knotted headband.
These are quality headbands that will last a long time.
Cost: $15.00 for the glitter knot headband
For the person who prefers experiences – Taronga Zoo
My partner bought me an incredible gift for our four-year anniversary in September; a zoo friends membership to Taronga Zoo. Buying a Zoo Friends annual pass gets you unlimited entry to Taronga Zoo Sydney, Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo and other zoos across Australia. Through research, action and advocacy, Taronga is leading vital work that supports wildlife, habitats and communities across the globe. These yearly passes are crucial to ensure they can continue their work. It is a perfect ethical gift for the person who prefers experiences!
Cost: $99.00 per adult plus $20.00 joining fee
For the person who has everything – Human and Hope Association
In theory, Christmas should be about spending time with the people you love and treasured experiences. Truth be told, many of us still look forward to opening gifts on Christmas day. So what do you get the person who has everything? A gift that gives, of course! Human and Hope Association has a wide range of gifts you can purchase on behalf of someone for a Cambodian family living in poverty. From a $2.00 student reward pack to a nutrition pack for $32.00, there is something for everyone!
Cost: $10.00 for a hygiene pack for a class of preschool students