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Shopping ethically this Christmas

Christmas is almost upon us. Every year, people around the world spend billions of dollars on gifts, many of which are not made ethically. This year, instead of frantically purchasing a myriad of presents, how about carefully selecting a few instead? You can limit waste AND ensure that your dollars are making a positive impact at the same time.

My top pick of ethically-produced Christmas gifts for 2016 are:

An elephant from Hope Handicrafts

A perfect gift for teaching children about caring for others, these elephants are made in Cambodia by the graduated sewing students from Human and Hope Association. There is a family of 10, and each elephant has their own name and a purpose they serve. For example, Amao Jr, a small blue elephant, provides clean drinking water for a whole month to the students at Human and Hope Association when adopted!

The small elephants are $12AUD and large elephants are $17USD. All proceeds head straight back to Human and Hope Association. You can purchase them online here: www.hopehandicrafts.com.

A artisan gift box subscription from GlobeIn

Purchase a gift subscription for your loved one that is made ethically. The Artisan Box features exclusive and handcrafted products from global artisans, giving them access to a customer base they otherwise wouldn’t have had. Each box is curated around a monthly theme and connects the recipient with cultures around the world.

A three-month subscription costs $114USD plus postage. You can check them out online here: https://globein.com.

A beach coverup from Alexandria Main

These beach coverups are perfect for the woman who lives at the beach. They are made by Fair Sew in Cambodia, a socially conscious business that provides an airy and safe working space where the seamstresses are paid more than a garment factory minimum wage. Fair Sew also offers benefits and training programs which give employees greater stability, and better work life balance than a garment factory could offer.

A beach coverup costs $159AUD plus postage, and can be purchased online here: http://www.alexandriamain.com.

A vegan beauty box for men from Velvety

For the environmentally conscious man, this box contains four vegan products. In it, you will find a toothbrush made from Mao bamboo with charcoal bristles, a face serum for sensitive skin, an activated charcoal face mask and a coconut lime soy candle.

You can purchase this box for $65AUD plus postage. This, along with a range of other gift boxes, can be found online here: https://www.velvety.com.au.

Enjoy your ethical shopping, and have a very Merry Christmas!