Because spoiling the ones you love doesn’t have to cost the Earth…
By Rose Munday
Tis the season to feel jolly, but it’s easier said than done if you still have your Christmas shopping hanging over you. That’s why we’ve done some research and brought you our favourite shopping sites – and of course, we’ve made sure they don’t harm the planet this Xmas!
If it’s gadgets and gifts you’re looking for, Nigel’s Eco Store will fulfil all your shopping needs. The site was set up to help solve environmental challenges whilst keeping gifts fun and functional. And it certainly does this – we love these quirky cufflinks made of recycled circuit boards! Or if you reckon you can never have enough socks, Nigel’s bamboo style pairs do the job and will add an eco-twist to any sock drawer.
For clothes, we recommend Rapanui and Mighty Humble. Rapanui are a super cool company and friend of Global Cool who create sustainable fashion using eco-friendly materials. Check out our interview with them here.
Mighty Humble are a bit of a winner too – their t-shirts are printed on organic, ethically produced cotton so they’re kind to the planet as well as fun and fashionable. The Christmas Project for 2012 sees proceeds from the t-shirts go to charity, giving you an extra incentive to buy.
We’ve always been fans of Green People – and now Kate Moss has announced she is too, there seems to be no reason to shop anywhere else! We love Organic Body Butter flavoured with Pomegranate, Rosehip and Coconut.
We’re also fans of Ambika, a friendly fur company who make clothes and accessories from Angora rabbit fur. The fluffy bunnies naturally shed their fur, meaning no animals get harmed in the production process and you can look glam completely guilt-free!
For the little ones
If it’s children you’re shopping for this Christmas, check out Mama Earth - the fair trade and organic company set up by mums for mums. With adorable outfits like this Red Baby Snuggle Suit and organic skin care products and toys, there’s almost too much to choose from.
For everyone else
If you’re still searching for that festive inspiration, why not try upcycling?! Morbi are a furniture company who combine sustainability with beautiful design by turning old things into new things. Brighten up your home with this funky cushion!
For sporty friends and family members, the London Cycling Campaign might be of interest. The campaign aims to get more people out of their cars and onto bikes. For a thoughtful gift, buy cycle-enthusiast friends the membership package which will provide them with insurance, discount cards, a magazine subscription and free rechargeable bike lights.
Now that you’re a Christmas shopping pro, you can can put your feet up and enjoy the festive season. Don’t forget the mince pies!
Here comes the science bit…
GC articles show you one of four ways (the one in bold) to live greener…