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Give a gift that gives back this Christmas

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With so much on offer, how do you choose a worthy gift for a valued friend or family member? And what can you get that you know they’ll love and that aligns with your ethical and environmental values? There are plenty of sustainability-conscious brands stocking great gifts that give back; be that the profits donated to charity, through the company’s work in the local community, or their labour and environmental practices. I’ve rounded up a few examples of perfect presents that are more than just a gift…

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Smart Sustainable Sale Shopping

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Now I know how tempting it is to splash out in the sales, but you have to be cautious not get carried away by the marked down price tag. Think carefully before you whack out your wallet- do you really need the item? How often will you wear/use it? Is it good quality? What conditions was it made in? Do you agree with the company’s ethos and operating processes? Even if it’s made by a sustainability-conscious company, having items you don’t use is a waste of your money, as well as the materials and labour that went into producing the product. So take your time and really think about it.

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Behind Bibico

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Bibico is a British-based ethical brand with a slower “back to basics” approach to fashion. They are focused on creating timeless, high-quality pieces to last a lifetime. They use 100% natural materials, and many pieces are crafted using organic cotton. Bibico also ensure the people that produce their clothes are paid a fair wage and that they work in a safe environment.

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People Tree: 25 Years and Counting

People Tree, a true pioneer of Fair Trade and sustainable fashion, will celebrate its 25th birthday this year.

People Tree was the first clothing company to receive the World Fair Trade Organisation Fair Trade product label. It aims to be 100% Fair Trade throughout the entire supply chain, and to support producers’ efforts towards economic independence. People Tree also work to protect the environment by promoting sustainable resource use. They wish to set an example to business and the government, proving ethics and aesthics can coexist by using a business model based on partnership, people-centred values and sustainability.

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M&S: The Workwear Edit

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Whether you’re starting a new job or want to start the new year with a smarter style, ensuring you have a capsule workwear wardrobe is essential for minimising the morning ‘what do I wear?!’ stress. Start by looking through you closet to see what you already have. If there are clothes you haven’t worn in the last 6 months, and that you don’t expect you will wear anytime soon, donate them to charity or deposit them at a recycling centre. Read my Christmas Clear Out post for more details on where, how and why you should recycle or resell your unwanted goods.

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Eileen Fisher: No Excuses

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Eileen Fisher is globally recognised as a leader in more environmentally-friendly fashion. The brand is currently considered to be 66% sustainable, but this is not enough for Eileen and the company. They want 100% sustainability and are determined to get it, no excuses.

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Gather&See

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Gather&See are an online platform for sustainable fashion. They offer a carefully selected collection of sustainable brands from across the world. All featured companies follow Gather&See’s 6 founding principles: Fair trade, Organic, Recycled, Eco-friendly, Handmade and Small Scale Production.