46 of the best eco, sustainable and ethical Christmas gifts that support independent and thoughtful retailers and artisans in 2020.
We have scoured our little green books of brands we admire to bring you the coolest, greenest, most eco-friendly Christmas gifts from our favourite brands and independent artisans, many of which are fellow B Corporations. Being a certified B Corp means that a company is legally committed to prioritising its responsibility to the environment and society. Pretty damn cool.
One might say that Christmas is a waste-centric, indulgent landfill horrorshow (producing 300m tonnes of waste in the UK, with enough wrapping paper to go around the equator nine times, gah!) but that could be a tad Grinchy. As a sustainable brand, of course we don’t want to be condoning buying endless presents for buying’s sake. We also know, first-hand, that the joy of giving at Christmas carries its own value.
First up, scour the offerings on eBay, Gumtree, Vestiaire Collective, DePop and other second-hand marketplaces.
Next up, creating your own wrapping paper, or even better making reusable fabric wraps, can reduce the impact of Christmas. Also consider offsetting those unavoidable elements of your Christmas carbon footprint and buying from companies whose profits benefit others, such as Choose Love and Elvis & Kresse.
Arbor Classic Pack 25L, Patagonia, £65
Patagonia is DAME’s ultimate style crush. Everything that company does is jaw-droppingly cool. This backpack has a recycled polyester fabric body with a durable water repellent finish. 68% of Patagonia’s fabrics this season are made with recycled materials. Less than 10% of fibers produced globally are made with recycled materials.
The Lore Collector Gift Kit, Aesop, £77
Housed in a biodegradable case made from 100 percent recycled paper pulp, this set includes Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser and Body Balm, Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash and Hand Balm. Aesop’s recent B Corp certification represents a significant milestone in the brand’s commitment to becoming a fully regenerative business by 2030.
Large Washbag, Elvis & Kresse, £75
Made from genuine decommissioned fire-hose, previously deployed in active duty for up to 25 years, fighting fires around the UK, and lined with waste parachute silk. Elvis & Kresse have donated 50% of the profits from the Fire-hose Collection to The Fire Fighters Charity.
Eco-friendly Beauty Gift Set, Tabitha Eve, £11.95
Perfect for zero-waste beauty fans, this set includes organic reusable facial pads, a natural konjac sponge, bamboo nail pads & exfoliating loofah discs.
Heroes Gift Set, LIHA, £106
Handmade in small batches in Cheltenham and Hackney, all LIHA products are natural, 100% vegan, cruelty free and free from parabens, sls and chemicals.
Lightweight Merino Performance Crew Socks, Patagonia, £20
Made using responsible wool. Patagonia requires all of its wool to be certified to the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS). Less than 1% of wool used globally is RWS-certified.
Shrt 357 Patchwork Stripe Shirt, Phoebe English, £350
The Patchwork Stripe shirt is made from non-virgin resource cottons and bamboo viscose, allowing the studio to run with as little waste possible. The buttons are made in the UK from codelite, a milk protein which is natural and biodegradable.