Ethical Christmas gifts – give in more ways than one

By giving an ethical or eco-friendly present this Christmas it's not just your loved ones who will benefit. Buy Fairtrade and ensure the  producers of your item are paid fairly. Give a gift to our planet by buying something made from recycled materials rather than an item which uses more of the earth's resources. As more people commit to greener shopping, the range of these gifts is increasing and beoming more and more innovative. Here are some ideas for all the family:

Tuttu turtle from Green Tulip who donate 1% of their sales to environmental charities

Wooden pullalong toy for children aged 9-24 months old. Presented in a recycled cardboard box featuring details of the fairtrade supplier.

Children's animal jute bags from Gifts from Nature

Cute bags for little ones made from natural and biodegradable jute.

Dragonfly 3D model from Green Tulip

The Kids On Roof range is made out of super sturdy recycled cardboard. Each kit contains a number of pieces that are printed on both sides with creative and semi-secret prints.

Lingerie from Who made your pants?

Who Made Your Pants? is a campaigning lingerie brand based in Southampton, UK. Their range is created by refugee women using fabrics bought from big underwear companies at the end of season which stops them ending up as waste.

Blue wooden box from Fairwind

Pretty wooden box hand-painted in blue with hand-carved detailing on the lid in the shape of a heart. Handmade in India from sustainably-sourced mango wood.

Watering can planters from Little Wren Gifts

Little Wren Gifts are dedicated to selling goods made by different artisans. Support UK artists and craftspeople and at the same time give a unique gift such as these beautiful porcelain watering can planters featuring different bird and flower prints drawings from the designs of Caroline Nash. Caroline is a contemporary applied artist based in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England.

Recycled aluminium tealight holder from Daisy Daisy

These striking fairtrade tealight holders are made in India made from recycled aluminium, a process that uses a fraction of the energy compared with primary production and also reduces landfill waste.

Recycled laptop bag from ECOoutlet

Lightweight, protective with a colourful cotton lining, these laptop bags are made from recycled cement bags.

Recycled traditional wall clock from Biome Lifestyle

Biome Lifestyle have created a range of products that unites style, design and ethics. Looking at this stylish clock it's hard to imagine that it's been created from approximately 25 recycled vending machine coffee cups. The cups are sourced directly from the national Save-A-Cup scheme and are then carefully handcrafted into these clocks in the UK.

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