Sustainable Santa – ethical gifts for her and him

We’re all trying to be more sustainable in our seasonal celebrations, but sometimes the pressure to demonstrate affection through a purchase can lead to dubious last-minute shopping choices. With a little thought it is, however, possible to turn the traditional orgy of consumption into a festival of ethical purchasing power. We look at just two of the more sustainable gift options available.

For her:

Recycled 9ct gold huggy hoop stud earrings, Studio Adorn, £120

Why not keep the luxury low key and classic for maximum sustainability? She’ll adore these simple, polished 100% recycled gold mini huggy hoops. They’re classy enough for any occasion but so beautifully simple they’ll probably be worn daily for years and years. And nothing lets her know you ‘get her’ more than a gift which respects her green concerns. Like all Studio Adorn’s gorgeously understated gold and silver jewellery, these will be hand crafted in the UK to your order, a business model designed to keep overproduction and waste to zero. All their pieces come in a suitably classic recycled, and recyclable, presentation box. Don’t forget to allow at least two weeks for manufacture and delivery, and there’s the option to have them sent direct with a gift card. Now that’s a thoughtful gift!

For him:

Personalised Firehose Notebook, Elvis & Kresse, £70

The reason we love this 100% recycled notebook is that it’s not just useful but also beautiful and inspiring. The pages are thick unbleached recycled paper, but it’s the hard cover that makes it really special. This version is hand made and finished with a combination of black reclaimed printing blanket and Elvis & Kresse’s signature reclaimed red fire-hose. This means every one is unique, even before you have it tastefully personalised, and designed to be treasured for life. What’s more, 50% of all the company’s profits go to The Fire Fighters Charity. It comes presented in a reclaimed tea sack pouch, so no need for the glittery paper. It’s refillable with any A5 pad, (including another sumptuous recycled one from Elvis & Kresse), so there’s no reason for him to ever stop using it. If it should ever need repair, that’s included in the price. Gifts don’t come much more sustainable!


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