01 November 2021 4 min read
The sprouts are on the shelves, the annual competition for the best ad has begun and Mariah is streaming through shopping centre sound systems. We think it’s finally safe to start talking about...Christmas.
Christmas presents to be precise.
If you’re through with giving gifts that end up shoved in the back of the wardrobe, this post is for you. Let’s shift the focus this year onto supporting independent brands who care about sustainability. With products that are responsibly sourced, ethically made and avoid unnecessary waste.
To help make your present shopping that little bit easier this year, we’ve gone ahead and picked some of our favourite ethical and sustainable brands. Check out our sustainable gifts guide below.
Of course we’re going to mention our range of beautiful, sustainable jewellery. Not only is all our jewellery ethically created, using lab-grown gemstones and recycled precious metals, but we are also committed to offsetting our carbon emissions and making our packaging sustainable, too. Here are a few ideas sure to put a smile on someone’s face this season.
While the mesmerising lab-grown alexandrite reminded us of the vibrant colours of the island of Aruba (hence our aptly named Aruba collection), we have to admit the colour changing green by day red by night gems remind us of something else this festive time of year...red, green and gold, anyone?
Pair our Aruba Studs, lab-grown alexandrite set in recycled 14k gold, with our Aruba Necklace for a complete set. The perfect gift.
We’ve recently introduced the Como Earrings to our collection and we couldn’t be more excited. Bring a little sparkle to your loved one this Christmas. With 7/8 ctw lab-grown diamonds set in solid 14k recycled gold. For some serious Christmas party glamour.
Like the star atop your tree, the starry diamond Sahara Studs are the perfect finishing touch to anyone’s ensemble. Featuring a 2mm lab-grown diamond set in a starburst pattern of recycled yellow 14k gold.
When it comes to the beauty industry, more and more brands are setting the example for sustainability. Below are a few of our favourites (all of which are cruelty free, FYI).
REN Clean Skincare helps lead the way when it comes to sustainability. They use only sustainably sourced ingredients and reclaimed ocean-plastic packaging. They also offer a refill scheme and are aiming for zero waste by the end of 2021. The team at REN aren’t content to stop there. By partnering with some of their top competitors, their goal is to develop an entirely sustainable packaging process by 2025. Definitely one to watch out for.
We Are Paradoxx is owned by Yolanda Cooper, the founder of Plastic Free Beauty Day. Their haircare formulas are wholly biodegradable and each product is at least 88 percent natural ingredients. The brand uses recyclable aluminium packaging, while the formulas are made in factories that use low-energy lighting and waste-reducing water meters.
Axiology makes best selling beauty products that are completely vegan and cruelty free. All Axiology’s products are approved by PETA and are free from palm oil. Their lipsticks come in recycled, recyclable aluminium tubes, and arrive in recycled paper packaging. The packaging is made from local waste paper. Their Lip to Lid balmies are the only make-up product you’ll ever need.
Get it from ASOS.
All-natural beauty brand Haoma has created an organic eau de parfum that is sure to be a great gift for the environmentally-conscious fragrance lover. Handmade in the UK, all their ingredients are vegan friendly, cruelty-free and the perfume comes in eco-friendly packaging to boot. Choose from scents including floral Ylang Ylang, calming Lavender or the seasonally appropriate - Frankincense & Myrrh.
Get it at Wearth London.
Drift off into a dreamy, guilt-free slumber on sheets that feel like air. Square Flower creates ethically sourced, organic, Fairtrade bedding, using the highest quality staple cotton for comfortable, breathable bedding. GOTS certified cotton, free from pesticides and chemicals. You’ll never go back. And, added bonus - their packaging is plastic free.
Up your tableware game with 100 percent recycled glassware from LSA. Available from John Lewis, products such as this set of four wine glasses are mouth blown, made entirely from old glass bottles. Their products come in fully sustainable packaging - recycled card, printed with organic inks which are biodegradable.
Get it from John Lewis.
Ethical fashion brand Stella McCartney lives and breathes sustainability. They are wholly committed to ensuring and promoting sustainability in everything they do, using innovation and accountability. All clothes, shoes and accessories are completely cruelty-free. The company has set themselves a high bar when it comes to sustainability and circularity - one we should all aim to reach.
This chic mini crossbody bag is vegan friendly, faux leather and effortlessly stylish. A great gift for fashion lovers.
Selfridges has launched its own sustainability strategy - Project Earth. Their vision is to ‘reinvent retail and change the way we shop and how we do business by 2025’. The Project Earth Edit features products from earth conscious brands and sustainable fashion to help people shop more consciously. One of our favourite picks from this collection are the Veja faux-leather trainers with vegan suede panels.
When it comes to shopping sustainably, there’s more choice than ever before. We hope you’ve been inspired by our selection of sustainable luxury gifts. Happy shopping!
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