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Xmas Gifts: Top 20 Ethical Buys

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Looking for a sustainable gift? How about socks that save an endangered species, a backpack made from nettles or a zero waste straw...

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Critically Endangered Socks

These sustainable socks are crafted from plush cotton and bamboo. A chunk of the profits goes towards safeguarding the Maui dolphin by lobbying governments to ban trawling and netting. Not arsed about dolphins? No problem. The orange pair will save the Orangutan while the pink pair protects the Sumatran Elephant.

£12  criticallyendangeredsocks.com

Park Social Soccer Co Football 

For every hand-illustrated ball purchased, Park Social Soccer Co ‘pass’ an identical ball to a child in a less advantaged community. It’s the only ball that can be in two places at once.

£34  parkssc.com

OneNine5 Wash Bag

Made from 100% recycled plastic and includes a detachable airport clear liquid bag to reduce single use plastics and store 100ml travel bottles.

£49  onenine5.com

Green Toys Parking Garage

Made with 100% recycled plastic, packed in recycled materials and printed with soy-based inks. The ideal gift for a 5-year-old Elon Musk.

£55 lunaandcurious.com

Reusable Bamboo Cutlery Set

Give disposable plastic cutlery the middle finger with this zero waste wooden cutlery set. Comes in its own pouch with a bamboo straw so you can mug off the paper ones in McDonald’s (which, hilariously, can’t be recycled)

£11  etsy.com

Dick Moby Brighton Sunglasses

Shades made from bio-based acetate rather than the chemical gunk. Complete with a cleaning cloth fashioned from recycled plastic water bottles.

£160  dick-moby.com

Oliver Co. Bramley Passport Holder

This London firm makes classy vegan leather goods. As you might have twigged, the Bramley passport holder is made from 50% apple waste and 50% polyurethane to create a soft but durable material.

£69  olivercompanylondon.com

Votch Black & Pinatex Classic Watch

Not only is this black-on-black timepiece very cool, it’s strap is made from Pinatex pineapple leather (no extra land or fertilisers are used in production). A Japanese GL20 movement is the icing on the vegan cake.

£139  votch.co.uk

TOG Santoku Kitchen Knife

Buy Me Once is a clever website where you can find product designed to last forever. Stuff like this knife made in Seki – the Samurai capital of Japan. Comes with a lifetime guarantee.

£190  buymeonce.com

Velosophy Sport bicycle

The Swedish bike builder operates a one-for-one policy, donating a second-hand bike an a kid in need for every new bike sold. You can even buy a steed made from 300 Nespresso coffee pods.

£750  velosophy.cc

The White T-Shirt Co. 

White T-Shirt Co. is no ordinary ethical brand. The make no compromises whatsoever, sourcing GOTS certified organic cotton and providing a lifetime guarantee.

£36  thewhitetshirt.com

Allbirds Tree Runners

The cult footwear brand, known for making ‘the world’s most comfortable shoes’, is committed to sustainable practices. These kicks are made using tree fibre from South African Farms that give fertiliser a miss. Super-soft, moisture-wicking wonders. 

£95  allbirds.co.uk

Diageo Lemon & Lime flavour drinking straws

Everyone’s ditching plastic straws for paper ones. But now you can go a step further with these (delicious) edible straws. The lime-flavoured straw is great with a G&T or Dark ‘n’ Stormy. Sure, they taste a bit like a 1970s sweet shop, but that’s no bad thing…

£12  31dover.com

TRIWA x Humanium watches

This elegant timepiece is made from melted down firearms taken from conflict zones. Gifting this watch probably isn’t going to stop a war, but it does send a powerful message. Plus, you get to tell people that you’re wearing a AK47 on your wrist…

£239  triwa.com

Caran D’Ache 849 Nespresso Ballpoint Pen

This limited edition ballpoint pen is made using aluminium from recycled Nespresso coffee capsules. It comes in environmentally-friendly packaging and has “Made with recycled Nespresso Capsules” engraved on the side.

£40  carandache.com

Patagonia Men’s Long Sleeve P-6 Logo Responsibili-Tee

This 100% recycled t-shirt is fashioned from precisely 4.8 plastic bottles and 118 grams of scrap fabric. What’s more, buying one of these Fair Trade beauties saves 63 gallons of water compared to a conventional cotton t-shirt. Ideal for anyone who feels uncomfortable about Primark selling a t-shirt for £2.

£40  patagonia.com

Rocket Book Everlast Notepad

This everlasting notebook provides a classic pen and paper experience – yet is built for the digital age. Write in it using any pen from the Pilot Frixion line and your ink sticks. But a quick wipe with a damp cloth will erase everything, thus preventing trees from ending up as Lidl shopping lists.

£19  getrocketbook.co.uk

One World Futbol

This clever football is unpoppable and never needs pumping. Every purchase helps to provide balls for disadvantaged youth teams around the world.

£35  oneworldplayproject.com

Trakke Bannoch Backpack 

This stylish Scottish backback is woven from cotton and stinging nettles (no, really). It’s weather-resistant, constructed in the UK and features 17 pockets, including an interior laptop sleeve suitable for a 15-inch Macbook.

£260  trakke.co.uk

When in Rome Rosato box wine

The reputation of box wine used to hover somewhere between Lambrini and Blue Nun. Now, it’s one the hottest sustainable drinks trends. This spicy rosé comes from vineyards who use less intensive farming methods. The box holds the equivalent of three bottles and apparently “stays fresh for six weeks”. Thanks, but six hours should be plenty…

£29  harveynichols.com

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