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Charity Christmas Wrapping Paper

Why not buy your wrapping paper from an organisation that ensures the world’s children are fed, vaccinated, educated and protected. They work in over 190 countries around the world, influencing laws, policies and customs to help protect children.

Lovely Branches – Rentable Christmas Trees

After Christmas 2013, Lovely Branches re-planted their potted trees in the field where they remained in 2014 to grow and recover. They’re now vibrant and ready for Christmas 2015! Lovely Branches grow their trees in pots. This keeps the root system small, helping the tree survive the trip to your house each year. They deliver to the Greater London area.

Amnesty International Christmas Cards

Income from sales goes to support Amnesty’s work while the majority of items are also either organic, recycled, fairly traded, educational or eco-friendly. All cards and envelopes are printed on FSC material of which 70% comes from UK forests.

Recycled Wrapping Paper

The Green Gables print their paper products on 100% recycled paper stock. They also use compostable packaging and recyclable or reusable postal packaging and strive to make the products in Britain, wherever possible. The Green Gables supports six charities by donating 10% of annual profits.

Reusable Gift Wrap

Organic-ally are on a mission to reduce plastic and paper usage. All organic-ally products have been ethically-sourced and, as much as possible, fairly traded. They do not stock any item they are not prepared to give to those nearest and dearest to them with a clear conscience.

CardAid: supporting charities

Card Aid sell charity Christmas cards on behalf of over 200 charities. Between 40 - 60% of the cost of the card goes to charity, compared with 2% for charity cards bought on the high street. Choose your own charity with Card Aid's eCards, or find your nearest Card Aid store.

Swillington Organic Farm Turkeys

They guarantee that all their animals are kept to the highest organic and free range standards. They organise regular farm tours so customers can see for themselves. They farm organically without the use of pesticides and chemicals and are part of the Countryside Stewardship Scheme.

Keep This Cracker

Reusable Christmas crackers are an eco-friendly alternative to the standard disposable cracker.

Moonpig Charity Christmas Cards

25% of a Moonpig Charity Christmas Card is donated to The eXceL Project, a charity at the cutting edge of urban youth work in the UK. XLP meets the social, educational and behavioural needs of young people, and empowers them to make wise lifestyle choices and to realise their potential. Moonpig has been working with XLP since 2010, including employees mentoring young people and sponsoring art showcases.

ARTHOUSE Meath Wrapping Paper

ARTHOUSE Meath presents the skills and talents of men and women living with complex epilepsy, learning and physical difficulties. 100% of sales revenue goes towards sustaining the enterprise.

Giving the gift of light

Supporting Renewable World's Christmas e-card campaign means helping the world’s most vulnerable people transform their lives, with safe, clean energy that also protects the environment.

Rutland Organics Turkeys

Eggs from their flock of organic breeding turkeys are hatched on the farm. Turkey chicks are reared free-range on organic pasture. They only use non-GM organic feed including their organic cereals. These organic turkeys only leave the farm oven-ready, and are certified organic by the Soil Association.

Child Poverty Action Group christmas cards

Support the essential work of the Child Poverty Action Group when you buy their christmas cards

Copas Turkeys

"The welfare of our birds is extremely important to us and underpins everything we do at Copas" Copas believe that the very best turkey will have been given a long life, with room to roam. They eat an oat-rich, nutritionally-balanced, natural cereal diet that’s ethically sourced & completely free of growth promoters. They donate as many turkeys as they can to patients and staff in UK hospices, currently supporting over 80 hospices a year. They also support local charity events.


They provide a unique alternative to traditional Christmas trees. Joost Taylor's carpentry team ensure each supplier is FSC accredited, materials are sourced locally where possible and waste products are recycled.

Forever Green – Rentable Christmas Trees

Forever Green offer rentable Christmas Trees for the South Essex area (although it’s worth contacting them to see if they’ll deliver further afield). Here’s what they say on their website: “We are a Christmas tree farm who specialise in pot-grown living Christmas tree rental for homes and businesses in South Essex. In 2015 we will be delivering from 30th November, collecting in early January at no additional cost to you. We believe this is the most eco-friendly way of enjoying a Christmas tree in your home.” A rented tree from Forever Green will set you back £40 to £75, depending what size you go for.

Friends of the Earth e-cards

Beautiful e-cards from Friends of the Earth. Most cards are free, for some we ask a small donation.

Ethically-made Christmas Jumpers

British Christmas Jumpers are committed to producing sustainable sourced garments which are locally produced and are made with the environment, fair trade and fair pay in mind.

Unicef Christmas Cards

Buy your Christmas cards from an organisation that ensure the world’s children are fed, vaccinated, educated and protected Unicef work in over 190 countries around the world, influencing laws, policies and customs to help protect children.

Birdsong Giftcards

Buy your Christmas presents from a fashion company that truly stand up for what they believe in: no sweatshops, no photoshop. Birdsong only sell brands that have positive impact on women's groups around the world and they support the #AsWeAre campaign: helping young girls grow up believing that all bodies and all women are good enough, as they are. Gift cards available too!