Have an ethical Christmas

Our top tips for having an ethical christmas:

  1. First thing’s first – try to relax during this busy time of year (and if need be, take in mind some tips on how to deal with family who don’t share your values on sustainability at Christmas)
  2. Christmas trees are beautiful and tend to give us the warm fuzzies – and they can be sustainable too if you know where to look
  3. Alternative giving: christmas doesn’t have to be about things that fit into a gift-wrapped box. There’s lots of other ways to give. Here are our recommendations
  4. …But if you are giving items, give well. See our top tips below
  5. It’s not just the gifts that matter- the wrapping matters too! Gift wrap the eco-friendly way
  6. Similarly greetings cards can do good rather than evil. Go paperless or support good causes when you buy yours – check out some options here
  7. Eat well – We heartily recommend these tips from Farmdrop about how to have an eco-conscious christmas dinner, including the most ethical turkeys, and MoralFibres has some great veggie christmas dinner ideas

Buying Gifts

Our first suggestion would be to use Balu of course! Shop online like normal and the app will pop up with ethical alternatives, or use our directory. But if you’re looking for gift guides or specific sources there’s lots out there too! Some of our best tips:

  • Find treasures at Oxfam‘s online store, with their second hand stock as well as their own lines
  • If you’re buying gifts, buy ones that last! Buy Me Once have great gift guides (and their winter survival pack is good too)
  • Use Ethical Consumer’s comprehensive guide to the best retailers, including their guide to buying books, and the Sustainable Fashion Directory gift guides (US-based)
  • Take in mind that ethical is as much about supporting the good as it is about avoiding the bad. Here’s the Guardian’s guide to avoiding Amazon
  • Ask the blogsphere! There’s excellent ethical guide gifts from TartanBrunetteAnna Jones and Designed By Good People (who have a great Pinterest board of ethical gift ideas too)
  • Go to your favourite ethical brand for their suggestions. For example, there’s a broad range of gifts to chose from at Ethical Superstore, which includes gifts under £10. Moral Fibres have lots of thoughtful gift guides on their blog, as do the wonderful Birdsong for your bestie and your crush! And Decorator’s notebook have a guide to stylish and ethical homewares
  • Go to local markets / fairs: Londoners may like the Fair Christmas Fayre, an ethical marketplace taking place on Saturday 10th December (2016). For other markets and fairs in London: see here and here
  • And check out these tips on sustainable gifting from The Pool blog

Thanks to the brilliant suggestions from #EthicalHour contributors in early December!

Have other suggestions? Comment below or let us know at giselle@getbalu.org