Our Christmas list
What the EC team are giving and (hopefully) receiving this year
Bryony (researcher and clothes specialist) -
I've just set up a new co-op called 'Stitched Up'. We upcycle old clothes to make great new ones, so lots of my family will be getting clothes I've made myself.
I've not asked for anything yet. I should get thinking!
Heather (writer and researcher) -
I have a bit of a sweet tooth so I'm hoping that my partner is going to treat me to some luxurious vegan chocolates from Booja Booja. Failing that I'd settle for a bar of Plamil's organic choccy any day.
I'm buying a couple of people books. Of course i'll be buying them from News from Nowhere and not Amazon!
Jane (co-founder and Production co-ordinator) –
I would like something from Neal's Yard. They do lots of toiletries or I could have a voucher for some of their therapies like a massage or reflexology. Failing that a bottle of Fairtrade and organic rum to make mojitos with always goes down well!
I'll be giving Oxfam Unwrapped gifts as usual.
Katy (co-editor and project manager) -
Having spent the last few months working with Lush on the Lush Prize I'll be buying loads of their goodies for my friends and family as they are all animal free and non-animal tested and smell amazing (not that they have brainwashed me!)
If Santa's kind I'll be opening some fair trade clothing goodies on Christmas day.
Leo (research manager) –
My family and friends often end up with a gift from Bethlehem at Christmas, made by Palestinian artisans and imported by Olive Co-operative, a company that I'm a Director of. It's solidarity shopping, but its also beautiful produce. Last year I splashed out and bought my Mum a Fairtrade gold necklace from Cred Jewellery but this year we're talking about having a Buy Nothing Christmas and going to see a show instead.
I'd love a good bottle of whiskey.
Rob (co-founder and co-editor)–
I have a 'present amnesty' will most of the adults in my family...except my brother who I do 'best CD of the year' swap with (not from amazon).
The lifesquared people always have an amusing take on de-materialising Christmas.
Tim (Boycott Amazon Campaign Co-ordinator) –
It's a bit devoid of wildlife where I'm living at the moment so I'd like a bird box for our garden and maybe a bird table.
My partner and I bought each other a mirror (i.e. we went halves) with the frame made of reclaimed wood. It looks great and not too environmentally damaging either.
We also had a lovely suggestion from one of our twitter followers Laurie Cransfield (@pottsprintuk) who tweeted,
'Hand something down, give somebody something you love that you'd like to be loved by someone else.'
And don't forget...
A gift subscription to Ethical Consumer Magazine makes the perfect ethical Christmas gift!