MEDIA RELEASE FROM ETHICAL CONSUMER MAGAZINE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 5th 2013
ETHICAL CONSUMER'S TOP FIVE GIFTS TO HELP CUT THE ETHICAL COST OF CHRISTMAS
With the country now on countdown to Christmas, Ethical Consumer today names five gifts that will help cut the ethical and environmental cost of Christmas.
Tim Hunt Director of Ethical Consumer said:
"We all love giving gifts at Christmas but many of the things we buy have a massive negative social and environmental impact. Savvy shoppers can use our Christmas shopping tips to help reduce these impacts and still have a great time."
Ethical Consumer's Top Five Ethical Gifts:
Buy books not an e:reader
Christmas shoppers will struggle looking for an ethical e:reader as of yet no such thing exists. Instead Ethical Consumer recommends buying books from the following:
www.greenmetropolis.com/ a not for profit online bookshop
www.oxfam.org.uk/shop/books?pscid=ps_ggl_2013-Shop-Books-Brand Oxfam's online bookshop
http://www.betterworldbooks.co.uk/ a social enterprise selling books online
Fairshare music gift card
Fairshare is a music download site with a difference. The company not only pays its fair share of tax, for every track you download Fairshare donates 50% of the cost to a charity or campaign group.
High street clothing
Not all clothing has to be made from fabrics doused in chemicals and assembled in sweatshops. New Look's organic range is the best ethical option on the high street as the company has one of the best records of looking after its garment workers.
As well taking on arch tax avoider Amazon, the pioneering cosmetics company has championed palm-oil free cosmetics and is behind the annual Lush Prize that promotes research into animal-free testing.
Many top toy companies are up to their necks in dodgy ethical and environmental issues such as using toxic chemicals, sweatshop labour and climate change issues. Steer clear of this ethical nightmare with Paperpod which uses recycled cardboard to make brilliant low-cost giant toy rockets and castles for children.
NOTES TO EDITORS
1 For more ethical Christmas gift ideas visit: