Ethical Christmas Gifts


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.

http://www.fairsharemusic.com

 

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.

www.newlook.com

 

Lush cosmetics

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.

www.lush.co.uk

 

Toys 

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. 

www.paperpod.co.uk

 

 

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NOTES TO EDITORS

 

1 For more ethical Christmas gift ideas visit:

www.ethicalconsumer.org/shoppingethically/ethicalchristmasshopping.aspx