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Life & Style November 24, 2014 posted by

Ethical Christmas Gift Guide #1

Ethical Christmas Gift Guide #1

This post contains affiliate links, denoted by a *. 

I thought I’d post some ethical Christmas gift guides as while buying less stuff or making handmade Christmas presents are always a good idea, sometimes neither option is entirely suitable.  Especially when you have friends and family that live further afield or you’d rather give a gift rather than money or time (some more thoughts on that next week, which will be of interest to anyone looking to have a less commercial Christmas – keep your eyes peeled next Monday!).

With that in mind I’ve created a few ethical gift guides that I’ll post throughout this week.

For today’s ethical Christmas gift guide I’ve focused on ethical homewares that will keep your loved ones homes cosy, bright and warm over the winter months.  I’ve mostly looked to UK based independent makers via Etsy but some other favourites have crept in too!

ethical christmas gift ideas

1.  Coaster Set*  (£12.50) by Pygmy Cloud via Etsy UK – handmade in London from 100% wool felt.

2.  Floral Fairtrade Lantern (£10) from Run Native

3.  Badger Cushion* (£45) by Orwell & Goode via Etsy UK – I’m a big bit in love with this cushion, printed in the Scottish Borders.

4.  Hedgehog Cushion* (£18) by Robin and Mould via Etsy UK – hand printed in Wiltshire with love!

5.  Cable & Cotton Lights (from £29.95) – ethically made in Thailand.

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6.  House of Rym Throw (£59.99) from The Future Kept – ethically made in Turkey

7.  Whale Bowl (£20) by Julia Smith Ceramics t via Papa Stour – handmade in Scotland

8.  Hare Illustration* (£12.50) by Stephanie Cole Design via Etsy UK

9.  Fig & Vetiver Soy Candle* (£15) by Paddywax.  These are my all-time favourite candles.  I bought one in January that’s still going strong, and still smells amazing.  It even comes in a recycled jar and sustainably sourced lid.

10.  Hemp Peacock Cushion Cover (£29) from Little House in Town.  Fairtrade and sustainable.

 

Watch out for another ethical Christmas gift guide tomorrow!

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    giveaway November 19, 2014 posted by

    Giveaway With the White T-Shirt Co!

    Giveaway With the White T-Shirt Co!

    Today on Moral Fibres I’m pleased to offer a fantastic giveaway with a company I really admire – The White T-Shirt Co.  The White T-Shirt Co are an ethical t-shirt company specialising in ethical and organic wardrobe staples for men and women.

    The White T-Shirt Co believe in the old adage, “do one thing and do it well”, or rather in their case, do three things and do it well.  They focus on the key wardrobe staples – the vest, the short sleeved t-shirt and the long-sleeved t-shirt – in three colourways, white, black and navy.  They them make to the highest organic and ethical standards and to the highest quality.

    The result? Timeless basics made with 100% GOTS certified organic and fairtrade cotton of the utmost quality that feel great and will last and last.  If this sounds too good to be true, The Times even declared The White T-Shirt Co as makers of the perfect white t-shirt!

    You can find out more about their story, their ethics and their production – it’s a great read.  Such a stickler for quality, Penny, The White T-Shirt Co’s Founder, closed down the company in 2010 when their supplier of organic cotton ceased trading, until she could find another supplier of equal quality organic cotton.   Thankfully they found another supplier of equal quality and started trading again in 2013!

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    Some of The White T-Shirt Cos beautiful staples.

    The White T-Shirt Co are kindly giving one Moral Fibres reader £70 to spend on any White T-Shirt Co items of their choice.

    To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize, simply take part via the Rafflecopter widget below (NB: if you subscribe to Moral Fibres via email or in a reader then you’ll need to click through to the site to use the widget).

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    The competition is open until 12am (GMT) on Thursday 27th November 2014, and open to UK readers only.

    Good luck!

    Terms and conditions:

    1. To enter the White T-Shirt Co prize draw give-away you must visit the White T-Shirt Co website and let me know what your favourite item is.  There are additional options for more entries.   2. The prize is 1 prize of £70 vouchers to spend at White T-Shirt Co only.  No cash or alternative prizes will be given.  3. The prize draw will start on Wednesday 19th November 2014 and end at 12am (GMT) on Thursday 27th November 2014.  The winner will be picked at random from all valid entries.  5. The winner will be notified directly via email.  The winner must reply within seven days of receiving the email or a new winner will be picked at random. 

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      Arts & Crafts November 17, 2014 posted by

      10 Environmentally Friendly Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

      10 Environmentally Friendly Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

      I know it’s really early (in my book anyway!) to be mentioning the ‘C’ word but if you can forgive me then I wanted to share some homemade Christmas gift ideas.  Homemade Christmas gifts tend to require a bit more planning and a longer lead time so I thought it was best to get them out there nice and early for you!

      I’ve put together some of my favourite (and easy!) homemade Christmas gift ideas that are environmentally friendly.  Just click on the links to be taken to the full DIYs.  Hope you enjoy making them and sharing them with your loved ones!

      1.  Rose Bath Salts

      DIY bath salt recipe

      Cat from Take Courage has put together a very nice DIY on how to make some prettily packaged rose bath salts that would make a really nice homemade gift.

      2.  DIY Cotton Wool Pads

      cotton wool pad DIY

      If you can crochet then these DIY cotton wool pads would make a really thoughtful eco-friendly gift idea.  Package them in a hand sewn pouch or a glass jar for a pretty and practical Christmas gift.

       3.  DIY Beeswax Candles

       DIY beeswax candles

      Erin from Reading My Tealeaves has a great beeswax candle tutorial that would make perfect gifts with a light environmental footprint.

      4.  Button Necklace

      DIY button necklace

      This DIY statement necklace tutorial uses up old buttons and felt scraps for a gorgeous and unique gift full of thought.  It only takes about 15 minutes to make too, so ideal if you’re short on time!

      5. DIY Gingerbread Body Scrub 

      gingerbread body scrub

      This Gingerbread Body Scrub by Wallflower Girl sounds utterly divine.  I think I’m going to be making this for Christmas (though it may end up as a gift from me to me!),

      6.  Recycled Snowglobe

      snowglobe DIY

      This recycled snowglobe DIY takes all of one minute to make but is such a simple and striking gift that can be enjoyed for years to come.

      7.  Candied Chocolate Orange Slices

      candied orange

      These candied chocolate orange slices, again by Cat of Take Courage, look and sound delicious!  Presented in a little box they’d make a tasty homemade Christmas gift.

      8.  Salted Caramels

      salted caramel recipe

      This salted caramel recipe from Inspired Taste looks perfect.  We can’t get enough of salted caramels in our house so this would be our ideal gift!

      9.  Stylish Wall Hanging

      tea towel craft

      This stylish wall hanging DIY can be made using a tea towel or fabric scrap.  Minimal sewing skills are required so even if you’re not handy with a sewing machine or needle and thread then I’m sure you could put this together and amaze your friends with your skills!

      10.  DIY iPad Case

      diy ipad case

      This felt DIY iPad case would make such a thoughtful gift.  It does require knowing your way around a sewing machine a tiny bit – if you can use a sewing machine to sew in a straight line then you should be ok!

      Any homemade Christmas gift ideas you want to share?  Do add in the comments below so we can all check them out!

      Environmentally Friendly handmade christmas gift ideas

       

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