Lawrenson's Sustainable Christmas Gift Guide: 14 Glorious Ethical Gift Ideas
Posted on November 16 2018
Lawrenson's Sustainable Christmas Gift Guide: 14 Glorious Ethical Gift Ideas
Summer's long gone.
Halloween and Bonfire Night are out of the way.
It's officially acceptable to start thinking about Christmas.
And to make things super easy (and super ethical!) for you, we've put together our definitive Sustainable Christmas Gift Guide. We've hand-picked an array of different gift ideas, all from brands we love which share our values.
So this year you can spread the love and goodwill and all of that lovely stuff far and wide, by choosing gifts that can have a global impact.
PLUS, in anticipation that you're going to want them ALL for yourself (yes, they're THAT good!) you can also enter to WIN the Gift Guide. Find out how below.
Luxury candle brand M&J London was created by founder Jennifer McNabb, influenced by her love of travel and by bustling life in London. After years of working in London as a fashion designer, she became increasingly dissatisfied with the effects of "fast fashion" on the environment. She decided to set up M&J London in order to build a business where ethical practices, sustainability and quality are the fundamental building blocks.
Not only are the candles hand-poured, and made from 100% rainforest safe soya, a renewable green resource, but they come in 100% recycled glass holders, packaged in responsibly sourced World Land Trust certified cardboard. The brand also donates a portion of the profit from each candle to women's charity Nia, a vital resource which supports women who have experienced domestic violence.
This scented candle, Sweet Beginnings, is about the thrill of embarking on a new chapter in life – whether falling into a new love and discovering a new person or embarking on the adventure and excitement of moving to a new place. Scented with Lavender, Manuka Honey & Cocoa, Sweet Beginnings "recalls those days when even going to the grocery store could feel exotic with all the strange and unfamiliar products and brands to building your own routines and traditions with a new partner. It evokes those heady, intoxicating days when everything looks sharper and tastes sweeter – when even the most seemingly ordinary routines can feel like extraordinary experiences." - the perfect Christmas gift for someone starting the New Year with a Sweet Beginning.
SHOP NOW | Online: | http://www.mj-london.com/ | Facebook: | www.facebook.com/MJEthicalLuxury |
Tribe of Lambs is a For Purpose jewellery brand raising funds and awareness for HIV+ Children in India.
Partnering with Indian Non-Governmental Organisations and homes which work solely for the care, education & rights of children that are either infected or affected by the HIV virus, 100% of the profits from the jewellery products sold by Tribe of Lambs funds essential projects.
Handcrafted by artisans in the same communities as the children the brand supports, all of Tribe of Lambs' pieces are named after children empowered through your purchase.
These Taaj 925 sterling silver earrings can bring a little angular dazzle to the everyday or the special occasion. Hoops are cool, hexagon hoops are cooler. You can also choose to rep the Tribe by wearing the Tribe of Lambs engraving out and proud or tucked in for a simple silver dazzler.
These Taaj earrings are named after an HIV positive boy whose father left his mother once he found out they were both HIV positive. Taaj’s mother didn’t have the money to take care of Taaj, so he moved to the home which Tribe of Lambs supports to receive regular medication and a full education.
SHOP NOW | Online: | https://tribeoflambs.com/shop | Instagram: | @tribeoflambs |
PALA is on a mission to put an end to poverty, to protect the planet and to enable all people to enjoy peace and prosperity. This mission is at the heart of everything they do. From the products they make, the materials they use, the business practices they employ to the partners they select to work with. Pala gives a pair of spectacles for every pair sold, and their sustainable cases are woven from recycled plastic bags and waste.
This Asha frame is made from recycled black acetate. The acetate is produced from off-cut materials used in the manufacture of other frames which are then melted down to create this pair. The frame is two-tone with matt silhouettes and gloss temples and is matched with smoke graduated lens.
Asha means ‘life’ in Swahili, which is appropriate as these pieces are breathing new life into plastic otherwise destined for landfill. The lenses offer 100% UVA protection. The frames can also be used with prescription lenses through your local optician.
SHOP NOW | Online: | https://palaeyewear.com | Instagram: | @palaeyewear |
KiteNest Products are 100% natural, individually crafted in small batches and handmade in Lincolnshire by Chris and Markus. Using the finest natural ingredients without the addition of any nasties or parabens, their products are never tested on animals.
This dry shampoo is made from a combination of plant powders, clays and a unique blend of Grapefruit and Lime organic essential oils, which will leave your hair smelling fresh and revitalise your senses. This is a 100% natural and organic product, cruelty free, Talc-free, suitable for vegans, and free from any nasties (no toxic chemicals or GMO’s). The all-natural formula absorbs excess oils from the scalp and leaves your hair looking and feeling revived and refreshed between washes.
This product can be used to refresh your ‘do’, give extra volume and is perfect for festivals, traveling, camping and no shower days. KiteNest Organic Dry Shampoo is available in two sizes, including a convenient travel size, easy to pack for your next trip. It is packaged in a fully recyclable cardboard tube which is sourced from responsibly maintained forests in Northern Europe.
SHOP NOW | Online: | https://kitenest.co.uk | Instagram: | @kitenest |
Jerry Bottle is a social enterprise trading reusable water bottles for Waterfall Charity. The brand gives 100% of their profits to fund water projects in India Tanzania whilst campaigning for a reusable and sustainable economy.
Underneath the bottom of each reusable steel jerry water bottle, the coordinates of the water project you have funded are engraved, so you can trace exactly which village your bottle is funding.
Meet Jerry's "arctic white" bottle. This giant white reservoir reflects sunlight to help keep the region cool-just like the new and improved double wall insulated Jerry bottles. These classy double wall insulated bottles come in 6 beautiful colours and allow for cold drinks to be cold for up to 24 hours and hot drinks hot for up to 12 hours.
SHOP NOW | Online: | www.jerrybottle.com | Instagram: | @jerrybottle |
"Pure soap for filthy people" - Nuddy is a brand spanking new soap launch, and the perfect gift for your favourite filthy friends this Christmas.
Nuddy is proud to be 100% plastic free and creates their products using only the best ingredients, right here in the UK. Using a shea butter base, making it vegan friendly and inclusive to just about every Tom, Francesca + Harriet, these soaps are available in 5 scents; Mango, Pink grapefruit, Lime + Lemon, Peppermint & Coconut.
To be honest, we were sold on their punny packaging alone! Smelling like some kinda citrus heaven, this triple-milled, shea butter Lime & Lemon soap is suitable for most skin types. This bad boy will have you singing to your favourite song in the shower feeling on top of the world at 7am, any given morning. Sounds incredible... though potentially not the most ideal gift for your total-morning-person housemate...
SHOP NOW | Online: | https://nuddy.co.uk | Instagram: | @nuddyofficial |
Kin and Kloth sell luxury Turkish towels, children's ponchos, throws and blankets for the conscious consumer. Every towel is slowly hand-woven on traditional wooden shuttle looms by talented Turkish artisans. Each purchase supports the preservation of traditional weaving methods whilst ensuring the livelihoods of some of the last weavers and their families in Turkey. Kin & Kloth's pieces are all made using certified raw organic cotton and organic dyes for exceptional quality that can last a lifetime.
In a classic design and subtle colours this Happiness towel is a simple yet beautiful flat woven peshtamel. Extremely lightweight, compact, absorbent and quick drying, it makes the perfect bathroom accessory as well as travel companion. Made using GOTS certified organic cotton each towel will become softer and more absorbent with every wash. They can also be used as a gym towels, beautiful scarf, picnic blanket, throw or a stylish sarong amongst other things.
SHOP NOW | Online: | https://www.kinandkloth.co.uk | Instagram: | @kinandkloth |
8. The Bellevue Wrap by Raw Copenhagen
RAWCopenhagen marries your desire for Scandi minimalist yet feminine design with your passion for slow and sustainable living.
All pieces are heavily inspired by nature, especially the light and texture of the Danish beaches that the designer, Karina Johansen, grew up by. With a background in international human rights she combines aesthetics with ethics and primarily works with recycled Sterling silver, vermeil and ethically sourced gemstones in their more RAW state. 10% of the profits from all sales go to sustainable development projects. RAW's mission is to make you look even better, feel and do good at the same time.
RAW specialise in everyday luxury pieces including textured pendants, feminine hoops and threader earrings as well as a multitude of bracelet designs.
The Bellevue Wrap is one of RAW’s bestselling designs, named after a sandy beach just outside Copenhagen. It is an effortless chic, yet precious and super versatile design, made from recycled sterling silver, so-called ECO-silver, and ethically sourced gemstones. The bracelet here is with black hematite, but is also available with grey labradorite, sapphires or any other stone of your choice. It's also super versatile as the wrap can be worn as a bracelet or as a necklace.
SHOP NOW | Online: | https://rawcopenhagen.co.uk | Instagram: | @rawcopenhagenjewellery |
London-based womenswear label Lowie was founded by designer Bronwyn Lowenthal, and inspired by her love of traditional crafts, her collections always feature hand-knitted jumpers, hand embroidered garments and hand block printed and woven fabrics.
The brand uses Organic cotton and recycled cotton yarns and all their wool is ethically sourced. All marketing materials are made from sustainable sources or printed on recycled paper.
These traditional style jumpers are made from Scottish spun yarn and knitted in a small family-run factory in Peterhead, Scotland, a small fishing port in Aberdeenshire. They are a perfect Christmas jumper.
Knitted from 100% British lamb’s wool this jumper comes in a fresh icy blue green hue with an off white traditional fair isle style knit design around the neckline and cuffs. The neckline sits close to the neck and the slim fit creates a flattering and neat piece. The wide ribbing at the hem and cuffs nip the jumper in and ensure no chills creep in. Also available in other colours.
SHOP NOW | Online: | https://ilovelowie.com | Instagram: | @ilovelowie |
10. Biodegradable Glitter Pots by Fairy Pants
Fairy Pants is a family run business based in sunny Cheshire, founded on very strong values of affordability, being as eco friendly as possible, and being cruelty-free. All of their products are vegan and cruelty free, and they make sure their product packaging and parcel packaging is recycled/recyclable where possible. The brand is always working to expand their range of products, with their aim to "veganise" peoples' make-up bags, one product at a time.
These adorable glitter pots are so festive. And, as we all are becoming increasingly aware of plastics, it's great to know that this glitter is made from biodegradable plant cellulose. So you can sparkle your way through the festive season, guilt-free.
These glitters can also be applied to hair, face and body and will degrade in water or soil within a month, and they come in a range of colours.
SHOP NOW | Online: | https://fairypants.co.uk | Instagram: | @fairypantsuk |
Two sisters, Sarah and Lauren, launched BY SARAH, a brand with a bold and empowering mission of bringing greater clarity, authenticity and simplicity to skin care. Sarah’s inspiration and motivation to revolutionize skin care began with her sister, Lauren’s recovery from leukaemia in 2012. While searching for gentle, non-toxic, natural and organic products - those that would soothe and nourish Lauren’s sensitive skin - she found a problem. It was almost impossible to tell what was in the products. Even many natural and organic ranges had long, cryptic ingredient lists and often confusing and misleading labelling.
Sarah took matters into her own hands, literally! With her knowledge of working in the skincare industry and her child-hood passion for skincare, she hand-crafted her own blends from carefully-curated, organic and sustainably-sourced plant-based ingredients. Her skincare was not only enjoyed by Lauren but was effective and highly sought after by friends and family too - and the seeds of BY SARAH LONDON were born.
As Sarah refined her blends over the years, Lauren made a full recovery from leukaemia (with Sarah as her stem cell donor) and the sisters joined forces to launch. BY SARAH LONDON is the only UK skincare collection with the full list of ingredients on the front label across the entire collection. This pioneering initiative is to help you know exactly what you’re putting on your skin.
Made from the highest-quality natural and organic, plant-based oils, salts and clays from the earth and seas, the brand's plant-based ingredients are certified-organic by The Soil Association.
This Christmas, take the stress out of travelling by gifting these BY SARAH skincare favourites. The high-performing, hand luggage-friendly set includes the award-winning Organic Facial Oil (10ml), Organic Lip Balm (5ml), Green Clay Cleansing Balm (15ml) and Organic Muslin Facial Cloth. With only the finest all-natural and certified-organic, plant based ingredients, this is the perfect gift for the eco-conscious traveller in the family or your jet setting friend!
SHOP NOW | Online: | https://bysarahlondon.com | Instagram: | @bysarahlondon |
Nikki Strange started her brand after a late evening of painting in her bedroom, when she got an impulse to set-up an Etsy shop, listing a few of her designs. To her disbelief, the range sold out within the week and saw the start of something rather special that would grow into an internationally sold accessories label.
All her stationery & accessories are made in the UK, using a range of independent & trusted manufacturers. She also uses recycled paper and vegetable inks in the making of as many of her products as possible and most are packaged in biodegradable cellophane film, made from vegetable starch or recycled tissue paper.
This waterproof bag is from a new range of travel pouches / cosmetic bags and is really useful for storing your makeup, or carrying accessories & pens. The illustrated design is is inspired by celestial skies, featuring a sky scape of scattered stars and rose gold moons.
SHOP NOW | Online: | https://nikkistrange.co.uk | Instagram: | @nikkistrangedesign |
Sami handbags are designed in London, and handwoven in the Philippines where the brand works with an initiative that empowers artisans.
All of the artisans receive fair wages, a safe environment from which to work and access to workshops to aid their independence in both their careers and personal lives. Sami bags are made from 100% vegan textiles that are found as offcuts in fashion houses, meaning more love and fewer landfills.
This eco-luxe oversized clutch has been handmade in the Philippines using sustainable vegan textiles. It's also available in green and navy blue.
SHOP NOW | Online: | https://ethicalstoriesethicalme.com | Instagram: | @samiforesem |
Here at Lawrenson, we are passionate about the environment as well as the quality and sustainability of our pieces. Our fierce slogan T-shirts are ethically produced using Organic and recycled fabrics. We ensures that respectful choices are made when it comes to sourcing and garment production, always keeping the environment and garment industry workers in mind.
Dissatisfied by the culture in which women are often largely celebrated and judged by appearance alone, Lawrenson is determined to stimulate conversation, provoke a change in perspectives, and above all, encourage women and girls to be who they are meant to be and fulfil their potential.
Our bold slogan T-shirts communicate the brand ethos, with the desire to empower and inspire through cheeky, feisty quotes, in brazen metallics and conspicuous prints. Each design has been created with a unique concept in mind, which can be explored in more detail on its product page on the brand website.
This printed statement slogan vest in metallic pink foil print is made from 50% Organic Cotton, and 50% Tencel, a sustainable plant fibre. It has been manufactured solely using renewable green energy from wind and solar power.
It's not hard to see that we're surrounded by a lot of negativity in this world. From the blatant, horrific, inhumane activity we see across the globe, to the day-to-day little dramas and struggles in life, it can so often all seem a bit hopeless. This slogan print vest is a bold statement. And we've chosen to print it in bold colours to really help get the message home. Love. Always. Wins.
SHOP NOW | Online: | https://www.lawrenson.co | Instagram: | @Lawrensonuk |
In our biggest ever competition, we've collaborated with the incredible brands in our Gift Guide to give you the chance to enter to WIN the Gift Guide. That's a grand prize worth over £350.
You can win:
1 x Sweet Beginnings Candle by M&J London - £35
1 x Guddi Bracelet by Tribe of Lambs - £22
1 x Asha Sunglasses by Papa - £70
1 x Dry Shampoo by KiteNest - £10
1 x Arctic White Bottle by Jerry - £20
1 x Set of 5 Soaps by Nuddy - £21
1 x Happiness Towel by Kin & Kloth - £38
1 x Bellevue Wrap by Raw Copenhagen - £75
1 x Pair of Knitted Socks by Lowie - £24
1 x Biodegradable Glitter Pot in "Meteor" by Fairy Pants - £6
1 x Stardust Waterproof Cosmetics Bag by Nikki Strange - £25
1 x Love Always Wins Vest (Metallic Pink) by Lawrenson - £30
How to Enter:
To be in with a chance of winning over £350 worth of gifts just follow the following steps:
T&Cs: The competition will run from 15th November to 14th December 2018. One winner will be chosen at random to win all of the prizes listed above. The prize cannot be exchanged for cash. The winner will be chosen and notified after the 15th December 2018. Open to entrants based in the United Kingdom only.