Wishing you a guilt-free Christmas.Dec 25, 2018
Christmas is a festival that the people of India look forward to. Religious beliefs aside, many people in the country follow the festivities of Christmas and sign off the year in style. One of the most important aspects of Christmas celebrations is the gifting. People give gifts for the festival and look forward to receiving gifts as well. Year on year, the search for meaningful and fun gifts continue and gets more difficult as there are more choices and equally more clichés.
Amidst all the festivities, it does not usually strike our minds whether the gifts that we give are sustainable and clean in terms of being environment-friendly or healthy. Since it is an occasion that comes up once a year, we usually think that it is ok to buy gifts to our heart’s content without worrying about where the gifts will end up by next Christmas.
However, buying pretty or meaningful gifts and buying environmental-friendly gifts need not be mutually exclusive. It is just about putting that little bit of extra thought when you buy gifts.
Let us take a look at some such sustainable gifting options for this Christmas.
Take a look at ethical, handmade, Indian clothing brands for gifting options. Brands like Okhai, Brasstacks, Upasana, etc source fabric from authentic weavers and create amazing clothing that will make for lovely gifts. There are many brands that upcycle clothing such as House of Wandering Silk as well. Check out for these on the internet.
Who doesn’t love a good pair of shoes or a smart pair of sandals? However, more often than not a lot of non-degradable material is used in footwear and many times animal cruelty takes place when materials such as leather are involved. To avoid all this, you can choose from brands that give you more ethical options. Paaduks is one such brand that makes footwear out of used tyres and therefore helps to recycle the non-biodegradable material while also creating responsible products. Veg Shoes is another brand that specialises in vegetarian footwear without involving animal cruelty. You can search on similar lines to find your favourite brand.
Cosmetics & skincare
Cosmetics and skincare products are what affect us more than clothes or shoes. The harsh chemicals present in these products harm not just the environment but also take a toll on our health when we use them. Fortunately, there are brands in the Indian market that offer good cosmetics and skincare products without harmful chemicals. You can try brands like Soultree or Ruby’s Organics for certified safe products such as lipsticks, eye makeup, skincare creams and lotions, etc.
Sweets and chocolates are staple gifts for Christmas and they never get old. This is not a surprise considering that everyone from children to aged people have a soft corner for sweet treats. To choose brands that consciously make good-quality chocolate with less impact on the environment and from clean sources, you need to do some research online. Brands like Vegalyfe offer chocolates among other food items while Mason & Co has a solid ethical code for their workers and sources local ingredients for their unique chocolate bars. You can also check out The Eco Trunk website for a host of environment-friendly products. So, list down what look interesting and take your pick!