The Sustainable Business Gift Guide – Blogmas Day 3

Another gift guide for you all! This time, I’m focussing on sustainable businesses.

I’ve always been a huge fan of nature documentaries, and seeing the effect unsustainable businesses can have on the environment is hugely troubling. As I did with the last blog post, I have been compiling a list on Instagram of businesses that are environmentally friendly. We should really be more cautious of where our products come from and how they are made, and this post will inspire you to shop sustainable. Happy shopping! x

Smart Skin

I have been followed Niomi Smart for a while now (who remembers the 2012 British Vlogger Squad era?) and so I was really curious to see what this new skincare line was like, considering how much of an advocate she is for sustainable living. She was really my introduction into sustainable living, as she would show this on most of the vlogs of hers that I watched. In her introductory video to Smart Skin, she went through a really detailed and interesting explanation of how she curated her products. I’m personally really set on what skincare I use, but this is the first time I actually considered using something different.

If you know a friend that’s a skincare lover, this would be a great brand to get them into sustainable products: they’re all natural, all vegan and cruelty free. I know skincare can be a tricky gift, so if you don’t know what would work best for them, you can opt for their organic bamboo washcloths or their miracle meta mask. Shop here.

Effortlessly Eco

After starting their sustainability journey after receiving a sustainable gift at Christmas, it seems only right to include their business in a Christmas gift guide! This website is the perfect source for those looking to make sustainable life swaps: from bathroom items, to self care, to household items, to food and drinks, there’s something for everyone. Everything is 100% vegan as well as certain products being biodegradable, compostable and plastic-free (all marked with icons). They also have a couple of Christmas gift hampers, stocking fillers and a section for gifts £25 and under. Definitely worth a look. Shop here.

The Adepa Brand

I saw this brand on another blogger’s Instagram stories and had to check it out. This is a black-owned business (we love to see it!) using shea butter to manage damaged hair and heal and moisturise skin. They are all natural, cruelty-free, unrefined and vegan! This would be a great swap for those looking for natural skincare at an affordable price (would make a great stocking filler or part of a hamper too!). Shop here.

Veja

I personally love the style of Veja’s trainers – they’re so easy to wear and so soft. Looking into the company in more detail, I actually learnt just how sustainable this company is. For starters, the cotton they use is produced by farmers according to fair trade principles. All rubber bought is Amazonian rubber, bought directly from harvesters so that surrounding homes are protected. Workers are paid over the Brazilian minimum wage (their factory is in Brazil) and all have normal living conditions. All materials are vegan and they also use a variety of upcycled material, such as plastic bottles, recycled cotton and recycled polyester. They also have zero advertising to make sure everything they use is fair trade and ecological. They’re a little more on the expensive side, but a perfect present for a family member or close friend. Shop here.

Made Trade

Similar to Effortlessly Eco, this website has a range of brands all compiled onto one website. Not only are the items they sell super stylish, but they’re also super sustainable! They have everything from homeware to clothing, so again, something for everyone. What I love about this website is how they’ve categorised their items: they’ve got categories ranging from fair trade, to heritage, to POC owned, to vegan, to sustainable, to women-owned. Check them out here.

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