As an ethical consumer, it can be very hard at this time of year. Subjected to all kinds of adverts and the temptation to spend mindlessly. Christmas wish lists may be a minefield of gifts you’d rather not buy, because you know the conditions under which they were made, or the materials that they are made of.
And it’s not just presents – Christmas itself can create lots of waste and opportunities to be environmentally friendly can often slip us by, or get forgotten.
So, this year, I’m doing something which I hope you will enjoy. It’s going to be fun and special. I’ll be publishing a short, concise post every day in December, right up until Christmas, like an advent calendar. A guide to ethical gifts and companies, as well as tips on making Christmas less wasteful.
I really hope you enjoy it and I’d like to start by showing off the advent calendars we’ll be opening in our household this year…
Hotel Chocolat – Dark Chocolate Advent Calendar (Vegan)
At first glance, many people are unaware that Hotel Chocolat are actually a good company for the ethical chocoholic. They actually have their own ‘fairly traded’ programme called Engaged Ethics, which was set up to create sustainable cocoa growing communities. Rather than simply providing the funds, Hotel Chocolat are more directly involved with the farmers, providing technical assistance, direct payment and empowerment to farmers.
You can read more about the Engaged Ethics initiative on the Hotel Chocolat website.
As a tea addict, I just can’t resist the draw of a tea advent calendar, so myself and hubby share the chocolate one, and then have a cup of tea with each tea bag every evening. It’s a nice tradition that we’ve established as our own.
English Tea Shop work only with organic and Fairtrade farmers, blenders and producers from all over the world, and their range of teas are rather special.
I can’t wait to get started on my ethical advent posts, so I’ll see you back here on the 1st December. Please follow me to get notifications when each virtual window is opened!
Please do interact with me and let me know what you think of my ethical advent and if you’d like me to feature your favourite brands.
Thanks for reading!