Whilst on our business journey we have the pleasure of meeting so many amazing businesses which not only are producing beautiful, quality products but are also providing ideal gifts that give back to the environment in some way. With so much crisis going on in the world, mainly due to the effect of global warming and climate change, it is even more important than ever that we take some responsibility to help give back to the world, protecting it for now and for future generations. This can start with our own individual knowledge and buying choices.
We have recently announced our partnership with the Sumatran Orangutan Society and launched a unisex, organic, cotton orangutan design sweatshirt, available in both kids and adult sizes. We donate £4 from every sale of the orangutan sweatshirts to SOS which goes towards helping protect orangutans and their forests in Sumatra. Sadly the orangutan is now a critically endangered species mainly due to the deforestation from the demand of unsustainable palm oil found in everyday food and cosmetic products.
We have handpicked a few brands that we think would make great Christmas gift ideas. They are doing great work and are as passionate about protecting animals and wildlife as we are. Raising awareness, educating others and donating money to charities who are so dedicated towards helping wild animals and protecting their environment.
Without animals and wildlife this would have a profound effect on our human existence as they play such an important part of our whole eco system.
Great gifts that give back and help wildlife
Critically Endangered Socks is a sock company that helps protect some of the world’s most critically endangered animals. The soft and luxurious socks are made from a blend of sustainably sourced, Oeko-Tex certified bamboo and cotton. Each pair is named after and draws inspiration from one of five critically endangered animals, with 20% of sales going towards a different hand-picked animal charity, making receiving socks for Christmas at last far more interesting.
The socks are packaged in a recycled cardboard box which includes a simple fact sheet informing customers about the critically endangered animal charity they are supporting with each purchase. Every sock also features an embroidered icon of the animal they protect, serving as a true badge of honor for the wearer.
We met founder Dom Desmond at an #EthicalHour fashion event at the Museum of Brands in London. Dom previously lived and worked with critically endangered orangutans in Borneo and he witnessed the devastation of lush green rainforests when he returned a decade later.
These socks save species.
Shop the socks – www.criticallyendangeredsocks.com
ELEPHAS® is the first beauty brand to directly impact the conservation of an endangered species. Shea trees give us one of the key ingredients in luxurious skincare but also provide vital habitat for herds of wild elephant. So it doesn’t make sense to let this rich, natural resource disappear. The women of Burkina Faso in West Africa harvest and process their Shea by hand, allowing it to keep all its extraordinary skin replenishing benefits. So by choosing their luxurious skincare products you help to provide these strong and capable women with a sustainable livelihood and enable them to become our key allies in protecting the Shea Tree forests upon which wild elephants depend.
Certified Cruelty-free and Vegan, packaged
without plastic, ELEPHAS® is the kindest thing you could give to your skin and the planet this Christmas.
Louise Potts, the UK ELEPHAS® Ambassador, has experience of Eco Beauty brands coupled with a passion for elephant advocacy. Louise was the founder of Naked, the UK’s first chemical-free, affordable, beauty brand launched in 2004.
Successfully challenging the use of many harmful ingredients in body care products, Naked became the first brand to use recycled, sustainable packaging for the UK mass market. Her company contributed profits to the Rainforest Foundation and spoke out against irresponsible use of Palm Oil. She believes ELEPHAS® is enabling a turning point in consumerism – “the more you buy, the more positive your impact on the planet, its people and its iconic wildlife”.
Shop Elephas – www.elephas.fr/en
Hedgehogs Don’t Live in the City! is the much-awaited second tittle from fresh new publishing duo Doodles and Scribbles, Lucy Reynolds and Jenna Herman. This charming picture book invites little explorers to enter a tumbling leafy cityscape in search of one rare and distinctive animal…..
Perfect for young readers aged 2-6, the book features delightful rhyming verse and hand-drawn illustrations. Packed with enchanting detail to encourage hide-and-seek exploration, it inspires a love of the natural world through its charming narrative tale and gentle emphasis on leaf, seed and insect identification, whilst also providing ideas for how to help our endangered prickly friends.
The book is about appreciating nature all around us and has a specific focus on conservation. Teaching children about the importance of these incredibly precious creatures, and also communicates how to help our British Hedgehogs during the upcoming winter months!
The book was produced with input from the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, and support from their patron Ben Fogle who says ” Hedgehogs are precious and rare – this book celebrates the wonder of nature, and what we can all do together to preserve this incredible species.” Hedgehogs don’t live in the city! is available at bookstores nationwide including Waterstones, and 10% of proceeds of the book purchased directly from their website until Christmas will go to the amazing BHPS charity.
Shop Doodles & Scribbles books – www.doodlesandscribbles.co.uk
Ellie Jackson is the founder of Wild Tribe Heroes and writes children’s books teaching primary and preschool children about the problems of ocean plastic and how they can help. Each book is based on a true story and explains the issue using beautiful illustrations, a gentle story and importantly a happy ending! Included in the book are ideas and activities to inspire children to take action in their homes, their schools and wider communities. They are perfect as a story to read at home, for children to read by themselves or as a fantastic teaching resource in schools.
The books include Duffy’s (a sea turtle) Lucky Escape and Marli’s (a puffin) Tangled Tale plus the latest book in the series, Nelson’s Dangerous Dive, launching on 22nd November 2018 and follows a true story of a humpback whale who encounters ghost fishing nets, needing a little help from divers along the way. Further books are planned for January 2019 focusing on other global environmental issues such as the plight of the orangutan’s in their battle for survival in the face of palm oil plantations.
The books are stocked by some of the UK’s major charities and 100% of the profits from each book sold goes directly to support each charity. Shop Wild Tribe Heroes books – www.wildtribeheroes.com