Last week, the Ethical Trading Initiative
was calling for the government to spend more on ethical products
Christmas has the dual attribute of being a time when people spend more money than usual, and it is also meant to be a time when you think about others. Tomorrow is expected to be the biggest shopping day ever in the UK
. And, with that in mind, there are plenty of opportunities to bring your own purchasing power to bear with some sustainable present choices.
Aside from increasingly commonplace gifts such as buying a goat for a family
or adopting an animal at the zoo
, there are even ethical choices for the most rudimentary of festive items.
You can adorn your home with fair trade decorations made in the Philippines and Peru
, or cover your presents with fair trade wrapping paper
How about tucking into a fair trade Christmas pudding
that contains sugar from Malawi, or a fair trade Christmas cake
with raisins and sultanas from South Africa, on the day itself?
And, of course, there is the option of a sustainably sourced Christmas tree
to light up the living room.
With the appetite for a white Christmas diminishing rapidly given the current transport problems, perhaps this could be the year of the green Christmas?