I’m dreaming of a green Christmas…

22 December 2010
PauL Snell, senior features writer at Supply Management, the purchasing and supply magazineLast 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?
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