9 ethical gifts for Valentine's Day
Give a gift that's been borne our of love this Valentine's Day, with our selection of ethical pressies for the most important person in your life (we won't tell them if you also treat yourself).
Fri 27 Jan 2017
Fairtrade chocolate legends Divine have rustled up something special this year - two pairs of milk and dark chocolate caramel Belgian hearts (guaranteed to melt ours at least). The caramel is palm oil free and the chocolate is grown in Ghana by Kuapa Kokoo, a co-op of 85,000 growers who co-own the brand. Delicious, on every level.
This manly looking washbag from Elvis and Kresse used to work a lot harder than having to look after your razor. Made from decommissioned British firehoses, it’s robust, water resistant and looks pretty swish. 50% of the profits go to a range of charities including the Fire Fighters Charity.
Give the gift of growing with a subscription to the monthly Grow Club Discovery Box from Seed Pantry. Aimed at wannabe gardeners who don’t have much space, the club is designed to help you flex your green fingers each month and you can choose between growing food, flowers and herbs. Choose from three, six or 12 months and kickstart a new passion.
What says love more than heart shaped cheese? Over at organic online store Yumbles you can order two hearts (one cheddar, one Brie) from Godminster. The milk comes fresh from down the road, the cheeses are organic - and they come in a cute box. But will you want to share them?
While they might not be local to where you are, Roses Only are grown in Fairtrade farms and cultivated as long-stem flowers. They’re deemed by many to be the ‘Tiffany of flowers’ and come with a fully recyclable box. If you’re after a romantic flourish, these babies make a fab first impression.
Who needs actual gifts? Spend more time together on a workshop. The Mindful Kitchen have put together the Valentine’s Aphrodisiac Workshop. Combining cooking with mindfulness these small but cool workshops could crank up your cuisine (at the very least). It focuses on red wine, cinnamon, chocolate and ginger.
Sat 11 Feb, Ace Hotel London
Get physical with massage oil from luxury organic guys Mauli. The plant and herb packed Dosha Balancing oil (suitable for anyone) looks to restore the vitality of your skin and regular massage is good for the soul as well the body - we'd not say no.
Believe in this
This Tribe of Lambs ring is a beauty. Wear your heart on your hand this year - this silver stunner is unisex and comes in a range of sizes. The non-profit jewellery brand funnel its profits into projects in India that help HIV positive children. With six projects already funded they're on a roll.
The latest from the all organic Fair range, this superfood suped-up liqueur is made in the Cognac region of France with Fairtrade sugar and adds a fruity, zingy boost to any bubbly you might be popping. While it might taste like blackberries or raspberries, it’s not sickly sweet.