December LUST LIST: 25 planet-friendly, wallet-worthy buys
It might be the month for giving not receiving but we've got an almighty 25 amazing reasons to splash out a little more ethically this month - on yourself, on someone else, there's no judgement here.
Mon 3 Dec 2018
From vegan friendly biscuits and Prosecco to gorgeous ethical fashion, artisan homewares and a few Christmas essentials - here are our favourite 25 sustainable, ethical, eco and just plain fabulous things for December.
December LUST LIST: 25 reasons to shop
Chocolate, Eat Your Hat
Eat Your Hat cooks up incomparably delicious things from ethical ingredients that make people and the earth happier. Every bite is fairer than fair, sustainably grown, organic, and transforms lives around the planet. The Fairtrade cocoa beans are turned into melting thin tablets of chocolate bliss in the UK. We'd be happy with one of these in our Christmas stocking - just sayin'.
Latte range, Pukka Herbs
We can't be the only ones lusting after soothing drinks that warm your hands and your heart? Pukka's new Herbal Latte range have become fast favourites in our office, each of the four packed full of herbs powders can be made with any milk - plant or dairy. We love the Cacao Maca Magic Organic Latte, a hot chocolate that's not too sweet. Each pouch is also plastic free and biodegradable.
Click here to read our interview with Pukka's co-founder Seb Pole.
Mittens, House of Juniper
Brr, you can feel the air's got colder as we head into the last few weeks of 2018. Still not sorted yourself out any gloves? We suggest these fingerless mittens at House of Juniper? One of our go-to stores for sustainable accessories, House of Juniper sells these hand-warmers which are made by a fair trade factory in Nepal. There is also an extra black fleece lining to keep you snug, using natural sheep's wool.
Chocolate bars, Food at Heart
Do you need to add a touch of calm to the busy Christmas period? Chocolatier and mindfulness expert Food At Heart has a solution – and it involves chocolate. She creates delicious chocolate bars designed to help you slow down and take a breath. Now’s the time to pick up its special limited edition trio of Slow Tasting Chocolate Bars filled with Christmas-inspired flavours.
Plastic free gifts, No Plastic Shop
Did you know 54% of gifts are returned before New Year’s? What a waste. Avoid generating unnecessary waste by choosing plastic-free gifts for your loved ones this Christmas they won't want to return. No Plastic Shop has a range of gifts available in minimal zero-waste packaging, from pampering bathroom sets to stocking fillers. Plus we've got 15% off everything in store. Just use the code PEBBLE.
Guys need easy ethical fashion choices just as much as women - and JustWears makes buying better boxers super simple. These pants are made sustainably from Austrian beech tree fibres, which is three times softer than cotton and has anti-sweat and anti-odour properties. And they're produced in a non-toxic and renewable process. Sold. Box them up.
Vegan shoes, Veerah
Say hello to vegan friendly, va va voom heels from Veerah. This sustainable shoe brand has a unique add on system where you can buy accessories from ankle straps to tassels to turn one pair of heels into new look shoes without having to buy yet more. Buy less, make it work harder and look killer. Er yes please…
Earrings, Yours Sustainably
Whether it's a Christmas present or a self present, these gorgeous brass Fairtrade Art Deco earrings from Yours Sustainably will make anyone smile. Hand-cut and polished by artisans in Peru, the geometric shapes suit every outfit and add a touch of timeless class to even a plain sweater.
Napkins, Chalk & Moss
Sick of Santa? We're loving Chalk & Moss' wintery napkins featuring pretty British flora. Each set of four can come in a range of colours from festive red to autumnal orange and they've been hand screen printed on untreated premium cotton. Looking for pretty presents or want to push the boat out this Christmas? Take a look.
T-shirt, Organic Basics
It might not be summer weather any more but everyone needs a good white T-shirt to layer underneath shirts and sweaters this winter. Good organic basics are ethical wardrobe staples and Organic Basics take the time to do simple things well. Like this white T, which is super soft and long lasting.
Shirt, Shirt Story
Embrace the slide into Christmas with this gorgeous handmade shirt from Shirt Story, who combine traditional Indian textile skills and ethically made khadi material with a bright palette and paired down design. We're loving their statement shirts for the winter and the long cut suits every shape. Forget the shirt for each season, this beauty will last a lifetime. Available at the V&A shop.
Wine, When In Rome
Box wine has come a long way in the last few years to actually offering a decent, and more eco-friendly alternative, to heavy glass bottles. When In Rome brings a sippable taste of Sicily to the UK this winter with the Grillo - a dry, crisp white that's rather drinkable. Available from Waitrose and independent sellers.
Biscuits, Rhythm 108
Organic bedding, Sleep Organic
Soothe yourself into 2019 with a refresh in the bedroom department - we're talking super soft organic linen. Sleep Organic have beautifully embroidered duvet and pillow natural coloured sateen sets with wooden buttons. Think 300 thread count and certified Fairtrade and organic cotton, they're just the thing for weary limbs and stressed minds.
Advent calendar, Divine Chocolate
You're never too old for an advent calendar in our world. Divine Chocolate's 70% Dark Chocolate one looks stunning, is packed full of Fairtrade facts behind each door and there's a different chocolate animal to enjoy each day. Each one sold makes a donation to the Woodland Trust and Divine is the only 100% Fairtrade chocolate company owned by cocoa farmers.
End 2018 on a high note with a gift box of Prosecco delivered to your (ahem, your friend's) door. Yep,Princess Prosecco will send a one off or monthly box of organic, vegan bubbles plus a miniature, recipe cards, snacks and a pampering treat. Who doesn't want to come home to that? Cheers, is what we have to say!
Natural deodorant, Ben & Anna
There has been a deodorant revolution over the last couple of years but we're thrilled to see Ben & Anna join the vegan-friendly, all natural ingredient deodorant market. The colourful cardboard tubes hide a long-lasting, non sticky soda based deodorant that comes in scents like Norwegian Pine and Persian Lime. Arrowroot stops you sticking, while Bicarbonat keeps you pong free.
Vintage subscription box, Vintage Boxed
Love vintage but need a hand finding the good stuff? You need Vintage Boxed. A monthly subscription box, choose from Boho, Classic or 90s, tell them your size and they'll send a trio of beautiful vintage clothes and accessories to you every month. Or treat yourself or a mate with a one off box. This is how you do preloved and proud.
Click here for our guide to shopping for vintage like a pro.
Christmas cards, Le Jardin Perdu
Want to send Christmas cards but don't want to create waste? We're loving Le Jardin Perdu's range of plantable Christmas cards. Yup, once you're done you can pop each one in the ground and wait for it to flower. Each recycled paper card is studded with non-GMO seeds like Rudbeckia hirta, Toadflax, Campion and Sweet Alyssum. No waste, more flowers and everything is made in the UK. We feel Santa would approve.
It's the time of year where candles come into their own, and we're suckers here at pebble for a good one. Peregrine make hand-poured soy wax candles and their Spiced Orange one instantly conjures up December's heady mix of mulled wine and festive cheer. Each one is handmade in London and has 30 hours burn time.
Planters, Made + Good
Pep up your home this winter with these beautiful woven planters from ethical homewares store, Made + Good. 100% unbleached cotton rope can be made into three different sizes, in six colours so you can use them for plants, storage or just decorations. Each one is made to order and contributes to the store's charity initiatives, you can choose which one you want to support when you purchase.
Throws, Zestt Organics
Is there a better feeling than on the sofa under a throw with nowhere else to be? Zestt Organics have made us swoon for their seriously sumptuous muted greys and cream throws made of knitted organic cotton. They're heavy and soft, dreamy but don't harm the planet. Sourced and made ethically, these are just the thing for a sense of calm no matter how manic your home.
One of our favourite homewares stores, Aerende, has partnered with charity Freedom Acts to create this beautiful zipped soft clutch bag, where every stage of the production process has been traced, the materials proved sustainable and then put together in London by women who have previously been trafficked or sought asylum. It also comes in a stunning mustard shade, with 100 available in total.
Men's sweater, Ivywake
Ethical fashion ain't just for women. Men, we need you to be more vocal about who you're wearing, loving, buying or what you need. We're loving Ivywake for it's timeless styled proper jumpers. They're British, they're sustainable, they support health clinics in Africa and their lambswool sweater will see you through many, many winters.
Cleanser, Botanicals Nourish Cleanse Melt
Give your face a treat this autumn with Botanicals Nourish Cleanse Melt. It's a powerhouse pot of organic ingredients that are proven to restore some balance to your skin. The oil based cleanse dissolves make-up and helps remove impurities with green tea extract, rose oil and lavender. It comes in lovely recyclable glass jar so no plastic here.