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From vegan hampers to plastic free essentials, organic coffee and sustainable spa treatments, the pebble team present the best eco-friendly gifts to give this Christmas.

Francesca Brooking

Thu 21 Oct 2021

This article is sponsored by Bruichladdich

Bruichladdich is the first Scotch whisky distillery to be B Corp certified in recognition of it using business as a force for good.

This Christmas, it’s never been more important to think about the environmental impact of your gifts.

Finding the perfect present is one thing, but what if it’s single use, made from non-recyclable materials or through unethical means?

Luckily, eco-friendly Christmas gifts make it easy to treat that special someone without the ethical and environmental implications.

Christmas presents on brown paper with fir and candy canes

Better still, these gifts add a more personal touch too which even the hardest person to buy for will love.

So, put down those generic mass produced gift sets nobody wants and say hello to these ethical Christmas gifts that are kind to the planet too!

At pebble, all of our products are independently recommended by our editors. If you buy something, we may earn an affiliate commission which goes to help running our publication.

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The pebble Eco-Friendly Christmas Gift Guide 2021

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Bruichladdich Octomore 12 Series

For an ethical Christmas gift that imbues flavour, transparency and a sense of place, you can’t go wrong with a bottle of Bruichladdich's Octomore 12 - a limited edition trio of super peated Scottish whiskey, which is bottled after five years.

Bruichladdich's sustainable whisky was created in the first Scotch distillery to be B Corp certified so you know it puts people and planet first over profit.

The limited edition Octomore range annually causes conversation through its unique distilling and the way each year's climate pattern changes the notes of this serious whisky.

This year’s trio includes 12.2 which is finished for 18 months in Sauternes casks adding notes of melon, white peach and honeysuckle.

Treat your loved one to something seriously special.

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three bottles of whiskey on a table by a barrel

Bruichladdich is the first Scotch distllery to be B Corp certified

GoEthical App, Free Download

Ok Christmas shoppers, this gift is from us to you.

Do you get tired of hectic Christmas shopping? Hate the last-minute dash to the shops when everyone’s trying to do the same?

Well, put your feet up because GoEthical has an alternative for you!

This free downloadable marketplace app has done the hard work for you by bringing you a wealth of ethical lifestyle and marketplace products you can browse from your phone.

Peruse small sustainable businesses and well-known ethical brands to find unique, personal presents from gorgeous jewellery to fragrant candles made by skilled artisans for the ones you love.

You can find quality preloved items too. All with confidence in their eco-credentials and without needing to queue.

Download the app on IOS or Android today and start shopping for ethical products with confidence.

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Make Christmas shopping a breeze with GoEthical

WODEN Magda Rubber Track Boot, €99.95

Fancy stylish, durable footwear that leaves a sustainable footprint behind this Christmas? If so, WODEN’s Magda Rubber Track Boot is the perfect shoe for you.

The new waterproof boot is made from natural, recycled and conventionally produced rubber and dual-density PU insole covered with breathable cork.

These shoes are designed to be worn all day long and last, prioritising functionality, the perfect fit and experienced craftsmanship. It takes the approach of ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ implementing a greener footprint.

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woman bending over touching her Woden boots

Waterproof boots are the perfect gift for nature lovers

Mejuri Quartz Necklace, £100

Mejuri’s Quartz Necklace is an ideal gift for someone special, yourself included. It’s a delicate-looking piece of jewellery that can be worn by itself or layered.

Don’t be fooled by its dainty appearance. The chain is made from vermeil, a thick layer of 18k solid gold on sterling silver. This means it’s made to be worn all day, every day come rain or shine, shower, sweat and sleep without a tarnish in sight.

The necklace is studded with Champagne quartz to add a touch of sparkle to any outfit.

In fact, all of Mejuri’s materials are ethically sourced. 40% of gold pieces are made with certified recycled gold and the brand has committed to ensuring that 100% of it is fully traceable.

Mejuri has also established the Mejuri Empowerment Fund in support of under-represented women and non-binary people.

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quartz necklace on a gold chain

Mejuri's jewellery is designed to be worn all day every day

Blue Goose Coffee, from £5.50

Looking for another treat for coffee lovers this Christmas?

Blue Goose Coffee can help. Whether they’re a Nespresso® nut, a cafetiere connoisseur or prefer to grind their own beans, treat them to barista-quality coffees delivered in entirely plastic-free and compostable packaging.

Blue Goose’s multi-award-winning coffee comes as whole bean or ground in compostable pouches. Alternatively, go for plastic free Nespresso eco coffee pod bundles.

There's an added feel-good factor too as the brand pays their growers a premium and supports water, wildlife & carbon-offsetting projects.

Giving consciously at Christmas never tasted so good!

Use code PEBBLE10 to get 10% off Blue Goose Coffee.

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Blue Goose’s multi-award-winning coffee comes as whole bean or ground in compostable pouches

Jenerous Organic Cotton Transformation Maxi Dress, £90

The clue might be in the name, but Jenerous really does live up to its values.

It is a social enterprise that supports communities in India through its production techniques and sales of its affordable and ethical clothing for women and girls.

The Organic Cotton Transformation Maxi Dress is an elegant Christmas present in time for New Year’s Eve celebrations and beyond.

This sustainable floral dress has been hand block printed by artisans in India using eco-friendly dyes in Fair Trade factories.

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woman in a blue dress against a yellow flower wall

Elegant and ethical Christmas dress anyone?

Elephant Box, £31.00

Sick of seeing or using old plastic containers for lunch? Well, this season you can change that by getting yourself or gifting someone you know who loves their packed lunches an Elephant lunchbox.

These lunchboxes are ethically made with premium food-grade stainless steel for a look that's stylish, versatile, easy to clean and sturdy. No need to worry about spills either. All packaging is plastic free too.

Elephant Box are also members of 1% for the Planet and Surfers Against Sewage 250 Club. Every purchase made is also a gift to the planet.

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Say goodbye to plastic lunchboxes with Elephant Box

Handmade Stories Casual Jumpsuit, £75

Brighten up the winter evenings with this Casual Jumpsuit by Handmade Stories.

This cheerful Christmas present is ideal for travelling in with its relaxed elegant style inspired by the rich South American culture.

South America is a theme in all of Handmade Stories pieces.

The brand makes beautiful, creative clothing and accessories for women by working alongside artisans, men in jail and indigenous women in Peru to support the upkeep of their traditions and provide them with fair incomes.

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woman in jumpsuit next to a Mexican woman in traditional dress

South America is a theme in all of Handmade Stories pieces

Elvis & Kresse Wash Bag, £70

Make gift shopping easy this year with an ethical Elvis & Kresse Wash Bag. Made from a decommissioned British firehose, it's the perfect, sustainable present for someone special.

This wash bag is tough enough to keep your toiletries safe from knocks on the inside. It's completely vegan and has a waterproof exterior which is easy to clean.

What’s more, it's not done saving lives yet. 50% of the profits from your purchase is donated to the Fire Fighters Charity, meaning its hero status lives on.

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recycled fire hose red wash bag

50% of the profits from Elvis & Kresse are donated to the Fire Fighters Charity

eTHikel Vorrei Luxury Vegan Hamper, £215

Nothing says Christmas like delicious food and drink. This plant based Vorrei Italian festive hamper invites foodies and vegans to get creative in the kitchen and rustle up some tasty meals. They score health points too!

Packed full of luxury vegan ingredients and a few bottles of vegan wine, this hamper gives lucky recipients a taste of Italy and aligns with their ethical standards... Who could say no to that?

All that needs to be done is a little (easy) festive kitchen magic. So, dust off those aprons and get stuck in.

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A hamper of vegan Italian food

Treat you taste buds to an Italian vegan feast this Christmas

KEEN Howser III Slide, £54.99

Everyone secretly loves a slipper for Christmas - particularly if it’s snug and sustainable. That’s why we think you can’t go wrong with KEEN’s Howser III Slide for both men and women.

Available in a range of colours, the Howser features a quick-cinch bungee closure for a more secure fit and a cosy fleece lining to keep feet snug.

Unlike other slippers, these slides have a sturdy sole with a high-traction rubber Eco Anti Odour outsole made for the outside.

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people's feet all together in keen slipper shoes

Snug and sustainable slippers? We love them!

Clean Living Complete Cleaning Kit, £43.99

We all know that Christmas can be a messy time. That's why this eco-friendly cleaning kit from Clean Living is the perfect gift, not only for bossing those festive cleaning needs but for New Year resolutions too.

The kit comes with a range of sustainable accessories to get started. Plus it features a range of the brand’s most popular biological cleaning products that are non-toxic for pets, humans and aquatic life.

All products can be refilled on a flexible subscription basis and have a low carbon footprint as they get shipped in lightweight concentrate to your home.

And the best bit? The kit comes in a sturdy carry caddy for extra convenience. It's the perfect gift for eco-friendly people who want to be more green around the house.

View on Clean Living

woman cleaning in her kitchen with box of refillable cleaning supplies

Clean Living's cleaning products can be refilled on a subscription model

KinKind Warm & Spicy! 6 Bar Beauty Gift Set, £33

Want eco-friendly plastic-free gifts which are also vegan? Kinkind has got you covered.

Its award-winning vegan beauty collections are perfect for loved ones who want to change up their haircare and pamper routines.

The new Warm & Spicy collection is the perfect gift this Christmas, featuring shampoo and conditioner bars with juniper and henna extracts to give winter hair some extra festive shine.

The Start My Day! Body wash bars are also packed with spicy freshness thanks to the Lime and Black Pepper extracts - great for a rejuvenating kick after the Christmas chaos!

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hard bar shampoo soap bars on white background

Give the gift of plastic free shampoo this Christmas

SAUTHS Linen Apron, €35.99

Linen is always a sustainable fashion staple no matter what the season but we're loving these long lasting lightweight linen aprons from SAUTHS.

The linen is made from 100% European flax for a relaxed, minimal look and feel.

Even better they're crafted consciously with a zero-waste mindset.

Each one is made in a European-based family-owned production facility so you can rest assured your eco-friendly cooking endeavours starts with the apron.

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man in coral linen apron

Keen cooks will love these eco-friendly linen aprons

Astris & Green Time To Glow Facial Gift Set, £33

Let’s hear it for Astris & Green again and their sustainable gifts for her. This Time Glow Facial Gift Set offers the perfect pampering session before a party or a quiet night in. New Year's Eve sorted, maybe?

It contains a complete set of products to freshen and cleanse skin, including salt & steam glow facial steam, Softly Softly face mask and a mini wooden scoop for salts.

Finish off this at-home spa treatment with Astris & Green's signature vegan soy wax candle blended with sweet orange, lavender, sandalwood and frankincense to help your loved one unwind and relax.

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Get an eco at-home spa treatment with Astris & Green

KULA BAGS Bridgewater Backpack, £38

Fancy carrying a lighter environmental footprint? KULA BAGS are the perfect fit for you and your loved ones this Christmas.

The Bridgewater Backpack is made from sustainable recycled materials that are vegan approved by PETA and Vegan Society.

KULA uses a durable, washable Texon Vogue which is both FSC and Oeko-Tex approved so you can wear it with confidence.

The backpack combines modern design with a traditional American Grocery bag (just much sturdier) and has multiple zipped pockets for convenience and organisation.

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2 women, one with a paper rucksack and ethical shoulder bag

A vegan friendly backpack is the perfect Christmas present

SlowCo, free to browse

Here’s another one for you and your Christmas shopping.

If you want to be enveloped in a community of independent designers and sustainable fashion brands, SlowCo is the place to go offering unique products and their own magazine to indulge yourself in.

Alongside its strong sustainability values, it also focuses on a gender inclusive approach to its collections through size and ability, offering an accessible way to shop with its Femme, Masc and All options to see their wide variety of brands and products.

Browse SlowCo

selection models stand in a basement in ethical clothes

Find ethical fashion inspiration for gift giving this Christmas

Project Cece, range of prices

On the hunt for sustainable Christmas gifts but don't know where to begin? Project Cece has you covered with the largest search engine for ethical and sustainable fashion in Europe.

It has more than 100, unique ethical fashion stores alongside over 200 Fair Trade brands giving you an enormous variety of over 25,000 sustainable products to choose from.

We love it for looking for ethical shirts for the men in your life - always a fantastic and long lasting Christmas gift option!

This ethical fashion platform has done all the hard work for you, taking a step closer to decreasing your environmental footprint this festive season and beyond.

Browse Project Cece

men in shirts against the wall

Spoil him this Christmas with an ethically made shirt

Green & Spring Ultimate Christmas Hamper, £175

Treat your loved one to not just one but a whole hamper of eco-friendly gifts this Christmas.

Beautifully presented in a monogrammed wicker basket, this Ultimate Christmas Hamper is packed with enough luxuries to pamper, replenish and restore the lucky receiver’s mind and body.

Inside, you’ll find home and body care products made with 100% botanicals inspired by the British countryside.

There’s everything from candles to bath oils, hand creams to body wash, all you need for vegan friendly beauty. Plus a hand-painted G&S glass tree decoration is included.

All bottles are made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic and all packaging is reusable and recyclable. In fact, the wicker basket is perfect for picnics later on in the year.

Green & Spring also has a range of gift sets to suit different budgets.

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Green & Spring whicker hamper with bottles

Treat your loved one to a hamper from Green & Spring

Onesta Alex Jogger, £85

Give anyone the gift of comfort this Christmas with Onesta’s Alex Jogger. This jogger is a soft, relaxed fit pant made from stretchy Tencel and organic cotton fleece with a brushed inner.

Ideal for after Christmas dinner or long and lazy weekends, this jogger is comfy as it is ethical like all of Onesta’s clothing.

The brand is passionate about people, animals and the environment creating ethical collections in the UK.

It uses innovative materials from Tencel to Organic Cotton within its products so you and the planet can feel great with no compromise.

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two women in fleece tracksuits sitting on a rug

Ethical and comfy this Christmas? You got it with Onesta

One Gin Gift Pack, £16

A sustainable tipple makes a warming Christmas present and you can’t go wrong with a gift set of award-winning gin from One Gin.

The pack contains mini bottles of their signature London Dry Gin with notes of English sage and juniper; their crisp, fragrant One Sage & Apple Gin; and their Limited Edition One Port Barrel Rested Gin. All bottles are 5cl and have an ABV of 43%.

And if that’s not enough, One Gin does more than create award-winning gins. It’s the first gin created to give back to humanitarian causes around the world.

It donates at least 10% of profits to fund life-changing, sustainable water programmes in the world’s poorest communities.

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three mini bottles of one gin in a green cardboard gift pack with a red ribbon

Give the gift of eco-friendly gin this Christmas

tentree Treefleece Gold Spruce Crew, £29.95

We love tentree’s simple but stylish Treefleece Gold Spruce Crew which is suitable for both men and women and comes in a range of colours. Another snug essential for wrapping up warm this Christmas.

The clue might already be in the name but tentree hold themselves to the promise of planting 10 trees for purchases made from their products, whether that's a sock or a jacket!

So far, trentree has planted over 61 million trees and has a target of 1 billion by 2030 and you can be a part of it!

It offers climate+ packages for gifts from just £3.45 for your planet lover pals.

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Tentree plant 10 trees for every purchase

Old Youth Wooden Sunglasses, £69.99

Sunglasses don’t have to be all about the plastic. These eco-conscious sunnies by Old Youth are made by hand from sustainably sourced premium wood.

No more flimsy sunglasses here as each pair is durable and made to withstand a busy lifestyle - that’s including the flexible hinges and ergonomic design.

The lenses aren’t just for show either. The polarised lenses provide UV 400 protection, blocking 100% harmful UVA and UVB light. They also reduce glare for vision clarity.

These unisex sunglasses are the perfect Christmas gift for anyone who wants to protect their eyes and the planet. What’s more, 10 trees are planted with every purchase!

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Wooden sunglasses next to a wooden box

Old Youth's sunglasses frames are made from sustainably sourced wood

The White Company Cashmere Knitwear, from £89

Guarantee a snug Christmas this year with The White Company’s kind cashmere knitwear.

The White Company is the first British brand to join The Good Cashmere Standard®, an independent standard for sustainable cashmere that helps improve the lives of the goats, farmers and the environment.

Choose between luxurious cardigans, cosy batwing jumpers or soft roll-necks to keep the winter chill at bay. Our favourite is the classic cable knit sweater with a subtle and sophisticated nod to the festive season.

All jumpers come in neutral shades and can be dressed up and down for going out or staying in.

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The White Company is the first British brand to join The Good Cashmere Standard®

Monos Carry-On Suitcase, $220 USD

A perfect gift for the travel lover in your life, this carry-on suitcase by Monos is designed to fit in any overhead bin of almost any flight in the world.

This award-winning luggage has an unbreakable polycarbonate shell and sturdy telescopic handle to keep belongings safe no matter what’s thrown at it. The suitcase also has vegan leather details and a TSA-approved lock for extra security.

Inside the suitcase has been thoughtfully designed with panels and pockets to keep belongings tidy and maximise as much space as possible.

Monos is the type of suitcase you buy once and you’re set for life. Plus, travelling with a carry-on is less weight which means less fuel burned and fewer carbon emissions.

Monos is Climate Neutral Certified and a member of 1% For The Planet too.

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Buy once and you're sorted for life with Monos

Bamboo Clothing (BAM) Enduro Bamboo Leggings, from £29

Have a sporty friend or family member to buy for this Christmas? BAM’s Enduro Bamboo Leggings are super soft, flattering fit and temperature controlling.

What’s more, BAM has years of experience pioneering bamboo clothing to innovatively support both consumers and the planet.

These leggings come in a range of styles and patterns. They’re also sustainable from forest to fabric, to 50 washes.

This means that BAM has offset its carbon emissions from when the bamboo is cut to when the customer washes their product for the fiftieth time.

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woman and man hiking up a hill

Sustainable leggings will keep you warm on outside adventures this winter

OneNine5 Eco-Conscious Laptop Sleeve, £45

Have a friend who loves their laptop? OneNine5’s brand new Eco-Conscious Laptop Sleeve would make an excellent Christmas gift.

Available in four colours, these 13-inch sleeves are made from and inspired by coconuts.

When coconuts fall from a palm tree they survive the 50-foot drop thanks to the shock-absorbing fibres on their outer shell.

OneNine5 uses those exact fibres combined with natural rubber to design the eco-friendly and plastic-free padding that protects a 13” laptop, MacBook or iPad.

The coconut fibre padding is reinforced with 100% recycled plastic lining and a water-resistant vegan leather outer layer.

It won’t just keep a laptop safe either. Inside the laptop sleeve are a divider and cardholder, making it easily portable and functional on the go.

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laptop sleeve with laptop

Protect your laptop and the planet with OneNine5

Treedom, plant a tree from €14.90

Why not do some good this Christmas and plant a tree? Treedom is the first website that allows you to plant a tree remotely and follow the impact that you’re having online.

Every tree you choose to plant is geolocated and photographed. You can also receive regular updates about its progress on the online Tree Diary.

Treedom is an accredited B Corp and has planted more than 2 million trees since it began in 2010.

The trees you're invited to plant all offer social and environmental benefits, including combating deforestation and CO2, and food security and income.

There’s a whole range of trees available such as cacao, coffee and lemon. Our favourite for the Christmas season is baobab as communities all over Africa decorate these trees for the festive season.

The baobab is also a cultural symbol of community and it’s often used as a gathering point.

Plant a tree on a loved one’s behalf or as a gift from yourself to the planet this Christmas!

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Image of a baobab tree against a blue sky

Baobab trees are a symbol of celebration and community

Is It Really Green?, £12.08

Give the gift of climate action this Christmas and help them on their way to being more green with pebble founder, Georgina Wilson-Powell's book best-selling book Is It Really Green?

With over 140 everyday eco dilemmas answered, across every room in the house, garden, work and travel options, it offers no nonsense, easy to understand advice that anyone can make a start on.

Keep it in the kitchen, dip in and refer back, this will be your go-to green guide across 2022.

Buy Is It Really Green on Bookshop

green book on orange background

Pick up this book and find easy actions to help make your home more sustainable

Scandale Lingerie, from £59

For stylish eco-lingerie this Christmas, Scandale have stepped up, turning a 1930s lingerie label into a forward-thinking sustainably driven brand, where stylish bras and pants come with serious eco credentials.

Each bra on site is broken down into how much is recycled, made from sustainable sources and how it helps people and planet.

The brand has an impressive roadmap ahead but what's more, is it feels like a luxurious gift where being eco is only part of the story.

We love the balconnet half spacer bras in Scarlet. Oh la la.

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black woman in sustainable red bra

Even your Christmas lingerie can be made eco-friendly

Wax Melt Burner, £19.99

Support one of many plastic-free, artisan makers in the UK, via Life Before Plastik, a fantastic online store covering a range of homewares, kitchen supplies, make up and more - and yep you guessed it, no single use plastic in sight.

Each gift is sent out in recycled packaging or eco-friendly gift wrap. Choose from 700 eco-friendly gifts, with plastic-free and zero waste gift ideas.

We love this reclaimed wood wax melt burner - which makes a pretty alternative to a traditional candle. Take a look around, it's an easy place to do all your shopping at once!

wooden wax melt burner on a stool

Try a reclaimed wood wax melt burner this Christmas

Reusable Safety Razor Gift Set, £29.99

Give the gift of a good shave that doesn't hurt the planet this Christmas.

Shoreline Shaving have a range of reusable safety razors no matter who you are, which can also come in fabulous gift sets to make a fab present.

The reusable razor gift sets include a razor, shaving soap, 10 blades, hessian travel bag & eco gift box.

Choose from a range of colours (we do rather like the bright red limited edition number) or add a razor blade disposal bin or razor stand to the gift set.

They offer free shipping (in the UK) on all shaving kits and gift sets. You can also add gift wrapping at an extra charge.

Get 10% off anything in store with an exclusive discount with the code PEBBLE10.

red reusable safety razor on marble

Reusable red razor gift set anyone?

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This article is sponsored by Bruichladdich

Bruichladdich is the first Scotch whisky distillery to be B Corp certified in recognition of it using business as a force for good.

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