This Christmas, give a gift that keeps on giving with one of our many beautiful sustainable brands. For any loved ones who favour ethical, eco-friendly or organic items, whether it be clothing, accessories or beauty, Mercer Keeble has something for everyone!
Buying for an ethical jewellery lover? Icelandic jeweller Aurum combines traditional craftsmanship, ethical practices and modern, timeless design. They incorporate sustainability principles throughout the company‘s operations, by sourcing and using only recycled and re-refined precious metals and only buying certified and conflict-free precious stones and diamonds. The special packaging is modelled on Icelandic stones which are made from Mulberry Paper which is the best fibre of the Mulberry tree. Collecting the fibre does not interfere with the ecosystem as not a single tree has to be cut down. www.aurum.is
Art de Parfum is another company that places ethics at the heart of its operations, thus making it easy for customers to choose with confidence. All Art de Parfum fragrances are 100% cruelty-free, environmentally-friendly, and free of materials that add to third world exploitation. Ruta Degutyte, the brand’s CEO, is uncompromising on the issue of ethics and environment. Having spent years as an international marketing consultant for several global brands, she decided to make ethics a core value of her new brand. www.artdeparfum.com
Sustainability is top of the list at Livotte London, where the founders are committed to bringing organic, locally sourced luxe cotton jersey tops to women across the globe. Their aim is to make dressing well both effortless and sustainable. The beautiful and versatile tops come in black or white and in a number of styles; all are tried and tested time and time again to ensure their quality and longevity. www.livotte.com
Finally, Students of Design champion promising new international designers on their e-commerce platform, www.sods.co.uk, a number of which are sustainable, eco-friendly and ethical. Men’s accessories label Buckle & Seam provides premium vegetable tanned leather bags. They strive for innovative design yet at the same time promote sustainable production, fair trade and sales directly support a school that promotes girls education in Pakistan. Hozen too has designed a line of beautifully aesthetic bags that honours their deep commitment to respect and protect the planet. The bags are made from eco-friendly luxury synthetic leather and suede, with zippers and threads sourced from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles, natural rubber and remnant rope. http://www.sods.co.uk/hozen.html
Kraft Eyewear also offer striking wooden framed sunglasses designed and manufactured in Durban. Unlike other wooden glasses, the frames are lovingly handcrafted, hand cut, hand sanded, hand treated, and hand put together by the craftsmen themselves, Rhett and Kerry. This means each pair is as unique as the face it will happily live on. Every pair is fitted with Polaroid lenses for eye protection. The wood is sourced predominantly from off cuts and re-purposed salvaged pieces, meaning that customers will get a pair of premium hardwood glasses at a better price and at the same time, with the satisfaction that you are doing a little something for the environment.
Kraft use local Durban based wood suppliers who provide them with both African and exotic hardwoods. Each pair is priced £110 and the range is available from http://www.sods.co.uk/kraft-eyewear.html.
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