Christmas gift guide for the discerning vegan

Unsure what to get that special vegan in your life?Christmas is the happiest time of the year, however it’s also one of the most wasteful – with an overabundance of gift wrap, plastic packaging, and high-turnover consumer goods. However, this is a better way!

If you’re in search of the ideal Christmas present to give to a discerning vegan lady (or lad) in your life – look no further than this handy guide. Each product featured in our 2018 Christmas Gift Guide is ethically produced, sustainably sourced and is bound to be treasured by your loved one for years to come.

1. Sleepwear from Ettitude Store

With the vast majority of sleepwear and bedding made from cotton, the clever team at Ettitude decided to create comfortable and sustainable fabrics made from bamboo lyocell fibre – using far fewer resources than conventional cotton.

Bamboo lyocell is one of the most sustainable textile materials of the 21st Century. The fibre yield per acre of bamboo is up to 10 times higher than cotton, and requires considerably less water to grow. Ettitude manufactures its range of luxe bedding, sleepwear and accessories using a closed-loop production system – focusing on recycling and reusing water to minimise waste.

Fabric cut-offs are repurposed for packaging, meaning that each Ettitude purchase arrives in a matching drawstring bag. The entire range is made from biodegradable materials, and Ettitude’s manufacturing partner is certified by the Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) agency. So what are you waiting for? Give the gift of a luxurious night’s sleep this Christmas!

2. Toxic-Free Nail Polish from Julisa

Nothing says ‘festive’ like a glittery manicure, however finding nail polishes that are kind to the environment and kind to our skin can be a challenge. The colourful range of toxic-free nail polishes from Julisa are the perfect solution – these products are not tested on animals, are locally produced on the Gold Coast, and are certified vegan by Choose Cruelty Free and PETA.

As a brand, Julisa focuses on promoting “mindful beauty”, encouraging consumers to understand the ingredients and manufacturing processes involved with their favourite cosmetic products. The sparkling range of Julisa nail polishes are formulated without 5 common toxins (including DBP, camphor, toluene, formaldehyde and formaldehyde resin.) Julisa nail polishes are also free from parabens, xylene and animal ingredients.

If that’s not enough reasons to add Julisa to your Christmas list this year – the brand is also certified palm-oil free by The Orangutan Project, and donates $1 from every purchase of its specialty Mermaid Elixir tamanu oil to the Dugong and Seagrass Conservation project in Vanuatu. PS: Did we mention select nail polish shades are inspired by mermaids and magic? Yes please!

3. Slow Fashion from Biome

Did you know the fashion industry is one of the world’s biggest polluters? Issues such as textile waste, toxic fabric dyes and unethical manufacturing conditions have prompted brands such as Biome to launch their own dedicated ‘slow fashion’ ranges.

‘Slow fashion’ is the anti-thesis of fast fashion, and focuses on transparency, sustainability, innovation and responsible manufacturing practices. Garments produced as part of Biome’s slow fashion collection are made to last, and will remain in your loved one’s wardrobe as a staple item for years to come.

Check out Biome’s lovingly curated choice of slow fashion items (including womenswear, menswear or accessories,) from homegrown Australian labels such as Mosov Organic, Seagrass Design and Good Studios.

View this post on Instagram

We have something exciting to share! We have launched our new Slow Fashion Department at Biome! Everything in this range has been curated by our talented and passionate slow fashion advocate, Leah Musch, AKA @unmaterialgirl. Leah has sourced only the most ethically produced, sustainably made and undeniably beautiful fashion labels for you and is excited about continuing to seek out new brands who are doing things right. Swipe through for a peak at some of the gorgeous pieces available now and landing soon at Biome. Visit the link in our bio to browse the range and to learn more about slow fashion. You can also enjoy free shipping (over $75) and free returns (within Australia, limited time, see website for details). 💙⠀ @seasidetones_aus @themnml_ @farndesigns @seagrassdesignart @mosov_organic @goodstudiosaus @consciousstep @kowtowclothing⠀ #slowfashion #ethicalfashion #whomademyclothes #sustainablefashion #ecofashion #handmade #fairtrade #fashion #fashionrevolution #style #ethicallymade #sustainable #instafashion #ecofriendly #fairfashion #sustainablestyle #organic #slowfashionmovement #consciousfashion #organiccotton #melbournefashion #brisbanefashion

A post shared by Biome (@biomestores) on

4. Upcycled Jewelry from Velvety

Velvety is a collection of beautiful cosmetics, fashion and accessories, handpicked by curator Lorena Estelle. The brand focuses on offering sustainable, vegan and ethical fashion for men and women – all in one convenient online destination. Each brand included within the Velvety collection is committed to ethical and fair trade practices, and all products are cruelty-free.

The team from Velvety are also proponents of slow fashion, and use recycled packaging to ship their unique wares. A portion of profits also go towards supporting Big Sky animal sanctuary, and campaigns such as #whomademyclothes. Check out the stunning range of upcycled jewelry for an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind gift for that special someone in your life.

5. Adopt A Tiger with WWF

Looking for a unique and meaningful gift for the gal (or guy) who truly has everything? Adopt an endangered tiger, with the World Wide Fund for Nature. Tigers are under threat from poachers; with an average of two tigers still being killed each week as part of the illegal wildlife trade. With as few as 3,890 tigers left in the wild – time is running out for these majestic and endangered big cats.

By adopting a tiger, you and your loved ones can help make a real difference to the wild tiger’s chances of survival. Your monthly contribution will support vital habitats, assist the WWF’s anti-poaching efforts, and aid in monitoring wild tiger populations. When you adopt a tiger, you will receive an official adoption gift pack – along with regular updates on how you are helping to secure a brighter future for tigers.

A few other ways to reduce waste this Christmas:

  • Shop with a reusable bag, and support local retailers who actively promote ethical and sustainable trade practices.
  • Make your own Christmas cards and gift wrap using recycled paper, fabric off-cuts and craft supplies you already have at home.
  • Plan your Christmas meal with kindness, and aim to reduce packaging whilst maximising leftovers.
  • Give the gift of time; authentic experiences and memorable moments with your loved ones mean much more than disposable consumer products.
  • Mulch your natural Christmas tree, donate unwanted gifts and remember to reduce, reuse and recycle this Christmas season.

How will your family celebrate a more mindful Christmas this year?

Cover photo by Element5 Digital

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s