Chanukah – ethical giving ideas

Find an extensive (60+) and imaginative guide for non-toy alternatives, from blogger Lulastic and the hippy shake, crowdsourced by her readers – these are the most creative ideas for not buying more stuff! Arranged in categories (working / making / culture / experiencing). I love the idea of giving ‘something to take apart (like an old typewriter) and a screwdriver’ – seriously fun, I know this would occupy my child for HOURS!

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Tips for a No Waste Festive Season – an Australian Christmas campaign, but the six areas that they have identified apply just as much to Chanukah:

– reduce food waste

– moments not things

– DIY gifts

– avoid over-packaging

– shop locally

– no new decorations

The blog has some great posts with tips such as ‘5 ways to wrap gifts without trashing the planet’ and ‘inexpensive DIY gifts in jars’.

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Ethical Consumer has rated online sellers:

Their No. 1 ethical retailer is Global Seesaw which sells a fab range of fairtrade and environmentally friendly bags, jewellery and clothing.

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Also highly rated is New Internationalist selling books, calendars, clothing, accessories and items for home and garden.

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(Full Shopping guide to Ethical Online Retailers, from Ethical Consumer)

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Many of the traders from the Fair Chanukah Fayre sell via their websites…

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Check out Cosy Mama for deliciously soft felted baby booties and accessories for grown-ups.

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Only Denim for handmade, upcycled denim soft furnishings.

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Utala – homeware, lifestyle, kids.

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Pucket – the world’s no. 1 elasticated table game!

(Full list of FCF2013 traders)

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If you are buying chocolate Chanukah ‘gelt’, seek out Divine chocolate coins which are certified kosher and fairtrade.

Happy Chanukah everyone!

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