Counting on… day 409

16th December 2022

The Ethical Consumer has provided a list of alternatives to using Amazon this Christmas. I f you want to know more about why Amazon is considered to be so unethical follow this link:

1. Gift experiences instead of items

What makes the person you’re gifting to happy? You could make handmade vouchers for things like:

  • Their favourite meal
  • Book a week off work for summer, and say you want to start planning that trip they would love to go on
  • A full day plan: such as a hike route drawn on a map, packed-lunch menu, and table reservation for mulled wine at the end of the walk

2. Repurpose what you already have

Many of us have possessions we don’t use. Could they become presents?

  • A book on your shelf that makes you think of them
  • A piece of clothing they complimented you on
  • Old photos that could be dug out and turned into a collage
  • Niche ingredients in your cupboard could be bulked out to make a full meal box, with a handwritten recipe.

3. Shop from independent companies

Use these guides, especially created to help people find ethical alternatives to Amazon.

… last but not least, Ethical Consumer’s Christmas Gift subscription is a perfect antidote to the mindless foray of consumerism that the festive season has become known for.

Author: Judith Russenberger

Environmentalist and theologian, with husband and three grown up children plus one cat, living in London SW14. I enjoy running and drinking coffee - ideally with a friend or a book.

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