If you’re the least bit green-minded you’ll be delighted to know the ethical products bandwagon is rolling along, looking better by the minute. This year there’s more on offer than ever and a growing collection of lovely presents for children, created with kindness, social responsibility, fairness and a low environmental impact in mind.
Under the Nile – Gorgeous fruit and veg toys
Babies of 3 months and over adore Under the Nile’s organic toys with their cute pixie faces and plump vegetable and fruit bodies. A leader in the organic industry, the company produces an extremely popular collection of soft, cuddly, durable cotton toys for little ones.
Hand-made and 100% organic, they’re stuffed with pure Egyptian cotton, certified non-toxic and meet European and US safety standards. They’re even dyed using harmless metal-free colours. Teething babies and small children love to chew soft toys so it’s great to know that these ones come without so much as a sniff of nasty BPA, phthalates, lead, PVC, formaldehyde glue or toxic paints.
Under the Nile’s Egyptian cotton grown and cultivated organically and certified to National Organic Program Standards (COAE). They’re fair trade too, known for teaching and educating the villagers who work for them, providing healthcare empowering workers to lead happier, healthier lives. Buy a cute carrot, gorgeous green bean, pretty pear or super strawberry. They’re all machine washable.
Believe You Can – Pretty friendship angels
Girls adore angels and the Friendship Angel by Believe You Can is no exception. Decked out in a pink and silver dress with a sequin heart, she comes with her own special envelope so you can post her to your favourite little girl for a special Xmas treat. Her tag, which you can personalise, includes the message, Friends are like angels, without any wings. Thanks for being my angel, you make my heart sing! A lovely present for anyone over the age of three, with excellent fair trade credentials.
The manufacturer, Believe You Can, is recognised by the British Association of Fair Trade Shops as a fair trade importer. Their fairy and pirate collections are designed in Britain and made by hand in India by WFTO-approved producers. They enjoy excellent working conditions, above average pay for men and women, paid holidays, sick leave and decent working hours. The organisation also takes great care over the social and environmental well-being of their employees and the places they work, with half the profits set by to fund local community welfare projects. Very cool!
Bioviva – The fantastic 3D Stegosaurus model
Boys and girls love dinosaurs. They fascinate children and Bioviva’s beautiful Stegosaurus model is a great way to stimulate the imagination and fire their interest. It’s great fun to assemble the kit and these aren’t just static models for the mantelpiece – they can be played with too, posed in all sorts of thrilling ways for make-believe fights and adventures! Made from sturdy printed cardboard, both recycled and recyclable, the model is made up of 51 pieces and there’s a clear instruction booklet, perfect for children aged 6-12.
Bioviva is the only game company in the world whose products are 100% recycled, completely recyclable and non-toxic, printed with safe vegetable inks. The packaging is ethical too, a two-in-one solution designed to reinforce the strength of the products, aid assembly and remove the need for glue. These super ethical Christmas presents are sustainable too, created to inspire kids’ discovery of the world we live in. Their manufacturing process completes the picture, emitting twelve times less CO2 and using nine times less water, half the energy and ten times fewer volatile organic compounds than other manufacturers.
Guest article brought to you by Green Tulip, the eco gift experts.