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2013 CONSCIOUS GIFT GUIDE Christmas Giveaway!!

FACES OF CHANGE HOMEGROWN MADE IN THE UK AND TRINIDAD


Editors’ Note

EMMA FORSTER-HISCOCK Co-Founder & Blogger

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STACY HOPE Co-Founder & Blogger

elcome to our first ever issue – the 2013 Conscious Gift Guide!

novation, social empowerment and environmental sustainability.

Here at The Conscience Collective we’re mad about beautiful products that truly make a difference and have put together a painstakingly edited collection of fabulous gifts to give (and get!) this Christmas, all with careful consideration of their social and environmental impact.

That’s why we begin our Conscious Gift Guide with insight into what the holiday means to some of our favourite influential women (p.3-7) who have made a significant impact on us and the way ethical living has evolved, and feature small businesses, like the Fair Shop (p.33-34), that support social enterprises and local artisans through retail.

We believe in the power of shopping. Whilst some may balk at an “ethical” blog promoting such a superficial past time we have seen firsthand the difference micro enterprise and social entrepreneurship can make to the lives of those less fortunate than us. To put things in perspective, if every American made just one Fair Trade purchase a year, it would lift one million families out of poverty. We have made it our mission to promote the many ethical fashion and lifestyles brands and influential people who champion sustainable living. This magazine is a tribute to their commitment to in-

It gives us goosebumbs to know that we could have filled so many many more pages and breaks our hearts a little that we couldn’t include everyone in this issue. We hope you enjoy, and find a little something in these pages to make the gift of giving twice as nice this Christmas. Happy holidays everyone! With love and conscience,


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FACES OF CHANGE The game changers Christmas.

GIVE LIST DECOR 37. 23. CHRISTMAS 15. STACY’S What Stacy will be putting The best FAIR decorations

WINTER BEAUTY Put your best face forward, naturally.

KIDS CORNER MADE IN TRINIDAD WISH LIST 25. Conscious gifts for the little 39. Trinbagonian treats. Shop 17. EMMA’S Emma has been a good girl

under the Christmas tree.

this year.

GIVE AND TO GET 13. TO EMMA’S GIVE LIST Stacy & Emma’s gift picks 18. Emma’s top picks - gifts of the season.

WISH LIST 14. STACY’s What’s on Stacy’s Christmas list this year? 2

for girls. FOR GUYS 19. GIFTS Treat your man to conscious style.

for your home.

ones in your life.

29. FEATURE The Homebakery shares some Christmas baking love.

MADE IN BRITAIN The cream of the crop from the great British Isles.

locally this Christmas.

41. RESOURCES Find every brand feaured in this magazine.

35. FEATURE The FAIR shop, Brighton, UK. THE CONSCIENCE COLLECTIVE | December 2013


FACES OF CHANGE There is no greater time to celebrate the power of women than at Christmas with The Conscience Collective. We've asked a few of our favourite Conscious and Inspirational Women what Christmas means to them and which ethical gifts they will be giving and hoping to receive this year.

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FACES OF CHANGE

ANALISE KANDASAMMY

Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago

www.backpackproject.ca

Co-Founder and Director | The Backpack Project

Q1.

www.facebook.com/TheBackPackProject

Describe what you do in one sentence, – we challenge you!

I run a non-profit initiative equipping children from low income families with the necessary items to learn and achieve at school and sustainably grow organisations using insightful strategy and sound organisational design and development.

Q2.

What will you be giving this Christmas?

Nature Seekers Recycled Glass Jewellery made right here in Trinidad by the community in Matura. Nature Seekers Recycled Glass Hoop Earrings $95 TTD

www.facebook.com/natureseekerscraft

Q4.

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas...

Q3.

What have you been eyeing for yourself?

Eco-Truffles - I love this company! Using organic fruits, herbs and nuts to create lavish body products to make my skin beautiful while reinvesting funds into sustainable community projects - this is definitely Analise approved!

www.ecotruffles.com

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without garlic pork and getting together with friends!! :-D

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FACES OF CHANGE Brighton, UK

BARB WILSON Owner & Founder | Love That Stuff www.lovethatstuff.co.uk

9 Mermaid Walk, Brighton Marina, East Sussex, UK

Q1.

Describe what you do in\one sentence, we challenge you!

I try to inspire shoppers in the U.K. to buy beautifully made gifts and clothes that will make them proud to support some of the world’s poorest producers.

Q2.

What will you be giving this Christmas?

I nearly always give at least one Oxfam unwrapped gift at Christmas. Because I’ve spent a lot of time teaching, this is one I might well give - Long Life Learning. I’m quite tempted by the allotment one and the manure one too!

Q4.

have you been eyeing Q3. What for yourself? This rather sumptuous Bibico jumper looks pretty nice and, who knows, it may well be available at FAIR (p.3334)! Nice to have a great, snuggly jumper that looks good and is warm when the winter winds start to blow.

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas...

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FACES OF CHANGE

CARRY SOMERS

Derbyshire, UK

www.panamas.co.uk

Owner & Founder | Pachacuti

Q1.

19 Dig Street Ashbourne, Derbyshire, UK

Describe what you do in one sentence, – we challenge you!

A 21 year-old accessories brand specialising in finelywoven Panamas and handblocked felt hats, Pachacuti combines traditional Andean artisanal skills with contemporary design, luxury trims, environmentally-friendly materials and Fair Trade production.

Q2.

What will you be giving this Christmas?

All of the gifts I have purchased so far have been antiques or Made in Britain as I try to ensure that all of my Christmas shopping is as ethical as possible. A great place to shop is Handmade in Britain in the Christmas Arcade at Somerset House where I bought one of Emma Burton’s beautiful silk scarves.

Q4.

Q3.

What have you been eyeing for yourself?

A Christmas gift which I eventually succumbed to buying for myself was an incredible pair of spiral clip-on earrings from Hollywood at the Clerkenwell Vintage Fair. Perfect for combining with whatever I decide to wear on Christmas Day! Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas... Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a Polaroid camera.

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FACES OF CHANGE Pennsylvania, US

KIM GARRETT & SHARON SEITER Founders | Rooted Beauty www.rooted-beauty.com

Q1.

Describe what you do in one sentence, we challenge you!

Kim: We help women around the world sustainably escape oppression through high quality all-natural skincare. Sharon: I get to spend my day working hard and feeling blessed that I can invest my life in imagining, creating, and promoting beautiful products that improve the lives of countless women.

Q2.

What will you be giving this Christmas?

Kim: Notecards made from recycled paper. My sister loves to write encouraging notes to her friends so I wanted to get her some notecards that were sustainably made.

Kim: 31Bits “The Gatsby”- look at the picture, simply beautiful! Plus, i’m all about empowering women and have lots of respect for 31Bits!

Sharon: Scarves and hats knitted from local and fair trade yarn, because it’s a great opportunity to support artisans and give a gift that I created myself.

Sharon: A good vegan cookbook. I’ve been experimenting with a plant based diet, but still struggle a little with creativity and coming up with great dishes on the fly.

Q4.

Q3.

What have you been eyeing for yourself?

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas... Kim & Sharon: an evening of contemplation accompanied by a crackling fire, candles, ‘a creshe, and a large mug of hot cocoa.

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y a w a e v i G s a m t s i Chr We’re giving away 3 yummy Rooted Beauty Lip Butters! (www.rooted-beauty.com) Rooted Beauty Lip Butters are pure, creamy and rich lip conditioners infused with natural fruit extract for a heavenly fruity scent. Packed with beeswax, shea & cocoa butters and vitamin E they come in cute 100% biodegradable packaging. But, they are so much more than that. Each Rooted Beauty skincare product helps a woman escape from extreme poverty and trafficking through their Woman2Woman Project providing vocational training and recovery counselling, enabling women around the world to escape bondage and become self-sufficient. And they’re so easy to win!

1. Simply follow The Conscience Collective on twitter (https://twitter. com/The_CCollective).

2. Share The Conscience Collective Magazine link on Twitter telling us which gift featured in the magazine you would love to give and why.

3. Don’t forget to tag us in your tweet! @The_CCollective

Competition closes on Sunday December 15th at 11:59pm GMT and winners will be selected by Emma & Stacy based on originality of answers and contacted via twitter on Tuesday December 17th 2013.

- THE CONSCIENCE COLLECTIVE -


Winter Beauty Put your best face forward this party season with our selection of the finest conscious winter beauty products to ease the winter blues.

Image Credit: Primped (www.primped.ninemsn.com.au)


WINTER BEAUTY

Make Up & Nails

Be a Conscious Winter Beauty...

MOISTURIZING LIPSTICK by Radiant Cosmetics, $22

LIQUID EYELINER by Lavera Sensitive Organic and Natural Cosmetics, £11.50

Christmas calls for a splash of colour. Although not 100% natural yet Radiant Cosmetics donates 20% of profits from each purchase to fight human trafficking.

The easy to use precision brush creates a fine and defined stroke across the lid for an effortless winged liner.

www.radiantcosmetics.org

www.pravera.co.uk

DATE LIPSTICK by Neal’s Yard, £15 Nourishing Organic Colour to unleash your winter diva.

www.nealsyardremedies.com

CREAM BLUSH by Kjaer Weis, £38 This hydrating, luxurious cream blusher is Certified Organic by the CCPB - Italian Certification Agency. 95% of the raw materials in this cream blush are organic.

www.naturisimo.com BLACK NATURAL MASCARA by Borlind, £14.25 Get instant volume and intense colour with this Natural Minerals and Beeswax mascara. www.naturisimo.com

RED VELVET NAIL POLISH by Scotch Naturals, $14.99 A premier non-toxic, eco-friendly alternative to conventional solventbased nail polish. www.scotchnaturals.com

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DAY TO NIGHT BRUSH SET by Eco Tools, $16.99

SOFT LIGHTS ILLUMINATING FOUNDATION by Living Nature, £29

Cruelty free and made from bamboo and recycled aluminium these soft brushes are quickly becoming an industry favourite.

This Certified Organic Natural tinted moisturiser infuses skin with much needed moisture for the cold.

www.ecotools.com

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WINTER BEAUTY

Make Up & Nails

MINERAL EYESHADOW by Inika, £10.75 We love Inika’s line of 100% cruelty free, 100% certified vegan and 100% pure natural mineral eye shadow colours that last all day. Can be used wet or dry and are perfect for even the most sensitive eyes.

www.naturisimo.com

BLACK TARTAN NAIL POLISH by Scotch Naturals, $14.99 Paint the town black, nothing says winter like dark shimmery nails.

www.scotchnaturals.com

RADIANCE REFRESH MICELLAR WATER by UNE, £9.99

ORGANIC EYE MAKE-UP REMOVER by Neal’s Yard, £10.75 Prevent morning-after panda eyes with this gentle formula.

This 3 in 1 formula Make up Remover will leave skin cleansed and nourished. This product is for all skin types and uses 99.3% natural ingredients, 5.5% of the total ingredients are from organic farming.

www.naturisimo.com

www.nealsyardremedies.com

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ORGANIC GLAM CONCEALER PALETTE by The Organic Pharmacy, £25.95 A unique four-shade concealer that allows you to custom-blend your perfect colour, it naturally covers imperfections and blemishes. These palettes are also infused with Tea Tree and Lavender antiseptic and healing agents.

www.naturisimo.com

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WINTER BEAUTY

Skin Care

ORGANIC EYE CREAM by HollyBeth’s, $37 ORGANIC MUSLIN FACE CLOTH by Pai, £6 Feels like a mini facial every time you cleanse with these gentle exfoliating cloths.

USDA certified organic it soothes and relaxes the tender eye area as it helps reduce puffiness and rejuvenates tired eyes.

www.eidemagazine.com

BEAUTE SCINTILLANTE ILLUMINATING ARGAN OIL by Kae, £37.00 This shimmering face and body oil promises to nourish, repair and protect all skin types whilst naturally giving skin and hair a golden glow. 100% natural; 56% of the total ingredients are from organic farming.

www.paiskincare.com

THE CLEAN DIRT CLEANSING CLAY by May Lindstrom Skin, $60 This stimulating treatment transforms and refines skin’s appearance with a potent cocktail of exfoliants, leaving you velvety smooth and gorgeously radiant.

www.maylindstrom.com

www.naturisimo.com

FRENCH PINK CLAY FOR DEHYDRATED, SENSITIVE SKIN by Konjac Sponge Company, £6.99 Use this amazing sponge on your face and body to remove dead skin cells whilst deeply cleansing your skin with no need to use cleanser, unless you really really have to.

www.lovelula.com

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NURTURING ROSE BODY WASH by Dr.Hauschka, £13

NOURISH MASK by Gielly Green, £29.50

This creamy and fresh rose body wash is perfect for the winter, as it luxuriously nourishes the skin whilst in the shower.

Save your hair during the winter by using hair masks for added hydration. Gielly Green’s Nourish Masks uses Dead Sea minerals to heal the scalp and promote beautiful, healthy hair.

www.drhauschka.co.uk

www.naturisimo.com

REVITALISING FLOWER THERAPY FACIAL SERUM by The Victorian Garden, £15 A heavenly organic facial oil to rehydrate, restore and replenish dull and tired skin. This is a beauty must have all year round.

www.thevictoriangarden.co.za

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GIFTS TO GIVE (AND GET ) Giving is our favourite part of Christmas, but it’s always nice to receive too! We’ve pulled together our Conscious Christmas wishlist to make Christmas shopping a breeze.


STACY’S GIFTS TO GET All I WANT for Christmas is....

BLACK DRUZY STONE EARRINGS By Lydali, $48

MICHELLE HIDE CLUTCH By Adele Dejak, $70 I love a good clutch and this recycled hide clutch by Adele Dejak packs a big punch! Handmade by artisans from Kenya & Uganda

After losing my diamond studs doing lengths in the pool, these Black Druzy Stone Earrings offer a stylish and classy substitute. Made by artisans in Brazil, these earrings are simple and stunning.

www.lydali.com

www.adeledejak.com MAKASI DRESS IN TURQUOISE GEOMETRY By Lalesso, £45 N° 9.13.\\ COLOR REVOLUTION By Westward Leaning, $180 I’m obsessed with pink reflector sunglasses, and have finally found a pair that gives back. With every pair $10 is donated to Reporters Without Borders.

GRACE BOOTS By Grenson, £205

Next year, I travel all over Latin America & the Caribbean, so what better way than with this simple Makasi dress by Lalesso, supporting local Kenyan Artisans through independent charity-based eco & ethical Factory.

www.shopstyle.co.uk

www.westwardleaning.com

I’ve finally found a pair of flat ethical boots I must have in Grace, Grenson’s classical British Chelsea boots.

www.grenson.co.uk SOFALA UMBRELLA By Babatunde, $45 THE “BOLD STATEMENT” By Shopanthropic, $40

BASERANGE WASHED SILK SHORTS By River&Raven, 391,30DKK Modern Basics in natural and organic fabric.

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This Christmas I’m asking for must-haves mixed with statement pieces, like this handmade recycled bomb shell statement cuff made by underprivileged artisans in Cambodia.

www.shopanthropic.com

All of the products are proudly handmade in South Africa from African fabrics.

www.babatunde.co.za BLACK SILK & BRASS NECKLACE by The Vamoose, £14 Handmade in the UK from vintage brass and black silk cord.

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STACY’S GIFTS TO GIVE All I want to GIVE this Christmas is.... KONJO SPLIT SCARF By LemLem, $102 A double layer scarf handwoven and hand dyed by Ethiopian Women from 100% cotton inspiring ecnomic independence and reviving a dying art.

www.lemlem.com

MABATI DIAMOND EARRINGS By Made UK, £20 Handmade in Kenya | Geometric and stylish brass sheet earrings finished with a traditional fishhook closure.

MADAME CROCHETED ZIP POUCH By MAR Y SOL, $19

www.made.uk.com

Made in Madagascar through a Community Development Initiative | 100% crocheted raffia with zip tassle closure. This cool pouch can be used as a makeup bag, a little clutch or a pencil case.

store.shopmarysol.com PINK DISCO BISCUIT NAIL LACQUER By Butter London, £12 A hard wearing, non-toxic nail lacquer free from formaldehyde, DBP and toluene, in high fashion colours with a durable glossy finish.

www.naturisimo.com

CAIRO NECKLACE by Mata Traders, $28

CARNIVALE BRACELET by Savannah Chic, £28

Fair Trade and Handmade bone necklace.

Made in Kenya by local artisans using local and recycled materials.

www.matatraders.com

NATURALLY GORGEOUS: ESSENTIAL HEALTH AND BEAUTY SECRETS By Charlotte Vohtz, £9.99 Practical tips and advice on basic dietary, skin and hair care - the natural, ethical and organic way.

www.styledbyafrica.myshopify.com

TEQUILA CUP By Fair Trade Winds, $7 Handmade and handpainted by a small family-run cooperative in Guatemala called Ceramica Polopo.

www.fairtradewinds.net

www.amazon.co.uk

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EMMA’S GIFTS TO GET All I WANT for Christmas is....

SUN CIRCLE WALL DECORATION Price on Request by People of the Sun We just moved house so this amazing sun art piece made by artisans in Malawi would hang perfectly above our bed.

NOBLE ROSE OF AFGHANISTAN EAU DE PARFUM 50ML £54 by The 7 Virtues

www.peopleofthesun.net

ORGANIC COTTON JERSEY SLIP by Toast £32 A nightie, a slip or a super sexy dress, these are a must have for any wardrobe.

www.toast.co.uk

This spicy fragrance with notes of clove, peppercorn and carnation has 178 hand picked rose petals in each bottle, harvested by Afghan farmers who courageously transport the oils on one of the world’s most dangerous highways.

www.selfridges.com

WOMENS SEXY BOXER by Pants to Poverty

UBARI EARRINGS by A Peace Treaty

£29

I don’t own proper pjs and love these sexy loose fit pyjama shorts. Made from Fairtrade Organic cotton & packaged in a recycled card book.

www.pantstopoverty.com

$115

A Peace Treaty creates employment for skilled artisans in places of socio-political strife. I’ve been eyeing these earrings for a while now, they would become my uniform.

www.apeacetreaty.com

HAMMERED TORQ NECKLACE £40 by Made BLACK ORGANIC SATEEN SUPA-SKINNY JEANS by Monkee Genes £60 This Christmas I’m asking for wardrobe staples, things I will wear all the time. Black organic and Fairtrade skinny jeans are at the top of my wishlist.

www.monkeegenes.com

MONROE BAMBOO SUNGLASSES by Panda $120

This Fair Trade brass choker is just me in a necklace, simple but bold. I’d wear it to dress up a t-shirt & jeans.

www.asos.com

I’ve been on the hunt for oversized black frames. This bamboo pair also gives the gift of sight to someone in need.

www.wearpanda.com

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EMMA’S GIFTS TO GIVE All I want to GIVE this Christmas is....

CREAM CERAMIC MUGS (SET OF 2) by Traidcraft £12

CARVED RUSTIC WHITEWASH FRAME by Seven Hopes United $34 I went to so many weddings this year. Beautiful hand carved frames always make my gift list.

These ceramic mugs handmade by artisans in India make a sweet gift for a couple and tea addicts alike!

www.traidcraftshop.co.uk

RECYCLED SARI FILE by People Tree

£14

Help your loved ones stay organised in sustainable style with this Recycled Cotton Sari A4 File.

www.peopletree.co.uk

www.sevenhopesunited.com

VETIVER BEADED TASSEL ROOM FRESHENER $15 by Connected Fair Trade TINY KIKO FRAMES by Nkuku

The scent of vetiver reminds me of my childhood in Guyana. This pretty room freshner is just too gorgeous not to give.

£3.95

These delightful frames look beautiful with keepsakes, momentos and photographs tucked inside.

TANGERINE PAISLEY COASTER SET $12 by Joyn Hand block printed in India.

www.toms.com

www.connectedgoods.com

www.nkuku.com

TALL NESTING POCKETS by Wildlife World £2.85 Nesting pockets are an inexpensive gift for any bird lover, just make sure they don’t have cats!

www.ethicalsuperstore.com

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PACK OF TEN FRIENDSHIP BRACELETS £7 by Traidcraft A brilliant budget buy to split up and share amongst your friends. I just won’t want to give any away!

www.traidcraftshop.co.uk

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S T F GI FOR GUYS WORODOUGOU BOW TIE, $10 by Babatunde Gifting my ♥man bowties has become a semi tradition. He’ll love these wax print ties handmade in South Africa.

www.babatunde.co.za

RECLAIMED VINTAGE CHAMBRAY BOW TIE, £16 by Asos A unique Babatunde wax print, ready-to-wear bowtie.

www.asos.com

GAZA BOW TIE, $10 by Babatunde

NAMPULA BOW TIE, $10 by Babatunde A unique Babatunde wax print, ready-to-wear bowtie.

www.babatunde.co.za

$55 COSMOS BOW TIE, $30.71 by Marthu

Handmade bow ties in Cosmo and Checkered prints. Available on Etsy.

www.etsy.com

HOLIDAY STRIPE BOW TIE, $55 by Collared Greens Made in the USA

www.collaredgreens.com

NAMPULA BOW TIE, $10 by Babatunde


EMMA’S GIFTS FOR GUYS Treat your man to conscious style...

ALARM DOCK, $24 by Jonas Damon An alarm clock in Sustainably Harvested New Growth Beech Wood. Fits Iphone 3, 3G, 4, 4s & 5.

www.areaware.com

MENS CLASSIC BOARDSHORT by Faherty Brand, $125 Made from 100% recycled post consumer waste PET bottles.

www.fahertybrand.com

HECTOR CHAMBRAY BLAZER HANDWOVER, £135 by People Tree A Fair Trade Handwoven blazer with attached pocket square in a fresh stripe.

www.peopletree.co.uk

BEECH WOOD TROUBADOUR HEADPHONES, $150 by LSTN Reclaimed Wood & Helps restore hearing to a person in need. Available from Toms.

www.toms.com

“NATIVE” T-SHIRT, £69.99 by Run & Fell Available on request via runandfell.com

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TIM V-NECK JUMPER, £90 by People Tree 100% cotton, handknitted in Nepal by homebased workers.

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STACY’S GIFTS FOR GUYS Treat your man to conscious style...

GLADSTONE BAG by Celtic And Co, £120.00 Made in Britain, Enzyme-washed canvas and leather.

ORGY POCKET SQUARE by Age of Reason, £35 Made in England. www.age-of-reason-studios.com

www.celticandco.co.uk

DAVIS SOCKS by John Smedley, £18 Made in the UK from John Smedley’s Sea Island Cotton. www.johnsmedley.com

BLUE HANDLE SHAVETTE by Bluebeard’s Revenge £9.98 Made in Britain & Supports Orchid Charity for Fighting Male Cancer. www.ethicalsuperstore.com

LONGWORTH BROGUES by Barker, £185 Made in the UK. Available at Selfridges.com

ORGANIC COTTON PERSIAN PRINT ‘MINI JOHNS’ BOXER BRIEFS by Cock & Bull, £22 GOTs certified organic cotton, produced entirely in the UK and dyed and printed with low impact dyes and pigments.

WATER POWERED SHOWER RADIO by H2O, £34.95

www.cockandbullmenswear.co.uk

www.ethicalsuperstore.com

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IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS ... Nothing says Christmas like a sparkling, decorated home. With so many Fair Trade and Handmade options there’s no excuse not to decorate in conscious Christmassy style.

CHINTU GLASS GARLAND by Nkuku, £126

www.nkuku.com


CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas... RED AND GREEN KEZA ORNAMENT by Badala, $12

Hand crafted in Rwanda with sisal fibers. This is a very traditional Rwandan art form, that has been passed down through the generations. Available at Toms. www.toms.com

ESTRELLA GARLAND by Prokritee, $11

CAMEL ORNAMENT by Rajka, £4.95

Hand made in India using re-cycled materials. Fairtrade. www.chandnichowk.co.uk

These vibrant handmade paper stars have been made by Bangladeshi Women from silk and water hyacinth, which is a common weed clogging waterways in Bangladesh. Taking Green to the Extreme. www.serrv.org

DIAMOND STOCKINGS by JOYN, $27/per stocking

Handmade by Artisans in India. Available at TOMS Marketplace. www.toms.com

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NIGHTINGALE ORNAMENT by Noah’s Ark, $10

FAIR TRADE BRAIDED BOBBIN (10M)

Made from Papier Mâché and Hand-painted by fair trade, grass root artisans.

Tie around brown recycled paper for rustic gift wrap or string your Christmas cards around the room.

www.serrv.org

www.nkuku.com

by Nkuku, £12.95

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KI DS CORNER It’s vital that the next generation is connected to the goods they consume. It’s so easy to instil an appreciation for where things come from with the huge array of cute, fun and educational ethically sourced products for kids.

Photo Credit: www.bynature.co.uk


GIFTS FOR KI DS Perfect gifts for the little ones you love...

ORGANIC PYJAMAS, £24 by Ava and Luc 100% sumptuously soft organic cotton. Ethically made in India.

www.bynature.co.uk ARMARILLO, £12.20 by Spirals Fairtrade Eco Store 100% hand woven cotton stuffed with kapok. it is hand dyed with eco-friendly safe dyes, that will not fade or run, making it easy to sponge clean.

www.spiralsfairtrade.co.uk

SOLAR TECHNOLOGY SOLAR POWERED BIPLANE KIT, £13.90 by Solar Technology

SWALLOW MOBILE, £15.50 by Flensted

No need for batteries or glue. All parts are made from laser cut wood, and easily fit to-

www.ethicalsuperstore.com

Handmade by local artisans through a family run business.

www.lensted-mobiles.com

GROW MY FIRST FLOWER GROW KIT, £14.95 by Canova An attractive child-friendly box to be coloured in, containing four different flower seeds (Sunflower, Nasturtium, Cornflower and Cosmos), peat free Soil Association compost, plant markers and crayons. This mini flower garden can be grown indoors and all year round. It’s made in the UK.

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ORGANIC COTTON I RECYCLE MY TANTRUMS BIB, £5.95 by Little Green Radicals Fairtrade labelled and made using premium organic cotton, which guarantees high environmental and ethical trading standards.

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GIFTS FOR KI DS Perfect gifts for the little ones you love... LUCKY DIP SMALL BOAR, £13 by Spirals Fairtrade Eco Store Boar is brightly coloured and 100% hand woven cotton. The dyes are eco-friendly and safe and the filling is kapok fibre, making him washable (gently) and completely degradable.

www.spiralsfairtrade.co.uk

MESDAMES ET MESSIEURS CHECKERS GAME, £24.50 by Les Jouets Libres

TIN LUNCH BOX WHALE, £10.50 by Blafre

Eco designed with an organic cotton bag, the packaging becomes the game board and storage bag. The wood comes from forest PEFC French Jura. Made in France.

We love this retro style lunchbox, almost as much as we love the idea of cutting back on wasteful paper & plastic bags.

www.dowsedesign.co.uk

www.ethicalkidz.co.uk COLOURFUL STACKING BASKETS, £24 by Traidcraft Teach kids about tidying up after themselves in style with these fair trade stackable storage baskets.

www.traidcraftshop.co.uk

ALDER WOOD PLAY KITCHEN, £199.95 by Myriad Online

BEADED FRIENDSHIP BRACELETS, £6 /6pack by Traidcraft We love the idea of a symbolic gift representing friendship and Fair Trade. Great & inexpensive gift to give to all your nieces, nephews, god children or friends kids.

For those extra well-behaved little girls everywhere, it would be impossible to resist getting them this solid alder wood with natural oil finish kitchen set.

www.myriadonline.co.uk

www.traidcraftshop.co.uk

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FEATURES SWEDEN & TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

- SOMETHING SAVORY -

The Homebakery www.homebakery.se

www.facebook.com/Thehomebakery


Our story began with a little girl baking with her mother and cooking with her father at Christmas, a custom which became a tradition and developed into a passion for sharing love through food. We cherish family time, and relish in the nostalgia of baking and memories created in the kitchen. That is why Christmas is so very special to us. A time for saffron buns, cinnamon rolls, candy canes and strong cheeses, a heady freedom to indulge without guilt or consequence, leaving only crumbs behind. We want The Homebakery to be a platform for sharing recipes and inspiration to create your own memories in the kitchen.

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- SOMETHING SWEET -


CANDY CANE VANILLA CUPCAKES - MAKES 12 CUPCAKES

Heat the oven to 175C (350F). Line a baking tray or a 12-cup cupcake pan with paper liners of your choice. Chop the Chocolate in to small pieces. In a bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy with an electrical mixer. Add one egg at a time, beat the mixture well after each egg. Once all eggs are beaten in, add the vanilla extract and then add the dry ingredients, alternating with the milk. Add the chocolate pieces and mix until well combined. Divide the batter evenly between the cupcake paper liners. Bake for about 17-20 minutes (depending on the size of cupcake paper liners), until the middle comes out clean when tested with a toothpick. Let the cupcakes cool on a wire rack (if you are using a cupcake pan, let it rest 5-10 minutes in the pan before cooling them on the wire rack).

FROSTING

DOUGH 3 dl (approx.1 1/3 cups) flour 1,5 dl (1/3 cup) sugar 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 125g butter 3 large eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 3/4dl (approx. 1/3 cup) milk 100 grams Hershey’s candy cane white chocolate

FROSTING 4 large egg whites 200 gram sugar 250 grams butter 2 tsp vanilla extract TOPPING 100 grams Hershey’s candy cane white chocolate 12 mini candy canes

Put the egg whites and sugar in a clean and heat proof bowl. Put the bowl in a double boiler, the water should be simmering. Whisk sugar and eggs constantly. The mixture should come up to around 65 degrees celcius (140-150 Degrees Farenheit). Remove from heat and whip with an electrical mixer (stand mixer) until the mixture is white, fluffy and has cooled down (takes 10-15 minutes). Start adding the butter, piece by piece. Whip until it’s smooth and thick. If its too loose, just put in the fridge for a couple of minutes and whip again. If the mixture looks like its not mixing together properly just keep whipping. Add vanilla extract and whip until its smooth. Pipe the cupcakes onces they have cooled down. Use a cheese slicer to make the chocolate decoration and chop the rest of the chocolate in small pieces to sprinkle on the frosting. Let’s not forget to put the mini candy canes on the top!

ROASTED PEARS WITH CHEESE & NUTS - MAKES 6 3 ripe red pears Cheeses of your choice (blue cheese, camembert, brie, etc.) 1/2 - 1 cup of pistachios or walnuts 50 grams butter 2 tbsp Rum (we used 1919 Angostura Rum) 3 tbsp sugar Olive oil Preheat the oven to 400°F. Wash and cut the pears in half, remove the seeds. With a spoon dig a hole in the middle of each half pear, so you have space for the cheese. Brush the pears with a little olive oil. Bake in the oven for approx. 20 minutes. While the pears are cooling, make the caramelized nuts. Heat up a skillet and add the butter and rum. Once it’s simmers add the sugar and also the nuts, stir constantly. Lower the heat and once the sugar has dissolved and it has a nice color let the mixture cool on parchment paper. SERVING Cut the cheese in slices and add 2-3 slices on each pear and chop the caramelized nuts and sprinkle on top. Makes a nice side dish or as an appetizer on the Christmas table. Serve the rest of the cheese with the dish and also add some crackers of your choice. 32

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- SOMETHING TRADITIONAL -


CINNAMON BUNS

DOUGH Makes 1 wreath and 15-20 buns

50 g 14 dl 0,5 tsp 1 dl 2 tsk 150 g

yeast, fresh or dry flour (840 g) salt sugar (0,45cup) cardamom, grounded butter, room temperature

FILLING 200 g butter, room temperature 200 g white sugar 10 g vanilla sugar 20 g cinnamon, grounded 10 g cardamom, grounded TOPPING Pearl sugar Sliced almonds

BAKING Mix flour, salt, sugar and cardamom in a bowl. Heat the milk to finger warmth, 37 ° (40 ° if you are using dry yest). Crumble the fresh yeast into a big bowl. Pour the milk over the yeast and stir until it dissolves (if you are using dry yeast, skip this step and just mix the dry yeast with the flour and add the milk to the flour mix). Add small pieces of the butter at a time, and work it in to the dough. Knead the dough well, about 5 minutes in a stand mixer or 10 minutes by hand. Once it’s a smooth dough, cover it with a fresh kitchen towel and let it rise for about 40-45 minutes (make sure it stands in a place where’s there’s no breeze). While the dough is rising, mix all the ingredients for the filling in a bowl. Mix it well. Divide the dough into two pieces and roll the pieces out into rectangles, about 30 x 40 cm, on a floured surface. Spread the filling equally amongst the two rectangles (make sure to spread all the way out to the ends). BUNS: Fold the dough once so that the shape becomes more like a square. Cut the dough into strips about 2 cm wide. Twist the strips and then make a knot out of them. Put the buns on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. WREATH: Roll the the dough into a long narrow roll. Put the roll as a circle with seam-side down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cut slanting cuts along the roll with a scissor and pull the cuts right and left carefully. Let the buns and the wreath rise covered once more, about 40 minutes. Preheat the oven to 225° (approx. 437F) Beat the egg lightly (add a little water to it) and brush the buns and wreath. Sprinkle with the pearl sugar (if you can’t find pearl sugar, regular sugar works fine). Bake the buns in the middle of the oven at 225 ° for 8-10 minutes. Lower the oven to 200 °. Bake the wreath in the lower part of the oven for about 20 minutes (check its underneath to see if its cooked). Cover it with parchment paper if it starts getting too much color. Let buns and wreath cool on a rack.


FEATURES Brighton, England

The FAIR Shop http://thefairshop.co.uk

21 Queens Road, Brighton, UK

Navy Sailor Jumper by Bibico, £79.00

Detoxifying Cleanser by Nourish, £ 9.95

Herringbone Coco Jacket by Komodo, £79.00

Miss Money Penny by O My Bag, £69.00 Hand Embroidered Autumn Tree Card by Jeevika for FAIR, £4.50

Handwoven Bedding by Fairly Covered, from £10


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estled on Brighton’s busy Queens Rd is FAIR, a beautifully curated collection of Fair Trade fashion & homewear for the discerning shopper. Owner Siobhan Wilson is passionate about Fair Trade, but also about the product itself. “We lovingly select beautiful, individual, quality items for you, your wardrobe, your family and your home to show that Fair Trade and ethically sourced products are stylish, functional and affordable,” she says. The brands at FAIR always put people and planet first and include People Tree, Bibico, Komodo, Oh So Shika, Arthur and Henry, Pants to Poverty, Nourish Skincare, Fairly Covered and Love That Stuff. FAIR also supports organisations working to generate sustainable livelihoods in the developing world through the use of traditional craft and skills by purchasing their products or working with them to create new products, perfect for the UK. Nominated for Best Independent Boutique in the Ethical Fashion Forum’s 2012 Source Awards recognizing best practice in the curation, marketing and sale of sustainable fashion, FAIR is our number one stop on any visit to Brighton. Visit FAIR, 21 Queens Road, Brighton thefairshop.co.uk


MADE IN BRITIAN Made in Britain has never been more fashionable. We’ve chosen the cream of the crop from the great British Isles.

THE AUSTEN IN SAPPHIRE by Evocha, £45 Made in London from 100% silk crêpe de chine.

www.evocha.com


MADE IN BRITAIN Our favorite picks from the British Isles HONEYCOMB ARAN SCARF, £20 by Paul James Made in Britain from 100% Pure British Wool.

www.sweateronline.com

TWEED DRIVING GLOVES, £110 by Sheperd England UK Heritage Tweed with leather. Made in England.

www.shepherdengland.com

ROSE PLAYSUIT LINGERIE, £51 by Dentelle Etc. Made in Sussex. Participates in Frip Ethique with Oxfam UK

www.dentelleetc.co.uk

TWIST HEAD BAND, £30 by Rose B. Brown Hand Made in London from 100% Pure New Wool.

www.rosebbrown.com

COCONUT AND VANILLA CANDLE TIN, £12 by Heyland & Whittle Made in the UK from 100% Soy Wax.

www.johnlewis.com

BLACK STRIPE A5 NOTEBOOK, £5 by Tamasyn Gambell LEATHER LUGGAGE LABEL IN AUBERGINE ATLANTIC, £25 by Tusting Personalise this Handmade in England, British Leather label for the frequent flyer.

www.tusting.co.uk

Printed by a socially responsible co-operative using 100% consumer waste recycled paper, vegetable oil based inks and reject sheets sourced from the printers.

RILEY CLUTCH BLACK WITH BLACK, £184 by Jane Hopkinson Handmade in Sussex, England

www.janehopkinsonbags.co.uk

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MADE IN TRINI DAD Buying local has never been a hotter topic or easier to do. Trinbagonian entrepreneurs fuse traditional techniques with sharp entrepreneurship and insightful creativity to bring to life fabulous products from food, to body care and child’s play. There are too many exciting products to showcase on these pages but if you live in this wonderful country make it your business to give a gift Made in TT this Christmas.

ANGOSTURA 1919 PREMIUM RUM by Angostura Limited www.angostura.com

SWEET & SPICY SAUCES & CONDIMENTS by Perfect Peppers, from $30ttd leesareize@tstt.net.tt | +1 (868) 685 7349 Available at Up Market www.facebook.com/UpMarketTT

PURE TRADITIONAL COCONUT OIL by Tree of Life, from $45ttd Available through Mobile Kitchens ltd +1 (868) 628 2732 or at San Antonio Green Market: www.facebook.com/GreenMarketSantaCruz

HEAVENLY TRINIDADIAN COCOA & COCOA BUTTERS by Exotic Caribbean Mountain Pride, from $20ttd astrida_saunders@yahoo.com Available at San Antonio Green Market www.facebook.com/GreenMarketSantaCruz


RECYCLED GLASS HOOP EARRINGS by Nature Seekers, $95 ttd

www.facebook.com/natureseekerscraft

NOSTALGIC APRONS FOR MOTHERS & DAUGHTERS Duck Girl by Jade Drakes Prices start from $140 ttd jadedrakesjewellery@gmail.com Available at Up Market www.facebook.com/UpMarketTT

ISLAND BABIES ROMPERS & TEES by ESP jr, from $100ttd

www.espjrisland.com www.facebook.com/espjrisland

NURTURING SOAPS AND BODY CARE by Amara Organics, from $35 ttd www.facebook.com/amara.organics

AROMATIC VETIVER POUCHES by Artist Monica Rudder Available at San Antonio Green Market www.facebook.com/GreenMarketSantaCruz


RESOURCES All brands that are displayed in this magazine


RESOURCES All brands that are displayed in this magazine


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