The Alternative Valentine's Gift Guide: Six Ethical Gifts That Give Back
Think outside of the usual box of chocolates this year and choose something extra-special for Valentines's Day. Check out these six ethical gifts that give back to communities around the world and are guaranteed to bring a smile to the one you love.
Isn't chocolate divine? Well it is, especially if it's from these guys. Divine (aptly named) is the only fairtrade chocolate company co-owned by its cocoa farmers. We think that's amazing and totally makes our chocolate hearts melt! Head over to the Divine website and indulge your valentine in some delicious Dark Chocolate Hearts.
There's something about the gift of flowers that's so traditionally romantic. Make them extra special by buying ethically sourced flowers. The Fairtrade Foundation is a great place to start. They work with flower workers in countries such as Uganda, Sri Lanka and Ethiopia to ensure workers operate in safe working conditions. Plus, a premium of 10% for every stem sold, enables workers to invest in their healthcare and education.
Why not crack open a bottle and celebrate with some good wine, safe in the knowledge that your favourite tipple has helped improve someone's life. Origin Wine supports one of the largest fairtrade wine projects in the world, helping to support thousands of people in South Africa, Chile and Argentina. Revenue generated from wine sales supports the health, education and infrastructure of local communities.
The perfect partner to wine, has to be cheese. Cheese? I hear you say! Yes, check out Godminster. This award-winning cheese manufacturer is a farm based in Somerset. Their ethical and sustainable approach to farming and organic products means you can treat a loved one to cheese, chutney and believe it or not vodka! We love the organic, heart-shaped cheddar all wrapped up in a lovely gift box.
Make this Valentines extra special and buy a scarf that shows you have a discerning eye for style. Since our launch of Shibori scarves, both men and women have been going crazy over them. Combining the ancient art of Japanese Shibori with indian Chanderi silk, this oversized scarf doubles up as a shawl and sarong for women. For the guys, it looks great with everything! Each purchase empowers women affected by child marriage and gender discrimination to earn a dignified income. It's a win win all round.
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Does your man need sprucing up? Head over to Conscious Skincare and choose from a wide range of gorgeous organic products, ethically sourced. Even the packaging is recycled and biodegradable. Products are handmade right here in the UK, for all skin types, with a great range for those with sensetive skin. Once you've treated your man, go spoil yourself with the Sweet Orange and Frangipani Body Oil. One of the many heavenly products in their womens range.