We are properly in the countdown to Christmas now, and whilst we are firmly in the camp of reducing our global consumption, we know that we will all be buying stuff for the people we know and love to open on the 25th. So today we are posting the second of our Green Gift Guide posts to help you through the myriad choices to the greenest, most ethical, most sustainable gifts which look awesome, do awesome stuff and do not look like they’ve been crafted by a hippy in a hairshirt.
Welcome to day two – prints, paper and printed stuff…
1 – a Decomposition Book – made from 100% post consumer waste, these cracking notebooks come in a variety of sizes and with a dizzying array of covers to suit literally everyone. Of course, we opted for the green dinosaurs, but take your pick from flowers to graphic patterns. Available readily online, these are also available at your local Waterstones (UK) and start at £3.50 ish. Great stocking fillers.
2 – ‘It Takes All Types’ screenprint by Hello Dodo – we were delighted to have the lovely Jam and Ali from Hello Dodo at Studio Loo for our recent Christmas Artists Open Houses in Brighton, showcasing their stunning handcrafted screenprints. With witty phrases and a range of colours, Hello Dodo stuff is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. With our love of type, we love this one… £25 plus shipping (get an order in quick for guaranteed delivery before Christmas though)
3 – Alphabet of Endangered Species in the British Isles print – when was the last time you saw an Undulate Ray or a Zonate Tooth Fungi? Well, ok, but what about a Thrush, or a Hare? This A-Z of Endangered Species is not only educational, it is beautifully illustrated and printed on recycled paper. Available for £15 from Present and Correct
4 – Limited Edition Botanical Bundle Subscription to Ernest Journal – for a long time many were declaring that ‘print was dead’, and as fervent devotees of the form, we are delighted that more independent publications than ever are springing up. One of our favourite is Ernest Journal – with beautiful imagery and eclectic stories, this is the perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea on a drab day. It celebrates beautifully our stunning world and slow journalism. And at the moment, you can do a gift bundle with 2 or 3 copies of Ernest and a selection of gifts from the fantastic online store What you Sow. But there are only 10 of these bundles available, so get in quick! from £25 plus shipping
5 – A5 Fair Trade Soft Leather notebook – Gorgeous fair trade leather bound journal with smooth handmade recycled cotton pages. With a wrap-around tie to keep all your inserts secure, this notebook is perfect for travelling and sketching. Soft, supple chocolate leather cover, a by-product, is dyed with natural vegetable dyes – a perfect gift that will age beautifully! Now £15.99 from Nigels Eco Store.
That’s it for day one – stay tuned for tomorrows Green Gift Guide – stuff you can wear…
(all images via associated websites)