The Christmas Countdown
Annie Leonard’s online documentary released in 2007, The Story of Stuff, reveals the high demand of consumerism has resulted in us having a problem with “stuff”. Too much, too toxic and we don’t share it very well. This Christmas consider giving something that will assist your health, the environment, others and contribute to a cleaner, greener future.
Sexy socks: These designer socks with crazy colours and designs and made of unique bamboo fibres which will make your fee feel loved and sexy. They are eco-friendly and green, anti-bacterial, anti-odour and anti-chafe. The best thing about sexy socks is that for every pair that you buy, the company buys a pair of school socks for a school child.
Himalaya salt lamps: Himalayan salt is rock salt or halite from the Punjab region of Pakistan. The salt lamps are made of a chunk of this salt which has a pinkish colour and are said to remove contaminants from the air through the power of hygroscopy. There are a number of health benefits that have been claimed by having a Himalayan salt lamp in a room, and they certainly look beautiful when lit.
EcoCoffee cup: As we are on a drive to recycle more and reduce use of plastics, Ecoffee Cups is a new generation of reusable takeaway cups. Made from naturally organic, bamboo fibre and non-GMO corn starch, Ecoffeecup is also naturally sterile and dishwasher safe. It comes in a variety of fun, contempary patterns with bright, vibrant colours making a stylish and environmentally friendly statement.
Organic skincare: We are often concerned about what we put in our bodies but don’t consider the chemicals we put on our bodies. The skin is the largest organ of the body and therefore what we put on our skin will be absorbed into our system. Thrive stocks two organic skincare ranges instore.
Made in KZN, Esse Probiotic Skincare has made significant inroads with a unique probiotic organic skincare range. Esse is certified organic, vegan and cruelty free supporting fair trade and is a carbon neutral company. Esse does not believe in damaging skin in pursuit of short term result but optimises skin health to slow ageing in the long term.
Dr Hauschka, German organic skincare company, takes a holistic view of the skin with products that harmoniously combine essential oils and carefully selected essences from medicinal plants. It has been successfully used since 1967 and encourages the skin’s natural activity to help it regenerate and re-discover its natural balance. They are now also offering a stunning makeup range which makes the perfect sustainable, organic, environmentally friendly, cruelty-free gifts this Christmas.
Boodywear: Boody bamboo fabric underwear and babywear, provides skin friendly and earth loving qualities to give you and your family silky soft sock, underwear and comfy shirts that make you and your family feel good inside and out. Boodywear has an eco-certified manufacturing process with all garments ethically sourced from 100% organically grown bamboo, paving the way for a more sustainable future.
Wren designs: This innovative Cape Town based company manufacturers bags, laptop bags, tablet bags and more from completely recyclable paper. By treating the paper using fusion and coating technologies, the papers strength is enhanced and it becomes a functional fabric. The result is a unique product line which can be likened to origami in its simplicity of design. Eco-friendly, sustainable and trendy. Get yours this Christmas.