Christmas is a time for giving so why not give back to the community and buy gifts that are beautiful and sustainable this year. Here we feature some of the eco-conscious vendors at the upcoming Prestige Fairs Christmas Gift Festival where you can buy gifts that are meaningful to both the people – and to the causes you care about.
Ashanti Design offers a range of up-cycled, eco-friendly and socially responsible products including bags, cushion covers, lamp shades and iconic bean bags. The products use hand-woven fabrics sourced from Africa, in a range of colours and styles. The company collects fabric offcuts that would otherwise go to landfill, which are then delivered to rural villages. The offcuts are woven into new fabric by traditional methods by local craftspeople, before being used to create Ashanti products.
It’s hard to go wrong with chocolate as a present – but you’ll score extra brownie points with a treat from Cacao. The company uses eco-friendly packaging and ingredients, including cocoa and cocoa butter from a Columbian producer, Casa Luker, which is committed to ending deforestation and does not use child labour. Cacao’s sugar supplier also helps to restore rainforests. The packaging is plastic-free, minimal and recyclable, with paper derived from certified sustainable forests.
Stylish and sustainable cutlery and napery make a wonderful addition to anyone’s home. Lavender’s Blue has a beautiful range of cutlery rolls, plates, bowls and glasses, providing an eco-friendly way to avoid single-use plastic. The rolls, which come in single and family size, contain bamboo cutlery and a stainless steel straw and brush. There are also durable plates and bowls in 100 percent melamine, and plastic glasses that could be mistaken for glass! Great for outdoor dining – or something child-friendly.
Head to WOMB’s stand at the fair to browse the collection of products carefully curated by founders Kasia Galak and Maria Grzywacz. The company aims to act as an incubator for ecological, ethical and cruelty-free design and brands. Expect to find goodies from companies such as Lyko, which creates durable and beautiful 100 percent linen products, Polish jewellery brand Mokave, and independent designer Magdalena Tekieli, whose notebooks, planners and sketchbooks are produced from 100 percent recycled paper.
NOW No Waste
Fanny Moritz started NOW No Waste to give people access to reusable and compostable products. All the company’s products, such as bamboo coffee cups and eco-friendly shopping bags, have recyclable packaging, are BPA-free, and are designed in France but made in China to reduce the carbon footprint. “For every disposable item you use in your kitchen, bathroom or at work, an alternative exists that is much better for the environment and for your health,” Fanny says.
All the details
What: The Christmas Gift Festival
When: 10am-8pm, Tuesday 11 December
Where: Conrad Hong Kong, Grand Ballroom Pacific Place
See more in our Living in Hong Kong section
This article first appeared in the December/January 2018/19 issue of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.