Ethical Christmas Gift Guide

Whether you fork out big for Christmas or are just jumping in on the office Kris Kringle, there’s plenty of ways to shop ethically this festive season!

We’ve wrapped up some of our favourite brands and items below that we’ll be stuffing in our stocking this December!

Empower International

If you’re wanting to brighten up your home with Christmas cheer but don’t want to clutter it with cheap and nasty items, head on over to Empower International, a completely not-for-profit store in the heart of St Kilda.

Everything made is fairtrade by women who’ve been affected by the sex trade industry, and all the profits from the products go straight back to these women in South East Asia. Shop online at empower.org.au.

The Australian Natural Soap Company

When in doubt, soap is always the answer to any hard-to-buy-for person. And luckily, everything made at The Australian Natural Soap Company ticks all the boxes for cruelty-free, vegan, ethical shopping!

Choose from scents inspired by Australia, or pick up your zero-waste starter pack to begin a cleaner 2020 for both you and the planet. They also have adorable tester packs for sale (which make great Kris Kringle gifts!) and half the proceeds from the packs go back to the Orangutan Foundation, to help stop the illegal trade of palm oil and deforestation. Win win! 

Stores located in South Melbourne and Melbourne CBD, or online at theaustraliannaturalsoapcompany.com.au.

Vegan Style

The biggest all-vegan shoe story in the Southern Hemisphere has the boots to get you walking into your Christmas party with all the style!

Choose from a range of boots, sneakers, sandals and more, made from all-vegan fibres (including pineapple leaf – yep!). They also have an incredible range of bags, belts, wallets and skincare that no one would ever guess didn’t contain any animal products…

Visit them on Brunswick St in Fitzroy, or online at veganstyle.com.au.

The Melbourne Vegan Compass

The ultimate guide to the vegan scene here in Melbourne and Victoria!

102 venues to choose from when it comes to your next vegan brunch, lunch, dinner or date night. Know you can put your munching money towards completely vegetarian or vegan venues with this comprehensive guide.

Online at melbournevegancompass.com or at selected book stores around Melbourne.

 

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Beekeeper Parade

At a time of year when sales are everywhere and fast fashion shopping is in overdrive, it’s nice to see a company that embraces slow as their ethos.

Beekeeper Parade upcycles fashion and textile waste into beautiful products that are made to spread a message of kindness, creativity and courage to all who have one of their bags, wallets, laptop covers, coin purses or any other recycled items. To date, they’ve upcycled over 14 tonnes of fashion waste!

Shop in store in Fitzroy or the Melbourne CBD, or online at beekeeperparade.com.

Beekeeper Parade

Happy holidays from us here at Melbourne Vegan Tours!