I’ve been getting a lot of questions recently about what I want for my birthday – 9th of April – whoop whoop! Of course, the only things I would like are those that are traceable, ethical and green, but that’s difficult for my family and friends who are buying for me to know exactly what I want. So I thought I’d put it all here for ease. Here is my 2019 birthday wish list – I hope there are some gift ideas on here for you too!
These moonstone earrings are handmade by conservationist Christy in Devon. On her website she explains: “The birthstone for April is diamond or clear quartz… Clear quartz is said to bring strength and clarity to the intellect, aiding concentration and memory retention, and filtering out distractions”.
These earrings from YGN Collective are handmade in Yangon, Myanmar “by women who are supported through social enterprise, which provides stable regular income and free training”. There are a couple more cool styles here:
You can shop more on their website.
Have you ever wondered whether you’d ever be able to find an ethical version of the earthy, esoteric jewellery that you see sold by the likes of Urban Outfitters? Well, here it is! Jewellery by Juna is one of my all-time favourite jewellery brands who use recycled silver and gold in their collections and only source gems from like-minded suppliers, such as RubyFair, Nineteen48, Ward Gemstones & Kernowcraft. All of their packaging is also recycled and sustainable. I love this brand! Some of my favourites:
You can shop more here.
And finally – buy a pinecone, plant a tree! That’s the philosophy behind Third Eye Pinecones and I love it! These talismans are hand-crafted from conifer pinecones which reproduce primarily in forest fires. They are gathered from the wild, then dried, aged and cured before the artistry begins.. they are partnered with non-profit conservation organisation American Forests, “which guarantees the planting of between 1-3 trees per pendant sold.”
In Medium – £40.00
The only bag I want is this one – handwoven near Mandalay, Myanmar, by families supported through social enterprise via YGN Collective. Or this one:
In Medium – £40.00
A luxury yet sustainable shoe start-up, Momoc Shoes are based in Spain and these are their vegan sandals. They source naturally-occurring or recycled materials local to them in Spain in order to cut out air miles. Go Momoc Shoes! A couple more styles I like:
These peonie-covered ethical trainers by Veja are crafted from a combination of wild rubber from the Amazon Rainforest, organic cotton from north-east Brazil, vegetable tanned leather (although they do some without leather too), and B-mesh – the fabric Veja created for themselves out of recycled plastic bottles.
A couple more styles I like:
And finally: Swedish Hasbeens.
All clogs are made the traditional Swedish way, in small factories that have been making shoes for decades. The leather used is natural grain leather, a way of minimally treating leather that is kinder to the environment and makes each item unique. You can shop the full collection here.
Something to make us feel good…
£24.00 and £45.00 respectively
I would wear anything and everything from Ararose Clothing – they care deeply about every person at each stage of the production process, from factory workers to models. They work with a small scale factory in Bangladesh, which is committed to providing for and empowering their employees with “fair wages, fair working hours, opportunities for bonuses, family care and a high standard working environment”.
This brand are also all about empowering women to be their natural, beautiful selves, particularly online where social media has taken its toll on people’s perception of beauty. Shop more here.
Some high-waisted jeans from Armed Angels. I love these ‘mom’ style ones:
Mom Fit High Waist – €99.90
Or these by ethical jean brand Monkee Genes:
I’m a size 29 waist, 30 leg 😉
Any of these pieces from sustainable clothing brand Nobody’s Child Sale! Size 12-14 😉
This Himalayan fair trade blanket scarf from Like Mary:
Recycled Polyester Bikinis
Bikinissss!!! I’m going to Sardinia soon, whoop whoop! These ones are from Under Protection. Something tells me I’m going to need underwired and these ones aren’t, but they are still beautiful! Crafted with recycled polyester, these are the ethical versions of swimwear we’ve all been waiting for!
Recycled Tights / Stockings
Swedish Stockings are alllways on my wish list! They make stockings by recycling old ones, creating the first closed loop production cycle for tights!
Hand-painted Tarot Cards
These hand-painted tarot cards are so precious. By artist Jamie Richardson of online store Ember & Aura, these beautiful cards have been painted by hand in watercolours “created with the highest care and intentions”.
That’s all for now!
In Love&Lights, FS XOX