Five ethical Christmas gifts look great and do good

And so this is Christmas. Another year over and all that jazz.

It’s too late now to order most gifts online if you need them in time for Christmas Day, but there’s still plenty of time to shop in-store.

And as Christmas is a time of giving, we thought we’d share a few brands using products for good. From workers’ rights to biodegradable packaging, here are five ethical and/or sustainable gifts to give your fashion-conscious friends and family.

M·A·C VIVA GLAM Lipstick

‘Change your lipstick. Change a life.’

Over 25 years, M·A·C VIVA GLAM has raised half a billion dollars globally and AU$10,000,000 locally to support the health and rights of people of All Ages, All Races and All Genders.

Every cent of the sale price of VIVA Glam Lipstick in Australia goes to support life-changing organisations including The Sydney Children’s Hospital, Victorian AIDS Council, the Bobby Goldsmith Fund and the Kirby Institute.

Check their website for your closest store.

Put your money where her mouth is.


‘It is our goal to be a leader in ethical and consciously driven fashion.’

Australian swim and beachwear brand Tigerlily is deeply committed to responsible practices, processes and materials. In 2015, it became one of the first brands to sell swimwear using recycled materials and today they work with the team behind ECONYL, a regenerated nylon yarn made from post-consumer waste.

The brand was also the first label worldwide to develop its own recycle swimwear lining and CEO Chris Buchanan has also helped champion other sustainability initiatives in-store and online, switching packaging from cardboard boxes to compostable bags, with each bag being made from 100% biodegradable materials.

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Sustainable doesn't mean drab.

Will & Bear

‘Forests are our natural air filters and water factories. They are our respite and a place of peace.’

With a strong focus on sustainability in their products and business at large, this beautiful Australian hat label uses 100% Australian wool and natural fibres that are biodegradable, renewable and can be upcycled.

Every hat purchased contributes to their 1 Hat Sold, 10 Trees Planted Project, which aims to help counter the effects of deforestation all over the world and support families and communities in escaping poverty.

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No hat, no play.

Dharma Bums

‘Ethically made. Actively worn.’

Australian activewear label Dharma Bums is committed to ethics and sustainability at every level of the manufacturing and supply chain. They work only with suppliers who share their core values of kindness respect and fairness, all of whom are BSCI accredited.

Further, no harsh chemicals are used in the dying of their garments, and all stationery, packaging and promotional material use recycled paper.

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Who doesn't want to be this happy?

Ginger & Smart

‘Giving back to those less fortunate we believe is a social responsibility of business.’

A passionate advocate of social responsibility, Ginger & Smart’s ethical and sustainable initiatives are too many to mention here. The brand subscribes to a slow fashion ethos that concentrates on quality and longevity over quantity. By encouraging slower production schedules and fair wages, they are actively trying to leave a lower carbon footprint and zero waste.

Believing they have a moral obligation to workers at every point of their supply chain, they are committed to promoting adequate wages, healthy working hours, a safe hygienic workplace, protection of the environment, the prohibition of forced labour and elimination of child labour.

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Earth-saving fashion.

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