Give To Give Back This Festive Season

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Last minute gift ideas that are also helping the world? We’ve got your back.

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True Colours

Boasting a seriously gorgeous range of lingerie, swim and activewear, Naja’s products are all made by single mothers or female heads of household. The company pays them above- market wages, and if you needed any extra incentive to stop what you’re doing and head to their website (you really don’t, go now), check this out. The apparel industry is responsible for 20 per cent of industrial water pollution, so Naja’s designs are all digitally printed, not dyed, saving precious water and ensuring
no wastewater goes back into theocean. Oh, and they also make ‘nude’ underwear in seven shades of real skin colours. Woo hoo! naja.co

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Fur Real

We mustn’t forget our furry friends amid the festivities. The Body Shop sure hasn’t, celebrating its silly season – and 40th anniversary – with Reggie The Red Shanked Douc, a lovesick monkey who has lost his habitat (as if dating and mating
weren’t hard enough). Already working with the World Land Trust in Vietnam,
the eco-beauty giant is throwing its weight behind two new projects in Indonesia and Malaysia, building ‘bio-bridges’ that re- connect damaged habitats and allow Reggie and other critically endangered animals
like the Sumatran tiger to meet their one-and-only. The best way to help? For every beautiful pre-made gift you buy this Christmas, The Body Shop will restore one square metre of rainforest in these regions. thebodyshop.com.au/bio-bridges

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Tie Me Up

Dapper dads and dudes will not be disappointed to find a little neck flair from Bull+Moose under the tree. This brand’s designs are a snappy mix of classic styles with a modern twist, plus added seasonal inspiration. The quality is covet-worthy (think custom silks, wools, linens and cottons) and the prices are the kind of reasonable that make you do a double take. But it’s not just about looking good, these guys do good too. The business is owned by army veterans who use their profits to help fund microloans for underprivileged men in North America through Kiva. bullandmoose.com

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Net Gain 

It takes a special mind to look at a discarded fishing net and think, ‘I could make a skateboard out of that’. But someone did, and now you can get your hands – or rather, feet – on one. Nets make up an estimated 10 per cent of
the ocean’s plastic pollution, and now Bureo’s Net Positiva program works with local fisherman to collect them
off the Chilean coastline. Then nets are then shredded and ‘re-pelletised’ before being melted and moulded into Bureo’s custom minnow deck, complete with fish scale design. And if you’re one for matchy-matchy, they also offer a line
of sunnies made from the recycled nets. bureoskateboards.com

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Coffee for Canines

“There is only one thing more enjoyable than a fresh-brewed cup of coffee in
the morning, and that is to see a dog’s wagging tail when you roll out of bed.” So says the Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. website – so, taking this message and running with it (sans leash), the brand donates 20 per cent of all proceeds to a local dog rescue partner. The coffee is 100 per cent fair trade, certified organic, and comes in super cute names like Paper & Slippers. If you don’t have a pup of your own, you can pet the packaging, which sports the likeness of Molly the brown rescue Dalmatian who inspired it all. groundsandhoundscoffee.com

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The Little Things

Bob Dalton was moved to help those without a bed (or home) of their own when his mum, a hardworking single parent, found herself living on the streets. When he called homeless shelters in his area to ask what they needed, they all replied, ‘blankets’ – and Sackcloth
and Ashes was born. For every blanket purchased, the company donates one to a local homeless shelter – and with a range of stunning blankets for the home and the outdoors, you’re pretty much guaranteed to feel extra warm and fuzzy. sackclothandashes.com

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Pyjama Party

There’s something so indulgent about lounging around in your PJs long into the afternoon. Maybe with a cup of tea, maybe a wine (no judgement). To make a great thing even better, you could be wearing these Punjammies by Sudara. Sales of the jim jams provide training and jobs for the women who make them, creating a pathway to escape from human trafficking and sexual slavery. Profits from this company’s goods (they also do beautiful leather wares, totes and accessories) are reinvested into the business, allowing it to provide employment, housing and education for both the women and their children. Sweet dreams for everyone. sudara.org

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Read Your Way To A Better World

Book lovers (and those buying gifts
for them) rejoice! And then familiarise yourself with Better World Books. Here’s why: for every purchase on their website, the Better World Books crew donates a book to someone in need. They also help fund high-impact literacy programs around the world, and collect and sell used books. So far they’ve
saved more than 66 million kilos of perfectly good reads from landfill. And did we mention they offer free shipping worldwide? Oh, and if you’re worried about your eco-footprint, don’t; they’ve covered that too. Every order is carbon balanced with Green-e Climate certified offsets. betterworldbooks.co

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Sisters Doing It For Themselves

Global Sisters aims to provide a path
to entrepreneurship for women who
are refugees, asylum seekers, migrants, Indigenous Australians and at-risk youth. Yes, the site sells beautifully crafted homewares, jewellery and accessories, kid’s clothes and toys; but what it’s really doing is connecting women with the tools they need to start and grow a business. Think a business education program, marketing and sales channels, and access to safe, affordable microloans. With a focus on investment, not donation, and with major business partnerships including Citi Foundation and Myer, this initiative is one to watch. And shop. globalsisters.org

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Hear Ye, Hear Ye

In the market for some new speakers to pump those Christmas carols
loud and clear? Or maybe you need
a pair of wireless headphones after Apple went and, well, you know. LSTN is a “for-purpose” company based in LA, and not only are their handcrafted real wood speakers and headphones a beauty to behold, but every purchase helps provide hearing aids for a person in need. So far they’ve given the gift of sound to over 20,000 people in places like Sri Lanka, Indonesia and the Dominican Republic. And with a selection of apparel and vinyl in their online store too, we reckon there’s something for the audio lover in everyone’s life. lstnsound.co

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Spin It Good

They say every dog has its day and that day could well be Christmas with this fancy toy. Combining the concept of a Frisbee and a tug toy, the WO Disc is set to become a fave. It’s easy for your pooch to pick up; comes in four bright colours, glides through the air and even floats on water. The company promises to take back and recycle any of its old products into a new one, significantly reducing needless waste. But the best part of all is for each item purchased (there’s also a good ol’ bone toy and even stuff for us two-legged folk) you’ll provide home-cooked meals for widows and orphans in Ethiopia. wodesign.com

Happy Gift Giving!

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