So now we’ve passed the point of no return in the commercialised run-up to Christmas I feel I can safety roll out this new series of blog posts.
I’m not Christian, I will be honest, but the spirit of Yuletide festivities holds memories and warm and fuzzy feelings which enrich my life still.
So, I maintain the traditions and pass them on to my little girl, but, as I say I am also painfully aware that Christmas is big business. Where commercial level production kicks in, the cheap and readily available wares in shops mean someone is likely being exploited in the process.
Lurking in my memory was a 2014 Guardian piece on China’s “Christmas village”. This piece highlighted how 60 per cent of the world’s decorations were made in Yiwu – with migrant workers working 12 hour days to earn a pittance of just £200-£300 a month. The iconic pictures of workers mass spraying christmas trinkets with joyless looks in their eyes were as far as the mythical elves working in Santa’s workshop as possible.
The two biggest lessons I’ve learned from my #Ethical366 challenge have been:
1) Ethical shopping, whilst not always immediately available, is easily done with consideration
2) Your choices can change the lives of others
I don’t see how, at the time of goodwill to all men and women, how I can possibly continue to prop up such a system of exploitation and rampant commercialism. I’ve cut fast fashion out with value for money solutions – so why not cut out a conscienceless Christmas.
So I’m looking for all the hot tips on how to make my Christmas – from food to presents, from decorations to activities – an ethical one. I’m looking for exciting and interesting makes, top local producers and ethical companies so I might make choices which feel more in keeping with the Christmas spirit.
🎄 Any top tips for Christmas with a conscience? Tweet me up at @RubiesB4Swine