Black Friday 2021: Eco-responsible and ethical gifts for a sustainable shopping spree

There are plenty of retailers that sell products that avoid exploitation of workers and the environment, which means you can splurge on Black Friday without the guilt.

To help you have an eco-friendly and ethical Black Friday, we’ve featured gift ideas that include clothing, jewelry, goodies, and more to help you spend conscientiously.

The Plastic in Our Oceans T-shirt is available on The Big Issue Shop.


Plastic t-shirt in our oceans: £ 30

At Big Issue, we work to end poverty by giving a hand to those in need, not handouts. By purchasing an exclusively designed Big Issue t-shirt, your purchase will support the creation of a range of professional opportunities for the underprivileged.

This “Plastics in our Oceans” t-shirt is designed by street artist Mau Mau and is printed on “Earth positive” material made entirely from sustainable energy.

Plant Trees Relaxed Fit Tee: £ 20

This sleek and minimalist t-shirt can be worn in a variety of ways, tied, tucked in or loose, with the goal of minimizing the amount of clothing you need in your wardrobe.

He comes from Rapanui, a company dedicated to sustainable clothing. Their products are made from natural materials using renewable energy, with new products made from materials salvaged from old clothes.

Glitch Print Sports Leggings: £ 79

These leggings are perfect for all types of sportsmen in your life – suitable for all kinds of activities, from running to swimming and surfing.

They come from Ruby Moon, a company that uses sustainable materials to make their clothes and then donates all the profits to empower women entrepreneurs around the world.


Arya earrings: £ 22

These cute geometric earrings would make the perfect Christmas present, with an iridescent sparkle from a mother of pearl component.

These earrings are handcrafted by women artisans in India, employed by the Daughters of the Ganges, providing them with secure jobs at a living wage.

Geo Interlocking Stackable Strips: £ 35

These gorgeous minimalist rings are perfect for stacking with other jewelry and have been crafted from recycled silver.

They are designed by Atypical Thing, a Birmingham-based jewelry company that creates items from recycled materials and uses 100% recyclable packaging.

Innovation trinity pendant: £ 35

This beautiful gold necklace is made of brass rings connected by a copper rivet and a gold plated chain.

The article is produced by a person experiencing homelessness as part of Pivot, a social enterprise that works to end homelessness. Your necklace will be delivered in a hand finished box with the manufacturer’s name inside.


Limited edition wrapping paper is a great way to get a signed print from top artists.

Runes of Terence Wild, print: £ 75

With this limited edition print, you can gift someone something beautiful to adorn their wall while doing good.

The print is from Creative Future, which supports artists who face personal challenges and who otherwise would not have seen and sold their work.

Frea Buckler Signed Wrapping Paper: £ 49.99

Want to wow your Christmas gift wrapping this year – or give someone else the chance? This limited edition wrapping paper by artist Frea Buckler will do the trick.

Each purchase will feed the profits back into The Big Issue’s work to eradicate poverty by supporting the most vulnerable in society.


Hug in a box: £ 28

Show your friends and family you’re thinking of them this holiday season with the Big Issue bestselling Hug in a Box, filled with treats that are sure to put a smile on a smile.

Each of the treats inside has a story behind it and a story of people coming together to give back to the social and environmental causes that matter.

Profits go to the Social Stories Club, which supports a number of social enterprises.

Bee’s Wrap, assortment of 3 Wraps: £ 15

Ideal for filling Christmas stockings, this set of “Bee’s Wrap” covers is a durable alternative to cling film or aluminum foil for wrapping foods.

The wrappers are made from organic cotton muslin, beeswax, jojoba oil and tree resin.

Nemi peppermint tea 15 bags: £ 4.50

This peppermint tea is a carefully assembled blend of European, Egyptian and American peppermint designed to give a burst of refreshing minty freshness.

It comes from NEMI teas, a London-based company that employs refugees who would otherwise have trouble finding work.

Household items

Forbidden Fruit Cushion: £ 48

The perfect addition to any home, these “forbidden fruit” cushions embrace maximalism and burst with color.

It comes from Designs in Mind, a studio where adults living with mental health issues work together on ambitious and experimental art and design projects.

Biodegradable straws: £ 4.99

Avoid plastic waste with these 100% biodegradable straws, made from natural rush stems, which means they are fully renewable and sustainable.

They are made by Huski Home, a family business that makes eco-friendly and reusable household items from natural waste.

Hanging glass lantern: £ 15.95

Handcrafted in India, this Moroccan style hanging lantern is made of beautiful patterned stained glass and can be hung indoors or outdoors.

The supplier is recognized by BAFTS, the British Association for Fair Trade Shops and Suppliers, as a fair trade importer, where human rights are a priority.

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