With the excessive waste that is created by unsustainable and non-biodegradable paper, why not think of innovative ways to wrap your presents. Choose gift wrapping that can be used again, such as tin containers that can be used for storage, or tote bags that can be used for shopping by the recipient.
The time has finally come: ethical consumerism is going mainstream! It's exciting to have seen the ethical mindset become a more widely-recognised and accepted concept, and in ways that are natural and low-effort too.
It takes almost 1800 gallons of water to produce a pair of jeans. If we physically saw that wastage, I'm sure many of us would get a nasty shock at actually how much of an impact it has on the environment. To paint the picture a little clearer, an average bath is 36 gallons, so that's around 50 baths. That just sounds ridiculous.
So, you're interested in living more ethically. In a world full of media distrust, political scandals and alternative facts, it's no surprise really. I'm feeling the same - I want to know where my food comes from, who made my clothes, and treat people - and the planet - in a respectful way.
It's easier than you think to make them count...
In today’s consumer driven world, the breadth and variety of choices we are faced with on a daily basis is mind-boggling
With the end of Fair Fashion Month, our ethical fashion campaign with Fairphone came the judging for A Sustainable World 2016 - our annual Art competition which attracts applicants from across the world. I was honoured to be joined on the judging panel by my current collaborator from across the pond, renowned vegan artist Dana Ellyn, and London's King of conceptual art Duggie Fields.
Behind the glamour of London Fashion Week and the aspirational images in glossy magazines is the reality of the global fashion industry: a grim picture of women living in abject poverty, struggling to survive whilst making the clothes sold on UK high streets for major fashion brands.
Just like any diet, a vegan diet must be balanced in order to be healthy. A vegan who lives off vanilla soya lattes and vegan donuts alone isn't fulfilling their nutritional needs, similarly to the vegan who lives off a plate of lettuce.
Amongst the sustainable stylings on offer this LFW were brands that stem from the Esthetica fold, alongside innovative new labels that are carrying the torch for the next generation of conscious brands. Here's my pick from London Fashion Week S/S16.